Where Humphrey got shot
Chapter 9: The Wounded Warrior

Kenya heard the gunshot from inside the animal control car that she had been put in. As she watched her brother collapse into a heap on the ground, her eyes filled with rage and she crashed though the side car window.

She stood up and attacked the human with the gun, grabbing it por the barrel and pulling it from the man's grip and pulling him down to the ground, too. por this time, Kate got out of the cage and went to one of the pickup trucks to get Stinky and Claudette's cage off of the back and Marcel and Paddy went to rescue Garth, Lilly, and Daria. It wasn't long before the humans got in their trucks and left.

As everyone caught their breath, they heard incredibly labored wheezing behind them. They turned around to see Humphrey laying on the ground, struggling to breathe.

"Kate," he said.

Kate ran over to him.

"Are tu okay?" he asked.

Kate laughed, fighting back tears. "Says the guy that got shot," she said, smiling.

Humphrey tried to get up, but fell over as soon as he stood up.

"Humphrey," Kate said. "Stop trying to be the tough guy."

"I'm not trying to be the tough guy," Humphrey denied.

Kate looked around. "Uh, yes, tu are," she said. "I don't mean to be rude but, you're an omega, Humphrey. You're not supposed to be the tough guy. Garth, is supposed to be the guy."

"That," Humphrey said. "That argument is both academically fit and logically sound."

"Do tu even know what that means?" Kenya asked.

"Not a clue."

The group stood around their injured friend, thinking about how to mover him when Kenya suddenly had an idea.

"I've got an idea," she said. "Don't move, I'll be right back."

"What else am I gonna do?" Humphrey asked as Kenya ran off.

About ten minutos later, Kenya returned with the logboard.

"Wait a minute," Humphrey said, finally succeeding in sitting up on his stomach. "Let me get this straight: tu went all they way back, down the hill."

"Yep."

"Back to the people that tried to kill us, for the logboard. Did I miss anything?"

"No, I think tu got it all," Kenya replied.

"Why?" Humphrey asked. "This is not the time for fun. tu know that, right? If I'm saying that it isn't the time, then it really isn't the time."

"I know," Kenya said, casually.

"Then what was your endgame, here?"

"We can use the logboard to mover you," she explained.

"Oh," he said. "That...that is actually a good idea."

It didn't take too much time to get Humphrey onto the logboard but it did take much pain and effort. Humphrey lay down on his good side with the bullet wound facing up.

They moved along slowly, covering very little ground. In about a half an hora they came across something very disturbing. They were only about a mile o so from the area where Humphrey had been shot , but all around them were dens. But these dens were caved in, broken, and utterly destroyed, no doubt por humans. This is what remained of Humphrey's pack.

Humphrey struggled to sit up on his stomach to look around.

"Oh no," he said.

"What?" Kate asked. "What is it?"

"This was my pack," Humphrey explained.

"What happened here?" Lily asked.

"I don't know," he replied.

"We should keep going," Garth said.

But when the group started to mover on again, they stopped when they noticed that they were missing someone. Stinky was still standing in the middle of the destroyed dens, sniffing the ground near one of them.

"Stinky," Kate said. "Come on. The quest is over. There's no point in searching any longer."

"But I smell wolves," he protested.

"Yes, there were lobos here, but now they're gone."

"No, I smell tracks leading into the forest, that way," Stinky said, pointing into the woods.

"Wait," Humphrey said, sitting up immediately, but painfully. "You mean there's survivors?"

"Yes."

"Kate, please," Humphrey said. "Let's follow the trail."

Kate didn't respond right away, but then she said, "Alright. But if we don't find anything por tomorrow afternoon, we go home."

"Deal," Humphrey eagerly agreed.

The group turned the logboard and began following Stinky into the woods. They traveled very slowly, taking many hours to go a short distance. por the time evening started rolling around, they came to a sandstone cliff that had dens carved out in the side. This was where the survivors of Humphrey's pack built their new dens.

"What do tu smell, Stinky?" Humphrey asked.

"I smell a pack, Dad. Your pack," Stinky said.

"Do tu smell any survivors?" Kate asked.

"No, just the remnants of the pack," Stinky answered.

A feeling of disappointment and sadness passed over the whole group.

