Hmmm..maybe, but I would not expect it for awhile, because it takes awhile to think up the right things to write.. There is a small bitty chance I can finish, and post it by today, but that is a rare thing XD
This is sad chapter....but what happens, had to happen eventually....
Tug walked into the center of the circle of bears, waving a salmon around in the air. "Alright everybody! Let's hear some fish tales! Now who's gonna be first?"
Many bears raised their paws, shouting, "Me! Ooo! I have one! I'll go!"
Tug threw the salmon, laughing, and the elderly bear Mable, who Kia had met earlier caught it.
"This year I lost my dear husband, Edgar!" she said in a pitiful voice.
Just like earlier, a male voice yelled at her "Quit saying that I'm dead!"
She frowned. "Sometimes I can still hear him!"
All the bears just stared at her. Kenai turned and looked at Kia who was sitting next to him.
"She tells this same story every year!" He whispered to her, laughing quietly.
Kia also giggled, and listened as the next storyteller began. It was a small black and gray cub.
"This Summer, I climbed this huge tree. I almost think it was taller then a mountain! But I never gave up, I just kept on climbing, and then when I got to the top, I found an eagle's nest. But the mama chased me down the tree, pecking at me so I jumped into the water until she went away." A few bears laughed, including Koda.
"What a funny story!" he whispered into Kia's ear, and the older female bear nodded, chuckling under her breath.
The black and gray cub threw the salmon then, and a large brown bear caught it.
"This year I came face to face with a hunter!" he said, and all the bears grew quiet. "That hunter would have been able to kill me, if not for my speed and muscular strength! I ended up knocking him into ice cold water, and he died instead of me, all because of my brains and brawns."
All the female bears let out dreamy sighs, as the large brown bear showed off his muscles to everybody. Kia looked at Kenai.
"He's buff and tough, huh Kenai?" she knew this probably annoyed him, but she could not help but be in awe over the other bear's muscular form.
Kenai rolled his eyes. "I guess...But don't go getting any ideas, Kia.." he said. He placed his paw around her shoulders, to keep her here beside him.
Kia giggled. "Ok, Kenai. I won't be getting any ideas, don't worry..."
Kenai nodded, but still kept his paw around her shoulders.
Koda grinned at Kia. "Why don't you tell a story now?"
He threw the salmon, and she caught it. "Oh, uhh....I don't know...what can I tell....? Are you really sure you want me to go?"
A bunch of bears called out. "Yeah! Come on, Kia! What's your story? What did you do this year?"
Tug chuckled. "Alright, now let's hear it, Kia."
Kia frowned in thought for a minute. What could she say? She glanced at Kenai, and Koda. Suddenly, she knew what to say. Clutching the salmon in her paws, Kia began her tale.
"This year, I met the stubbornest, most adamant bear, who managed to get me to come along on this journey." She glanced at Kenai, who was laughing.
"With him was the biggest chatterbox I have ever met!" Kia purposely looked at Koda, a smirk on her face. "You know the funny thing about these two?" she pointed at Kenai and Koda as she spoke. "They turned out to be my best friends!"
Kia put her arms around both Kenai and Koda, in a hug, and the three of them laughed, for they all knew this was true.
After a minute or two, Koda caught the salmon, and began his story.
"Okay okay, here we go! This year, I taught Kenai how to fight like a ragin' ball of brown fur, like me!"
The cub turned to Kia. "Ya gotta gimme credit for that, I mean....Kenai half the time acts like he doesn't know how to be a bear...like he wasn't always one!" The cub glanced away from the white bear and smirked at Kenai.
Kia laughed, but grew confused as Kenai shushed the little cub hastily, then darted a nervous glance at her. Kia frowned. Why did Kenai suddenly look so nervous? Koda had only been kidding about him not always being a bear! Right...? She began to wonder.
The question began to bother her so much, that she could not pay attention to the stories the other bears were telling, and instead found herself fidgeting restlessly.
Kenai noticed this. He got up quickly and walked away.
Koda followed him, leaving Kia all alone.
