By Gabriella and Lily-Grace
I'd just like to thank our good freind Niama Derrick who encouraged us with this story.
Chapter 1: The hunt
Chapter 2: surrounded by hate
Chapter 3: tunnels
Chapter 4: gone
Chapter 5: all over
Hunter: red cliff
Whooping crane: josh
Snow Wolf: Janeiro
Snow wolf: Neon
The world spun like a hundred thousand diamonds as the two wolves ran side by side through the bracken. I could feel their panting and her ears twitching, pricking for sounds. Suddenly they put on a burst of speed and start howling. I forgot at night they howl to the moon. I scramble down into my borrow. I feel the rustling of the summer's day. There is something wrong. We have to move now.
“Come on, faster you stupid fleabag, there's animals. Huh they are getting away faster faster faster COME ON” Red Cliff shouted at the top of his lungs.
I hear her panting next to me, coming closer and closer. My ears prick up as I run down the misty hills. Is it war or am I crazy? This is not what I wanted it to end up like. I run and run as the sun comes up. Suddenly they stop mid run and roar.
“As were not already dead, let's go” I scream
“It - it - its Red cliff, he is coming!” pants the puma.
The two wolfs look up. Neon howls, well to my ears it sounds like moaning yuck.
Janeiro murmurs “we have tried to outrun him, it doesn't work”
A crane snorts “just fly”
“Very funny we don't have wings” I sighed,
“Josh? Is it you josh? Oh fly away. It is you, yay” I grinned.
“Alyssa, nice to see you too” josh smirked,
”Thanks” I shyly replied.
Next second, I snuggle up into his fur but hear
“Get off! Anyway, fly away it's much faster”
“Yeah Josh we can't fly away, coward” grimaced Conner,
“You calling me a coward? I'm no coward, you are” Josh spat,
“SILENCE fighting will not achieve ANYTHING” roared Neon,
“She right” whispered Janeiro.
The wolves shot glances.
“Allyssa come with us creatures belong with each other not together”
“We can change that” whimpered Conner,
“I wanna friend” whined Josh,
“You got a problem” called neon,
“Stop it stop it can we all be friends please or I go” I gave my puppy dog eyes,
“NO” they screamed altogether,
Was not expecting that to happen.
“Fine but hurry up let's go before he does somethings else”
Sprinting, we raced to a cave and stood there panting waiting listening for his voice. Nothing. Neon sighed and went into her thoughts. We walk to the clearing. Boy, do I hate Josh, always taking advantage on how small and frail Alyssa is. Oh and last time she came out screaming at the top of her lungs “SNAKE SNAKE SNAKE! IT WAS A COBRA” It popped my ear drums.
“Alyssa, alyssa shh it's bedtime” Neon had groaned,
The other animals sighed and lay down their head but i well stare into nothing.
Surrounded by hate.
Neon am I resilient enough to take this?
“Stop” Shouted Conner,
“don't yell” I whisper in anger.
“It's red cliff,” Janeiro Gasped.
The wind howls at us Red cliff was standing on top of the hill.
I tug at Janeiro's fur.
“Neon that's enough come on let's go”
Janeiro says as she steps up.
Conner and I follow behind Janeiro.
“Sister is the others” I say as I point to a big hill that Josh and Alyssa are standing on.
“Hello” Josh yells
We run to Josh and Alyssa.
“Conner” Josh sighs
“Josh” Conner sighs
“Hello,” I say as I run to Alyssa
“Hi,” Alyssa says as she hugs me
“Josh this has to stop” Janeiro mumbles
“What,” Josh says confused
“You're taking Alyssa everywhere and something could happen she's only small she's the youngest out of all of us I'm the oldest so pass her,” Janeiro said angrily.
“I'm the second oldest so yeah I can take care of her” Josh mumbled
“Sorry,” Janeiro says as she walks off.
Janeiro started talking to Alyssa
“Alyssa does you want to be safe,” Janeiro says
“Yeah Josh takes me on adventures,” Alyssa says.
“Yeah but can you come with me I will take you on adventures,” Janeiro says as she tries to convince Alyssa
“ Does Neon come with us?” Alyssa asks
“Yes but Connor is going with Josh,” Janeiro says.
“Ok really,” Alyssa says
“Yes,” I say “josh is dangerous”.
“He is not,” Alyssa says
“He takes you to swamps scary tunnels even the worst he takes you to Red cliff,” Janeiro says.
Alyssa burst into tears.
“Josh is a nice person so what” I paused and wiped my tears away.
“Red cliff oh yeah he always does he does take me to swamps and scary tunnels I'm sorry,” I said sadly.
“I mean it I'm sorry I take it back please sorry ” I whimpered
“It's ok it's ok,” Janeiro said.
Janeiro started to calm me down
“Thanks,” I say.
We walk away from the boys the are just on top of the hill arguing.
“BOYS CALM DOWN” Neon calls.
