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“Oh no, this is a mistake, I've gone on an adventure by mistake!" Watership Down (Bluebell)
“Because Fiver says!' What if Fiver says to jump out of a bush a tickle a wolf?" Watership Down (Hawkbit)
“My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped running today.” Watership Down
"The fields are filled with blood..."Watership Down (Fiver)
“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed." Watership Down (Frith)
“You lack animality. Animals don't behave like men. If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality.” Watership Down (Holly)
“Ah wonderful. Follow Hazel and Fiver. See the world. Drown.”Watership Down (Hawkbit)
"And when our ears are tilted like this it means we're bored stupid." (Hawkbit)
"Get out of my head!" Watership Down (Fiver)
“First you don’t believe that I have visions, now I’m using them to cheat? Make up your mind, would you?!” Watership Down (Fiver)
"The roof! The roof here is made of bones!" Watership Down (Fiver)
“We need allies.” Blackbird growled and I tilted my ears. “I’m almost done training you, so you’re good, but we’ll be facing a whole warren, with all of their strongest rabbits. We need allies.”
“Who would we find? You’d have to have a brain full of rocks to travel out there with all the elil about.” I stated and he growled softly, nodding.
“Indeed. But there is always a few to travel around, hmm?” He questioned and I sighed.
“And you want me to go see if any rabbits are out there?” I questioned and he chuckled.
“Precisely.” He said as he got in my face, walking away. “Oh, and Fiver?” He lifted his front paw as he spoke to me. “Do not come back empty-pawed. Understood?” I nodded and went on my way.
“Allies. I don’t know why we need allies. Blackbird can beat anyone, even a lone wolf by himself, I wouldn’t even need to lift a paw.” I grumbled, sniffing the ground. “I mean, it’s not like we’re facing Efrafa. We’re facing Watership Down, and they won’t harm me, and he knows that.” I sniffed around again and growled. “I don’t understand why Blackbird can’t just trust ourselves, but whatever.” I sniffed the ground once more and smiled. A smell an unfamiliar rabbit. I followed the scent quickly, not wanting to lose them. I growled and pounced, pinning said-rabbit to the ground. “Who are you?” I demanded, growling.
The rabbit was a buck, dark brown fur with a lighter underbelly and paws, teal eyes, a black head stripe that went around his neck, a black tail, cut ears, two cuts on both sides, four scars along his back, one above his eye, and one right above his neck.
“My name is Juniper. I mean you no harm nor do I wish to fight.” He confessed and I scoffed.
“Likely story. My leader wishes to see you.” I pushed him along and he fell. It was then that I noticed that he only had three legs, his back-right leg was torn off, only a little less than half of it was there. I sighed, shaking my head. I may be evil, but I am empathetic to disabilities. “Come on. It’s not far.” He shakily got up and followed me.
“What is the name of your warren?” Juniper asked, and I eyed him carefully.
“Hraeth. We call ourselves Hraeth.” I answered and he looked down, as if he was afraid.
“I am not looking to join a warren. I am looking for my brother.” I turned around to face him.
“General Blackbird will determine that.” I growled, making him go into the cave. “Blackbird!” The black-pelted rabbit came out of one of the dens and into the main cave.
“I can see that you found someone, Fiver. Well done.” He praised, but I remained emotionless. Blackbird circled Juniper, probably looking for any signs of weakness. I can tell that he didn’t have brute strength, but he’s strong enough to hold his own. “What’s your name, son?” He asked and Juniper dared to look at him.
“Juniper, sir.” Juniper stated, confidently. “I was on the journey to find my brother when Fiver attacked me in the wood. He said that you wished to see me. What is it that you would like from me, sir?”
“Yes, I do…” Blackbird said, slowly. “I would like you to join Hraeth. We have a war going on between a nearby Warren and we could use some allies.”
“Oh, I’m not a fighter, sir. I’m a healer.” Juniper chuckled lightly and I rolled my eyes.
“Blackbird trained me from knowing nearly nothing to knowing almost everything in three days. How do you think I was able to attack you so easily?” I asked and he bent his ears back, uncertain.
“I don’t know… I really need to find my brother.” Juniper looked out towards the exit of the cave, Blackbird stood in front of him, blocking him.
“Son, I suggest that you accept. If you don’t, things could get difficult.” Blackbird threatened and he slunk back. He looked at us and he sighed.
“If I help you win the war, you’ll let me go so I can find my brother?” He questioned and we nodded.