Kenai turned and growled at Koda. "Why did you have to give her that idea?" he cried. "You've made Kia very suspicious. Now what am I supposed to tell her if she starts asking questions?!"
Koda smiled at him. "Tell her the truth." Kenai started to say something, but Koda wasn't finished. "You've gotta tell her sometime."
Kenai hung his head sadly. "Koda...you've seen how she reacts to hunters. If I ever told her I was once human, she'd run away..."
Koda put his small paw on his big brother's back. "I've talked with her, Kenai, and I think she really likes you. Now if she really cares about you, she won't run away, just because of your human past.
Kenai looked down at the cub. "But even if she doesn't leave.....Aren't you afraid she will come between us?"
The cub shook his head. "No way Kenai! I love her! She's almost like a sister to me, and we both have a lot in common! I want her to stay with us just as much as you do."
Kenai smiled at Koda. "Really?"
Koda nodded. "Yeah! But you have to tell her the truth, so that we don't have any secrets to try to hide from her. If you don't tell, she will find out, sooner or later Kenai.."
Kenai nodded and stood up. "Okay! I'm gonna do it! I'm going to tell her right now!" That said, he began to walk towards Kia.
"Oh my gosh! I'm gonna tell her!!" he said suddenly, as the idea sunk in.
He glanced unsurely back at Koda. The cub nodded, so he nervously walked over to Kia and tapped her on the shoulder.
The white grizzly turned and looked at him. "Oh, hey Kenai! What's up?" she asked.
Kenai gulped. "Nothing. Hey...can I..talk to you for a few minutes?" he asked her quietly, so nobody else would hear.
Kia shrugged, but nodded and got up to follow him.
"Okay...What did you want to talk about?" she asked, as he led her onto a high cliff that overlooked the whole river.
Kenai motioned for her to sit, then joined her on the ground. "Umm, there's something I have to tell you..It's a..story."
Kia smiled. "Okay, but you could have told it when you caught the salmon during story time."
Kenai sighed. "I only want to tell you this story, nobody else."
Kia smiled, her heart touched by his reply. "Oh....okay! Well, what's it about..?"
Kenai looked down at the river below. "It's about....a man....and a bear....."
Kia gulped nervously as Kenai mentioned a human was in the story, but made no move to run off. After all, she felt happy that she was the only one he was going to tell this to. So she sat there beside him, and listened.
Kenai looked up at the sky. "This man did something so bad that-".
"What did he do?" Kia asked in a trembling voice.
Kenai sighed and looked down at his paws. "He killed a bear...Koda's mother.."
Kia gasped but said nothing, though she was getting scared.
Kenai continued his story. "That man's brother, one of the Great Spirits, came down and lifted him way up into the sky. There was this wind...and lights flashing. And as his brother spun him around, he was changed into a bear.." he paused, to see Kia's reaction.
Kia stared at Kenai in wide eyed shock. "Changed into a...a bear?! Was this hunter...this bear....somebody here at the Salmon Run? Have I met him?
Kenai nodded sadly. "Yes, you have Kia..."
Kia stared at him. "Who? I wanna go give him a piece of my mind! Killing poor little Koda's mother like that! Imagine!"
As she said this, Kenai remained silent. "Kia....The hunter in that story.."
"I'm him....Or at least, I was...Until I became a bear.." Kenai trailed off.
Kia's ears flicked back and she inched away from the larger brown bear. "What?" she asked in shock, not wanting to believe him.
Kenai looked away from her, feeling as ashamed as he had on the day he had told Koda this story. "You heard...I was that hunter..."
Kia stared at him, fear clearly visible in her eyes. "Koda was right...you weren't always a bear!" she said, her voice low.
"But now, I'm a bear, and I swear that heartless hunter who I was is never coming back!" he paused. "So...please? Now that I've told you the truth aboutmyself....Will you stay? Please, Kia. I have told hardly anybody this, and I trust you."
Kia gulped, wide eyed. She stood up and nervously backed away from Kenai, slowly. "Kenai, I...I..." she stammered, her eyes filled with fear as she stared into the eyes of the man-changed-bear.
Kenai turned his head and looked her sadly. "Kia..don't be afraid.."
