Bounding out of the snowy tree line came a massive white creature that had the power to swat them and do them harm. But Annie the polar bear did nothing but to stare at that same flare that seemed to call to them all.
After some silence, Lillian called to Annie, from the tree she found a haven in, “Is that flare not too hot for you? You are a creature of this tundra.”
Annie replied, “Yes, it is hot, just like it was to that seal that I would love to eat.”
Deanna squirmed deeper into the water, “What did it say? Does it want to eat me?”
That was when a wolf emerged from the brush that lay around the flare. She announced to the others abruptly, making them all jump, “Why are you all here? This is my territory! Julissa is my name and you are not welcome! Why did you bring this strange spectacle to my home? “
“It has nothing to do with you!”, sounded off Lillian from her safe perch in the tree, “Or did you create this flare to scare off travelers? You must be responsible as it is YOUR TERRITORY!”
Julissa responded strongly, “It is not; you are wrong in your accusation Miss ball of black fur.”
Annabella started to bounce around nervously, “Why did you create such a flare? Maybe you wanted to start a fight for your amusement among other animals?”
Annie roared out so loud, everyone else held their ears, “You do not want to start a fight with me. I the biggest and strongest of us here.”
Responding in kind, Julissa said, “You may be the biggest and strongest but wolves are fast and strong in numbers. My pack will be here soon. You had better be careful of what you say in your arrogance!’
It was too late in the day for Sara to get involved in this nonsense. She went to sleep in the tree as she did every day. Lillian stayed hanging on to the tree she had climbed. Dianna stayed alert in the water, keeping an eye on the mysterious flame, and the Polar Bear. Finally, after pacing about around the flame, and each other, Corrina and Anabella settled down far from the others.
Julissa, however, stood listening and watching and waiting. She was deciding what to do. She, as a wolf, could take on the fox, eat the seal, and scare the black bear in the tree. But Annie and Corrina would definitely be a problem. Besides, what was this flare in the middle of nowhere? It puzzled her?
It was many hours later that the flare started to dance in the wind. Getting stronger it roared in it power of heat and gas. Out of this flare now the animals started to see an image of a young man. His hair was made of fire. His hands were made of fire, as well. He began to mourn. Every time this creature’s mouth made a sound the flare would soar up higher into the sky.
All this noise and light woke up Sara from her deep sleep. She turned her face toward the flare and asked, “Who are you?”
The fire man could not answer but continued to moan as if it was in pain. As the man’s wailing became louder and he became more agitated. The flare reached the tree tops and actually started an old dead branch on fire.
This made Lillian jump down from the tree, as she did not feel safe there anymore. But she didn’t feel safe on the ground either as she landed right on top of Corrina. The tiger took a snap at her and actually got a mouth full of black fur.
Sara said, “We can’t keep going like this. Either we all move on and leave this creature of the earth alone or we try to talk to him.”
At that moment Dianna had something to say. Everyone had forgotten about the seal in the water, as she was mostly submerged, quietly in the dark icy water. “What if this flare means no harm to us at all? None of us get along, we are mostly enemies. There is no trust between us. That does not mean that this is the way of this, this, Fire Prince.”
“Fire Prince? You are taking liberties seal of the water giving it a name. I am a tiger and can overcome all foes,” Corrina retorted.
Firmly Annie stated, “But I am the strongest and biggest here. No one can brag of might more than me.”
Julissa just had to interject, “If this is a contest, I would surely win. My will is not to be denied.”
As they argued amongst themselves the flare became larger as the Fire Prince’s moans and groans vibrated the ground. Annie hid behind Julissa and Anabella started to pace again. In his agitation he miss stepped and come in contact with the flame. Burning his foot, put it in the cool water to nurse it.
Some more dead branches and brush caught on fire. Now there was fire everywhere! Or it surly seemed so. Corrina started to move around like a caged animal, feeling trapped by the fire surrounding them.
The exciting conclusion next week!