“No need Neon no need,” I say
“Yeah they will just keep talking,” Janeiro says
“True,” I say.
I was winding through the forest
“Hey look let's go in there that cave,” Josh says.
“No look it's so dark,” I say back to him.
Josh started to burst into this ridiculous song…
“Coward coward Conner is a coward coward Conner is a coward Coward”
“Fine let's have a contest who can survive the longest and not be a wimp,” I say.
“Fine, it's done come on,” Josh says.
So I walk behind Josh.
“You're a wimp,” Josh says looking in a very enthusiastic way.
“No, I am not,” I say angrily
“But I was the one who said we should go in here,” Josh says
Then he starts up again.
“Do you have a better comeback, huh do you?” Josh says.
“ Uh, I was the one who said we should have a contest boom,” I say.
“Fine you win this time,” Josh says.
I felt like my heart just stopped there was a tall animal wait it wasn't an animal it was…
“Oh my gosh we're gonna be dead come on” I yell
“Stop being a wimp,” Josh says
Josh was out of my sights I look up oh
“I'm gonna win the contest wimp”
Oh my gosh, what is Josh doing he's going to kill himself. I thought
“Josh come on stop your gonna kill yourself”
I yell at him.
“Ok only if I win”
“Help help I can't survive tell Alyssa I had a crush on her” Josh screamed.
“Josh gets my paw” I yell
Josh reached out his hand but then.
Red cliff pulled out his arrow I couldn't watch so I ran out.
I was out then I heard the sound of him screaming it violently faded out.
I put my head against a big rock.
“It's not fair” I cry.
“Janeiro are you out there Neon Alyssa Josh is gone”
I said as I started to fade out on the last three words.
“Where are Josh and Connor let's look for them,” Alyssa says.
“Yeah let's go find them,” Neon says
“Ok ok follow me,” Janeiro says.
“But what if they died,” Alyssa says
“Alyssa seriously doesn't be silly,” Janeiro says
“What it could be true ok then,” Alyssa says.
We move down the path we hear a noise.
“Alyssa Janeiro Neon can you hear me”
Janeiro says as she starts to pick up the paste.
“What is she doing,” Alyssa asked
“Let's just follow,” Neon says
“Ok,” Alyssa says.
“Conner” Janeiro calls.
“I'm here next to a big rock” I call back
Janeiro sees a rock in the distance.
She picks up even more paste.
“Janeiro you're going to fast,” Neon says
“Shh just keeps running sister and you Alyssa,” Janeiro says.
“Ok,” Alyssa says
“Neon,” Janeiro says
“Ok,” Neon says.
We meet with Conner.
Alyssa sees red berries in a bush.
So she runs to it.
“Very sadly Josh is…”I say sadly
“He's dead” Janeiro finish my sentence
“Yes I couldn't take it, Red cliff did it” I cry
“Josh oh Josh” Janeiro sobs.
“What he's he's dead,” Neon says sadly
“Alyssa won't be happy,” I say.
“Wait where is Alyssa,” I say as I wipe my tears away.
“Alyssa” I call.
I hear a faint scream after I call.
“Alyssa's in trouble come on” I say
“Janeiro comes on,” Neon says.
“Josh Josh he will always be here,” Janeiro says.
“I know I know he was a good person,” Neon says.
“Alyssa” Neon yells.
My heart beats faster and faster
The wind blows into my face I think just one thing this
What's happening will we find Alyssa. Alyssa oh Alyssa please come back.
“I can howl to Alyssa she knows how to howl I've taught her how to,”Neon says.
“Ahhhh ohhhhhhhhh” Neon howls.
There was a faint noise back
“Ahhhhhhhhhh.” it was faint and not nearly as good
“She answered and she says she in trouble,” Neon says
“Ah Ohh,” Neon howls back.
“Ah oh ooh,” It says
“Red cliff has her”Neon says.
So we set of the wind howls at us we walk through the mist. The wind just doesn't stop
We get to the place.
“Alyssa were here,” I say.
“Ha ha ha ha you fell right into my trap,” A voice said.
A big cage fell on all of us
“What wait for Red cliff,” Janeiro says.
“Where's Alyssa” I yell
“Ha ha ha well you don't care about Alyssa,” Red cliff says.
“We do care about her she's my best friend,”Neon says.
“My sister is right she is the youngest now get us out of here,” Janeiro says
“Why don't we do this the easy way but there's a hard way,” Red cliff says
Suddenly Janeiro roars scaring the horses everyone runs after them
“Quick” we scramble out
Then we see alyssa
“I just got some berries” and she fell asleep
We went to the cave and went to sleep.
I feel the weight on my shoulders as I'm split apart from josh again. There's the just color I don't understand.
