*Flashback* 5 months earlier
It has been two weeks since Kate and I got married. Winston and Eve had retired from head alphas of the western pack and past the rank of head Alpha to me and Kate. Tony did the same and past his rank in the eastern pack onto Garth and Lilly when they got married a few days later. But of course they still hung around to make sure we were making wise decisions when it came to the pack's future. But being an omega that is married to an alpha has a few drawbacks.
Since I was still considered to be an omega, I was put in-charge of all things concerning the omegas in the western half of the pack, and Kate was in-charge of the alphas. And it went the same way with Lilly and Garth, Lilly in-charge of the eastern omegas and Garth in-charge of the eastern alphas. But really I was just walking around the territory aimlessly making sure the omegas were...well being omegas. Which was fun in all, but overtime it got boring. Cause after I checked on all the omegas I would usually just hang around my den, while Kate was off taking care of the rest of the pack.
And that's exactly what I am doing today. Kate and I had just finished our evening meal and she was off doing something with the alphas and I was stuck doing nothing inside our den. I looked up towards the mouth of the den. Fall was in full swing, the trees were turning from bright green to beautiful shades of red and orange, the air was getting colder da the day, and the sun was setting earlier as well. It was late in the afternoon the sun seamed to be hovering just over the horizon leaving the world in a arancia, arancio haze, so I figured it would be dark within the successivo two hours.
"Humphrey?You in there?" Hutch shouted from outside the den. Over the past few weeks me and Hutch had become great friends. Unfortunately outside of him, Candu, and Garth none of the other alphas considered me to be there true leader.
"Yeah Hutch, I'm here." I called back as I stood up and walked towards the mouth of the den. When I reached the opening of my tana, den Hutch was standing just to my right. "Winston wants to speak with you." Hutch detto then motioned for me to follow him, before spinning around on his heels and walking towards Winston's den."Hutch" I called up to him. He stopped and turned back to face me."Hutch cut the official toro crap and act normally." I detto trying to stifle a laugh. I found it funny how he always had to be so official. He smiled back at me and continued leading me to Winston's den.
When we reached Winston's den, Hutch turned to me "Well I've gotta go. I'll see te later Humphrey." And then he turned and headed off to resume his normal duties. As I walked into the tana, den I saw Winston and Eve sitting in the back of the tana, den waiting for me.
"Hello Humphrey," Winston greeted warmly "how have te been lately?'"
"I've been doing good. What was it te wanted to talk to me about?" I asked curiously.
Winston and Eve exchanged glances quickly before responding "Humphrey? How would te like to become an alpha?"
To say I was shocked da the domanda would be an under statement. I always kind of wanted to be an alpha. I mean who wouldn't? But why now? The pack was at peace and we had plenty of hunters. "I would Amore to become an alpha." I detto eagerly. "But may I ask, why?"
Winston gave me an uneasy glance "Well Humphrey if te and Kate plan on having Cuccioli one day, te need to be able to provide and defend for her. And well... some of the pack's alphas aren't exactly thrilled to be taking orders from an omega." Winston detto obviously feeling a little uneasy with that last statement.
"I understand, I would be glad to become an alpha to help protect the pack and Kate. Just tell me when Alpha school starts and I'll be there." I detto already starting to get excited about my upcoming training.
"That is good to hear Humphrey." Winston detto "The pack's annual alpha school begins in one week, meet me in the hunting grounds then and te can train along side this year's class.
"Thanks Winston. I'll see te then" I said. And swiftly walked out of the tana, den to go tell Kate the exciting news.
*4 Months later*
My fourth and final mese of training and now it was time to put what I've learned to the test. All of mese one we had been doing nonstop physical training. In mese two we learned how to become deadly and successful hunters. Which I was surprisingly good at. mese three we learned how to fight and kill with scary efficiency, which I again excelled at. Now it was time to see if we truly had what it takes to be an alpha.