Kia, feeling frightened and confused, shook her head at him wordlessly, and fled into a snowy clearing.
Kenai quickly got up from his seat and ran after her. "Kia! Wait!" he called after her as she ran further.
She was hard to see, because her white fur helped her to blend in with the snowy ground. The white and brown grizzly ran as fast as she could, looking for any place to hide. She spotted a large rock up ahead, and ran over behind it.
Just then, Kenai burst into the clearing, calling out. "Kia! Please, don't hide..!"
There was no answer from the white bear.
"Kia?...I won't hurt you.." he repeated, speaking so soft Kia almost could not hear him.
Kenai heaved a low sigh. "Kia, I'm so sorry....I never meant to keep this from you..I was just, so afraid. Afraid that you would run away like you have.."
Kia's eyes filled with tears as she listened to him, thinking of al the good times the two of them had had together.
She peeked out from behind the rock for a split second, and caught a glimpse of Kenai. The larger brown bear was just standing in the snow, looking miserable.
He took one last look around the clearing. "Kia, please come out...I promise, I won't harm you.."
There was still no answer as Kia cried silently in her hiding spot. Kenai finally gave up, and decided to go look for her somewhere else.
When Kia was sure he was gone, she came out of her hiding place, and ran towards the mountain where the lights touched the earth..
Alright! Here's what you've all been waiting for a very long chapter, which is the final one. Yep this is the conclusion of our story. I hope you've all enjoyed reading this as much as I've enjoyed writing it! After reading, I would appreciate if you could tell me your favorite scene in this fan fic.
Koda glanced up, as Kenai walked over to him alone. "How'd she take it?" he asked, though he had a feeling he knew.
Kenai sighed miserably. "She took one look at me, and ran away Koda. I gues you were wrong...She doesn't care about me....Not now that she knows the truth about my transformation..." Kenai hung his head looking the saddest Koda had ever seen him.
The cub was about to say something to try to comfort the teenage bear, when suddenly two familiar moose ran over to them. "How's it goin' eh?" It was Rutt and Tuke!
Kenai's ears flicked back. "Well...not so good actually..." he said sadly.
Tuke suddenly looked at him. "Gee eh, Mr. Bear. Why aren't you with white bear out there?"
Kenai's gaze shot over to Tuke. "You-you saw her?!"
"Yeah." Rutt said beore his brother could speak. "She's climbin' the moutain. We were just wonderin' why you aren't with her? You seemed like friends when we were with ya'.."
Kenai did not answer them. His gaze just shifted to the mountain. His eyes wide, he raced past the two moose. "Thanks guys! I owe you one!" he called back over his shoulder.
Koda ran after his brother. "Yeah, thanks!"
"You're welcome, eh!" Tuke called back.
Rutt turned to his brother after a moment. "Gee eh...What did we help them with?"
Tuke shrugged. "No idea!"
"Ohh...Beauty eh!" Rutt replied.
The two moose walked off, completely unaware of what they had just done..
Kia, meanwhile, had just climbed up to the top of the mountain. She called out into the sky. "Mother! Mother, please hear me! I need your advice! Please come to me!"
The white and brown grizzly stood up on her hind legs, looking around, as the Great Spirits started to surround the mountain top.
All of a sudden, the spirit of a familiar bear walked towards her from the sky. "What troubles you?" she asked the white bear, telepathically.
Kia looked at the spirit of her mother. "Mother, I don't know what to do...I really care for my friend Kenai a whole lot...but....I-it turns out he used to be a hunter!" she paused. "The Great Spirits changed him into a bear to teach him a lesson after killing his adopted brother, Koda's mom! Hunters are killers...and Kenai was one of them! I thought I loved him! What should I do?"
Kia's Mother spoke, once again through telepathy. "Nakia....If you really care for him the way you say you do....You should not need my advice."
Kia looked away. "But Mother, he's a hunter th-"
Her mother's spirit quickly interrupted her. "He was a hunter, Nakia! Now he's a bear!" she argued.
"You should not judge him by who he once was, but by who he is now! Judge his heart, not his actions."