“Certainly. Family is very important, isn’t the right, Fiver?” Blackbird looked at me and I slightly smirked.
“Absolutely.” I stated and he chuckled.
“There you have it! So, what’d you say?” He asked once more. Juniper looked at both of us and sighed.
“Very well, sir. I agree.” He told us and I sat back. Blackbird needed to do his thing.
“Excellent! Oh, there’s one more thing I need to do before I allow you into Hraeth, Juniper.” He told him, pulling him closer with his paw.
“What is it?” He asked and Blackbird pinned him to the ground.
“An initiation. A ritual. Something you have to do. Either by force, or willingly. If I were you, I would stay still.” Terrified, juniper didn’t move, save for some quick breaths of fear. Blackbird used his powers to lift him up, and said these words;
“Frith, hear my voice, have him make th right choice. If he may suffer a deal, please let him heal. Don’t kill him now, for that I cannot allow. Give him great power in this hour. Don’t let him break, for our enemies awake.”
Blackbird set him on the ground, Juniper slowly opened his eyes, he looked around and was fazed by what just happened. I don’t blame him, I was too.
“Your powers will be active very soon, don’t worry. I have the power to give superpowers to animals. I don’t always have to say the words, but they take affect faster if they do. Now, follow me. All three of us need to have a chat.” Blackbird made his way towards the back on the cave, I helped Juniper up and we followed.
“We will be going to war with a warren named Watership Down. Their leader is Hazel, Fiver’s brother. Head of the Owsla is Bigwig and Mortem. But don’t worry about Mortem, he’s working for me, and he’s trying to get his son, Hawkbit on our side. My foster brother, Dandelion was once a threat, but he no longer is now. Same for my brother, Bluebell.” Blackbird smiled at that. I knew what company he keeps, but I never knew Mortem was a bad guy. I knew immediately that Dandelion was paralyzed, and it broke him. But now, it may seem as if we have an advantage to his disability.
“It’s my sister we have to worry about. Silverwing is very tough, despite being a doe. Blackberry trained her, Bluebell and Skye. Taught them how to defend themselves, but Silverwing wanted more training than the other two, so Blackberry taught her everything. Oh, one more thing; Blackberry and Bluebell are a couple. And they are both bucks. I don’t condone that. But, if you kill one, you break the other. I don’t care which one you kill, just do it” Blackbird got in Juniper’s face, threateningly. Juniper didn’t even flinch, he just nodded obediently.
“Yes sir.” He replied and Blackbird smiled.
“Good. ‘Cause if you didn’t, I’d have to kill you. And your brother. Do we understand eachother?” He asked and Juniper nodded again, not saying a word. “Excellent. Fiver teach him how to fight with his three legs. I’m going to take a nap.” He told me and I nodded as he left.
“Well, we better get started, shall we?” I asked and he nodded, following me outside.
“The first technique I want to teach you is the ‘Attack And Roll.’ Most of the time, enemies will attack your back, so it’s best to lean down, put your front legs behind and roll out, then attack them on the back. Here, I’ll show you.” I demonstrated the technique and he nodded in understanding. “You wanna try?” I asked and he nodded, and we got into place. He did the technique perfectly and I smiled. “You did great! Now, how about we try the ‘Attack And Bend?’”
“I can’t believe you perfected fifteen moves in a hithra! That was more than I could do at first!” I exclaimed and Juniper chuckled.
“Maybe I’m just better than you.” He suggested and I sputtered.
“As if! I was here before you and I knew some battle moves before-pawed!” I spat out and he chuckled.
“I’m kidding. I know you’re good.” Juniper relived my worries and smiled. He looked at the cave and tilted his head. “How long have you known Blackbird?”
“Long time. His mother knew my parents, so we naturally hung out together at our old warren. Bluebell and Silverwing were like siblings to me, but I’m not sure what Blackbird is to me. I can’t place my paw on it quite yet.” I told him and he nodded.
“I understand. I miss my brother like crazy, I can’t wait to find him when this is over.” He expressed and I smiled.
“What’s your brother’s name, Juniper?” I asked, and just as he was about to answer, he froze. A look of shock appeared, and he backed up, frightened.
“I don’t know.” He told me and I bent my ears back. How could he possibly find his brother if he doesn’t even know his name?
Why do you think Juniper doesn’t know his brother’s name? there’s a reason, I just want to see what you guys think