"What?! Who attacked you?" Derren asked.
"The lionesses we went with to look for Care," Dura huffed.
"Apparently, it's not just enough taking the queen. It's an entire attack on the royal family," Merida growled.
"But...why? Why would Maroon plan all this? And why drag Adam into it if he was planning to try to take out the royal family?" Derren questioned under his breath.
"Sire, we need to focus," Sorrelfur interjected.
"That's right. We have to find Nikita's group. It could be likely the lionesses that went with Princess Ivory are also in on it," Knight added.
"I'll send out the hunting parties with the best trackers," Kalia said at Derren's worried expression. "We'll find them before anything bad happens to Ivory and Care."
Ivory....Sis, please be okay, Zema prayed.
"Mom?!" Ivory yelled, looking around the corridors.
"Ivory? Ivory, get out of here!" Care's voiced echoed.
Ivory, ignoring the warning, followed where her mom's voice was coming from. As she rounded the corner, she spotted a glimpse of her mother. "Mom!"
"No, Ivory! Don't come closer!"
Unfortunately, the warning came too late as claws slashed at her throat and Ivory was smacked to the ground hard. "Hello, Princess," came the cruel voice.
*Outside the cave*
Joseph panted as he tried to catch his breath from the harsh fight. "Thanks, Obsidyx, Jun. Thank Apedemak you were both nearby," he said to the primal male and regular male near him. "Nikita, you okay?"
"I'm not dead yet, am I?" the lioness snorted, wiping the blood from her cheek.
"We got lucky you guys didn't get hurt any worse. And you'll have to thank Knight since he assigned this section of the territory for us to look through," Jun said.
"I'll be sure to make sure to tell Dad that when we-" Joseph got cut off as a roar came from the cave.
"That sounds like more trouble," Nikita commented.
"Obsidyx, roar for help. We'll go take care of this," Joseph ordered.
"Got it," the primal male replied. He started to roar as the trio sped into the cave.
*Inside the cave*
Ivory groaned, slowly regaining her senses. As her vision came back, she noticed red droplets on the ground and her paws. Blood. She gasped in horror, feeling her neck and pulling her paw back to see more of the red liquid coming from the slash on her neck. Standing right in front of her was Maroon and Adam, the former grinning sadistically while the latter looked on in horror.
"Ivory!" she heard her mother call from behind. She couldn't see past the adult males, but there was a third male with the same look in his eyes as Maroon keeping the lioness pinned to the ground with a paw on her back. He kept the other paw near the two mewing cubs. "Leave her be, she's just a child!"
"A child that doesn't deserve the title of being an heir," Maroon sneered. "Now's your chance, Adam. Show everyone in here you're more worthy of being the next king."
"Adam, don't do it. She's your sister!" Care cried.
"But...you said...I don't want to kill her!" Adam protested, looking at Maroon.
"Adam, you have to. How else are you supposed to prove how worthless she is to your father without showing him the consequences of his decision? She'll never be able to handle rogues trying to come in and take over. They'd kill her without batting an eye. You must show him that only a son will be a better choice, a son who will do anything to keep his pride safe," Maroon replied.
"By killing a cub?!" Care growled. "That's cruel and unnecessary. Derren would not stand to have a son that would do that, even for so-called protection!"
That won't be much of a problem for long, Maroon smirked inwardly. "Adam, come on. Do what is best for the pride and family. Do what is best for us. Show everyone your resolve to do what is right."
Adam's body shook, he took a step closer to Ivory. The adolescent lioness's eyes widened in horror at the lions in front of her. Her whole body shook as fear and dizziness overcame her mind. Adam's claws unsheathed, and he lifted up a paw.
Only one (or two) more parts and this storyline is done.