Enna Part III

Part III of my story

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1. Chapter Nine: Storm

 

 

It was a long trip and the fawns were tired, but they had arrived. He looked around their new home. This place was not open like their hill. The location was covered by thick, tall, old oak trees. The canopy of leaves was so dense, their clearing was in shade. Food was nearby, but not in the amount as near their old home. What good grass there was, grew in the open areas. He, Curri and Wanna had to walk out of the oak trees and toward the long hill to find grass. Water was easy to get. There was a small spring at the edge of the clearing. He searched the area and found no signs of predators. It seemed safe for the fawns. Now that summer was beginning, the fields were making more grass than they could eat. Even the fawns were starting to eat grass. The most important thing was that the clanging noises and the sounds of Men were far away. No Man came here which is what they all wanted.

The rest of the senior males were all nearby. They were spread out a little more than before because the food was not in such plenty, but they were all within easy call of each other. Most of the herd just moved their bedding area from nearer the Man cave to near the long hill. From there, it was easy to get to the same meadows the doe and herd males had used before. There were no complaints. Artose was healing nicely, and he was getting use to this new place. The fawns were growing in front of him and he was already teaching them how to fight. Everything seemed right about them. Lancin had been right, this was a good place.

It was two nights after they arrived that Artose called them altogether. All of them met near Artose’s bedding place. Although he could clearly see the herd leader was still recovering he looked better than before. He would soon heal.

“Thank you for coming,” Artose began. “This new place appears to be fine. We are far away from Man and his killing sticks. There are still things that I would like done. I want to make sure the herd is alright in this new part of the forest. I also want to look closely at the herd males. We will need to get two new senior males to replace Ballar and Lamoc. Lancin and Percin I would like you to do this. We also do not know anything about the forest near us. We need to look for any dangers around us. I would like Enna and Guan to do that. Mercin, Garland and I will stay here. Although I can walk. I still would prefer to move around as little as possible.”

“You will look after our fawns and doe?” Percin asked the question on his mind also.

“Of course,” Artose said. “Bring all your doe and fawn near here. That way it is easier to protect them.”

They all nodded agreement. “Then we start after the greater light sets tomorrow.”

He left immediately to get Wanna and Curri and his fawns. “Wanna did not mind, but Curri was nervous.

“I wish you did not need to go,” she told him. “I feel nervous when you are away.”

“It will only be for a short time,” he said and nuzzled her face.

“We will be fine,” Wanna said trying to cheer Curri up.

After they ate and drank he spent the rest of the night playing with his sons. Both seemed eager to play with him. Both fawns were strong. Inwardly he hoped at least one would become a senior male someday, but that would not be for many seasons. He wasn’t sure he be here by then. He was glad he did not have to encourage them. As soon as he put his head down, they started to lower their heads and charge at him. He could feel their increasing strength in their legs and bodies. He continued to play with then until both fawns were tired and after they fed at their mothers again, they went right to sleep. He lay down and both fawns would lie next to him, and their mothers would be next to them. He liked the feeling of warmth. He found he was enjoying being a father.

The next night both him and Guan left and went deeper into the oak wood they lived in. It went on for a ways. They heard birds, possums, and they found a new animal herd. They were shorter than them, and had a flat short noise that they kept buried in the dirt looking for food. They did not look dangerous, but they had two large front teeth that reminded him of bears. They kept well away from them. Mostly the new herd ignored both of them. They made no effort to try and talk to them and they did not approach him and Guan. They did not seem dangerous and so they kept on moving carefully. By the rising of the greater light, they had moved through the thick part of the oak forest. The ate grass and berries and drank in a small stream. Both he and Guan rested close to each other.

They next night they kept going and the forest got thinner. The trees got smaller. It was dryer here and only scrub grass grew. This ground came to an end when they came up to a row of thin vines growing in front of them. The vines were held up by small trees that had no branches or leaves. He wondered what they were, but he knew it was a Man thing and so they both avoided it. They turned and tried to find a way through the vines, but they went on as far as they could see. On the other side of the vines he could see a flat open field that looked as through plants were growing in rows. He wondered what they were. The scent of the plants he did not recognize. The ground was dryer and they could not see or smell any sources of water. As the greater light rose, they went back into the thicker woods to sleep.

