(I want to clarify that the characters used in this story have no real world affiliation to the thoughts, ideas, locations, یا behaviors of their real life counterparts. I try to make them similar to real life, but under no circumstances is anything in this story true unless otherwise specified.)
On an کالے گھنے بادل, چھانا day, in mid May maybe, Akita woke in his den. Once again, the soft pile of pine needles that composed his بستر were scattered all over the cave floor.
"Damn those nightmares," he muttered to himself as he used his fluffy tail to sweep them back into a pile. "Fourth time this week I've had that dream."
He'd been having the same dream on and off for the past four years, ever since his mate died, but now, coming up on the fourth anniversary of the event, they were coming every night now.
"God damn it, Rose, why did آپ have to chase that bear? Why?" he asked the ceiling. Receiving no response, as usual, he left the cave, stepping into the clammy mountain air of his native home, Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. This had been his ہوم his entire life, and he wouldn't dream of moving. Ever.
Passing what was held as the best creek to drink from, he spotted Eve on her morning rounds.
Inwardly, he shivered. Even the sight of the fearsome Alpha was enough to make his bones quiver under his skin. She had never been mean to him personally, but the stories that he had heard made him certain to stay as far as possible from her, lest he incur her wrath.
Once he had crested the اگلے hill, his adrenaline returned to normal. He was always ready to bolt around Eve.
His lustrous brown coat, one of the thickest in the park, even in the dead of summer, protected him as he bullied his way through thickets of thorns and branches to a rabbits ماند, خلوت خانہ he had discovered a few seasons back. He had kept the location محفوظ from others and whenever he wanted an easy snack, he came here.
Sure enough, three rabbits were in the hole. He reached a paw down into the hole and poked one of them.
سیکنڈ later, the rabbit shot out of the den, right into his waiting paws. The kill was quick and painless, at least for him. Who knew what the bunny was thinking?
About ten منٹ later, the rabbit was mostly gone, safely tucked away in his stomach, with only the bones leaving evidence of the kill. He swiftly buried them, making sure that the scent of the rabbit was covered سے طرف کی his own.
Akita cleaned the blood of the rabbit from his فر, سمور at the nearest stream. Thus refreshed, he set out on the اگلے leg of his trip; the ماند, خلوت خانہ of his best friend, Delneco.
Delneco, also known as Deke, was an Omega, like Akita himself, but smaller, with a کوٹ of wiry gray فر, سمور and a white underbelly. While Akita's eyes were a solid chocolate brown, Deke's were a bright, vivid blue flecked with green.
Deke, as always, was sitting outside his den, ready to go on an adventure with his lifelong friend.
Today, the plan was to go play-stalk the Alphas of the pack as they went on their rounds, but not Eve. Definitely not Eve.
"Who do آپ want to stalk today, Delneco?" Akita asked, poking fun at Deke's slightly unusual name.
"Well, Akita," Deke said, jabbing right back. "I think that Napoleon would be a good target today."
Akita laughed. Napoleon was the very small, French Alpha of the united packs. He had the shortest temper of all the Alphas, and when he was irritated, which was often, he tended to curse in French.
Akita laughed at the suggestion at first, then actually thought about it. Napoleon might be annoying, but it was definitely funny when he tried to yell at someone.
"Good plan!" Akita said, tail wagging up a storm. "Now where is he?"
Deke was kinda cool in the way that he had a great memory. He could instantly recall anything that he had ever heard. And now he was using that skill to recall the Alpha patrol routes and times. They were the same every day, which made it even easier for Deke's smart mind to remember them.
"The target is just now passing the howling rock," he کہا after a second.
Akita's tail started wagging even faster and he smiled, ready for the tease.
* * *
A half گھنٹہ later, the two Omegas had the target Alpha square in their sights. As was Napoleon's custom, he had climbed up to the سب, سب سے اوپر of Howling Rock, checking every cave on the way up, and now he was on his way down.
Deke and Akita waited halfway up a tree, ready to drop down اگلے to Napoleon at the right moment.
Akita waved to attract Deke's attention, and pointed down, holding up three of his toes.
Deke nodded, and looked down, tracking Napoleon through the thick web of branches.
Akita crept out on the branch, ready to pounce.
A سیکنڈ یا two later, Napoleon walked right into the drop zone. It was fortunate he had looked up when he did, otherwise Akita and Deke would have landed right on him. With a mighty oath, he lept clear of the falling Omegas, who fell to earth with a mighty thump.
"Damn you, آپ imbeciles!" he shouted, distangling himself from the thorns of a rose bush.
Deke and Akita just laughed at this.
"What is this آپ are laughing at? It is me, is it not?" he demanded, pulling free with a titanic lunge. He picked himself up and shook.
Napoleon was so short, the tips of his ears barely touched Deke's chin, but that had never stopped him from commanding respect, and it certainly wasn't going to now.
"Down!" he barked.
Akita and Deke immediately dropped.
Napoleon circled them for a moment, just looking at them.
"I try to devise a fitting punishment for the two of you, but mine never work," he کہا after a minute.
"Leave them alone, Napoleon!" came a commanding female voice. Kate.
Akita instantly felt himself relax. Everything was going to be fine.
"Napoleon, go." Kate glanced at Akita and Deke and sighed.
"But these hooligans-"
Kate cut him off with an angry look. "Oui, madame." He turned and left, shooting an angry glare at the two Omegas.
"Guys," Kate کہا once Napoleon was gone. "You gotta stop messing with Napoleon, okay? He keeps telling me that he wants آپ two out of the pack."
"Sorry, Kate, but we just can't help it. His accent is so funny when he's mad!" laughed Deke.
"I don't care, okay? Just stop. یا I'll have to kick آپ out."
That sent a pang of fear through Akita's heart. He didn't want Kate pissed off at him.
"Yes ma'am. We will," he said, jabbing Deke in the side with his elbow.
Deke nodded in agreement.
Kate smiled, her brown eyes losing their icy glare.
"Thanks, fellas. Now go do something productive, okay? I hear Lilly's about to slap Garth, so that might be a good place to start."
"Thanks, Kate," Akita کہا as Kate walked away.
"Dude, you've got a hard on for Kate!" Deke کہا accusingly.
"I do not. My دل remains with Rose," Akita insisted, although what Deke had کہا was true. Kate was incredibly sexy.
"Uh huh..." Deke said, his eyes دکھانا his true nature.
The two wolves bumped paws and scampered off to go help poor Garth.