Ch. 5 Proving
Filled with a new energy, David was able to return to the Pack's campsite within four hours. The dark storm clouds had not yet dissipated, casting an eerie glow over the camp. As he approached, he could see that the entire pack seemed to be crowded around something outside the main tent. The pack members moved out of the way as they saw him approaching, allowing David to reach the inside of the group. He soon discovered that the pack was observing an argument between Megan and Marr that was going on outside the tent.
"You said you would give him more time!" Megan was shouting, having to stand on her toes to meet her father's gaze.
"I have given him over a day to return and he still hasn't," Marr replied calmly.
"I'm here now," David spoke up.
Everyone quieted down at him sudden appearance. Megan looked at him, deeply surprised at his new appearance. His black fur now had streaks of white outlined in a blueish tinge. Two streaks started at the tips of his ears, and went down each side of them. The streaks followed his mane down to his shoulders where they went down the back of each arm. When the streaks reach the elbows, they turned into a spiral that covers the entire forearm. The spiral is loose near the elbow and becomes more and more tight nit until it is solid white at the hands. This makes the fur on his hands bright white in contrast with the black pads on his hands. His midsection and chest remain black but his legs up to the knee have the same spiral that is on his arms. The only other white part is at the tip of his tail but the white dissipates halfway up the tail. The rest of his body is covered in the same black fur as it was before, although it now was more of a blueish black.
"Wow," was all that Megan could say. She also noticed his eye color had changed to an icy blue.
"Is your new appearance supposed to impress us?" Blaze was the first to speak up.
"No but this is," David said backing up.
David continued to back out of the crowd. Then, in a quick motion, he put his hands together and leaned forward. A powerful streak of blue lightning followed by a thunderous CRACK rushed from his hands and into the sky. Everyone in the crowd instantly went to their knees, startled by the loud thunder.
"Impressive," Blaze said, stepping forward. "But let us test your strength in combat!"
Blaze rushed forward and slammed into David. The two rolled into the forest both trying to rip each other’s throats out. Now in the trees, Blaze pounced off David and landed a few feet away. David rolled to a stop at his knee and looked up at Blaze. Blaze then let out a column of fire towards David. David rolled out of the way and let loose a bolt at Blaze. Blaze rolled out of the way and was about to let loose another column of fire when a thundering voice roared, "STOP!!!!!" They both froze and looked up to see Marr standing angrily at the edge of the trees.
"There is no need for this battle," Marr commanded. "This one has proven his worth; he is now a part of our pack." Blaze began to protest only to be silenced by Marr's hand. "He is part of the pack. He will now be known as Lightning, for his new power. Now I am tired let us go to sleep. It has been a long day."
After everyone had dispersed (Blaze rather reluctantly), David and Megan approached each other.
"Lightning, eh?" Megan said, seductively. "I think I like the new you."
"Is that so?" He said.
"Come," she said, pulling at his shoulders. "You are sleeping with me from now on."
It had taken only weeks for David to understand almost all of the Pack's daily activities. He was taught how to hunt deer by Shadow. He quickly came to like Shadow and they were soon good friends. They would go out each morning and try to take down a deer or an elk for the Pack. While they were out in the woods, Shadow would sometimes teach David some of his sneaking techniques. During one of their first teaching sessions, Ghost walked into their clearing unexpectedly and saw Shadow teaching David. Ghost soon exploded with rage at Shadow for showing David their techniques. Shadow, not about to be controlled by his brother, shouted back at him, saying he could do what he wanted. The two of them then jumped into each other and they wrestled on the forest floor. David got between them and was able to stop the fight; however, Ghost sprinted angrily off into the forest. Afterwards, Shadow and David found more secluded places to practice sneaking.
Tensions between Blaze and David continued to stay high. Blaze would always try to blame pack problems on David. Marr and Megan would continue to defend David, but it was clear the pack was beginning to have problems. David was only a small event in a long chain of events that Blaze had been using to try to undermine Marr. Blaze was trying to remove Marr from pack leader and become the leader himself. As time went on, it seemed certain members of the pack were choosing sides knowing things were changing. Blaze, Angelica, Violet, Ghost, and Staci were on one side. While Marr, Megan, David, Shadow, Tenderfoot, Shila, and Kate were on the other.
Tensions grew higher as word of another werewolf pack was said to be enclosing on the Pack's territory. Marr wanted to see if they would pass while Blaze wanted to confront them. Marr forbid any interaction with the unknown pack, an order Blaze was furious with. Later, David saw Blaze sneaking out into the woods one night and he decided to follow him. Using his new stealth techniques, he learned from Shadow, he was able to follow Blaze without being spotted. He saw Blaze enter the other pack's camp and walk up to their leader.
"What do you want?" The other pack's leader demanded.
"I want your help," Blaze replied, head bowed.
"Why would we help you?" The leader asked.
"Because you could have all of my pack's land and resources," Blaze said looking up. "And you would have my help." With his last statement, Blaze stood up and he shot two columns of fire at a nearby tree.
"Ok," the leader said, looking at the burnt tree. "We will talk inside."
Blaze followed the leader inside the tent that sat in the middle of camp. Blaze and the leader talked for hours in the tent. Just when David started to leave, Blaze and the leader exited the tent.
"I'm glad we could come to an agreement," the leader said to Blaze.
"So am I," Blaze replied.
Blaze started to walk away when he stopped and turned back towards the leader.
"One more thing," Blaze said as he approached the leader. "For my plan to work, you cannot be the leader of this pack."
"What are you sa-" was all the leader could ask before Blaze's fire wreathed hand slashed out towards his throat. The leader's head toppled to the ground, a look of confusion still on his face.
Blaze picked up the head by the top of its mane and lifted it up for the entire pack to see. "I am now your leader!" He shouted at the top of his lungs. One of the werewolves in the crowd, presumably the past leader's right hand man, lunged out toward Blaze. Blaze shot a column of fire and coated the attacked completely in fire. The werewolf screamed as he ran out into the woods, flames all across his body.
"Does anyone else challenge me?!" Blaze shouted.
David knew that Blaze was going to use his new forces to attack the Pack. So David sprinted back to camp to warn Marr. He rushed into the main tent and woke up Marr.
"Blaze has taken over the other pack and he is planning on taking out ours!" David said to Marr.
"Prepare our defenses," Marr said, getting up out of his bed. "We are going to war."