The next night the wind had shifted. In the distance they both saw distant flashes of light in the sky They both knew what that meant, rain. The followed the Man vines to their right. After they had gone a while, an increasing breeze brought a scent of water to them. The followed the scent, but soon saw another light in the distance. This light was much closer to the ground. As they got closer, he saw it was like the light in the Man cave. Man was around here someplace. Out in the open field he saw other things. There were animals out in the field, all wandering around eating the grass. They were larger than they were and heavier. They moved in a herd and make the loudest racket when they spoke. He did not know what to make of them. Out there he saw a strange pond with water in it. Most ponds were at the same level as the ground. This pond was raised up. It was on the other side of the vines.

“Do you think you can jump over the vines?” he asked Guan.

“Yes, but those are Man things,” Guan said.

“Well Man is not here now and I am thirsty. If we jump over and get something to drink, we can then jump over the vines again and go back into the forest.”

Guan did not look pleased with his idea. He smelled no presence of Man and dogs around.

“What of the other animals?” Guan asked.

“They eat grass like us,” he said. “I do not think they are a danger to us.”

Guan did not look as if he was so sure. He walked back several lengths and ran toward the vines and leaped up as far as he could. He easily went over the top of the vines and came down in the open field. There was nothing around him. He hurried over to the pond and leaned over and started to drink. A moment later he saw Guan do the same. He walked up and they both drank heavily.

He had only swallowed a few mouths full of water when he saw one of the creatures approach them. It was not showing threat. It was walking carelessly as if it had no sense of danger from Man. As it approached both he and Guan pulled away from the pod. The creature walked up and started to drink.

“Greetings,” Guan said. “We are from Artose’s herd.”

“MAAOOOOOOOOO,” came the only reply from the creature who drank, yet took no notice of them.

“Who are you?” he asked.

The creature ignored him and continued drinking. It must have no fear of them he realized. It did not care if they were there or not. Finally, it finished and raised its head.

“MAOOOOOOO,” it uttered again and then walked back into its herd as casually as it had come.

“RUOOOMMMMMM,” he heard in the distance. The lights in the sky were getting brighter

Off in the distance he heard a dog barking. If there were dogs nearby, there could be Men near also.

“Dogs,” he said and took several quick mouthfuls of water. Guan finished drinking and they both ran back the way they came. Both of them leaped over the vines and went back into the safety of the forest. At least they had gotten some water.

“This is a strange place,” Guan said. “Man is near here with these creatures. I do not like this place.”

“We cannot come out this way,” he said. “Artose needs to know all about this.”

“Yes, we must stay in the forest and not come his way,” Guan said

“BOOOOMMMMMMM,” sounded behind them. For a second he through it was a killing stick, but the noise rumbled. It was not as clear and distinct as the noise from a killing stick. The noise was from the storm that was approaching quickly toward them. He could feel moisture in the air. Soon it would rain and rain hard. He looked out into the field and now all the creatures were walking toward the light in the distance. They were getting closer to Man. They must not be afraid of Man either.

“We need to find shelter,” Guan told him.

“Let us go back to the forest,” he suggested. “There is shelter there. It is too open out here.”

They both started to move quickly as the wind picked up. It was now a cool wind and the smell of moisture in the air was stronger. The noise from the clouds got louder and louder. Soon he could see streaks of light going from the clouds to the ground. The noise got much louder, soon it was louder than any killing stick he ever heard. Then it started to rain. First just a bit, but then the sky got very dark and more loud noises from the storm. Suddenly the wind became very strong and the rain came down much harder. They were still in the scrub brush trying to get back to the safety of the tall trees. They kept moving in the increasing rain. The darkness got so black that even they could not see the ground in front of them. They had to stop.

“There are larger trees over there,” he said and pointed his nose. If not for the lights in the sky he would have never of seen them.

Both of them ran, their only guide with the flashes of light from above. Thy found several pine trees and ran under them. Both he and Guan got as close together as they could and waited.

The wind picked up even more, he could hear it moving through the trees sounding like a Man animal. The rain came down on them hard. The trees provided some protection but in a little while both him and Guan were soaking wet. There was nothing they could do. The wind was too strong, the rain too heavy, and the darkness too black to see except for flashes of very bright light that hurt their eyes. He just closed his eyes after a while, but there was no way he could sleep. They had to stay still. It seemed like streaks of light were coming down all around them. Then the strangest thing happened. He felt something hard hit his back like he had been hit by a stone. Then it happened again and again. Something hard was falling from the sky.

