Beloved Runt: Part I

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9- Artemis

I was outside in the chicken coops feeding the chickens and collecting eggs. Usually it’s the little one who are in charge of this chore, but it was so cold today I couldn’t bear to see them shivering so I offered to do it instead. I had to do it quickly. If Dalton saw me, he would give me an earful.

It was nice to be outside for change. Usually I helped out in the main pack house but being outside gave me a chance to see all the happenings. I loved waving and saying hi to the other pack members who passed. Most of the members were always kind to me. Even though I wasn’t born here, I always felt like one of the pack.

There was one person who I was nervous about Lord Edmon. It wasn’t that he was particularly mean or anything, I just got a sense of unease form him. Like he was looking for something and I wasn’t sure I would like what he found. But that was exactly who was walking towards me just now.

I looked at the ground spreading the see around them hoping that the lack of eye contact would prevent him from stopping. I was not so lucky.

“Good morning Artemis.” He called towards me.

“Good morning my lord.” I said without looking at him. My right side was already facing away from him, so I didn’t have to worry about covering my scars. “Is there something I can help you with?”

“It seems my dear that you are the only one who does anything around here. No matter which way I turn my back I see you there completing yet another task.” My wolf did not like what the man was hinting at. Yes, I work hard, but it was because I want to, not because my pack makes me.

“I wonder sir, are you able to be everywhere in out pack at once?” Lord Edmon’s face became more serious at her question. He was wondering where I was going with this.

“No. I do not possess that ability.”

“Then how is it you are to know what work every member of the pack does? Forgive me sir but for the majority of your stay here you have been at the packhouse. Although that is an important part here, it is not the only residence we have in our territory. There are many other homes and families elsewhere who work and help in way you may not see. I would hate for you to discredit their effort.”

I was nervous that maybe I was a little too bold with the Lord. I didn’t want him thinking less of everyone, but I also didn’t want to offend him in my defense of the pack. Those worries changed into curiosity as I saw the corners of his mouth raise slightly in amusement.

“It seems I am need of correcting.” He said calmly. “I will not make that mistake again.” I smiled back at him for the first time. Maybe he wasn’t as scary as he looked. He began to say something to me about how hard our pack worked but his words were drowned out by an ominous feeling that overcame me. I’ve had this feeling before and it only meant one thing. Danger. I needed to find Dalton…now!

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