Wolfe Song

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Chapter 6 (v.1) - Ceremonies Always Lead to Tears...

Submitted: March 14, 2010

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The next few days, I didn’t go to school for fear I would get a sudden urge to brutally murder Ray.He had called a few times, but I never answered.I was too choked up with hate to even think of what I would say. Almost every time he called, he would leave a concerned voicemail. I deleted every one of them—who cared what he said?He probably didn’t even know that my dad was dead, much less that it had been his own father that killed him.
The pack was devastated. Mom hadn’t come out of her room since the night of the incident, leaving me to care for Corey (who cried every night, as did I). Every hour or so another Pack member would come and sit with Mom in her room, comforting her.
On Saturday, after we had all had time to digest the fact that Dad was gone, Mom finally came out of her room.She zombie-walked into the kitchen, where I was getting Corey and myself some breakfast.
“Tell everyone to meet in the clearing. Send Drew, Steven, Tameron, and Ketan to me, please,” she mumbled, heading out the door without even brushing her hair.I picked up Corey and followed her to the center of the clearing. I set Corey down by her feet and then went to make my rounds to the homes of the other Pack members.
Half an hour later, the entire Pack was gathered in the clearing.As Mom, Corey, Steven, Blaire, and I each threw a shovelful of dirt onto Dad’s coffin, Drew tried his best to comfort Farrah.Even though she wasn’t an actual, biological member of our family, my father had been the father she never had.Her father ran away when she was born, because he didn’t know her mom was a werewolf when he married her.It had angered the whole Pack, especially my dad, so he took her in and helped her mom out.This was as hard for her as it was for us.
After Drew, Ketan, Tameron, and Steven had finished covering the grave with soil, Mom dismissed everyone to go transform into their wolf selves for the next big ceremony of the day.
Blaire and Steven stood at the front of the Pack next to Mom and me.Blaire’s green eyes were bloodshot from crying, and I imagined mine were too. Mom turned and touched me on the shoulder with her nose. I nodded and she began the ceremony of inducting a new leader.
“The loss of a leader is tragic, as you and I both know. The need to immediately appoint a new one, though, is unpleasant but necessary.Steven Creek, please step forward so that I may present you to the Pack.” Steven silently moved forward to stand right in front of Mom. “Steven Anthony Creek, do you promise to uphold the laws and traditions of our Pack as they were set down by our ancestors long ago, acknowledging all legal changes made that stand to apply to us now?”
Steven nodded gravely. “I promise to do these things,while protecting the Pack as I protect my own family, risking my…” He choked briefly, holding back tears. “Risking my life if necessary to protect and preserve the well-being of every elder, adult, and child that takes membership in our Pack.”
Mom dipped her head to him and then turned to everyone else.“As loyal members of the Pack on whose ground you now stand, do you accept Steven Anthony Creek as your new leader?” A chorus of ‘We do’s’ echoed through the small crowd.
“Welcome to your new position, Steven.Now, as a formal rule, you must choose a lieutenant,” my mom whispered in his ear.He nodded and looked around.
“My first act as reigning leader is to appoint a new lieutenant, who will take over should something happen to me.”
“Who have you chosen?” the Pack responded in a chorus.Steven looked around, and then his eyes locked on someone in the crowd.
“Drew Cadence Cedars, please step forward.”
I gasped. Drew had been chosen as the new lieutenant?Whoa… didn’t see that coming.
Drew dipped his head and stepped forward.
“What do you ask of me?”
Steven looked down at him. “You are a good member of the Pack, young and strong.In the best interests of the Pack, I ask you to take the responsibility of being the lieutenant of this Pack.”
“I accept,” Drew said, just loud enough for everyone to hear him.He glanced up into my eyes, a silent plea for approval.I moved my head the tiniest fraction of a bit up and down—he caught the nod and his eyes lit up.I smiled slightly and looked back down at the ground.
“As a tradition, I must cite your duties to this Pack,” Steven said to Drew. Drew nodded solemnly.Steven went on.
“You must always put others before yourself.You must protect each and every member of us with your life. Should something happen to me, you will be elected leader. Do you agree to these terms?”
“Yes.”
“Good.If anyone present objects to this, speak now or forever hold your peace.”