“Why did we have to go we shouldn't have left josh to die with red cliff at his heels” feeling tears prick my ears I start to sob again,
I see their body tense“Alyssa will you ever learn oh Alyssa” Janeiro sighs
“No, because he was my best friend”
“Oh really he nearly killed you”
“But he was still my friend we have been since cubs”
“We told you”
“Fine if that's how you wanna be I'm outta here” with that I walked out on them.
Then I realised I was free free
Neon quietly murmured “we can't tell her to let her go”
I didn't hear her, though.
“No longer anyone to look after me look after me I can look after myself I'm free in free im free im free no longer anyone to look after me look after me look after me I'm free no longer anyone to look after me I'm free”
Time to find josh
I felt my feet padded after a while half of my heart started to ache nothing felt right.
When I awoke I thought it was only a bad dream but I was by myself alone. I scampered to the clearing to see red cliff putting josh in a crate dead.
“Not josh” I sobbed
But then I felt anger ”they knew and they never ever told me”
I storm up to red cliff no one kills josh I feel my feet get lifted from the ground into a net
“Ahh you must be alyssa yes yes they talked highly of you howl no you can end up the same as josh your a useless bit of junk, you're probly why I kill it wouldn't hurt to tell you the story I guess LET US BEGIN you see I can talk with animals yes as you know so I lived in the woods and I was friends with all creatures but then well my ma died and then I felt empty I wanted revenge and why not give it to the animals there you go now lets see some meat yes good”
Red cliff took charge “whiff it under her nose”
We (as in Neon, Conor and janoris) had silently followed her
Janerio could bear it any longer she burst from cover roaring then she ate the meat…
“Go alyssa save yourself” snapping open the rope she howled to the wind
“Forgive me for these awful deeds i have done hold me closer to the sun defeat red cliff here my mighty song bring hope all day long”
With that she snarled and her eyes dropped into a everlasting sleep.
”I am sorry it’s all my fault it's all my fault” Alyssa sobbed harder
We padded to the clearing and started digging a word was not said only sobbs.
“It's not fair it's not fair” Neon Cries she tugs on to Janeiro's grave.
“I'm sorry Neon but this just happens,”
Connor tries to comfort her.
We walk and walk as Neon cries the whole way we try to cheer her up
But her big sister died just yesterday which is bad.
“Ahh umm Alyssa it's that josh had an umm crush on you.”
Neon turned around and whispered softly.
“Janeiro liked you, Conner, it is all my fault,” she blows a sad soft kiss
Alyssa, however, did not like the way this was going she tuned in
“peck peck peck peck peck”
We exchanged mortified glances she was also doing the hand actions,
“There is no love between us is there conner?”
“Er well actually” she shot me a glare it was well all a neon glare,
“No of course not!”
“Peck peck peck peck peck peck peck peck peck peck…”
“Oh be quiet Alyssa I can think straight” I snapped.
We heard red cliff coming closer and closer shouting something muffled, Alyssa completely frozen quivering with fear. No Alyssa I skidded to a halt turned around and charged sending Alyssa flying, then conner came it was a blur he shouted something and well Alyssa tugged helplessly we never saw him again but we heard
“Neon I love you” shouted to the wind
I smiled shyly to myself.
Josh had been right I know doubt was a coward nor a whimper I knew full well I wouldn't survive but I would save neon that it I'm not a whimper then thought crossed my mind.
But then again he was right I am a wimp never to know anything else but I had to save Neon making up my mind I ran from cover roaring.
“GO NEON SAVE YOUR SELF i love you neon,”
The coward swooped away leaving me her eyes darted with confusion but she ran thanks to Alyssa who half dragged her the other way she got her to move was screaming in her ear. My thoughts were interrupted by chuckling hoarse hard and foul his breath was blood everywhere i could smell it danger. Suddenly I felt a dart pierce my skin I snarled trying to get it out I felt the blood trickle down my face I was dead nearly I let my last thoughts come good luck Neon i'd always liked her with my heart and soul as I nearly closed my eyes forever. I felt my eyes getting clouded with fog I lunged managing to kill five men new high score. The disadvantage was i only to be shoot again and spat on. My last thought was ‘so this is death’? Maybe, but my understanding was it was a long dark painful trail which was very very very slow and painful.
“Good luck for death will be a dark adventure you foul creature,” he growled under his breath but I heard it
My mum’s words came floating back to me
“Conner, listen to death. It is not a dark adventure and if you well are killed by your enemy die a hero,”
That's it. That is the last straw Red Cliff, I hurl my body up with so much effort I just manage to swat at his neck. He was dead.
I lay down my last cry. The word quickly spread around the wood and the creatures danced all night. I watched from the animal heaven above and smiled. My work was done. Death may be painful, but it was worth it to see this.
I heard Neon laugh at Alyssa.
“Happy endings are for fairytales bozo, but this once it worked out alright,”
We will meet again, for death is not the end but the beginning of new hope. This is our story we shared with you. Treasure it. We can't be the keepers for long.
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