“Enna, what is it,” Guan shouted almost in a panic.

“I do not know,” he yelled back. “Get closer to the trees, maybe they can protect us.”

Both of them got very close to the trees. It helped but they still kept getting hit. In the flashes of light, he could see them. They were white in color like snowflakes, but much bigger and harder. Just when he thought it could not get worse came the roaring noise. It came upon them suddenly. It was like the noise of many, many Man animal all roaring together. The wind pick up where it almost knocked him on his side even though he was lying down. He could feel the thick pine tree moving like a twig in the wind. He had never heard or seen anything like this before. One of the small trees started to come out of the ground. For a while he thought they were both going to die here. This kept up for a short while and then the roaring stopped suddenly. The hard things from the sky stopped and only the rain came down to soak them more. The streaks of light and the great noise that came with them got less and less. Finally even the rain stopped. Both he and Guan lay there shivering together. Finally, out of sheer fright and exhaustion, he fell asleep.

He awoke just after the rising of the greater light. The sky was still cloudy, rain was still coming down, but not as hard as before. The air felt cooler on his fur. Around him lay branches and small trees ripped up by the wind and storm. It was quiet around him. Even the insects and the birds were hushed. He looked around Guan lay still near him and still asleep. In day light he could see the that the storm had ripped apart this part of the forest. He got up and looked back at the open fields. He could not see any of the large animals he saw last night. As he was moving about, he saw Guan stir and then get up.

“I never saw a storm like that before,” Guan said looking at the damage around him.

“I have not either,” he said. “Well most of it appears to be over and we are still alive. Time to go back to our herd.”

Guan looked a little concerned at his suggestion, “Do you think we should move in the day?”

“I cannot even hear birds,” he said.  “It does not look like anything is moving. Besides I am soaked to the skin and I am stiff. I need to move around to loosen up.”

“I am stiff too,” Guan answered. “Let us go. I will feel better when we are back under those tall oak trees again.”

They both left and went back the way they came; or least they tried too. The storm had removed any trace of their trip out there. All they had to go on were the view of tall trees in the distance. They headed for them. They made their way picking around fallen trees, torn up ground, and the occasional dead bird and smaller animal. The storm had been too great for them. It had killed them.

They moved as quietly as possible for the entire day stopping only to eat, drink and empty themselves. As they moved they both realized the forest had been battered, but it was still there. Just as he knew that the forest did not care about him, he understood the storm did not care about the forest. Both did what they do and went on. It was only the other creatures like him and the small animals that got hurt by their actions. By the time the greater light was setting they reached the tall trees, but they did not look familiar.

“This is not our place,” Guan told him.

“I know,” he said looking around. “I have no idea where we are. Let us see if we can find something that looks familiar.”

These trees were not oak, but pine and spruce trees. They walked around and caught no familiar scents. They walked through the night and by the time the lesser light had set, they had come to a large field. This was a field he did not know. They had also come to the end of their strength.

“Let us rest here for the day,” he suggested. “After the greater light sets we can look around. Our herd has to be around here somewhere.”

“Good,” Guan told him and lay down on some soft grass. “I could not go much further.”

They both lay down and fell into a sound sleep that lasted all day. Nothing in the air or ground bothered him. They both were awoken after dark by a familiar scent in the air.

“A deer,” Guan said. “There are deer around here.”

“Yes,” he said taking in the air. “I do not recognize the scents.”

He looked around onto the open field and saw several deer feeding. There was one male, six doe, and six fawns. The male was large and maybe a five-season deer. The doe looked to be from yearling to four-seasons. The fawns were all new born Maybe they knew where they were. Both got up and felt the urge to empty themselves. After that, they walked slowly into the open field toward the deer. When they approach, he saw the male stand up and take notice of them. The females started to gather and looked like they were about to run.

“Stop here,” he told Guan. “We do not want to scare them.”

He then turned to face the deer in the field and spoke with a loud voice. “We are lost,” he called out. “We are looking for our herd. We will not harm you. Please do not run away.”

The female did not run but the moved away. The male stayed still eyeing them cautiously. They slowly approached the male keeping their heads up and showing no threat. When they were in a few lengths of them they stopped.

“I am Enna,” he said loudly. “This is Guan. We are both senior males in Artose’s herd. We were out looking over the forest for our herd leader and got caught in the storm. We are lost and looking for a way back to our herd.”