Having said all she needed to, the spirit of Kia's mother turned and lumbered away, back into the sky.
Kia called out. "Mom wait! Don't go!" She chased after her, onto a cliff, but her Mother had already rejoined the spirits above. Then the Great Spirits vanished, as suddenly as they had appeared..Kia sat down on the cliff, thinking about what her mother had said.
You should not judge him by who he once was, but by who he is now
The white bear sighed. She knew that what her mother had said was true. If she really did care about Kenai, then she should not let something as small as his past stand between them. She sighed.
The white grizzly just sat there for the longest time, thinking about this. Did she really love Kenai enough to ignore that he was once the very creature she hated??
She sighed. "Yes, I do..." she decided, finally.
Kia decided to go try to find Kenai, and see if he would listen to her. She had not given him much of a chance to explain...
"I just...ran.." she realized sadly.
The white bear was just rising to her feet to go find Kenai, when she heard a loud cry from behind her. Kia whirled around quickly. "No!"
Only a few feet away stood the hunter, spear poised, and about to attack. Kia roared at him, hoping it would scare him away, but he just jumped closer toward her.
Meanwhile, Kenaiand Koda had almost made their way to the top of the mountain where the lights touched the earth. Both bears were getting tired.
Kenai was about to suggest they stop for a minute, when suddenly, the two bears heard a savage cry from up above, followed by the roar of a bear.
"Kia!" Kenai gasped, as he realized that his friend was in trouble. His strength renewed, he began to climb again, faster then before.
"Don't worry, I'm coming Kia!" he called out, hoping to be heard, but there was no response.
Minutes later, Kenai finally made it to the top of the mountain- just in time to see Kia, cornered on a cliff by the hunter.
"Kia!" he cried in shock and teror.
The white and brown sow looked up and saw him at the same time. "Kenai!" she cried.
She had thought she'd never see him again. Kenai started to come closer, to try to help the white bear. All of a sudden the ground beneath Kia and the hunter gave way. Both hunter and bear were sent face first into the snow down below. The hunter quickly got up, started toward Kia, who was no longer moving.
Kenai watched from up above in terror. "No!" Koda finally caught up with his brother. Now he stood and watched the same scene in shock. "Kia!"
Kenai took off towards Kia and the hunter, with Koda close behind. He was in such a hurry, that he slipped on the icey snow, and he went sliding down onto the ledge. He quickly rose to his paws. Just then he saw the hunter approaching Kia, with his knife, ready to finish the job.
"NO!" he shouted, as he bolted toward the human, teeth bared as his words came out as a furious roar. The hunter turned quickly, startled by his roar. The white bear's friend had shown up again?! No! Not when he was so close to victory!
"Sorry, bear, but you won't stop me this time." he muttered under his breath. He started to bring his knife down on Kia, but at that moment, Kenai slammed his weight against his side. The hunter, though knocked off balance, ran at Kenai, his spear lowered.
Kenai quickly jumped away, avoiding the attack. Then he lunged at the hunter, and sank his teeth into his arm, causing him to drop his spear as he struggled to get free.
Koda ran by, and grabbed the spear in his mouth. "You help Kia, I'll distract this meanie!" he said, through the spear in his mouth.
Kenai hesitated. He did not want to leave Koda alone with this hunter, but Kenai had no choice. He had to go help Kia.
Kenai nodded finally. "Be careful, Koda...."
He hurried over to Kia, and gently nudged her with his muzzle. "Kia? C'mon, we need to get you out of here!"
Kia did not move. She just lay still in the snow.
Kenai nudged her again; this time with a little more force. "Kia!" he cried worriedly. "Wake up!"
He grew even more worried when Kia still did not move. He could hear Koda nearby, roaring and trying desperately to keep the hunter from getting his spear back. Kenai looked back at Kia. There was no way he would be able to awaken her. She was out cold. He gently lifted her up, onto his back. Once he had made sure she would not fall, Kenai ran away, quickly and carefully.
He was almost down the mountain when he came to a ledge. It was a very steep drop, so he slowly started down it, trying not to drop Kia.
