Chapter 20: Relocation
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Later on, at night...
"Now, don't go too far, pups." Humphrey says sternly, but gently, to Wildfire and Jet.
"We don't want you to get lost." Kate says,
"Don't worry, Mom." Wildfire says, "We'll stay close."
"Good." Humphrey says as he walks away with Kate, "But don't go into the southern area, we heard there were humans there."
"Yes, Dad!" Jet says,
Just then, Hunter and Star walk up.
"Hey cousins." Hunter says, doing a fist bump with Jet,
"Our parents let us come over." Star says,
"Cool." Wildfire says,
"By the way, did you hear about the new pup?" Hunter asks,
"Yeah, we've already met Comet." Jet says,
"By the way, I've been thinking about spying on the humans down in the southern area." Hunter says, "Just want to see what they're up to."
"Uh, did you ever hear of the expression 'curiosity killed the cat'?" Wildfire asks,
"Don't worry." Hunter says, "We won't go into the area."
"Might as well then." Wildfire says, following Hunter with the other 2 pups.
Later, they reach Hutch and Wildflower's den, where their 4 pups were alone.
"Hey guys." Wildfire says,
"Hey Wildfire, what'cha doing here?" Aatu asks,
"We were going near the southern area to spy on the humans." Wildfire replies,
"You do know how much of a bad idea that is, right?" Ralph asks,
"I support his position. For once." Aatu says,
"I said going NEAR the area. I never anything about going INTO the area." Hunter corrects,
"Well, I guess we could scope it out then." Aatu says,
"I'm in." Ralph says,
"Well, I don't have anything better to do." Lupa says, "Comet?"
"I'll come too, my heightened senses may keep us safe." Comet says,
"Then let's go." Wildfire says,
Soon, all 8 pups head down to the southern area, but don't see anything.
"See any humans?" Jet asks,
"No." Hunter says,
"I don't think we should be here." Comet says, knowing something's wrong.
"What do you think it is?" Wildfire asks, suddenly, a tranquilizer dart comes out of nowhere and hits her,
"Wildfire!" Jet says, then he gets shot himself,
"Ow!" Hunter says, getting hit by a dart,
"What the-?" Aatu says before getting hit by another dart,
"What's going on?" Ralph says, then he too gets hit by a dart,
"Run!" Star says, but she and Lupa hardly escape as they were hit by darts, Leaving only Comet to run for his life.
"Alright boys, pack'em up." a human says, "We're going to California."
"Wildflower, Hutch!" Comet yells out,
"Comet, what is it?" Wildflower asks, trying to calm down Comet.
"It's Lupa... and the others,... they've been... Captured by humans!" Comet says between breaths,
"WHAT?!" Hutch yells out in shock and Wildflower looks at Comet with her eyes wide open,
The 7 pups were being loaded into crates on a truck, after Star gets in, she opens her eyes for a moment, only getting a glimpse of the forest before the door closes. Then she doses off.
Back in Jasper...
"Search for clues!" Kate says, "One of the humans is bound to have dropped something!"
"Got it!" the other wolves say, spreading out into the southern area,
The next morning...
"Ugh... where are we?" Wildfire asks, her answer was the feel up a truck hitting a bump in the road.
"Ugh..." A familiar voice says from the crate next to Wildfire,
"Jet, is that you?" Wildfire asks,
"Wildfire?" Jet asks,
"What's going on here?" Hunter says from another crate,
"I think we're in crates." Aatu says,
"Oh please tell me this isn't happening!" Lupa says, frightened,
"I don't know what to say." Aatu says,
"I wonder where we're going?" Star asks, finally awake,
"I hope it isn't something bad." Lupa squeaks, curling up,
"Same here." Jet says,
Just then, the sound of the truck stopping occurs, followed by the jolt all 7 pups receive. The sound of the truck doors opening and closing are heard next and the pups find themselves being unloaded one by one. Next, the crates are places in some sort of a pen, then the doors on the cages open, without hesitation, the 7 pups run out.
"This isn't Jasper." Wildfire says,
"Oh no." Lupa says, curling up and covering her ears,
"The place doesn't look too bad though." Star says, "But where are we?"
"You're in San Diego Zoo." A voice says,
The pups turn around to see a tall black wolf with scar on his face resting on the nearby ledge.
"Who are you?" Wildfire asks,
"Shadow." the wolf replies, "What about you?"
"I'm Wildfire." Wildfire says, then she points to Jet, "And this is my brother, Jet."
"I'm Hunter." Hunter says, "And this is my sister, Star."
"The name's Aatu." Aatu says, "The one resembling Jet is my brother, Ralph, and that there is my sister, Lupa."
"She looks kinda scared." Shadow says, noticing Lupa was still in shock from arriving,
"It's natural for her." Ralph says,
"She remains like that until our mother comes to her aid." Aatu says,
"Looks like it could be a problem." Shadow says,
"Yes, but Star can sometimes calm her down." Jet says,
"Star, I'd like to stay close to Lupa for now." Hunter says,
"Yes Hunter." Star says, then she walks over to Lupa,
"Why're we here anyway?" Wildfire asks,
"Entertainment." Shadow says, rolling onto his back to get more comfortable on the rocky cliff and exposing his dark gray underside in the process, "Humans enjoy seeing wild animals every now and then."
"Why can't they just come visit us instead of capturing us?" Aatu asks,
"Why do you think zoos were made?" Shadow says, looking toward Aatu, but remaining on his back.
"Now that you mention it..." Aatu says,
"Anything yet?" Garth asks,
"No." Claw says, "We can't even find their scents."
"Darn" Garth says,
"We'll keep trying though." Claw says, heading back into the forest,
"Any luck?" Kate asks,
"No." Garth says,
"Darn." Kate says, "Lilly hasn't been herself recently."
"Yeah, she always hangs out near the river nowadays." Garth says,
"Well, I'm not going to stop until we get a clue to where the pups went, no matter how long it takes." Humphrey says, then he continues searching,
"He going to work nonstop, isn't he?" Garth asks,
"Yeah." Kate says, "He won't rest or take a break until he finds them."