--Sorry for the late reply! Couldn't find my writing muse and then RL hit me hard.
Since this is your terrain, please go ahead and hurt or even kill one of them if you want. Some of them are rather reckless after all xD--
Low snarls escaped the Nibblers lips as they saw the water. A possessive, instinctual attempt to secure the basic needs of a wolf. Even they were still able to hold civil conversation, truth was, all of them were at their wits end.
Alvare sent them warning glare--and Wulf growled at him. The alpha was surprised, but seemingly eager to re-assert his dominance. The stare-down was ended by a very surprised scream from behind.
They whirled around to see a massive bundle of muscle covered in tan and brown galloping in full force towards them, fur rippled by impact the second after every time her powerful legs ram her whole weight onto the sandy ground. Shadow fell over her eyes, making her expression unreadable.
"Oh, Goddess," Wulf whispered.
"Good Goddess," echoed his alpha.
Then Alvare snapped out of being stunned by the sight, realizing the dire situation at hand. "Run!" He barked, "She's after the water, there's probably no more left for today aside from these!"
Awakened by the order, the black female and the young male scrambled to their feet and began chase. "Don't come into range--it's boar!"
Despite the rather insulting term, the pack seemed to understand him. The tan female certainly looked like a boar charging madly towards them. Even without the tusks, a direct hit would cause considerable damage. And once hit, the jaw and claws could do serious damage.
"I apologize," he muttered to the two natives as he snatched one of the canteens. "Violet."
The young female shifted her eyes reluctantly from the charging wolf to Alvare, jaws slightly open. Alvare pushed the canteen to her mouth. "To Trinity. Wulf!"
Violet turned to see Trinity who was sitting, seemingly awake, but her sitting quietly as the scene folded out suggested that she's not entirely responding. Focus returned to Violet's eyes, and she dashed with Wulf folowing behind, as Violet's light body allowed her to run faster.
Alvare muttered another apology as he took the other canteen and began running head on towards the 'boar', who seemed to see nothing but the canteen on his mouth. He began to veer right, luring her away from Wulf and Violet who's on their way to Trinity. The black female and the young male started to catch up with the 'boar'.
The 'boar' veered briefly to the left, following Alvare--then suddenly made a sharp turn. Not towards Violet, who's carrying the water canteen, but towards the unmoving Trinity.
Horror spreaded on the wolves' face for she was the closest running distance to Trinity. "Neklui's aiming for Trinity!" the black female shouted to Alvare, who slipped on the sand as he tried to make a u-turn, and was scrambling back to his feet before continuing to chase after the tan female. But the slip cost him time. Now the closest behind the tan female, Neklui, was the black female.
Violet picked up her pace, now a flash of black and white. She succeeded reaching her mother first. Her mother looked at her blankly as Violet poured the water from the rabbit's canteen into her mouth.
"Safe!" Wulf's deep voice boomed, victorious, while he's still running towards the two. But Violet looked behind her--Neklui wasn't stopping. She froze in terror in front of Trinity, trying to pick up her thought as Neklui was getting closer and closer, looking bigger and more frightening.
The male alpha's wrought up voice entered her hearing. "Twilight, don't!"
Just then she saw the black female was coming fast to Neklui's left flank. Somehow, the first thing she noticed was the blind anger on the Twilight's eyes.
For Violet, it felt as if everything became slow as she sprung into the air; she frantically tried to grasp why she did her split-second decision to leave her mother and instead of jumping at Neklui, she was aiming to hit Twilight, who had just jumped a moment before to lunge at Neklui. She saw Neklui went past by her left legs, and Twilight's darkened gaze turning into slow confusion when she saw Violet coming onto her.
Violet braced for impact a moment before she slammed onto Twilight in the air. The two crashed tumbling down, entangled on each other, as they rolled on the sand, unable to stop right away. Violet felt a sharp pain on her shoulder. Twilight had bitten her, probably out of reflex. But she couldn't care less at the moment. Turning her head around, she saw Neklui lurching onto Trinity.
