There it was. The topic she’d been waiting to bring up herself, uttered right from his lips. She supposed it better that Relic bring it up—it made it seem like she was less eager to approach the situation.
“Right,” she said in acknowledgement, buying herself some time to arrange the thoughts she’d been mulling over. Being in the den with pups for the past few weeks, especially after her pregnancy had ended, had calmed her fraying nerves and returned her logic back to her. It had been a puzzle, really, for Jacqueline to figure out the best way to address the situation at hand. She hadn’t analyzed anybody in quite a while.
From her experience, the Covenant wolves were self-righteous and extremely tight-knit. They relied upon… well, Jacqueline wasn’t sure what they relied upon. She thought perhaps they’d be like the Evergreens in the sense that, because the pups were being raised by her and had been the only mother they’d ever known, they belonged to her because of emotional attachment, but that wasn’t the case. Even though Bea had told her the pups were hers, and Anna had said “take them” on the day of her death.
Of course these damn wolves wouldn’t stick to their words.
Nonetheless, Jacqueline had deduced that Bea was highly revered. Her meeting with the calm woman had proven why. That status explained why Jacqueline’s presence was met by such bristling hostility. Selra’s immature actions, too, hadn’t helped their case.
She thought the Covenant wolves stupid, because they cared so little for the pups’ welbeing itself and more for a woman who was dead and gone, and only wanted the best for her offspring. Were they better or worse than the Evergreens on her list of pack stupidity? It was a tie-in.
The Evergreens were stupid in their urge to bend over backwards and always find the most righteous and fair answer. Plus, mental intellect was low, as well. But, when Jacqueline had joined their ranks for the fall season and helped them out, they hadn’t been so foolhardy as to shun her. The pack was outwardly nice, despite the obvious inner turmoil they’d experienced.
The Covenant was stupid in the sense that Jacqueline was absolutely vital to the survival of the pups, and they were too foolish to treat her with a lick of respect. The only redeeming factor was that Relic himself was fair to her. Even so, they seemed so blinded by the death of Bea that they couldn’t realize they were acting as animals that had gotten themselves cornered. They needed the pups to survive, and yet they were lashing out at the only ones who’d come to their aid.
Anyway. She thought she had a general idea of how to appeal to Relic, though her hopes in winning her case were slim, and she knew it. Sometimes being civil wasn’t an option, but it didn’t hurt to go through the motions just in case. Her tone of voice remained smooth and pleasant, though there was a graveness to it because she and he surely both knew what was to come.
“I won’t pull punches with you, Relic,” she began. “I’m running a pack elsewhere that needs me, as soon as possible.” She paused, to see how the gray male would receive this information.
“I understand you are all grieving over the death of Bea, but aside from yourself, the Covenant wolves have not given me a warm reception, despite the effort that I have put in to save her pups. I recognize that Selra was an issue—she’s been scolded and sent back home, and I will deal with that situation further when I return. But, you should know, I’m not inclined to stay and bring up young where I’m not wanted, nor shown respect in front of the pups. I fear that it will create a toxic environment for the children, and I do not want them to pick sides.”
Another deep breath and the address of the big issue, before she handed the conversation back to Relic. “When I met Bea, we got along well. I know you will not like this aspect of the situation, but she gave the pups to me. She wanted the pups to have a mother who cared for them to raise them, and she entrusted me with that role. Her only request was that I permit them to know their siblings, if their conduct is suitable. I intend to honor her wishes, and will not hide their lineage from them, but if you truly care about respecting Bea and her wishes, the pups should be permitted to accompany me when I return to my pack.”
There. It was said, calmly and respectfully, and however Relic reacted could not sully her own conduct.
Oct 01, 2018 07:24 PM — Post #5
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