This is the last scene of the introductory piece.  It was inspired by a word prompt from the WriYe DreamWidth (success).


Shivering, Samuel glanced back at Joshua.  As the other members of the pack settled down to rest, Joshua tugged Samuel away from Peter.  A shove sent him stumbling into Tobias.  “Mind the pup,” he snapped.  Then, he and Peter headed into another part of the cave.

Tobias heaved a sigh and sat down on his bedding, pulling Samuel down with him.  “Got a name beside ‘pup’?” he asked, arching his brows.

Samuel nodded.  “Samuel Northunter,” he said, his voice soft.  He shivered when Tobias caressed his cheek.  “Joshua called me… Brightfang.”

“Samuel Brightfang, then,” Tobias said, his voice soft.  “I’m Tobias Ghosthowl.”  He frowned.  “Did you eat?”

Samuel nodded.  He glanced around as the pack began gathering to go out.  “They’re going to hunt,” he murmured, glancing at Tobias.  “You aren’t going with them?”

“I have to stay in the den and watch you,” Tobias said, shaking his head.  “Joshua won’t let you escape so soon, Samuel.”  He pushed against Samuel’s shoulder, then.  It wasn’t painful but the firm pressure forced Samuel to lie down on the blankets.

When Tobias lifted his hand, Samuel stayed still.  He didn’t want to be part of Joshua’s pack.  At the same time, at least he wasn’t alone anymore.  Perhaps things would work out.  He looked up at Tobias and sighed.  “Why do you… stay?” he breathed.

Tobias’s lips twisted in a faint smile as he shook his head.  Meeting Samuel’s eyes, he said, “Where else am I going to go?  This pack… it’s the only family that I have.”

Nodding, Samuel closed his eyes.  The same, he realized, was true of him.  He heard Joshua heading out the rest of the pack to hunt.  He knew that Joshua was congratulating himself on their success in bringing back.  However, he decided that… maybe, for now, he’d let Joshua enjoy the feeling.  When the time was right, the alpha would learn that Samuel wasn’t as easy to hold as he was to take.


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