Trinity's empty eyes seemed to widen as a way overdue realization came onto her; in a flash, fear dilated her pupils and she jumped back in time as Neklui landed where she sat. Pulling into a standing position perpendicular to Neklui's direction, back lurching high, she snapped involuntarily out of fear at Neklui as the bigger female, no longer able to stop, rammed onto her. The force of the impact was far lessened by Neklui's last minute leaping and landing, but it still sent the two wolves sprawling on the ground. Neklui's hind legs got stuck on Trinity's athwart body, preventing the both of them from rolling like Violet and Twilight before. Trinity struggled, snapping and growling in panic from under Neklui's body as the tan female slowly revealed her fangs.
Neklui started laughing.
Her laugh was a hard tenor voice that rung out, reaching all the stunned Nibblers that all had gathered around them with tensed body. Trinity looked up to Neklui, frightened and disoriented. Neklui stood and shook sand off her pelt before strutting heavily to the jackrabbit carcass.
"Wait," Alvare rushed forward, but Neklui only took a big gulp and pushed the canteen back to him.
"Ha ha! You should've seen your faces! Big Guy said 'Safe'! Ahahahaha!" She laughed and laughed while slowly relief wracked over Alvare's expression, and he began to chuckle along. "Heh, ha ha! We actually fell for that one! What in the name of Goddess was 'Safe'?"
"It's safe," Wulf said with his naturally gruff voice adding a shrug, seemingly quite unaffected that Alvare's laughing at him. Affected by Alvare's excitement, Wulf's tail started wagging slightly. Both Humky and Violet started smiling--more because of relief than anything--eventually the excitement caught up to them and they started laughing as well. If anything, they seemed to be quite used to this sort of situation as well.
Trinity looked around in a still disoriented expression when a large shadow fell over her. She looked up to Neklui's blue eyes glinting at her, voice talking with a singsong tone. "It was fun, rabbit. What did all of you think, that I was going to kill her over water? Ha, haha!"
"Unless you want to die--" a small sneer tugged Neklui's lips and the end of her word faded into an almost soundless snarl. "One less mouth to feed doesn't sound bad. Up."
Trinity stood up and averted her gaze from Neklui. She seemed to be struggling with her own thoughts, and sadness once again glazed over her being. But she seemed more awake than she had been earlier, more alert to her surroundings.
Violet looked at her mother in relief. Neklui brushed past Violet on her way to Alvare. Violet looked at her strangely, as even though Neklui didn't glance at her, the older female usually didn't let that kind of contact happen. Just a few moments ago she jumped to Twilight instead of Neklui. Was Neklui trying to convey something? More than that, Violet's head was filled by echoes of one question to herself. Did she really trusted that Neklui wouldn't actually do anything to her mother? It's Neklui, the unpredictable Neklui. She had seen what Neklui could do during hunts. What if she was wrong?
Violet shuddered. She sure was glad that she wasn't wrong. Checking on her mother once more, she saw Trinity was staring at Neklui.
"Why are you staring, Mom?"
A slight worry remained in Trinity's face. "She might lose the pups," she said quietly.
Violet observed the way Neklui hunched her back more than usual and realized, despite the overwhelming fatigue hitting herself and most likely everyone else, Neklui with her pregnancy must be the one who took the biggest consequence from all that running earlier.
The whole spectacle lasted very shortly, less than three minutes. But the toll taken on their fatigued body was harder than they expected. Once the adrenaline that kept them feeling well enough to even laugh, the heavy feeling to their body came back, and in alarming speed turned into lightheadedness. The water was quickly passed to everyone, keeping them from passing out.
"We're all very tired, alpha. The little chase game did us bad. The youngest and her mother might not be able to keep up," Twilight spoke up, her tone flat.
"It'll be bad to remain long under the sun," Wulf gave his opinion. Alvare and Neklui mumbled something shortly to each other, and Alvare announced.
"From now on, nobody sits down until we reach shelter or the sun sets, whichever comes first. The faster we get there, the better."
"We're ready," Neklui decided. "This time, I'll wake up whoever falls down again by pain."
"Mildly, Neklui. We can't have them hurt now. Once again, don't sit down. Short breaks will only make you more tired," Alvare said. Neklui only answered with a low growl, but apparently Alvare took that as a 'yes'. He turned to Klah and Liwanu. "I apologize for the delay. Neklui got us warm and ready now. Hot, even," he still managed to throw a light-hearted joke. The pack stood behind him, waiting.