The five season male stepped forward. “I am Delsis,” he said. “I know of Artose. I belonged to his herd three seasons ago. I left it and came here. There are several deer here and no presence of Man.”

That was different to him. “Delsis, do you know where Artose’s herd is?” he asked respectfully.

Delsis pointed his nose along the edge of the forest. “If you follow this open field for a full night, you will come to the meadow where the herd males live.”

He nodded his understanding. “Thank you,” he answered with appreciation. “Are you the herd leader?”

“We have no herd leader,” the deer told them.

Guan looked around at the males and doe. “You have no herd leader,” he repeated. “Who protects you from dangers or threats.”

“We do not have any dangers here,” Delsis said. “Even Man does not come here. We need no protection so we do not need a herd leader.”

“Are you not afraid of the other predators in the forest?” he asked.

“No,” Delsis said bluntly. “There are no predators around here. We live with the forest. We do not fear anything in the forest.”

“That is odd,” Guan said. “Thank you for your help.” He said with a slight bow of his head.

“Thank you,” he repeated.

He also thought how odd. He had always been taught to fear the forest and the predators in it. These deer were not afraid. Maybe if a bear came to visit they feel differently. In any case, he had other concerns. He walked the way Delsis pointed and walked just inside the trees. They continued to walk and by the first glow of the greater light, they could see the herd male meadow.”

“I think we should stop here and go back tonight,” Guan said. “Those other deer may not be afraid of the dangers of the forest, but I am.”

“I do not like walking in the open during day,” he said. “You are right, let us rest here.”

They both slept soundly knowing they were almost home. By the time the greater light had sat, both had gotten up and eaten. There was no water in this part of the forest so he would wait until he got back before he drank. As soon as it was fully night they moved. As they crossed the meadow, they were watched by the herd males. Many told them the storm was also bad around here. Many streaks of light hit the ground and the trees, and the wind almost blew them over. There were loose branches on the ground, but not as many as he had seen by the Man cave. It took them a while to cross the meadow and climb the long hill. In the distance was his home. As they were walking up toward the large oaks they both bellowed out to let the others know they were here.

Complete silence in return.

He called out again and again there was silence.

“I do not like this,” he said. “Let us hurry.”

As they walked up he saw the tall oak trees, He also saw something else from a distance. Several deer looked like they were lying on the ground. There was also a burnt odor in the air like after a fire. Something had been burning around here. The burnt odor got stronger the closer they got. Then they picked up another smell. It was the decayed odor of death. Something had died around here. They came up quickly and soon saw it. Under the large oaks, he saw several deer lying on their sides. He ran ahead and looked closely.

There around him he saw many deer lying still under the oaks. They had been dead a while. The birds had picked at them. Some of the bodies had already been torn open.

“Lancin,” Guan called out. “He ran over. There was Lancin. Despite the smell of death and decay, he could still pick up the scent of those he knew. Lancin lay on his side, his eyes had already been picked out and his mouth open in what looked like fright. He looked around, he saw Mercin lying the same way.

“Percin, Galand, and Artose are here,” Guan called out.

They all lay within several lengths of each other. All of them looked to be struck down where they were standing. None of them had a chance to run. He saw no wounds, nothing that looked like a large predator had killed them. They appeared as if something just killed them where they stood.

“Enna, the big oak,” Guan called out.

He turned to look at one of the biggest oaks. It had been nearly ripped in half by something. Three trees away a smaller oak had been ripped completely apart. Both sides fell on the forest. That was where the burnt smell was coming from. He walked up to the smaller tree. He looked past the shattered oak at the forest floor. To his horror, it was covered by the bodies of dead deer. All of them lying as if all felled by some great power. The doe from Lancin, Mercin and Artose were there along with their fawns. He walked for a short distance and saw familiar bodies on the ground.

“No,” he moaned and a large mass of cud came up his threat and out of his mouth.

There at his feet lay Curri, Wanna, and his two sons. The four of them struck down like the others: lying still with their mouths open and the tongues sticking out. They were all were dead and had been dead for some time. They looked horrified at something. He walked away and put his head against a nearby oak and let his emotions out.

Sometime later he heard Guan call to him. “Enna, we have to leave before any large predators show up. They are all dead. There is nothing we can do here except die ourselves.”

“What happened?” he choked out.

