The rise had been rather quiet as of late. Shade and Jingo had not returned, and Athena couldn’t say she had honestly expected them to. Maaike and Titania were still gone, as were some of the newer wolves she’d come to know by scent over the months. Now, there were fewer wardens than she could recall there being in quite some time. Athena had kept her distance from Poet and Josalyn, preferring to spend her time with her brother and Jay. It seemed to work out well enough for her- she’d been much less stressed out during the past few months than she had been in quite a while.
Where once that might have bothered her greatly, Athena found that the lack of company didn’t weigh as heavily on her as it once might have done. Even Apollo had decided to leave them. It hurt, and she felt a bitter spike of melancholy every time she thought of him, but Athena had been keeping herself distracted. There was still hunting, tracking, and marking to be done, and though she’d mostly ceased her habit of surveying the western grasslands each day, she was no less vigilant within the pack’s borders.
Soon, that might not be the case. Soon, this place may no longer belong to them. She hadn’t been able to count on many wolves in her lifetime, but she’d prized that feeling of stability that came with being in a pack. But it seemed she wouldn’t have that for much longer, either. Athena wasn’t sure how to feel about that. She wasn’t sure how to feel about much these days.
She had set out with a will to track Jay down that afternoon, following some of the usual routes until she came across a promising trail and began to follow it toward the trees atop the rise. She knew that Atlas would inform everyone about his decision in due time, but Athena wanted to speak to Jay about the matter. He had been a loyal warden for quite some time now, and it was only fair to let him know what was happening before Atlas announced it to everyone.
He couldn’t be far, and she continued along unhurried, tail swaying slowly behind her as she tracked.
Apr 23, 2018 09:51 AM
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