"Melisca! Get your backpack, hurry up. They are coming. I can feel them." Cabril called for his daughter in their cabin in the forest. They stayed there for a day to visit her mother's grave.
"Who are coming, dad? The hunters?"
"No, wolves. I don't know what they want, but we have to go, we need to get on the road, so we can lose them. Now!" He then jumped outside, shifted, and Melisca hopped on his back and started right on his at most speed.
Tower-like trees with rich green leaves, trunks that could be great for playing hide and seek would completely cover your figure from anyone. Before, the dancing leaves and the birds' lullabies brought Melisca a peaceful feeling that she is one with nature. But now, she only wishes that the arrays of tall greeneries would just end, for them a sign that they'd reached the highway.
The stomping of his father's paws on the freshly dried leaves and the frantic beating of her heart is thudding together in her ears. Flocks of birds scampering away as the chase goes on. Looking at them with envy, that they can just escape like that.
"They're approaching dad." She said through the wind, looking at her back. With her heightened senses, she can see three wolves a few kilometres away and one on each side, they are encircling them.
"Brother, I just have something to say." Candor mind linked Cabril. "About our father." He added.
That made Cabril slowly stop when they reached a clearing in the middle of the trees. Where a group of campers would stay together for a bonfire. The sun above is no longer hidden by the branches, it was about to set. Yet, Odd that the forest's usual insect sounds were not heard of, maybe even them had sensed the danger in the area, that they wouldn't dare to make a sound.
"Dad, why did you stop?" Melisca wondered. But her father signalled for her to come down, so she did. He shifted back and give him a coat to cover himself. "Dad, do you know them?" They watched them shifted back to their human form in a far tree and came out after covering themselves.
As they were approaching, Cabril pulled her behind him, so he can shield her from them.
"What do you want, Candor? What about our father?" He asked directly, on alert in case anyone attacks them. But he also got a bad feeling of what he might answer, especially if it's about their father.
"He's a family, dad? Your brother?" Melisca butted in. She finally met her other family, that got her excited.
"Not now, dear." He made her daughter stay quiet. "Don't get near them."
"So that's your daughter. Where's Melicia? Is the rumour true that her own clan killed her ten years ago?" He sounded like he enjoyed the topic.
"What do you want, Candor?" Cabril repeated his question with a menacing look. He just wanted to get out of there to ensure his daughter's safety. He knew his brother could never be trusted.
Melisca, on the other hand, felt insulted in the way he talked about her mother. She doesn't like them anymore.
"Long time no see, brother. And this would be the last. Father ordered me to kill you both for having a half-blood child and being a traitor. She should never exist for she's an abomination in our kind." He smiled at that.
"You have to kill me first!" Cabril then jumped on his brother that made them tumble on the ground. "Run!" He shouted at Melisca, two wolves jumped on her both side at once. But she leapt away from her position, dodging their attacks. "I said run!"
"No! I'll fight with you!" She stated bravely.
"Your mother wanted you to live. Don't put it for nothing, Melisca! Only know that we both love you endlessly. Go! Run for your life! Leave!" Cabril can't hold his brother down much longer.
Melisca didn't want to, but she has to live for her parents. Knowing that once she had turned her back on them, the worst could happen. The possibility of not seeing her father again made her hesitant to move. There's nothing she can do to help him, to save them both.
The begging eyes of his father finally made her turn around.
"I love you so much, dad." Bottling up the tears, she fled with her wolf speed in human form. because she can never shift, though she has all the abilities of a wolf.
She's nearing the road, can see it not so far away. She just had to get in a human crowd, and they would lose her. A thought that maybe she can still go back, help him if she can just get rid of the two wolves running after her. Maybe that could work. She held on to that hope.
"Get him off me." Candor ordered the other two wolves, and they jumped on Cabril.
"Can't defeat me alone, huh?" He mocked him as he let go and leapt away from the attackers.
Cabril's face retorted as he falls down on the ground. He hadn't expected those shots from his brother. Blood immediately trickled from his mouth. "It's not fair.." Struggling to breathe. The bullets can't kill wolves, but the poison in it can. The poison that is made by witches could instantly kill a werewolf.
"Yes. It's never fair, Cabril. Never fair that you are always his favorite son."
Blood pooled around him, the wounds would never heal, for the poison is made for them. Looking up at empty eyes of his older brother, no inkling of life for his family even.
"Let my daughter..live" He pleaded till his last breath. He hadn't protected his wife before. Melicia had been killed by her clan. Now, he wouldn't allow his daughter to be killed by his own pack, his family, but he can no longer protect her. His dying wish is for his daughter to live.
"No problem, she's just one half-blooded wolf. Harmless. But, if my buddies caught up with her, then it's her fault for being so weak, not fast enough unlike us pure-bloods. If only her mother is not human." He laughed at his niece's fate. "Goodbye, brother. I'm going to be the Alpha now." He then left him dying on the ground. The group shifted and run away.
The gunshots made Melisca stopped on her tracks. She has to get back, her father. She wants to feel his presence, the connection. But she felt nothing anymore. Her insides went numb, hardly breathing for the intense, agonizing pain of losing another one of her parents.
Why do they hate them so much? Why do they hate her existence? She'd done nothing to them. Why do they have to kill her family? Even kill their own blood just to get to her.
Right then and there, as Melisca resume running, she swore to heaven and hell that someday, it would be her turn to hunt. To shed herself with their blood. Her family's murderers would pay for their lives back. A life for a life. She breathes for that mission only.
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