About an hour had passed since Kenai, Koda and Kia had gotten off the mammoths. Koda was still laying on Kia's back, fast asleep as she and Kenai kept on walking. Kia frowned as they trudged on. Kenai glanced at her and noticed her expression.
"Is everything alright, Kia?" he asked her, " You look...disturbed."
The white and brown sow shrugged. "Oh, I'm just getting a little tired, that's all." Was her answer.
"If you want, we can stop for a little while." Kenai replied, looking concerned.
Kia smirked. "Kenai, I'm fine. I-" Before she could finish what she was saying, she crashed into a tree, and she fell down.
Kenai worriedly ran over to her. "Kia, are you okay?" he asked.
Kia nodded, dizzliy. "Maybe we should stop for a little while." she replied, as she waited for everything to stop spinning. Kenai nodded, laughing and helped her get up.
"Hey, what happened?" asked a small voice.
Kia and Kenai whirled around and saw Koda lying on the ground. Apparently he had fallen off Kia's back when she'd had that collision with the tree.
Kia chuckled. "I'm sorry, Koda. I guess you must have fallen off!" She said, smiling apologetically.
Koda chuckled and sat up, rubbing his head. "Aww, that's okay." he said good naturedly. He got back to his feet and walked over to Kenai.
Kenai looked at the little bear. 'Uh, Koda. We're going to stop for a while and rest."
The brown bear cub nodded. "Ok. Besides, I'm hungry. I think I'll go look for berries." He added, starting to walk away.
Kenai nodded. "Ok, just don't go wandering too far, Koda. We don't want to lose you."
Koda grinned. "Don't worry, Kenai. I won't go far." Having said that, the grizzly cub scampered off, into the forest.
Kia laughed, and sat down, beneath a tree. "Where does he get all the energy?" she chuckled.
Kenai joined her, a smile on his face. "You know, I'm not really sure."
Kia smirked. "Wherever he gets it from, he doesn't ever seem to run out!"
Kenai laughed. "I know what you mean!"
A cool, refreshing breeze started up, gently ruffling through the two grizzly bears' fur. Kia let out a happy sigh and lay back on the grass, looking up at the sky. She glanced at Kenai, who seemed to be enjoying himself, too. He turned and looked at her.
"Hey, you want to go walking a little? Koda will be gone looking for berries for awhile, so there's no reason why we can't go somewhere too." He smiled.
Kia thought about Kenai's offer, than she nodded, after a moment's hesitation. "Ok, sure."
The two bears got up and started walking through the forest. As they were walking, they heard the many chirps of birds over them, and the cries of a lone wolf in the far distance.
Kia, hearing the wolf, shuddered. "How close do you think he is, Kenai?"
Kenai looked at her. "He's not close, Kia. That wolf's cries are just echoing throughout this forest."
Kia shrugged. "Um...okay, I trust you..."
About an hour had passed now, since Kenai and Kia had gone walking. Kia began to grow uneasy. "Uh, Kenai. I think we'd better head back. You know, just in case Koda's waiting for us."
Kenai was about to respond, when they heard a noise in the bushes up ahead. They walked cautiously over to the bush. They peeked inside and saw....
"BOO!" came a yell from the bushes.
Kia screamed and fell over backwards. Kenai gasped and hurried to help her up. "Kia, are you alright?"
Kia took a deep breath. "I'm fine...just- a little..shaken up."
Suddenly, a small animal jumped from the bushes, laughing uncontrollably. "You two should have seen your faces!"
Kenai recognized the voice and glared at the animal. "Koda!"
Koda laughed as he walked over to his brother and Kia. "I'm sorry, you guys. I couldn't resist!"
Kia blinked and stared at him. "Wha...how'd you know where to find us?"
"I had just finished eating some berries when I saw you two walk by. So I decided to follow you. But when you started talking about that howling wolf, I couldn't help myself! I had to play a joke on you!" The cub finally laughed so hard he fell over. "And boy, did I ever scare Kia!"
Kia snarled at him. "Did not!"
Koda snorted. "That's why you were like, this..." Koda stood up on his hind legs. He let out a shrill, girly shriek and stumbled than fell over backwards, causing Kenai to laugh. Kia glared at them both. They might find this funny, but she sure didn't! She got up and started to walk away.
Kenai noticed and ran after her. "Kia, come back! It was only a joke!"
Kia turned to face him. "Well, it wasn't very funny!"
Koda frowned. "I was only pretending to be a wolf, I mean come on, it's not like there really was a wolf!"
Kia sighed and put her paw on her head. "You just don't get it....I never thought you were a wolf...I thought you were a hunter!"
Koda's ears drooped and he lowered his gaze to the ground. "Oh, sorry..." he mumbled.
Kia stared the cub in the eye, trying to determine whether he was telling the truth or not. She realized he was in fact, being honest, and she rolled her eyes, turning away from both Koda and Kenai. "S'okay." she mumbled over her shoulder. "Let's just get moving."
Koda looked at Kenai, as if asking him if they should leave now. The older bear nodded, and they followed the white bear.
About a minute later, she stopped, and turned to them. "Uh....I just realized, I don't know the way to this 'Salmon Run', so you need to lead the way..." she said feebly.
Kenai chuckled, and started walking alongside her, followed close behind by Koda.
Soon the three bears came to a huge patch of dandelions. Koda gleefully ran through them, and seeing his brother, who still looked sad about the fact that Kia still planned on leaving soon, he tagged him with his paw.
