medicine cat Posted December 15, 2022 Author Share Posted December 15, 2022 CHAPTER 13, DAY 221 Pantherwhisker and Nightsky grow into teenagers, often adventuring and hunting around the territory together. Their presence is much to the annoyance of Venom, who finds their personalities grating. He complains about them to Redstrike. "I can't stand them," he hisses. "I don't much care who between the two of us who becomes king, but Nightsky ruling the pride would be an embarrassment." Speaking of, Viron is aging, and the pride is beginning to discuss with more curiosity who they think will be the next king. "I think Venom should be king," comments Ghita. "He's the eldest." "My Redstrike should be king," purrs Mara. "He's just like myself." "I think NIghtsky should be king. He has the kindest heart." The elderly, nearly-blind Proudrunner licks her paw. Sundash dies of old age, leaving Shinus as the only right-hand lion of KIng Viron. Shinus mourns him the most. Meanwhile, Nightsky and Pantherwhisker grow into adult lions. Proudrunner dies of old age, and Viron begins to develop a sickness, as does Ghita. Finally, Viron dies along with Ghita. And it's left to three possible heirs to battle each other for the throne; Redstrike, Nightsky, and Venom. The lionesses watch in a tense, horrified silence as the males circle each other. But Venom and Redstrike exchange a quick glance at each other before charging at Nightsky. The dark-pelted male is caught off guard as Venom and Redstrike charge him, digging their claws into his sides. He lets out a terrified roar as Venom and Redstrike charge him, and the attack ends as soon as it starts- Nightsky is killed. Venom and Redstrike stare at each other, their tails still flicking quickly and viciously from the heat of battle mere seconds ago. After a moment, Venom bows his head. "Lions of Windrunner pride, I present King Redstrike." Redstrike shakes his mane. Pantherwhiker, still in shock, lets out an enraged howl and goes to charge at the males, but Shinus stops her. "Let's just go, Pantherwhisker. These lands aren't worth it anymore." "Are you coming, Mystic?" Shinus tilts his head to one side. Mystic feels her ears flatten and her whole body tense and she shakes her head. She just watched her son kill his own pridemate for power. If she broke pride law to bring a killer into the pride, she feels responsible seeing what he does with this power. And then Venom.... What has her brother become? Who encouraged the other? Mystic looks at Mara, who puffs her chest out proudly at her adoptive son, who she raised, becoming king of the pride. How is she not horrified? Mystic asks herself. She just cares about being in the royal bloodline... 2 1 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Create an account or sign in to comment
You need to be a member in order to leave a comment
Create an account
Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!Register a new account
Already have an account? Sign in here.Sign In Now