“It must have been the storm,” Guan said. “Something in the storm was strong enough to destroy two large oaks and kill everyone else. I do not know what it was, but it destroyed all of them. Enna, we are the only senior males left.”

He did not care about being a senior male. If his mates and sons were dead, what did it matter. If the other deer he most cared about were dead, what could he do. Artose told him he should care for the simple reason that he wanted to. Now those reasons were gone. Every reason he had to want to help the herd and himself was dead. In an instant, it was all gone and there was nothing he could have done about it. The forest took everything he had, and did not care a bit about it. For a moment, he felt intense rage against the forest, but he quickly realized that was foolish Even if he was angry, how could he show his anger. The whole point of Artose’s talks to him was that he was powerless to hurt the forest. The forest could certainly hurt him and did without a thought, yet he could do nothing about it. In an instant, all his hopes were taken away. He was alone again. Finally, Guan poked him hard in the side.

“Enna, we have to leave,” Guan told him again.

He nodded and walked away from the only real home he had ever had. His mother, his father, and now this. They walked, mostly in shock until the greater light rose. They were by then on the high hill. He lay down, but could not sleep. All he could see were the dead bodies of his mates and his two fawn, cut down so fast they never had a chance to flee. He wanted revenge against the forest, but knew he could never get it. He finally fell into a fitful sleep but all he could see were the light streaks across the sky and images of his dead family.

He awoke with a start and came to his feet. It was dark. The lesser light was just appearing. He looked around and saw Guan asleep near him. He left his bedding area and emptied himself before starting to eat grass. Soon Guan joined him and they both ate their fill. They came down the long hill to a small pond on the edge of the herd male meadow and drank their fill. There he stopped and looked over the herd males eating. None of them knew.

“Enna, what are we going to do?” Guan asked sounding afraid.

“I have no idea,” he said.

“What could he do? He did not have many choices. The first was to run, to leave this forest and go elsewhere. He had his fill of that before he came here. His other option was to try and reform the herd with him and Guan as the leaders. There was no one now that could take over from them. He knew Guan and him were the strongest males in the herd. By all right they should become the herd leader, but to what end? He could bring in other males, teach them as he had been taught, and try again to make a herd like Artose did at least until Man, storm, or something else removed him and Guan. Then the herd have to start all over again. What was the point if in the end they all would be gone? What would it matter? Then he remembered what Artose told him. It would not matter to the forest, it would matter to him. What did he want. Suddenly he knew what to do. He turned to Guan and hoped he understand.

“Guan, forgive me but I must ask you something?” he said

Guan shot him back a look wondering what he wanted. “Yes,” he said.

“If we put the herd back together, would accept me as herd leader because it has to be one of us,” he told him.

“Yes, Enna,” Guan answered suspiciously.

“I do not want to take over from Artose, but I feel as though we have no choice,” he said. “I want you to be my senior male much like Mercin was. I am going to call the herd together and tell them what happened. They will find out about it soon in any case. We then have to look and find the strongest males in the herd and start to train them like Artose, Mercin and Lancin taught us.”

Guan seemed fascinated at what he was saying. Inwardly Guan knew he was both smarter and stronger than him. If he did not do this, it would never be done. “That sounds like it may work,” Guan told him.

“Good, we do it now. You call over by the doe meadow and call I will go to the male herd and announce it. The herd will meet here and I will tell them. Do not tell anyone why or that we will select new senior males. I want us to choose the male, not let the males come forward. We do not need some fool like Delac wanting to be a senior male.”

“Delac, a senior male?” Guan spat out. “I just as soon chase him out of the forest.”

“We may do that, but not now. Let us get going.”

With that they both left. He got to the herd male meadow and started to call out. “Here, Here, all come here.”

He called several time. He also herd Guan call from further away. Now all they had to do was wait. The herd started to come into the open field in ones and two. The herd males arrived first, then the does with their fawns and finally the yearlings. The entire herd was there and most looked curious as to why Artose and the other senior males were not there. When the lesser light was past overhead he started. He started and tried to sound as reassuring as he could.

“I called this meeting because I have sad news for all of you. Our herd leader Artose, along with the senior males Mercin, Galand, Percin, and Lancin are all gone.”

There were startled cries from the herd. Most were of disbelief. Some were of panic. Finally one of the older herd males called out, ”What happened, was it Man?”