"Alright, as of now te all have just entered your fourth mese of Alpha school." Winston said, while looking over our small group of aspiring young alphas. Our class was unusually small this anno there were only four Lupi taking the class including myself. Cole was the strongest and best fighter, Dylan who at first glance te might mistake for an omega because of his light frame and low amount of muscle, but in a fight he is amazing, and Lucas who was kind of a attraversare, croce between the two, light on his feet but still very strong. "And now its time for the final test I will be putting te all through. If te fail this test then the past four months I've spent training te all will have been a big waist of time. Starting this evening and running through the end of alpha school, each and everyone of te are going to be taking turns leading your peers on raids against our own pack alphas. te will leave here and from that point on, your on your own. The group will have to hunt so te all can eat and that night te will attack a patrol of alphas I've sent through the territory, and segnala to me the successivo morning. Any questions?"
Cole, who was sitting to my left raised his paw, "What are the fighting rules?" he asked.
"The rules of engagement are the same as they were during the sparring matches." Winston inquired "No claws o fangs only paw swipes, punches, and kicks. te will be considered dead after being pinned for più than three seconds, and vise versa. Now remember, the alphas te will be facing will mostra no mercy. If the team leader is killed o if più than half the group is K.I.A the operation is a failure. And the chances of whoever was leading that mission to graduate as an alpha are very slim. So watch each others back's out there. Now, have selected one of te at random to go first. And Humphrey, you're lucky number one." Winston exclaimed.
"Great" I thought "just perfect!"
"Alright, now the rest of te can relax, te leave in one hour. Humphrey come with me so we can talk about the mission." Winston said. As the other trainees walked away. I followed Winston through the training grounds till he led me inside the temporary tana, den he'd been using since the start of our training.
"Hello Humphrey, how have te been lately?" Winston asked. At first this was kind of awkward cause this is the first time in almost four months Winston has really talked to me as if he cared. Usually he was yelling at me for doing something wrong o explaining an exercise to everyone. But for now I decided to just go with it.
"I've been doing well sir, thank you. So what about this mission?" I asked anxious to find out più on my mission.
"Yes, now the squad of alphas te will be charged with attacking will be traveling along the pack's hunting trail that runs along side the western boundary of the hunting grounds. I'm sure te know where it is." Winston said. I nod my head confirming I knew which trail he was referring too. Heck I practically walked that trail daily back when I was co-leading the pack with Kate. After discussing a few più details and rules about the op with Winston, I was sent back to my temporary tana, den to think of a plan.
*time skip 30 minutes*
"Good luck boys I'll see te tomorrow." Winston said, as we departed the training grounds to start making our way back to united pack territory. The training grounds were about ten miles south of the pack's southern most border, so we had a lot of walking ahead of us. "Come on guys lets pick up the pace." I detto was we quickened from a slow walk to a light run. We continued our light run for several hours stopping periodically to rest. Finally after what seamed like an eternity of running we reached the pack's southern boarder. I instinctively flicked my tail to signal the group to stop.
"Alright cerchio up on me." I ordered in a hushed voice as the group formed a tight cerchio around me. "Ok as of now we are back inside of our pack's territory. Which means from this point till the end of the mission talking needs to be kept at a minimum. All of the pack knows why we're here, and if they see us they will treat us as a threat and will not hesitate to engage. So we need to keep a low profilo and be extremely careful. Got it?" I asked.
"Got it!" the group replied.
"Alright now we still have another mile ahead of us before we reach the hunting grounds so lets get going." I ordered as we continued our trek into the territory. The chatter that was present during our earlier run was now down to an intense utter silence. We kept our bodies low to the ground being sure not to step on any leaves o sticks that might create unneeded noise. The process of slinking through the territory was slow and tedious, every few minuti o so we jumped and hid behind trees, rocks, shrubs, o what ever was available to avoid being spotted da patrolling alphas. Finally after about another ora of careful bushwhacking and a hand full of close calls we made it to the cliff edge that over looked the hunting grounds. Not much had changed in the old valley, the erba was still recovering from the harsh winter months and was just now returning to its original lush green color.
"Hey is anyone hungry?" one of my fellow trainees asked. I looked over and found Dylan pointing towards a sizable white-tail deer walking carelessly through the valley. I smiled at the opportunity for an easy kill. White-tail deer aren't nearly as big as a caribou but for a group of our size, it would do nicely. "Lets catch us some dinner." I detto to my squad before descending into the valley. We all made to the bottom quietly and hid in a nearby patch of tall grass.
