Alcatraz pelted through the forest, not really caring where he was going. Behind him, three brothers were chasing him snarling. Alcatraz had seen them badgering a young loner female, even though Alcatraz could smell that she had puppies in a den nearby, and probably a mate who was out getting food. Angered with their dishonorable behavior, he had stalked right over and chomped down on the tail of the oldest brother. Alcatraz was pretty... cocky. He knew there were three wolves, one of them bigger than him the other two close to his size, but he was pretty sure he could take them on.
It was only that the three turned to him, snarling, that he realized that perhaps he was wrong. So, instead of standing his ground as he almost always did, he decided to try a different tactic. He had swiped his paw right across another brother's nose and turned to flee. The three brothers were sufficiently angry at him to give chase, which is what Alcatraz wanted. he wanted to draw them away from the female. But now he had to figure out what to do with them.
He planned on turning and fighting at some point, especially because he was entering land he somewhat recognized as near Chandor's territory. And he did not want to run into them, ever since his not so great meeting with a she-wolf Suteki. But he found himself for the first time reluctant to turn and fight...
But he could not either draw these wolves into another pack's territory. That was wrong. And with that he decided that he ought to stop and fight now if he ever was going to. Seeing a rock ahead of him, he leaped on its side, using it as a springboard to launch himself at the rapidly approaching attackers. One of the brothers let out a yelp as Alcatraz plunged into him like a freight train, teeth and claws driving into the thick pelt. The other two brothers had to slow down and stop before they could turn and help their brother, who was trapped between Alcatraz's strong jaws. Alcatraz give him a last nasty bite before lunging at another brother who was charging at him. The two wolves collided, Alcatraz's teeth sinking into the base of the other wolf's head. He never aimed to kill, but giving them a good scare was always preferable...
The injured brother laid on the ground, watching in fright as Alcatraz attacked his siblings but he was quite unwilling to get up. The third brother was as angry as ever, however, and attacked, biting Alcatraz on his flank and trying to get him off his brother. Alcatraz snarled as he felt the pain that burned into his back. He would deal with that pest soon... as soon as he slammed his current opponent into the ground. But that was hard, for this wolf was bigger than him and his front paws scored across Alcatraz's shoulders he as struggled to get the dark wolf away. Never had Alcatraz been in a situation quite as difficult as this.
Skye was pacing through the new territory, making sure she was aware where the markers were. She knew Lyn was having a real hard time lately holding them up and she wanted to help anyway she could, and prove to be useful. She visited each marker, remaking another next to it, just making sure she had covered everywhere, as it was taking a damn while!
It was that point she scented other unknown wolves. At first they were a distance away and of no concern, so she brushed it off. They were breaking no rules currently. It was only when the smell got closer and closer that her ears pinned back. This wasn't right. She growled quietly and quickly started to run in the direction the scent was coming from, using large paces, almost leaping.
She eventually found the source. At first, it all happened at once, one second, a dark brown wolf seemed to be running from thre others, until he leapt back upon them. This impressed Skye. For one wolf to fight against three was remarkable. Or stupid. She wasn't sure which. Though, she knew three against one was no way honoruable or fair, so she felt the need to intervene. Fairness and honour was what her father taught her. She saw the dark third wolf bite the wolf that was running, and felt her opportunity arise. She snarled loudly and leapt down off the slight hill she was on, leaping at the third wolf. He let go of the other wolf's flank in suprise at seeing the she wolf charge at him, and let out a yelp as the she wolf took him out with force. She raised her muzzle baring her fangs and bringing down a harsh bite on the wolf's chest, earning a howl of pain in response. She then landed to the floor, letting the other wolf stagger away, staring at her. Skye snarled again, baring her fangs.
"You are TOO CLOSE to Chandor, BACK OFF!" She growled menacingly, raising her tail at them, her hackles raised. She glanced quickly at the other wolf, who seemed to be dealing with another of these three similar wolves. She pondered if he needed any help, when the one she bit came charging at her. She almost smiled at his brave approach, snapping her jaws and launching at him again. She didn't want to kill, but this wolf was clearly needed some message sent to him. She met him again, jaws bitting into his leg, and she bolted away, still holding his leg, so he fell with a heavy THUD, and leapt onto his stomach, snarling in his face.
The snarling of another wolf shocked Alcatraz and his pale yellow eyes flicked behind him as a white and brown she-wolf tackled the wolf right off his flank. Alcatraz's opponent was shocked as well as a second brother was taken down, and Alcatraz took advantage of his moment of hesitation. With a mighty grunt, the dark wolf pulled strongly at the other wolf, throwing him off balance and sending him slamming into the ground below. Alcatraz kept his jaws locked on the base of the male's head, pressing his jaws down until blood squeezed around his muzzle and his opponent yelped for mercy. Alcatraz let go, his large paw pressing the male's muzzle into the dirt. "Don't let me catch you badgering anyone else, you filth, or I won't be so kind."
he snarled, then lifted his paw. The male fled, spitting curses. The first wolf fled after his brother.