“No,” he said trying not to choke up. “They hid under some tall oak trees. When the storm came, something came down from the sky and destroyed several of the oak trees there. Artose and the others were standing near the trees. When Guan and I found them, they were all lying dead along with their doe and fawns. My own two mates and fawns were also there and are gone.”

“Just where were you two,” Delac called out from the herd.

“Artose had sent Guan and I out to see if we could find any dangers by the edge of the forest. We were caught in the storm, but found a place to shelter. When we got back, they were all gone.”

“What will we do,” several of the males and doe called out. “Artose was our herd leader for many seasons.”

“Who will protect us?” other called out.

“Listen to me,” he shouted out as loud as he could.

“Quiet,” Guan repeated. “Listen to Enna.”

With that all the talk died away. He felt the stares of more deer than he could count fixed on him. He swallowed hard and took a deep breath.

“Artose was my herd leader too, but he is gone,” he said bluntly. “Before he died, he and the other senior males trained myself and Guan. I will offer myself to the herd as herd leader, with Guan as my senior male. I will do this in Artose’s place, but only if you want me too. I will not force myself on you. This decision is yours to make. I will try and run the herd like Artose did but I am not Artose. If the herd does not want me as herd leader, then you will have to pick one of you to do it.”

With that he kept quiet. While he did not want to be herd leader, but he knew he was the best deer here to do it, but it was not what he thought that made any difference.

After a few moments of talking one of Delac’s male yelled out. “How do we know this is true?”

That got him angry. Why would he lie about this? He was going to answer back when Guan spoke up sounding just as angry as he was.

“If you do not believe Enna, then go over the long hill and the end of this meadow and walk to the tall oak trees. You will find all of them, lying dead. Or at least you will find what is left of them.”

“Will you lead us like Artose did?” one of the older doe asked.

He nodded his head. “I will do the best I can, but as I said, I am not Artose. I will not change anything. I still say that we need to avoid that part of the forest near the new Man cave. Other than that, I plan to change nothing.”

With that the herd started talking to each other. He saw Delac and his three males all talking together.

After a while several of the older male came out. One of them spoke up. “This is a sad time, Artose was our herd leader for many seasons. That he is gone frightens me. I have seen both Enna and Guan doing things for Artose and the other senior males. “I will accept Enna as herd leader because who of us can do it.”

“I can.” Delac shouted out. “I have been a senior male too Helscom forest. I know how to order a herd. I will order this one just like Helscom did.”

He turned quickly to Guan. “I will need your help here. If you can keep the other males with Delac off of me.”

Guan only nodded. He could see the dark eyes narrow as if ready for a fight. He calmly walked up to Delac and looked in in the face.

“Is that a challenge?” he asked.

“Yes, I have just as much right as . . ..” that was all Delac got out.

He lunged forward with all his might and caught his shoulder on Delac’s front left shoulder before he could brace himself. His impact sent Delac flying backwards. The other males were stunned but they started to drop their head. As they did he heard Guan lung into two of them.

“Daofff,” he heard one of the other males call out as Guan ran into him..

He did not look back he charged forward and his Delac as he was trying to get up. The impact sent him flying again. Another male ran toward him and came in quickly behind him. He kicked back hard with both feet. One hoof hit the deer in the shoulder and the other in the chest. He felt both hoofs hit solidly.

“BUUUAAAA,” he heard the young male cry out and collapse onto the ground.

He looked at Delac again getting up very slowly. Once more he hit him hard as he was trying to get up. This time Delac hit the ground and did not move. It took only a moment for him to be on the down deer. He stomped on his side once but not hard.

“Aoffff,” came from Delac and he lay still.

He turned quickly around to deal with the other males. There was no need. The deer he kicked was still lying daze on the ground. The deer Guan hit was lying on the ground and the last male was running for his life toward the forest.

At that point he stopped and looked at the herd around him. “Are there any other challenges?” he yelled out.

No deer moved a muscle, or said a word. With that he walked into the middle of large gathering of deer. “By right I could claim being herd leader,” he told them. “I will not however. The choice is still yours, but I ask that you make up your mind now.”

The was mummering around the herd. Then the older doe call out.

“Yes, herd leader,” she said.

“What do you want us to do, herd leader,” a five season herd male called out.

There was a general agreement. The he saw Guan walk up to him.

“Let us start, herd leader,” he said.

He was a herd leader, the goal of any male deer. He had done it.

So why was he not that happy about it?

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