I stare up at the moon. The full moon is dazzling, lighting up the snowy ground beautifully. A event that could not be perverted by anything. It will happen without fail, no matter what sort of chaos might go on down below its light. But allies, friends, lovers, they come and go. They may or may not stay. It's funny, that one of my best friends at one point, is now my greatest enemy. He wants me dead, and now.
"Lunaria? What are you doing up? I thought you were exhausted from today's battle? They'll be back."
Tiesai, my one and only ally. My best friend. We have a pact that is unbreakable. Ever since I saved their life, and they saved mine in return, they have pledged their life and protection to me. But we are a
Shath'Kun and a Lynxite-a unlikely pair in these war times. But I need their strength-Shath'Kun are ruthless killers. And they kill for my sake. I will never have that sort of strength-unless I were to lose my mind. Which, if it ever happened, they are to kill me. That would be unbearable-to live as a killer.
"Tiesai, I can't stop thinking about it. How badly Taluke wants to kill me. He sends them each and every day. But today, there was one I couldn't bring myself to attack. And he even flinched away from me when I hissed at him. I pounced upon him, my mouth inches from his throat-but I froze as soon as I looked into his eyes. I rose off of him, and let him alone. He watched you and I fight the others, and bowed his head as he left. Wait, there was something specific. His ears-he didn't have any tufts. Could he be? Tiesai, do you remember the elder's words? The story about me and-the Tuft-less One? Is...he?"
Tiesai looked at me thoughtfully for a minute, considering what I had just said. Then, they spoke again.
"He might be, Lunaria. I know we could certainly use another ally. After that group quit the other day. Tch! Cowards. They know nothing of the attraction of battle. Of hearing your opponent beg you not to rip their throat out, and to cry when you dig your claws into them. Aaah! It's just so great. Battle is my one and only true love. Nothing could compare. Not even any sort of romantic relationship. Hahahaa!"
I look at Tiesai and laugh with them. They are a Shath'Kun-a ruthless killer. They love nothing more than battle. And that was fine with me. I didn't want there to be anything complicated between us. No romance nor passion. No, just the best of friends with a pact. That nothing could ever break. Ever.
"Well, let us hope he is the one. He did seem rather like he didn't fit in with that group. Perhaps he was forced? Some of them are, you know. It's tragic, really. I wonder if I'll see him again. Maybe tomorrow? I can't stop thinking about him. I might just be a love-struck fool, Tiesai. Help me, hahaha."
Tiesai shakes their big, furry head, laughing. I laugh too once again. Then, my expression becomes serious. I look hard up at the moon, and a single tear trickles down my left cheek slowly, like snowfall.
"Tiesai, these are dark days. With the Order Of The Thousandth's Night Hunt led by Taluke, who is absolutely determined to kill me, life is very dangerous. Each and everyday, he recruits more allies in order to fulfill his corrupt cause. I-I don't want to die. Not like that. I'd like to live a long life, and have a mate, and many litters of kits. And to die at a old age. That's all I want. I want to see brighter days."
"Lunaria, there is nothing mentioned of you dying before old age. So, rest easy. I'm sure you'll get to do all of that. I'll make sure you do. Hell if I'll let one of those bastards lay a claw or fang on you. So don't worry. These are dark days. But you will see brighter ones. I will make sure of that, so long as my heart beats. And I have claws and fangs to defend you with. Trust me, Lunaria, these dark days will pass."