Heh...I'll update this..just to keep up on my posting =3
Chapter 6: Koda Is Worried
Aika waited until they had gotten back to the Salmon Run, and the younger cubs had run off to play, then she walked over to Kia and whispered in her ear. "Why did we have to come back, Kia?"
Kia waited until Kenai had called Koda over too, since they both needed to hear what she was about to say.
"Do you remember when Warner helped us to stop Silver Fang from killing Kenai's village?" Kia began once Koda had come over.
Aika nodded. "Yeah I remember.."
Koda just listened quietly. Kenai had told him the story of Silver Fang before, so he knew what they were talking about.
"While we were at Crowberry ridge, Kenai and I ran into Warner. He's just seen Silver Fang.."
"And..?" Koda asked.
"And he's out looking for us, to get his revenge." Kenai finished quietly.
"So? He doesn't know you two are bears, right?" Aika cut in.
Kia sighed. "Unfortunately..."Yes, he does."
"What?!" Koda and Aika both shrieked.
"How-how'd he find out?" Koda stammered. He was really beginning to look nervous.
Kenai and Kia exchanged worried glances.
"I..we don't know exactly how he found out." Kenai said after a moment's hesitation.
"So Silver Fang could just sneak up on you and attack?" Koda whimpered. Now there was no hiding how scared he was.
Aika saw him shivering, and gave Koda a comforting hug, even though she too was beginning to feel a bit worried.
"Well, yes and no." Kia replied. "What I mean is..is.." she trailed off.
Kenai jumped to her rescue. "What she means, is Silver Fang is missing an important piece of information..He has no idea what we look like."
Koda and Aika let out sighs of relief. "So you're safe?" Koda asked.
Kenai smiled. "We're safe, Koda." he answered.
"Phew!" Koda wiped beads of sweat from his forehead. "For a minute there, I thought you guys were in danger!"
For the first time in a while, the cub looked, not like the bigger cub he'd grown to be, but a small, dependent little cub. "I couldn't stand it if anything happened to you...I still need you guys!"
Kia smiled, and winked at Kenai. "But Koda, you're almost old enough to care for yourself, without us." she said.
It was hard to tell if she was being serious or not. Koda's eyes widened. "I know, but I love you guys! You're my family!" he hugged them both.
"I love you guys too!" Aika chimed in, joining in the hugging.
After a moment, Koda pulled away and stared at the two larger bears. "Are..are you guys gonna make me leave when I get bigger?" he asked worriedly. Fear was in the cub's eyes.
Kia reached down and took Koda in her arms. "Of course not, Koda! You can leave whenever you are ready..Either way, you'll always have a family...all of us."
Kenai grinned, nodding his head in agreement. His mate sure had a way with words!
Kenai picked up Aika, and folded, her, Koda and Kia into a great big bear hug.
Aika smiled. She knew that no matter what happened, Kenai and Kia would always be there to look out for her, just like they had when she was human. Back then, Aika hadn't had much of a family. Her own mother didn't care for her! But now everything was different. Now Aika had a family with Kenai, Kia, their cubs and Koda too. She might even like Koda as more than just a great friend, but she didn't want to admit it.
A moment later, the hug was broken and Kenai looked at Koda and Aika seriously. "Koda..Aika...Would you two be okay to watch Dania, Kodi, Cherokee and Aquene for awhile? Kia and I have something important to do."
Koda and Aika nodded slowly. "I think so..But one question. Where are you going?" Aika asked.
"We're supposed to meet Warner back at Crowberry Ridge." Kia said quickly. "Then we're going to search the forest for Silver Fang. We have to make sure it's safe for you two and our cubs."
At that moment, Koda jumped up and wrapped his paws around Kenai's paw tightly. "No! You can't go!" he cried.
Kia glanced at Kenai, bewildered, and he shrugged, just as shocked.
"You can't go! Silver Fang's gonna get you!" Koda said with a little sob.
Kenai picked his brother bear up and looked him in the eye. "Listen, Koda. I promise you Kia and I are going to be fine. If we meet Silver Fang, he has no way of knowing who we are. So don't worry about us so much. Okay?"
Koda sighed, giving in at last. "Okay.."
Ten minutes later, Koda and Aika were sitting with the younger cubs, watching Kenai and Kia walk away.
"Good bye, kids!" Kia called with a wave of her paw. "We'll be back soon."
"Be good for Aika and Uncle Koda, alright?" Kenai added.
"Okay, bye!" the four cubs chorused.
Aquene got up on her hind legs and shouted, "Bye-bye, Mommy and Daddy! You be good too, okay?"
Kenai, Kia, Koda and Aika all looked away. It was all they could do to keep from laughing. Then Kenai and Kia left, the cubs' cheerful farewells still ringing in their ears.
Only one cub was not smiling, as the larger bears left, and that cub was Koda.
"Goodbye, you guys." He said, his voice barely above a whisper as he waved to Kenai and Kia's departing forms. "Be careful. Very, very careful.."
Chapter 7: A Close Call
"So, what are we supposed to do if we find Silver Fang?" Kia asked as she, Kenai and Warner walked quietly through the forest.