Alcatraz turned to help this new female with the last male, but he noticed that she had no need for his help. She was a tall wolf, quite thin, but clearly she had a good deal of muscle and fighting skill. He stood and watched, ready to spring if she needed help, and also ready to defend himself if she turned on him as well. She looked quite fierce. Not that he feared her, but he knew that he could not be too careful, especially when he recognized a familiar scent on her... Chandor.
Skye snarled again at the male, as he watched his fellow wolves run, he tried to scramble to his feet, however, Skye pressed on his throat.
"If i catch you here again, i will end your miserable existence..." she snarled, letting go of him and seeing him scramble to his paws and flee after the others. Skye watched them leave and huffed. She then turned to the other wolf, studying him slightly.
"You fight well brother. Where was your training?" she asked, turning to face him fully, her tail curved to the side more. She noted he wasn't of a pack, so a loner, though it was strange for loner males to attack another male on his own. Unless they were just blood thirsty?? She didn't know. But maybe she would find out.
Alcatraz watched the female, surprised at her ferocity. She certainly was impressive. Alcatraz flicked his ear as she addressed him, relieved at least that she was not going to attack him. He was about sick of fighting for the moment, and also quite tired. "Thanks."
he grumbled quietly. He was not used to having help, or thanking others, but he managed to get the word out.
Alcatraz looked at her carefully as she asked the question. Brother, hm? It was a kind gesture for her to address him as such even though she knew nothing about him. But it was right for her to assume that he would not try anything cruel with her after the help she gave him. "I've picked up a few things..."
he said vaguely with a small shrug. He had been trained to hunt and fight in his old pack to the far north in the mountains. But he had left that place as soon as he had the chance and since had been training on his own.
"Hmmm, not very chatty are you" Skye observed, climbing back up the hill slope she had come from and lay down halfway, within Chandors borders. She wanted to be between him and Chandor, just in case he tried anything.
"Nothing personal Brother, just taking precautions" She said, explaining her actions. She crossed her paws and studied him again. She tilted her head to oneside.
"But you must have learnt great courage from where ever you learnt your training, it takes guts to stand up to three of them. Why did they attack you?" Skye asked, frowning slightly, not considering that maybe they had attacked him for doing something wrong. The thought made her shift, ready to defend her pack if need be.
Alcatraz blinked slowly at her as she commented on his quiet nature, but he did not respond as she moved to stand between him and her territory. She settled down, crossing her paws and explaining that it was nothing personal. "I understand."
he said. It did not bother him at all. He liked this she-wolf already. Fierce, powerful, but no fool.
Alcatraz dipped his head slightly at her compliment, but it boosted his little ego quite a bit. Yes, he was quite courageous, wasn't he? His lip curled into a small smile. He refocused on her as she asked the question. "They were bothering a loner she-wolf. It was annoying me."
he growled, his pale eyes narrowing as he remembered how appallingly they were bullying the poor female.
Skye nodded approval. She liked this male. Not your run-of-the-mill blundering loner fool.
"Quite honorable of you brother. Not many wolves would do such a thing. It's a nice change to see such an individual who still stands for traditional values instead of turning a blind eye" Skye commented, looking at the male. He seemed quite similar to herself, which interested her, though she wasn't sure what this male was capable of, reminding herself that he was a loner after all, and that she had to be more wary.
"You alone brother?" Skye asked, lifting her head up suspiciously. Through the masking of other scents of the other wolves she could not smell anything, which would make perfect cover for another wolf. "Thank you."
Alcatraz said. Now he was really feeling good about himself, ruffling his thick chest fur. He also liked this she-wolf because, in his mind, she had a good sense of other individuals. Honorable, courageous, gutsy. He agreed. He believed that he had earned his pride, though, and thought nothing more or less than what he felt he deserved fro his actions.
He nodded his head once. "I am."
he said. She would just have to trust him, although if there was anyone else with him, they probably would have helped him while he was being attacked, so perhaps that would vouch for his credibility.
"Hmmm" Was Skyes reply to the males answer. She sat up more, trying to scent some more, and once she was satisfied that there was no one else, she lay back down again.
"So where you from brother? You must have traveled far to be here" Skye said, noting that he did not look like other wolves, he seemed to have a slightly different pelt.
"I must say i was impressed by your display at battling those loners. You and I have honor in common, and even if you did not need my help, i feel that three against one is no fair fight at all. If one wants the pride of winning battles, one must choose his battles wisely and if outmatched, there is always the element of surprise" Skye added, looking forward into the trees ahead. "The mountains in the north."
he said, again not going into much detail. He had not liked his life there, not since the slaughter of half his pack, including his father, two siblings, and best childhood friend. "What about you? Have you been in Chandor your whole life?"
he asked. He was not aware that the pack was relatively new, since he was also relatively new to this area.
Impala listened to her words and nodded. "I appreciated it anyway."
he said, glancing briefly at his flank. It had bled slightly but had stopped by now. He looked back at her. "Although rarely do I chose battles."
Alcatraz never went looking for trouble, knowing that even a minor injury could be quite serious for a loner. He only picked fights when he felt it was the right thing to do. He had a murderous conscience that did not let him abandon those in need. That was the one thing that kept with him from his old pack.
