Disaster has struck!
I search for Laila and the kids, sure that they're close by wherever she is. I went to Spirane to make sure things were ready for them when they come. I cleaned up my den some, made it a little roomier in case Anemone and Conner want to stay in the same den. I don't mind at all, if Laila doesn't. I know she's been working hard on Conner, trying to find things for his illness. I really hope he comes out of it okay. I've been so worried about him that I didn't want to stress him out so I haven't even been to visit him yet. I hate it, not being able to see my family when I want to but I feel like I deserve this for what I did to Laila. I should have been there for her. I shouldn't have even hesitated to go to her. It cost me my family. Now I'm going to make up for it. Hopefully we have puppies this spring so I can start off right this time. I'm going to work on repairing what I have with Anemone and Conner and at the same time I'm going to start off a good father to my newborn children. I owe this to Laila and more because she's my everything.
I'm walking past a series of caverns and dens when I hear a faint bark. Pausing, I turn my head, listening and then I hear it again. My heart leaps into my throat. It's Laila and she needs help! I bolt forward toward the call, following it to a large dark cave. I peer inside to see her beautiful white form huddled against the back wall of the cavern, her whole body shrunken into the stonework. There's a desperate look on her face that makes my hackles rise in challenge instantly. Who dares to scare my mate and imprint? My lips tighten as I look for the culprit but I don't see anyone. Perplexed, I lift my nose and sniff the air but I smell no one but Laila here. Glancing over my shoulder, I make sure I didn't pass anyone on the way here but no one else is around. Peering toward her again, I blink a few times, trying to get my eyes to adjust. Laila, honey? What's wrong? A painful whine escapes my throat, feeling as if I need to do something, anything to comfort her.