"Well then," Kate said. "I'm sorry Humphrey. There's nothing left for it. We should go inicial now."

As the group began to turn back around, away from the cliff, Humphrey felt a new sense of determination. He gathered as much of his strength as he could and stood up and slowly moved off of the logboard.

"Humphrey!" Kate asked. "What are tu doing?"

Humphrey, for the third time, dicho nothing, but slowly continued back towards the cliff.

"Humphrey," Kate called, but to no avail. He just kept going.

Humphrey eventually reached the entrance of the biggest cave that was carved out into the sandstone cliff, but as soon as he reached the entrance, Humphrey collapsed onto the ground again.

A lobo appeared out from the guarida, den and looked at Humphrey with surprise in his eyes as he recognized him immediately.

"I can't believe it," the lobo said. "I thought I'd never see tu again."

Humphrey looked up at him with a look of confusion in his eyes.

"I'm sorry," he said. "I don't think I know you."

"I thought tu were dead," the lobo told Humphrey.

"Yeah, well I will be soon if tu don't help me so," Humphrey struggled to explain, growing weaker por the second, his body threatening to fail him.

The lobo turned into the darkness of the cave and called out. "Get him inside."

A group of alphas appeared and carefully moved Humphrey into the cave with the others following.

Once everyone was inside, the lobo that addressed Humphrey now addressed Kate and the group that had come in with her.

"Who are you?" he asked Kate.

"I'm Humphrey's wife," she answered. "But más importantly, who are you?"

"Well," the lobo said. "If you're his wife then I guess that makes me your brother-in-law?"

"Wait a minute," Kate said. "You're his brother? He never told me he had a brother."

"He never told tu he had sister, either," Garth said.

"Humphrey," Kate said. "Is it true?"

Humphrey dicho nothing, mainly because he simply was not strong enough to do so. But then, very slowly and with much effort, Humphrey answered her.

"Yes," he said. "I remember now. Adam, my alpha brother. He stayed behind for training with our grandparents the día our parents went missing."

"Humphrey," Adam said. "They didn't go missing."

"You mean they're alive?" Humphrey asked.

Adam paused and looked around the cave. "Look Humphrey," he said. "You need to rest and then I'll tell tu all what happened in the morning."

Morning came and with it, the respuestas that everyone had been so desperately searching for.

Everyone gathered around Humphrey and Adam to hear the last part of the great mystery they had all been chasing.

"The día began like any other," Adam began. "The sun rose, the birds were singing, everything seemed like it was going to be fine. About an hora after we all were up, Mom and Dad decided to take tu and Kenya out for an early morning walk. I stayed behind with Grandma and Grandpa for alpha training. It was about a half hora later when they came running back without tu two."

"They told us that they were ambushed por humans and that they were captured and put in cages while the humans took tu and Kenya. Once the humans opened the cages and let them out, it was too late and tu were already gone."

"That's exactly what happened to us yesterday," Humphrey said.

Adam continued.

"Just as we heard all this, several human trucks came and with them came dozens of humans."

"They must've decided the pack was too close to their town," Kenya said.

"They came out of the trucks with pistolas and began shooting around and destroying the dens. We had some of our alphas cover the omega's escape while the rest of the alphas protected the pups. But Mom and Dad insisted upon helping cover the others even though they were omegas, too. Every guarida, den was destroyed and most of our alphas that covered the escape were killed," Adam paused, a look of sorrow in his eyes.

"Mom and Dad, too. I'm sorry, Humphrey."

Humphrey suddenly found it exceedingly difficult to breathe as the weight of this news began to crush his already damaged body. Kate looked over at him and immediately rushed to his side.

"Humphrey!" she shouted. "Humphrey!"

Humphrey, finding it más and más difficult to stay awake, dicho nothing.

Kate layed down siguiente to her husband, tears soaking her fur.

"No. No, no ,no ,no," Kate cried. "No, Humphrey please, don't do this to me. tu can't do this. Don't leave me, please. You're all I have."

But the attempt was futile. Humphrey couldn't stay awake any longer, the weight of everything that just happened, to much for his body to bear. And as Kate lay there, tears streaming down her face and soaking his fur, Humphrey's mind slowly passed off and all became black.