Isn’t that something they say at weddings? Huh, weird.
No one spoke, so I assumed they’d all decided to hold their peace.
“Then as reigning leader of the Wolfe tribe, I hereby appoint Drew Cadence Cedars as the lieutenant and my successor.”With a friendly nudge on the shoulder, Steven turned Drew around and presented him to the Pack.
“You are dismissed,”Steven called out, and everyone except for my family and the newly-appointed leaders disappeared into the ring of trees to change back into humans.
“Congratulations,” I said to Drew.He nodded and smiled bashfully.
“Would you like to go for a walk?” he murmured softly in my ear.I nodded and we loped into the open forest.
We walked for a long time in silence, the sobriety of the previous days’ events finally caught up to us.
“I shouldn’t have to be the lieutenant,” Drew finally muttered. “Steven should still be in my position.”
I shook my head. “No one can prevent what happened, Drew.What’s done is done, and we can’t change it.”
He looked at me slowly, his eyes looking puzzled and confused.
“What’s wrong?” I asked, wondering if I had offended him in some way.He shook his head.
“I can’t understand how you’re taking this so well.When my dad died, I couldn’t talk to anyone.Those were the worst days of my life.And now here you stand, only days after your dad di—. Oh, Rhyan, I’m sorry…”
“Please finish.I need to hear those words.”He looked at me in disbelief again, but then he understood my strange request.
“And now here you stand, only—”
“Stop. I just need one little phrase, Drew.”
This was exactly what I needed—a closure.It’s what I had been searching for since the… incident.
You see?Even I couldn’t bring myself to say those horridly final words that rolled off of Drew’s tongue in a mournful sigh.
“Your dad is dead.”
There. I had my finality.The end of the story; case closed.
I promised myself I would cry no more, but you and I both know I’m not good at keeping promises like that to myself.
Drew gently licked my forehead as I sat down on the ground, sweeping my tail back and forth slowly. Tears trickled slowly down my face, leaving dark, wet streaks through the fur on my face.
“He’s gone, Drew… I don’t know what I’m going to do without him.”
Drew sighed and looked at the ground for a moment, but then lifted my chin with his nose gently. “Hey, you listen to me Rhy. Everything is going to be all right.You know I’m here for you, and I always will be. I love you, and I just want you to know that.”
I looked up into his green eyes.“Do you really mean that?”
“Absolutely.”
I smiled half-heartedly and licked him on the cheek.“Let’s go home and change back into our human selves, and then we can try this walk again. How does that sound?”
He grinned and nodded. “Sure.” We set off at a brisk pace back to the camp—my clothes were lying where I had left them before the ceremony. I changed quickly and by the time I got back to the entrance into the forest, Drew was waiting for me in just a pair of cut-offs. I giggled delightedly to myself and grabbed his hand as we took off at a run into the forest.
“So where are we gonna go in this big forest?” he laughed, matching my pace easily.I smiled.
“How about the lake?”
He stopped and looked at me funny. “You really want to go to the lake?”
“Heck yeah!” I grinned. He shrugged and sprinted off.
“Race you there!”
I smiled and took off after him, catching up to him in about ten strides. At the pace we were running, we got to the lake shore in about five minutes. I stopped to catch my breath by the water, taking off my Sperry’s and my tank top (I had a swim suit on), dipping my toes in the water. “The water’s great!” I said to Drew, turning around.
He was nowhere to be found.
I looked around a few more times, and then began to grow a little more concerned. “Drew? Hellooo… Drew Cadence Cedars, this is not funny. Come on.”
Suddenly, a huge, heavy weight slammed into me from behind, knocking me into the water.I spluttered as I came up, glaring at Drew.
“That is so not funny, Drew.”
He laughed and splashed a little water on me from where he was standing on the dock. I growled and went under water, disappearing completely from view. As soon as I saw him leaning over the edge of the dock to look for me, I ejected myself out of the water and grabbed onto his leg, pulling him in with me.He yelped as I dragged him under, laughing. It then became a tug-of-war to see who could keep the other under water the longest. Finally, we both gave up and floated to the service.
“You’re stronger than I thought you were,” he smiled, winking at me. I shook my head.
“No, you just don’t want to admit that you always knew I was that strong.”
“Uh-huh, sure,” he teased. I growled softly.
