The cure has been found! Wolves on Anikira are recovering from the disease and life is moving forward with the promise of pups in many packs. And yet darkness looms on the horizon, daring the creatures of Anikira to relax and allow themselves to get comfortable once more.
[attr="class","pltxt"]Ileana stood at the precipice of her world, and she stared out into the beyond.
In all fairness, her world had consisted of very little up until that very moment. Not long after her birth, she had become so sick that venturing out beyond the edge of the dens was a dangerous affair, one that her mother did not want to risk. Ileana’s body was weak, her system was weak, and the disease that tended to run rampant outside of the safety of the dens could have easily overwhelmed her, could have robbed her of the light from her eyes and the life from her body. She had hated it, being stuck within and unable to do the things that her siblings had. But she had understood. She had cherished the memories that she’d had with them, had held the experiences she’d shared with them near and dear to her little heart, such as hunting with Tiberius. And she had quietly resigned herself to her fate, wondering if she would ever recover, if she would ever see the beautiful images painted and presented in her dreams. She'd at least had the breath-taking view of the ocean to greet her whenever she wandered close enough to the entrance of the cave, and whenever the salt-tinged air was not too much for her lungs, she would sit and stare out at it. Her favorite time was sunset, when the sun sank slowly downwards, cradled by a vivid red, orange, and pink sky, until the water swallowed it up entirely.
But then she had grown stronger. The smallest things had stopped affecting her; she no longer wheezed at foreign scents, no longer became wretchedly sick at some of the food that filled her belly. She had thought it too good to be true, at first. She had scarcely dared to hope, to hold her breath for fear of suffocating. But the months had worn on and she had improved, until at last she had been permitted to leave the dens, to step forth into the world that her illness had denied her, that mysterious and beautiful place that she yearned for with her entire being.
And Ileana was afraid.
How could she not be? So much time she’d missed, so much experience she’d evaded. How did she even begin to pick up where she had left off, all that time ago? Her pale blue eyes were wide as she stood gazing outwards, her lithe body encloaked in shadows. She could hear the chattering of birds, could smell the scent of budding flowers faintly beneath the briny breeze, could see the bright bloom of colorful buds in the underbrush that hid the cavern, which bewildered her and delighted her at once. All she had to do was take a single step, to pass beyond that threshold of a place that had been her prison, a cave that had been her jailer. Sunlight filtered through the palms of trees just beyond her reach, and dust motes danced in the beams, tempting her, calling to her.
Could she really do this? Could she smother her fear, press it down deep in favor of courageousness, prove herself worthy of the second chance at life that she’d been gifted?
She breathed in deeply, once, twice. Inhale, exhale.
And Ileana stepped into the light.
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[attr="class","pltxt"]It had seemed like an eternity since Ileana had become sick. It was something that Tiberius really did not understand. He wanted to understand it, to see the reason in why Ileana could not come from the den. He missed his little sister so much, only wanting her to get better so he could show her more of the lands they called home. He often thought back to the time that he actually helped with her her hunting. It started to make sense now why she could not catch the rabbit. No matter how many times Shekinah explained the situation to him, he did not get it. He was fine, why was Ileana not? He spent many restless nights, laying beside her, watching as she slept soundly. He wanted her to get out of the den, he wanted to romp and play with her. He just wanted her to be alright. But the most recent thing he had heard from mother was the medicine was working and her body was recovering. She would never be as big and strong as Tiberius, but that really did not matter to him. He wanted to see her smile, to hear her laugh. It had been far too long since he had seen or heard either of those things.
Early that morning Tiberius had risen from his sleep, looked to his sister and gave a soft lick to her forehead. He hoped that someone would fix her, but for now - he had to go get food for her. Sure, mother could hunt for Ileana, but she was busy leading the whole pack. Plus, Tiberius loved to help his sister the best he could. Anything he could do to help her was everything in his world. He rushed for the fields, the lands he knew the rabbits would be living within. He had found them several times before, sometimes was even bested by the small game, but it was not often. Tiberius set forth on his prowl, seeking the fattest and juiciest of the group. Finally he found it, chased it down, and killed it with ease. The fat ones were always a tad slower than the rest. Their meat was also much richer than that of any other creature in the lands. Deer was nice, but Tiberius knew he was not big or skilled enough to take one down by himself.
Picking up the carcass in his mouth, he carried it slowly back to the dens. He figured he would give his dear sister more time to sleep in if she wanted to. Tiberius had no idea that today was the day that Ileana was going to come out of the den. Making his way around the path he had always taken back home, he caught the scent of something he knew far too well. His eyes opened wide and his stride quickened significantly. Nearly running, Tiberius' paws carried him towards the scent, to find that Ileana herself was outside of the den. Shock and worry covered him as he approached. Had she been allowed to leave now? But he was not thinking of that for this moment. He was so glad to see her up and standing beneath the light of the magnificent sun. His tail wagged from left to right, faster than it had for a long time. He approached her slowly, his mother's words ringing in his mind to "take it easy" with Ileana. Shekinah would be proud of her son this way, that much was true. He could listen and obey when it was important to do so. If he ever did anything to hurt his baby sister, his heart would shatter.
"Ireeana," he spoke her name with the rabbit still in his mouth. He placed it just before her paws, bending his neck to lay it down gently. His two-toned hues stared at her, looking over her form as he returned his head to its normal position. He was more than excited to be seeing her like this. "Ileana... I brought this for you... How are you feeling? Are you okay?" Worry washed over him once more, causing his brotherly instincts to kick right back in. He leaned forward and gave a lick on her cheek. Everything was going to be alright now. Tiberius was feeling whole again, just to see his sister as she was.
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