"Hey Kenai! Betcha' can't catch me!" he challenged.
Kenai was snapped out of his sad thoughts. "Oh yeah? I bet I can! C'mon, Kia! Help me catch him!" he shouted, running along through the dandelions.
Kia hesitated for a minute, than raced into the patch of dandelions, after Koda and Kenai. The three of them ran around in the dandelions until their fur was covered in them!
A gusty wind blew by then, blowing all the dandelion dust away, and off of the grizzly bears. Kenai, Kia and Koda all laughed. Kia smiled. She was finally beginning to enjoy herself again. All of a sudden, she felt Kenai grab her paw.
"C'mon, Kia! Hurry!" he said, running toward a cliff.
Kia stared at him as if he was nuts, but still followed anyway. She watched as he stood up, on the cliff and leaned his body against the force of the wind, ruffling his fur. He looked and saw her watching, and motioned for her to join him. "Try it, Kia!"
Kia walked up further onto the cliff. She looked down and a gust of wind blew into her face, making her momentarily blind and unable to see. The white and brown bear jumped back, nervously. "I..I don't know....Are you sure it's safe?"
Kenai chuckled. "Just trust me!"
Kia gulped, looking down again. "O..k...." She slowly got up on her hind legs.
Kenai grinned. "Now lean against the wind, like me!"
Kia nodded, timidly, and leaned her body weight against the strong breeze. "Hey! This isn't so bad!" she exclaimed. "This is fun!"
The two bears laughed as the wind ruffled throughout their fur. Then, all of a suden, the gusty wind stopped, almost as quickly as it had started! Kia and Kenai exchanged wide eyed glances, as they fell forward, off the cliff. "AHHHHHHH!" The two bears yelled. Then they splashed right into a mud puddle, head first. Kia quickly sat up, once they had landed.
"I-I'm alive?" she asked outloud in a small, surprised voice. She gasped, and felt herself for any injuries, and to her relief, she had none. She smiled at Kenai, who was covered in mud, just like her. "No injuries." she said.
She gave Kenai an odd look, as he burst out laughing. "What's so funny?!" she demanded.
The larger brown bear pointed at her. So he was laughing at her, it seemed! Kia suddenly caught sight of Kenai's mohawk-like hairdo, and stiffled a giggle.
"What's so funny?" both bears asked each other. They both pointed at each other. "Your fur!!"
Kia looked up at her fur, and stiffled another giggle. 'I do look funny!' she thought.
Both bears looked up, as they heard a laugh. It turned out, that Koda had seen the whole thing! Now he stood on the cliff, looking down at them as he laughed. "You guys look hilarious!!" he snickered, as he started to carefully climb down the cliff.
One of his paws slipped. The cub lost his balance, and went tumbling into the mud puddle between Kenai and Kia! When he sat up, th fur on his head was all mesed up, and looked a lot like two horns.
Kia snickered. "NOW, who looks rediculuos?" Kia teased. She ran a paw over her head, smoothing down her fur. Kia started to get up, but Kenai grabbed her mane, pulling her back down.
"Hey! What makes you think we have to look silly, but you don't?" Kenai placed his muddy paws on her head, making her fur a mess again. She growled at him mischieviously, and flung a pawful of mud in his face.
Kenai blinked, rubbing the mud away. "Was that you, Koda?" he asked the cub.
Koda shook his head. 'Nope, it was Kia!"
"Oh it was, was it..?" Kenai scooped up a bg ball of mud and flung it at the white sow. She dodged just in time though, and it hit Koda! The cub glared at Kenai.
"I told you before..I didn't throw that!" he growled, throwing a bunch of mud at his brother.
Soon the three of them were involved in a major mud ball fight that lasted for over an hour! Finally, Kenai fell onto his back. "Ok, you win Koda! I surrender!"
Kia fell over too. "I surrender too..." she said outloud. She looked up, and screamed as she saw four eyes looking right at her! The animals who had been staring at her screamed too.
"Kenai!" she yelled, running behind the male grizzly.
"Please, white bear...don't eat us!" two voices yelled.
Kia's ears flicked back. "What...?"
Kenai laughed. "It's okay, Kia. It's only Rutt and Tuke."
Kia came out from behind Kenai. "Rutt and Tuke...?" She asked, looking at the two moose who had frightened her.
"Yeah! My name's Rutt, and this is Tuke!" said the smallest of the two moose. "You-you-you're not going to eat us, are you?" he asked, taking a nervous step backward.
Kia frowned, surprised. "Uh....nooo....I never planned to."
Tuke breathed a sigh of relief. "Well that's very kind of you, eh." he turned to Kenai. "Hey there, Mr. Bear. We were just, uh...wonderin'.....can we maybe hang out with you bears for awhile?"
Kenai stared at them, a curious expression on his face. "Why..?"
Rutt stepped forward. "We...because....gee eh...we were hard at work, eatin', when suddenly, this hunter passed by, and aimed his spear at us...so we were thinking, maybe we'd try to hang out with you guys..."
"Yeah, it'd be fun!" Tuke chimed in. "So..."
"Please?!" both moose chorused.
Kenai turned to Kia. "It's your call, Kia....can you handle a couple of arguing moose brothers?"
Kia nodded after a moment. "All right...I think I can handle that."
"Gee eh, thanks! That's mighty kind of you!" The two moose said gratefully.