The rest of us eventually burst into the clearing where Sarya and Benjamin were arguing. The stopped immediately, taking in our annoyance.

“Why do you have to run so fast? Not all of us can keep up!” Liam panted. Trust him to be the first to scold the two of them.

“Speak for yourself,” I said to Liam, placing my hands on my hips. I already had my breath back and smiled sweetly at him. Liam glared at me but there was a slight smile on his face too. I was fifteen, younger than the others, and generally got along with everyone. I was told I had a calming aura that drew people to me. I don’t know if that’s true but if it is then it’s very useful.

“This can’t be all of us,” Sarya sat up abruptly, counting.

“Of course it is,” Benjamin rolled his eyes, unconcerned.

“...five, six,” Sarya ignored him, “There are only six of us. Where are Evelyn and Aven?”

“Probably got distracted by an acorn,” Benjamin yawned, sitting up himself.  Mia strode over to him and hit him on the head, beating me to it.

“Now is not the time for joking, Benjamin,” Mia snapped. Liam began to howl for Evelyn and Aven. It was a few minutes before they ran into the clearing. Evelyn was holding the stone she had tripped up over earlier. I raised an eyebrow at her.

“We need to talk about what we’re going to do,” Evelyn said, “We have found the Stone of Luna.” We just stared, shocked into silence. The Stone of Luna had been lost millions of years ago; the beginning of the truce between Elves and Wolves. We fought over it; for its power. It was dangerous. We all knew of it but no one had ever found it.

Until now.

Benjamin and Sarya leapt to their feet as Evelyn put the stone down. We stood in a circle around it. Scared to go near it but unable to stay away.

“This is...” Ander’s voice trailed away. There really were no words for the situation or how we were feeling.

“Yeah, I know,” I murmured. I reached for his hand and squeezed it briefly before letting go. I began scanning the woods.

“What happened to the humans?” I asked.

“Gone, headed back wherever they came from. Out of the woods,” Aven answered.

“Forget that, what are we going to do?” Liam demanded. Silence fell upon us again, this time thoughtful not shocked.

Eventually, Evelyn let out a long breath.

“We’ll have to talk to the council,” she said.

The End

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