“Don’t get me started, Drew.”
“Don’t get you started on what?” he grinned, swimming a little closer. I shook my head and swam away a little. “Oh, playing hard to get, are we?” I laughed and ducked under water, swimming around his legs and into the open water. He didn’t catch up to me for a long time, but when he did, I sure did put up a fight. I couldn’t do much, though, when he wrapped his arms around mine and pinned them to my sides. I turned and kicked, but I couldn’t get free. As I began to struggle more and more, he turned me around to face him.
It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. Drew’s face was framed by a halo of watery light, shining in through the surface of the lake. His hair floated softly around his face, and the teal-ish color of the water really brought out the green in his eyes.
He looked like an angel.
But it was even more heavenly when he drew me in close, releasing my arms but keeping me pinned close to him. I looked up into his eyes, falling for him all over again. When his lips touched mine, I swear the entire world felt the explosion that happened in my brain. This kiss was much different from the first—the first had been sweet and passionate. This one retained all the passion, but was fiery and crazy, even under water. We were pressed so close together, it felt like we could never be separated. Our arms wrapped around each other almost instinctively, never wanting to let the other person go.
Finally, we both had to have air. We resurfaced together, gasping for breath. My fingers locked in his hair as we greedily sucked air into our lungs. His arms wrapped around my waist, and he pressed his face into my collarbone. “How about we lay on the beach for a little while,” he gasped, still having trouble breathing from our blazing underwater kiss. I nodded breathlessly, swimming over to the shore and crawling up on the sand. He dragged himself up beside me and lay down on his back, allowing the sun to evaporate the water off of his deeply tanned chest. I sighed and laid my head on his torso, moving my wet hair out of the way so I could kiss him one more time gently on the lips. His lips responded instantly, meeting with mine and forging an unimaginable fire all over again. We finally broke apart again, and we just laid there on the beach shore for what seemed like forever. Finally, Drew turned to face me, stroking my hair. “Rhyan Kylene Wolfe, I am so in love with you.”
I looked up into his eyes and smiled. “Drew Cadence Cedars, I am completely and irreversibly in love with you.”
After another passionate kiss, Drew sat up. “I need you to tell me something, Rhyan.”
I smiled. “Anything.”
“If someone gave you a promise ring, would you stay true to it? Would you be that person’s forever? Irrevocably?”
I looked down, and then back up into his eyes. “Of course I would. It’s a promise ring.”
Drew nodded, and then stood up. “Come on, I need to show you something.” I shrugged and grabbed my tank top and shoes, putting them on quickly. I followed him back to the camp, where he took me to his house and upstairs into his bedroom. Iblushed a little when I saw the picture of me sitting in a glass frame on his bedside table. He dug through his drawers and then finally pulled out a little silver box. I smiled.
“Sit down on the bed, please,” he instructed. I did so and folded my hands in my lap, preparing for what was about to come. He stood in front of me and then got down on one knee, smiling shyly.
“Rhyan Kylene, you are a beautiful, amazing girl. You’ve been through so much in such a short time, and yet you still stand strong and proud of where you come from. Those are just a few of the reasons I’m in love with you. I know I don’t deserve you, and I never will, but I’m just asking you to give me a chance.” I gasped as he popped open the little box, revealing a little silver band with a small emerald in it. He pulled it out of the cushiony padding and read the inscription on the inside—‘I am forever yours. I promise.’.
“I’m not asking you to marry me yet,” he continued, “but I am asking for you to promise not to fall in love with any other lucky guy. I love you so ridiculously much, and I just want to be able to say that you’re mine and no other guy can have you. So, I guess what I’m saying is… will you promise me that you’ll be mine when we get older?”
By this time, tears had started trickling down my cheeks. But they weren’t sad tears, like all of the many tears I had cried in the past week. No, these were the happiest tears a person can cry—tears of love. I nodded and he slipped the beautifully simple ring on my finger. When he was finished, I slid down off the bed and threw my arms around his neck, kissing him once more. We just stayed there, his lips on mine, for an eternity, happy tears slipping down both of our faces.
“ I love you so much, more than you can ever know,” I finally whispered, hugging him as hard as I could. He hugged me back and smiled.
“You have no idea how much I love you.”


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