All was going well, when suddenly a strong, gusty wind forced Kia off of Kenai's back.
"Wha? Ahhh!" The white bear cried, suddenly awake as she tumbled down the ledge.
She smacked her head on the way down, though, and was knocked out once more, as she landed in the snow.
Kenai, forgetting to be careful not to fall, hurriedly climbed down the ledge and ran over to where Kia lay. "Kia! Are you okay?!"
Kia did not answer. She was unconscious again. Kenai gently placed her on his back again, and started to run. He was alarmed to hear a noise behind him. The brown grizzly turned around, and saw that it was Koda!
The little cub was panting in exhaustion. "Quick Kenai! Run! He's...coming....gotta get outta here!"
Kenai gasped. "What do you mean he's coming?"
Koda took a deep breath. "Well, I jumped on his head and knocked him over. Then I ran off, but I know he's gonna come after us, so we gotta hurry!"
Kenai nodded. "Yeah! Okay!" He turned, and ran. He did not stop until they were back at the Salmon Run.
Kenai gently placed Kia on the snow covered ground. He spoke softly to her. "Kia? C'mon, Kia. It's time to wake up."
She did not move, so he splashed a little water in her face.
"Kia?" he asked, his voice rising slightly, "We're safe now. Please wake up.."
Some time passed by, and Kia still had not moved. She had not even breathed. She just lay there, a pained expresion on her face and her eyes shut.
Kenai grew very worried. "Kia! Please wake up! Please!" he cried.
He gasped, startled, as the Great Spirits started to surround him and Kia, and grabbed tightly onto the white sow.
"No Kia! Don't go! You can't leave! Koda needs you! He told me you are like the sister he never had! Don't leave him!" He cried, holding her close to him.
He realized she still was not breathing, and held her tighter. "No Kia! Please! Don't leave.....I need you! You are the best friend I ever could have had, and..more...Over time, I have come to realize...." he paused. "I love you, Kia..." He sighed.
"I beg you. Don't leave me like this!" he added, sadness in his voice as he hugged her tightly.
To his shock, the Great Spirits stopped flowing around him and Kia as he spoke. They completely vanished after a moment.
Kenai glanced down at Kia, who he still clung to. Was she alive? Or had her spirit joined the Great Spirits while he had been pouring his heart out to her?
Koda watched sadly a few feet away, sitting in the snow. 'My best friend is gone...' he thought miserably.
Kenai hugged Kia. He nuzzled her cheek affectionately, hoping to bring her out of her unconsciousness. That is, if she was still alive...He licked her muzzle gently, holding her safely in his arms.
"Kia, I love you..." he said again, softly.
He stared down at her, then buried his face in her fur. He did not want Koda to see him crying.
But Koda had already seen the tears in his brother's eyes. The cub ran to a nearby tree. He pressed his face against the tree trunk and started to cry.
Kenai licked Kia's face once more, still refusing to admit the truth.
"Kia, I know you're not dead...I know you can hear me....Please wake up." he whispered, his eyes glistening with fresh tears.
He gasped suddenly, as he felt one of her paws slide around his neck, followed by the other. "Kia?!"
He was so surprised, he let go of her, and the white bear fell backward onto the ground. Kenai just stared down at the white and brown sow, praying desperately that she was okay...
His prayers were answered, as the white bear slowly sat up. She moaned, and ran a paw over her head. "What happened...?" She suddenly remembered how she had been trapped by that hunter..."How did I escape?" she mumbled.
Then she saw Kenai beside her. Had he rescued her? Yes he did, she realized, remembering how just before she'd fallen, he had shown up and called her name.
"Kenai?" she said softly, a smile spreading across her muzzle.
"Kia, I-" Kenai started, but he did not have a chance to finish, as Kia, jumped into his arms and hugged him tight.
"Oh, Kenai! I thought I would never see you again!" she cried.
Kenai hugged her back. His ears flicked back, after a moment, and he pushed her away.
"I thought you never wanted to see me again..." he said, his voice barely above a whisper.
Kia frowned, as she realized what he had meant. He had thought she was running away from him...from his past. Was she? Her mother's wisdom repeated through her mind again.