"The mountains in the north eh?" Skye said, pretty much to herself. She looked away as she wondered, before her eyes snapped back on him. This loner didn't seem to want or need anything, which was strange to her. Most loners wanted something.
"No, i have not been in Chandor my whole life, Chandor is actually new, but already a good number in size, brother. But i used to live South of here, in a forest called Del' Tzu. It was my fathers land, and he took me from my mother and sibling to raise and train me in the art of combat, honor and sacrifice. I never saw a loving embrace from him. Only training. And then he told me to leave when i 'Graduated'" Skye said, looking up to the trees ahead and moving her tail on the grass. She looked back at the loner, aware she was meant to be watching him.
"You're story must have more to it that just, The Mountains, surely brother?" Skye asked, frowning a little.
Alcatraz noted the fact that Chandor was new. He had not known that before, but it was good to keep track of things like that. He listened as she told her his story. "I see. He has trained you well."
he said, referring to how easily she had chased of that male. "It's too bad he was so cold, though. Sometimes that can do things to a wolf."
he had met several wolves with problems due to the fact that their parents did not treat them with the nurturing love that all parents should. "I'm glad you turned out fine."
He shrugged his broad shoulders as she asked for more about his past. "I lived in my mother's pack up there. I left as soon as I could."
he said vaguely. It was really his father's pack, but his father had been killed along with most the rest of the pack when he was a puppy during a ruthless slaughter that Alcatraz blamed on his parent's foolishness. His mother had technically taken over after that, but she was a wreck after the loss of half her litter and mate. Other surviving wolves helped her, and they basically ran the pack in her stead. Alcatraz had trained hard for the rest of his childhood, so inspired by the devastation that attack caused, and left as soon as he could hunt on his own. He did not want to deal with protecting a pack that would not protect themselves.
Skye nodded her gratitude toward him, grateful for his comment. She had never really received praise before. And it meant a lot.
"You would really say i turned out well? My father alsways said i was the weakling, that my siblings were so tough they would eat me and my mother would have me killed. That i was an embarrassment to my family and needed to be made tougher" Skye said, thinking back. She felt a pang of sadness and felt herself well up a little. She shook her head and growled to herself quietly, before her confident exterior came back.
"Perhaps family is stupid, no one can look out for themselves unless they really want to, or need to. I dwell in pack life as i see the pack as being one, but i can understand your struggle brother..." Skye replied, laying her head down, eyes still fixed on him.
"Do you spar, Brother?" She enquired, raised her head again
Alcatraz watched the female carefully as she spoke. She looked quite bothered by how her family had treated her. "Well, I suppose may know you better than I, but from what I saw with that wolf you are quite formidable."
he said, perhaps unhelpfully. Alcatraz was not quick to pity others, but he had a feeling Skye's blood family was a little unreasonable.
He nodded as she explained her reasons for living in pack life. He could understand that, he supposed, but other wolves either annoyed him or died, so he figured it was best to just forget them all and focus on enjoying the only thing that will never change; the beauty of the world.
Alcatraz shook his head. It was not wise for loners to spar. Wasting precious energy without needing to. He had not sparred since his battle training in his old pack. The only time he would even consider it at this point in his life is after a full meal, and even then it was not likely.
"Hmmm" Skye simply said again, unsure of what was to happen next. She concluded that maybe this wolf didn't actually want to talk, and that she just looked like a rambling idiot. She sighed, looking to the floor for a few moments before getting up, still watching Alcatraz. She peered over the rock that was near her, to see the path that the three brothers had taken. She wondered where they were, and if they were bothering that female again.
"I would love to track them down. And see if they deserve another thrashing, but my loyalties lie with Chandor, and will not abandon it to go chase some nut jobs" Skye stated, mostly for her own benefit. She looked to Alcatraz again.
"The name is Skye by the way"
Alcatraz watched her as she got to her paws and padded to the spot where the three loners had disappeared. He padded beside her and looked out as well. "Hmph. Perhaps I should go after them. I have no loyalties."
He looked at her as she stated her nice. It was a nice one, simple and unique. "Alcatraz."
he answered with his own name, which sounded rather long and complicated compared to hers. Oh well, it is not like he chose his name, nor did she.
Skye looked back at the male and smiled at him.
"That's a nice name. Alcatraz" She said, repeating his name and sounding it out a little. It was the first wolf she had met with that name. She liked it. SHe smiled again.
"It was nice to meet you. Try not to get into anymore scrapes for a while, but if you need help, or wanna chat, hit me up brother" Skye said, swishing her tail, trotting away slightly, before turning to look at him again.
Alcatraz rolled his shoulders a bit at her compliment. It did suit him, even if it was unusual. At least he thought so.
He looked at her sideways as she said "hit me up". Was that... slang of some sort? In context he made it out to mean to let her know. Trying to make it seem like he understood what she had said the whole time, he said, "Ah, yes. I will keep that in mind... Skye."
Pfft.... like he would ever need help again! But he appreciated how friendly she was, and capable, yet guarded at the same time. He was sure he would not mind running into her again.He said farewell as a slight nod to her as she looked back and then he turned and bounded into the undergrowth.