Aryn Announcement - We Are StrongerAs the sunset turned the sky a bloody red, they limped home in defeat. Athena felt the bile in her throat like a sickness. She had never been good at losing. But this was no petty skirmish, where she could nurse her wounded pride and move on. Betrayers had been invited into her home. They had stolen blood and bone and kin.
And she, Lady of Aryn, had failed to see their true natures before it was too late. The blame lay squarely on her shoulders. Renegades of the Red Pack would have had no cause for vengeance had her pride not led to the war which destroyed Blutwald, in the first place. And they were all still being punished. Even the young ones, Merrill most of all, who had played no part in that undertaking.
But the pack needed strength, and whatever her doubts, Athena knew that she must appear confident and lead by example. If she appeared lost, uncertain - guilty, the pack would succumb to chaos and doubt. And any chance of saving Merrill would be gone.