Kenai shrugged. "I'm not sure yet."
"One thing is for sure." Warner said in sudden realization. "You two can't risk being seen with me. If you do find Silver Fang and I'm with you, it would not take him too long to figure out who you guys are."
Kia sighed. "That's true."
"Why don't we split up?" Kenai suggested.
So it was decided that Kenai and Kia would search the North area of the forest, and Warner the West. The two grizzly bears and the wolf wished one another good luck, then went their separate ways.
"So," Kia said a while later, "What are we supposed to do if we do meet up with Silver Fang?"
"We definitely can't tell him who we are." Kenai replied. "I think we should have alternative names." he added.
Kia grinned at the suggestion. "Yeah! Then just in case we find Silver Fang, and he asks us our names, he still won't know who we are!" She smirked. "Very sneaky.."
Kenai nodded. "Okay..My name will be..." He paused and put his paw to his forehead, thinking hard. "Sitka!" he decided after a few minutes.
Kia giggled. "You're going to use the name of your brother?" she asked. "How very...original!"
Kenai rolled his eyes at Kia's teasing. "Yeah.." Then he smirked at her. "And what is going to be your name, Kia?"
"I will call myself Speckles." Kia said after she thought it over.
Kenai held back a laugh. "Speckles?" he repeated in a strained voice, still trying not to laugh.
"Yes, my name will be Speckles, because I have brown speckles on my fur. So there!"
Kenai smirked, but said nothing else about the white bear's name choice. She'd obviously made up her mind. Kia felt surprised when he didn't laugh, but she remained silent as they moved along..
Nearby, a large, grey wolf pounded through the forest. Silver Fang. He glanced around, his eyes narrowed in anger. 'Where can those bears be?!' he thought to himself. 'They've got to be somewhere in this forest!'
"Raaawwwwwrrr!" Out of frustration, the large, grey wolf snatched up a twig in his jaws and snapped it in half, growling under his breath. "Maybe I should ask around...Kenai and Kia must know other bears...Surely there must be someone who can tell me where to find them." he muttered.
Just as Silver Fang said this, he heard what sounded like laughing. The wolf glanced up ahead, and saw two bears; one white and light brown, and the other brown with darker brown spots.'I'll ask them.' he decided to himself, and started toward them.
Kia glanced ahead and nearly fainted. Coming towards her was the one, the only..Silver Fang! A wave of panic washed over her. Why was he coming to them? Had they somehow blown their cover? Could Silver Fang have possibly overheard them discussing their alternate names?
Kenai noticed his mate's worried look. He leaned over and whispered softly in the white sow's ear. "Just stay cool." he advised.
Kia nodded, but her countenace was still filled with worry.
"Hello, bears." Silver Fang said when he had reached the two bears. He decided he had better seem friendly, if these two bears were to give him any answer. "I am searching for a couple of bears. They're umm..friends of mine." he paused. "Their names are Kenai and Kia..I was hoping you'd seen them."
Silver Fang looked so hopeful, that Kia almost lauhged outloud right then, but she bit her lip.
"Kenai and Kia?" Kenai repeated. He sat down and scratched his chin, pretending to think hard. "Yeah..I think two bears with those names passed through here this morning." He smiled secretly at Kia. "They asked us if we could give them directions to Bear Claw Mountain, so I'd assume that's where they went."
Silver Fang tried to hide the evil look of pure delight that was on his face. "How long ago was that?" he asked.
Kia placed a paw on her chin, pretending to be deep in thought. "25 minutes ago." she said.
Unfortunately, at that same time Kenai said, "An hour ago."
The two bears glanced nervously at one another. "An hour!" Kia said, and Kenai said, "25 minutes!" Again, they exchanged nervous, wide eyed glances.
"Well, which is it?!" Silver Fang demanded impatiently. He eyed Kia and Kenai suspiciously. "There's something funny about you two, but I can't put my paw on it."
"N-nothing's wrong! We just messed up!" Kia blurted out nervously.
Kenai nodded hastily in agreement. "Yeah, it really was an hour and 25 minutes ago that Kenai and Kia left...I just forgot about how many minutes." The brown grizzly gave Silver Fang what he hoped was a convincing smile.
Silver Fang nodded, but he still seemed suspicious. "And what did you say your names were?" he asked.
"My name's Sitka." Kenai lied. "And this is my mate, Speckles."
Silver Fang studied him and Kia, frowning. Then he turned his back and began to walk away. "Hmpphh! Love bears..that's what's going on with those two!" he muttered under his breath. "Thank you for your help, Sitka and Speckles." he said over his shoulder.
"Don't mention it!" Kenai called back, holding back a nervous laugh.
Kenai and Kia both waited until Silver Fang was long gone, then they burst into relieved laughter.
"Wow! That was a close one!" Kenai said. "I can't believe we pulled it off!"
Kia nodded, still laughing too hard to say anything.
It had been difficult, but they'd fooled Silver Fang..Instead of going to look for them at the Salmon Run, the wolf was now on his way to Bear Claw Mountain..