By Erin Hunter
The final nice barren region . . .
United ultimately, polar bears Kallik and Taqqiq, black undergo Lusa, grizzly endure Toklo, and Ujurak, the mysterious shape-shifting undergo, examine of a spot they believe has to be the vacation spot in their quest: the final nice wasteland. yet getting there capacity crossing the burning Smoke Mountains, which carry stumbling blocks extra treacherous than whatever they've confronted thus far. indicators and omens element in numerous instructions, yet each one endure needs to persist with his or her personal celebrity, and whereas one is driven to the edge of loss of life, one other comes to a decision to depart the gang perpetually. . . .
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What occurs to a white bear’s spirit? ” Lusa requested Kallik. “Black bears cross into the bushes. occasionally you'll find their faces within the bark. ” Kallik decreased her muzzle and met Lusa’s gaze. Her eyes have been stricken. “They turn into a part of the ice,” she stated. “And while the ice melts, they pass into the sky to affix the ice spirits. yet I don’t understand what occurs if there’s no ice for them. possibly he is going immediately into the sky. ” She glanced up on the sky, the place the sunlight used to be blazing past the tree disguise. “That could make sense,” Ujurak stated.
Yet I guess i'll maintain velocity together with her now! ” “I guess you'll, too,” Kallik agreed. “I haven’t eaten seal in see you later. no longer on account that . . . ” They either fell silent, remembering their final meal with their mom. “If you’re correct, and the sea-ice does come back,” Taqqiq acknowledged, “I’ll capture you heaps and plenty of seals. ” Kallik was hoping she may possibly capture her personal seals, too, yet she SEEKERS: SMOKE MOUNTAIN eighty five nosed him gratefully. “That’ll be far better than berries and birds’ eggs. ” “I attempted to swipe a bird’s egg once,” Taqqiq stated.
Lonely. ” Lusa knew what she intended. She picked up a sprig that also had leaves clinging to it, and reached as much as lay it on Qopuk’s again. Kallik scooped a pile of leaves up with one paw and unfold them over Qopuk’s entrance legs. “I’m sorry it isn’t snow,” she acknowledged softly. “I’m sorry you didn’t get to work out the ice back earlier than you died. ” Lusa pawed the leaves greater round Qopuk’s head, yet she couldn’t undergo to hide his face. “Good-bye,” she whispered. “I wish your spirit watches over us whereas we end your trip.
SEEKERS: SMOKE MOUNTAIN 133 They staggered down the scrubby earth and driven via prickly thornbushes until eventually they discovered the flow. Toklo started to stick to the movement uphill, decreasing his head and utilizing his huge shoulders to shove apart the branches in his manner. As he stepped into the circulation to get round one gnarled, crooked tree trunk, his paws slipped at the rainy stones. For a heart-wrenching second Kallik proposal Lusa was once going to tumble off his again and crash down the hill. yet Ujurak jumped within the method and nudged her into position, her tiny paws dangling limply opposed to Toklo’s thick fur.
However it nonetheless shouldn’t be Lusa. It couldn’t be Lusa. The little black endure had come farther than any of them: from a lifestyles within the endure Bowl to being within the wild. It wasn’t reasonable. “I understand this smell,” Toklo stated back. Kallik lay down subsequent to Lusa and snuggled with reference to her, ignoring the sticky heat of the black cub’s blood trickling from her cuts and grazes into Kallik’s fur. “No,” she murmured. “No, Lusa. You can’t die. ” “She isn’t useless yet,” Ujurak stated quietly. “Come on, Toklo. thirteen 6 SEEKERS: SMOKE MOUNTAIN We’ll pass search for herbs.