The deer kept grazing peacefully completely unaware of our group slowly creeping up on him. We kept ourselves as low to the ground as possible, I was practically dragging myself across the ground in an attempt to avoid being seen. When we were about ten yards away from the deer I signaled my squad to initiate the attack. I held my position while the rest of my squad moved up and surrounded the unknowing deer leaving it with no escape route. Seeing that we were all in position I stuck my tail into the air signaling the attack. All at once the group lunged at the deer causing it to rear up and screech in terror. It bucked wildly swinging its massive antlers from side to side in a desperate attempt to ward off it's impending attackers. But it's attempts were to no avail. Every time the deer turned it's back on one of us we would jump up on to it's back, digging our claws and fangs into it's flesh. Soon the deer was covered in Lupi viciously attacking every part of it's body. Finally the deer collapsed to the ground, crushed da the weight of three o four Lupi ridding on it's back. As the group pinned the still struggling animal to the ground and started digging into it's side. I walked up and clamped down on it's throat and using my two front paws as a brace to hold the animal in place I jerked my head back ripping out it's wind pipe thus sealing it's fate, and then joined my fellow hunters in the feast. The sound of the life o death struggle paired along with the smell of a fresh kill would draw alphas to our position like a magnet, so we ate our meal as quick as possible. After we finished our meal we hid the remains in a nearby cespuglio, bush and quickly departed the scene, being sure to mask our sent to ensure we would not be followed.
The sun was now beginning to dip below the horizon da the time we made it to the trail where Winston detto we could expect to encounter the patrol. I knew I had to use what little sunlight I had remaining to start setting up the ambush and immediately went to work. I looked up and down the path observing my surroundings and started to put together a plan.
."Hey Dylan," I called. Dylan was the smallest of the group as well as the most agile."do te think te can reach that branch up there?" I asked pointing to a large branch which hung about six feet over the trail. He gave me a sly smile and nodded his head confidently. He took a few steps back then took of in a dead sprint towards the tree. Using his running start he launched himself towards the tree, while in midair he rotated himself so he impacted the tree's tronco with all four paws. Then changed his momentum and launched himself up and onto the branch.
"Alright Lucas, Cole, and I will be hiding in these bushes." I detto motioning towards a group of bushes just to the left of the trail. "When the patrol walks underneath Dylan, he's going to drop down on the last guy in line. When he does it'll signal the rest of us to jump out and start the attack." I informed.
"Hey Humphrey, don't worry I got this." Dylan replied confidently.
"Ok guys lets get set up, nightfall is in a few minuti so lets get ready." I ordered as Cole, Lucas, and I eased ourselves into the brush blending in seamlessly with the surrounding foliage.
As night fell my senses kicked in and I started observing each and every detail of my surroundings, anticipating that at any moment the squad could come walking down the path. Soon minuti started melting into hours and still no sign of the patrol. We had been laying prone underneath the shrub for who knows how long, and the effects of the precedente giorno were starting to kick in. I could feel my eyelids increasing in weight every minuto I lay still. I shook my head hard to ward off the feelings of drowsiness. I looked out over the same section of trail I had been staring at for the past several hours hopping for a change, but saw none. The long eerie shadows cast da the albero branches hanging over head laced across the trail. Up above on one of detto branches I could see Dylan's motionless body waiting for the patrol to pass underneath him, but as I studied him closer I noticed something was off about him. His weight was shifted to the right side of the branch leaving him dangerously off balance, then it hit me, he was asleep!
"Dylan wake up." I detto in a hushed voice. Just when I was about to call out to him again the inevitable happened. Being so off balance caused him to slide right of the branch. He hit the ground with a thud, and let out a pained groan. Cole, Lucas, and I who had been quiet up until now, busted out laughing. "I'm ok!" Dylan yelled drowsily. Popping off the ground as fast as he could, obviously very embarrassed.
"Geez Dylan, I didn't know it was possible for a lupo to bounce that high!" Cole detto between fits of laughter. Which was followed up da a few più smart remarks da Lucas, adding to their hysteria.