You should not judge him by who he once was, but by who he is now
Kia smiled. Thank goodness for her mother's advice, or she might have left him, just because of one secret he had kept from her.
Kenai spoke to her, without looking back at the white sow. "Wel, I'm glad you're okay...I should probably leave you alone now.." he started to walk away.
"Oh no you don't!" she said under her breath, as he started to leave. She got up and pounced on his back, knocking him off his feet.
He glanced at her, bewildered. "Kia? Why are you following me? I thought you didn't like me anymore because..you know..."
Kia got off Kenai's back and helped him to his feet. "Kenai.....I'm sorry. I should not have run away over that...I hope you can forgive me..?"
Kenai blinked, surprised. "Well, of course I do, but...um...Why the sudden change of heart?"
Kia smirked at him. "Let's just say...I found somebody to talk it over with, and it was a huge help. It changed my opinion of you, for the better."
Kenai smiled. "Oh...o..kay....So..you're not leaving?" he asked, starting to look excited, "You're going to stay with Koda and I?"
Kia smiled warmly at the boar. "I could never leave you, Kenai, because I...I love you.."
The white-brown bear wrapped her arms around Kenai's neck and licked his face.
Kenai blushed slightly, and hugged the sow back. "I love you too..." he licked her muzzle. "I was so afraid I would lose you.."
Kia broke the hug and looked up at Kenai. "Well, everything is going to be alright, Kenai. I'm fine now. You'll see-"
She was cut off as something slammed into her from behind, sending her falling into Kenai's furry paws. She pushed away, and turned around, bewildered.
Koda grinned up at her from the snow. "You're okay!!! Yaaaaaaaay!" He jumped onto her back and hugged her neck tightly.
Kia nodded. "Yeah, and I'm staying with you and Kenai."
A wide grin spread across the cub's face. "Really??"
Kia nodded. "Uh huh!"
"Oh boy!" Koda cried out gleefully, hugging both Kenai & Kia.
Up in the sky, the spirit of Kia's mother looked down at the three bears, smiling proudly.
An eagle flew over by her side, and transformed into Sitka. "Why did you leave her there? It was her time to go."
The bear shook her head. "No, it wasn't. Nakia was just starting to really enjoy her life. She just took a wrong turn in life- and almost lost hers."
Sitka nodded in agreement. "Yes, death to a family member is a hard trial to overcome. Take my brother Kenai. He reacted out of anger...What he did changed his whole life. But if you knew your daughter was miserable, why not bring her home with you? She was dead."
"Yes she was. But I looked down, and saw the sadness in Kenai & Koda's eyes. It was then that I realized, I have no business taking her from them, when they need her so much. So instead of taking a life, I restored her health completely."
The spirit of Sitka smiled. "Well, my brother Kenai is still learning about how to love. It does seem with your daughter around, he is learning faster.." he chuckled.
The spirit of Kia's mother nodded, still just watching the tender reunion between the three grizzlies. Sitka also watched them.
"You're really proud of Nakia, aren't you?" he said.
The bear spirit smiled. "All I've ever wanted is to see her happy again. She has never shown that emotion since the day I joined the Great Spirits. Now I look down and I see more happiness and love then I ever could have hoped for, and it's being shown through my dear Nakia. Yes Sitka. I am very proud of her."
The two spirits watched a little while longer. Then Sitka reverted back to his eagle form. He and the spirit of Kia's mother ran back into the sky. The Great Spirits streaked across the sky in a brilliant display of color.
Kia glanced up at the sky, as she hugged both Kenai & Koda, and smiled. "Thank you, Mother..I'll never forget what you have done." she said softly. She knew that she had almost died, and what her mother had done. That was why she was so grateful. The Great Spirits and their powers truely were amazing.
They had performed a miracle in her life, and she did not mean giving life again, though that was just as amazing. They had introduced her to Kenai & Koda. There was no doubt in her mind that they were meant to meet. In doing so, she had been drawn out of her misery and was happier and more light hearted then she had ever been.
Yes, the Great Spirits had truely performed a miracle.