FOX

Alice has lived all of her life in the pack, helping the older members and spending most of her time in her fox form. But the pack is in danger. First, there are the terrifying people from the nearby Village. Next there is the intimidating pack living on the other side of the forest, who threaten to steal their clearing. There are traitors about and it seems like Alice is the only one who can uncover the truth.

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2. Chapter 2

I shot into the field. The dry plants scratched my sides, but there was no time to think about that. I had to get back to the forest, where I could hide in a bush or the hollow of a tree.

‘See where the crops are swaying?’ one of the Villagers said. ‘That’s where the fox is.’

I froze. How could I have been so stupid? Of course they could see where I was as I went trampling over the plants! I didn’t know what to do. If I moved they would see. If I stayed here I would only be waiting for them to-

Two giant figures rose before me. I yelped with fright and darted to the right. A flash of silver brushed past me. Then another. And another. But I could see trees emerging in front of me. If I could just reach them before . . .

My back leg seared with pain. A cry escaped my lips and I tumbled to the ground. I looked behind me and saw a sharp silver stick was sunk deep into my paw and blood was splattered on the dry ground. The pain was almost too much to bear. I felt myself starting to black out. But I couldn’t – not now! With a sudden burst of energy, I ran towards the edge of the forest. As I took each step, pain shot up my leg and it could hardly support my weight, but, somehow, I managed to keep moving forward.

And that was when the ground disappeared beneath me.

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