"Hey te two pipe down!" I ordered becoming slightly aggravated da the amount of noise they were making."Dylan get back into your position and don't let me catch te asleep again." I ordered. Dylan gave me a sheepish grin and made his way back up onto the branch. But as he was just about to land on the branch, then out of nowhere Candu jumped out of some near da brush ramming the young alpha in the side. Dylan went flying through the air and landed hard. But Candu was quick to continue the attack and jumped on superiore, in alto of him and started fighting to try and pin him. I was first to react, propelling myself out of the cespuglio, bush and tackling Candu to the ground. We rolled on the ground for a few feet before coming to rest with me on superiore, in alto struggling to control a fiercely fighting Candu. Just when I thought I had him pinned out of no where two più Lupi came in and shoved me off Candu and sent me sprawling to the ground a few feet away.
My vision was very blurry as I shakily forced myself to my feet to observe my surroundings. The fight had quickly escalated into an all out brawl. Cole and Lucas were doing battle with the two Lupi that had attacked me and Dylan was engaged with a forth alpha, leaving me to deal with Candu.
Candu and I circled each other menacingly growling and faking lunges, testing each other out. Candu was an opportunist, meaning he would attack at the first sign that te are not paying attention, but this also made him prone to misjudgment and easier to counter. With this knowledge all I had to do was bait him into attacking first, then counter, and pin.
Me and Candu both kept circling each other staring right into each others' eyes waiting for the other to make the first move. For a brief secondo I glanced away, tempting Candu to attack. He took the bait, throwing caution to the wind and lunging at me full-force. I waited till the last possible secondo before quickly side-stepping to the right and dealing a veloce, swift kick to his stomach. The resulting kick sent Candu flying and landing hard on his side. I knew this would probably be my best chance to score a pin. As Candu started to push himself off of the ground I ran up and dealt a hard punch, punzone to the side of his face, and tackled him back to the ground. He fought desperately trying everything to keep me off him; Rolling, punching, snarling, anything to keep me from pinning him. Unfortunately it was all in vain, with one paw on his shoulder, holding him down and another just below his jaw to restrict his breathing I was finally able to pin him.
"Your dead!" I proclaimed proudly. Apon hearing this Candu's struggling came to a halt as he lay on the ground breathing hard to try and regain his breath.
I looked up from my opponent to observe the battle. Directly in front of me was Lucas who just successfully 'killed' another alpha, behind him could see the retreating forms of the two Lupi Dylan and Lucas had engaged, with detto Lupi right behind them.
"So much for no lupo left behind." I detto cockily to Candu. Rubbing it in that we had beaten him.
"Whatever Humphrey,"Candu wheezed back. "now would te mind removing your paw from my windpipe anytime soon?" He asked. Realizing my paw must have still been chocking him, I stepped off him and helped him to his feet.
"Hey Candu!" the alpha that was still being pinned da Lucas called. "Looks like someone owes Claw and Scar a caribou!" He shouted.
"Don't remind me." Candu replied, as Lucas stepped off the alpha letting him up. "Oh I just remembered, Winston detto he needed to speak with you. He detto it was important." Candu informed.
"Thanks Candu but I think I can take it from here." detto a familiar voice somewhere behind me. I turned around just in time to see Winston emerge from a patch of thick brush, he nodded his head at Candu signaling him he was free to go.
"Well first-off I just wanted to congratulate te and your team for having a successful raid." Winston started, as Cole, Dylan, and Lucas, who had just returned from chasing off the remaining members of the patrol, sat down behind me. "second te all need to know that alpha school is being cut short this anno and te all are being called back to the pack." Winston detto with a solemn look on his face.
"Why what's happened?" Dylan asked
"Actually I'm not for sure, since I've been away teaching te guys. But from what I have been told, it appears a new pack has entered Jasper. And in precedente weeks has been encroaching on our territory, so it has been requested that te all come home now to help the pack." Winston told us.
"But what about our training? We haven't finished alpha school yet." Cole detto from behind me.
"I've taught te every thing you'll need to know in order to be a successful alpha. And you've proven it here tonight." Winston exclaimed. "Enough questions, te all have had a long hard day, y'all can sleep in mine and Eve's tana, den for tonight, and then return to your own families in the morning." Winston informed us. My head was swimming with all sorts of domande I felt I just had to know. But I could tell da the look on Winston's face that he was not in the mood for an interview. So I nodded my head and followed Winston back to his den.
*end of flashback*