As the others watched, so did Nanook, his amber eyes trailing the flash of white, barely seen against the snow. That boy Dalus, he was a strange one indeed. The pale wolf had never met one so shy and timid, he was truly at a lose on how to handle the boy. Best he kept his distance for now, at least kept out of sight. From the few encounters he had with the youngling, it seemed he was not yet ready to interact with those he did not know well.
The touch of one so familiar sent a warm shiver down his spine, he still wasn’t used to being to interactive with another. It was comforting, but made him nervous at the same time. Which he thought was odd and often pondered why at night. It was one of the many thoughts that kept him up at night. He was slowly sorting out some theories to why he reacted in such a way, but now was not the time to muse over such theories.
Amber eyes caught those of apple green, just briefly, he was at a lose himself. No thoughts came to mind on what might have caused young Dalus to behave in the way he had, but thankfully, Sienna had spoken up on the matter.
Then, Sienna spoke more, on things that he had wished to bring up to the group himself. He felt a little embarrassed that he had not done so sooner, but there was nothing he could do about it now. Quietly, he listened, a little awe struck at the proposal of his ranking.
For a moment, he was speechless and his silence continued as Adonai entered the scene. He was a welcomed face and Nanook gave a returning nod of greeting as he smiled at the older male. It was good to see him here, alive and well. He was still here too, they were all still here, everyone, expect for Alessia.
Nanook wished that he could have saved her from the cyclone, he cursed himself daily for failing, but after so much searching, he could not keep going and put Senna at risk. She had tired fast and the storm had picked up. They tried their best, but it didn’t matter, they never found Alessia.
“I am honored that you both think of me so highly.” If he was younger and less experienced in the ways of hiding his true emotions, his voice would have been trembling with excitement and awe, but instead, he was aged, composed and calm. On the inside, he was crawling. Leader, Pack leader. The level of responsibility just rose. He had never been given such a title, before, he was merely a Chaser, a hunter. Could he really compare to Fern and Argus? Had he already been performing the duties of an Alpha? He was not sure. His chest was tight.
It was time to talk, no one else was. Another deep breath, but slow, as to not alarm anyone that he was stressing about the bump from Rouge to Alpha. Was this really happening? “I have been thinking about ranks recently, most I have taken from when The Sanctuary was first erected. Others I thought fitting to add as new additions, though, anyone may suggest ideas as well.” Briefly, he looked at each wolf before him, trying to focus on their faces instead of his insides. Leader or not, he wished them all to have a say in the matter of pack dealings. “Seekers, those who venture past pack boarders, seeking those in need, those who are looking for Sanctuary. Protectors, boarder patrol and defenders, those who will fight if need be, but can restrain themselves until necessary. Chasers, the pack’s hunters. Healer, one who knows the way of herbs and is able to care for and remedy aliments. Herbalist, those who can identify and gather herbs for the Healer and be their aide at times. Aspirants, those who do not yet know of where their place is.”
He paused for a moment, letting everyone absorb all that had been said. Nanook had been thinking about this day a lot and it was a slight relief to the crawling inside him that this moment was finally happening, no matter how nerve wreaking it was at the moment. “There will be the Sages, those of life experience, those who know many things and are willing to teach the young and inexperienced.” He looked over at Adonai as he spoke the sentence. “Adonai, my friend, I believe you to be fit for this title, being of sound mind and knowledge, although, if another rank suits you better, please, feel free to speak.” His gaze then shifted to Senna and Sienna. “You both may choose your own paths as well, I will not force any to be what they do not wish to be. As well as young Dalus, if he so chooses to stay.” His gaze set to where the young male had been heading, toward the river.
“If you all truly wish for me to lead, then I will do so with all my might and I shall be your Guardian.” The more he spoke the more pride that swelled up in his chest, suffocating the crawling nerves inside. He just couldn’t believe this was happening, it was really happening, it wasn’t just some fantasy in his head. “And we shall make The Hillside Sanctuary a place of peace and safety.”
i’m sorry for the wait and i hope i didn’t post out of turn? i figured since it’s been so many days i was good? Dx
Aug 28, 2017 01:31 AM — Post #7
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