Lost in Interlunia 2Unbeknownst to Ether, he was being followed. His mother and brother had gone to see Astaris the instant they noticed Ether was missing. Astaris didn't know for sure but she gave them a direction: Interlunia Mountains.
Persephone and Zephie set off straight away. Astaris and her mother, Lunabella joined them as well. Even more surprising, two unknown Nerox from another pack offered to help. Persephone had never met them though Zephie might have. And now six Nerox were searching for Ether. All six praying to find him.
Persephone had hoped that Astaris might know why Ether had left them. But the young female only said something about Ether not wanting to hurt her. What could it possibly mean? What had happened to her son to make him run away? What had gone through his mind? And perhaps the most important question of all: Why hadn't he come to Persephone?
She wasn't his real mother, of course. Her only son was Zephie but she had adopted Ether and there was no doubt that the family loved Et
Lost in InterluniaCold wind blasted the young Nerox's face. Ether shivered, feeling tears spring to his eyes in the face of the bitter wind. He blinked them away, worrying they'd freeze in his eyes if he didn't. Interlunia Mountains were still in the middle of winter, it seemed. Part of Ether wondered if the blizzard was perhaps some sort of sign to him. He had abandoned everything he'd ever cared about on a whim. Well, not a whim but Ether knew his decision was sudden and maybe a little rash. He still couldn't believe the darkness he carried within him. How had it happened? What sort of force decided that Ether should carry such power? It wasn't fair. That was a child's argument but Ether couldn't help it. He'd always tried to be good, to help others. He'd lived his life hearing the ghostly half-whispers of everything around him but he'd never once thought of them as bad. Nor had he ever entertained the thought that the sounds were dangerous. But now he knew. He felt utterly betrayed. What was worse, h
To LunabellaTo the beautiful Lunabella:
Your pelt bewitches me.
Your eyes sparkle so.
The moment I saw you, I knew you were the one.
You're the most beautiful Nerox I've ever seen.
No one could compare to you.
You are everything I could wish for in a mate.
You may never notice me but I will always love you.
I'll always love the way your coat shines.
I'll always love the way your yellow eyes sparkle.
I'll always love everything about you.
You are special and precious to me.
I'm always thinking about you.
I wish I were braver so I could talk to you.
But I'll continue to love you from the shadows...
Your secret admirer
Carnival Parade"Psst! Come on! Wake up!"
One eye peeped open at the rude awakening. The small pup yawned, turned to her side, and closed her eyes again. "Go away, Auntie Squiggles," she groaned. The normally exuberant pup was tired and it was still dark outside! How could Squiggles really want her to wake up already?
"Shh-hhh-hhh-hhh!" Squiggles giggled, shooting a glance at the sleeping figures of Prism and Sargoth. "Don't wake 'em up! C'mon, Bauble! It's Carnival!" Her voice hissed out the last word right in Bauble's ear. The pup's eyes shot open and she looked up at Squiggles. Squiggles nodded and bounded away. Bauble crept away, giggling quietly at being able to sneak past her parents.
Not far, a small group was gathering. All were speaking in hushed tones but occasional snickers and over-the-top shushing could be heard. Bauble spotted Amethyst, Tenian, Helium, Leaf Fall, Stratus, Libelle, Bone, Felena, Persephone, Zephie, and even Est and Lina were there! Bauble's nose told her Bleu was in atten