REMEDY Hhhh...hhhh...hhhh...hhhh. Every single muscle in his legs screamed out in pain, begging to be loosened and relaxed, but he dare not stop running. The pain would just have to be. His paws trampled across leaves, breaking them into shattering colors of red, gold, and dirty green. A twig or two snapped under the pressure of his entire body in each one of his steps; a weight that he was carrying himself. He continued to pant through his mouth, teeth bared back. A sliver of blood stained his bottom lip, dripping past the crevice of his neck as it soaked into the white of his fur. Each step he took with his hind leg was hell, opening the wound in the side of his stomach more and more. He couldn't afford to slow down or falter. Hhhh...hhh.... The others were gaining on him. He could smell his own blood from a clear proximity behind him. If he looked behind himself, he would have been faced with the sight of the Alpha Female's red stained mouth, dripping with his blood and locks of his fur. She was the biggest of the pack, the Alpha Male presumably away for another hunt. It didn't stop her from calling her pack when Haru lunged towards her. The memory flashed back in a blur, the forest floor washing away to show the scene of the Alpha, snarling and snapping at him. Her brown tailed writhed and snapped left and right, warning Haru to act cautiously. It was too dark for him to make out the wild boar with a growling wolf rounding on him. He bent down on all fours, snarling back, desperately wishing he could speak to her. He had to let her know that the wild boar was somewhere in those trees, anticipating any faltering step. Haru made one. He barked at the Alpha Female, and she suddenly got on the defensive, barking right back. Her fur bristled, golden eyes set on Haru and Haru only. He could hear it; the boar's heavy breathing. It somehow managed to blend into the shadows and avoided being detected. How something that large managed to slip past his keen eyes, it was a mystery, but the rough breathing reminded him that it was still there. Waiting. Anticipating. Haru's tail lowered, the only gesture he knew at making peace with the other wolf. It was a gesture short lived. The memory faded when he stiffened at the sudden roar of the boar, followed by him lunging at the Alpha Female, trying to push her out of the way. Both of them got a piece of him. Haru's ears perked at the cracking of a branch to his left. Despite the burning, pulsing pain in every muscle in his entire body, he cut a sharp right, leaping as best as he could over a log. The price he paid for not stretching his hind legs were dire. His right paw snagged the log, twisting it in a disgusting angle. He heard the tear of his muscles before the pain whipped through him. There was a loud yelp before he fell down something high and ragged with rocks. When he no longer heard the rushing paws behind him or the ragged breathing of the Alpha, he knew he was away from them. His body instantly became weightless, falling from a dangerous height, all of his legs flailing but the right one. That one was dead in the air. Hhhh... Haru closed his eyes, seeing the image of a woman with long, beautiful white hair singing to him. The sound was the greatest melody he had ever known, the tune coiling around his tiny fingers as he reached up to touch the mere presence of her. She gave him a teasing smile, pulling her hand away from reach but never stopping her song. Haru giggled madly, kicking his infant feet wildly in the fair game of tag he was having. The song amplified in his head, the image burning brighter in his mind. He was home now. The weightless feeling left him, the pain and blood trailing through the air disappearing. There was only the song and her smiling face. It was only when that face contorted into a visage of agony and death did Haru realize that his homecoming was short lived. The weightless feeling returned, gravity pushing down on his flailing, white body like heavy palm on his back. Every torn muscle revived, cutting a new, white line of pain through him. The song vanished, replaced by a hacking, seductive low voice. "By blood slain By blood remained Daylight's peace and Night fall's pain By love born By love slain By blood the peace Will dawn again" Hhhh... He was out before he hit the ground.