“Are you aware that we, members of the Eastern Wolf Pack tribe mate for life? And that if you agreeto be mated with him you will also have to stand by your decision for as long as you live?” It wascompletely silent as everyone listened on. I didn’t even hear Shippo’s voice or any of the cubs whowere happily playing a moment ago.“Yes, I do,” I answered back.
Why do I feel like I was getting married by way of threats instead of vows?
I thought to myself.He, with the rest of the tribe, looked at me for what seemed like an eternity, when he steppedforward and nudged Kouga’s hand with his nose.“I approve of your mate,” the old wolf told him. I raised an eyebrow at what seemed like a pat onhis back. I then felt Kouga’s hand as he mixed his fingers with mine and held my hand.“Thank you,” he said. “I was lucky to have found her. We match each other well and I’m sure thateveryone will love and come to trust her over time like I have.”
Thank you Kami.
I squeezed his hand and hoped that I wasn’t blushing too much. I then lookedaround to see how the rest of the tribe was taking in what he said. I was happy to see a lot of smiling faces.I was surprise when he introduced me to a female, that came up to us after the old wolf walkedaway, as his mother. She looked younger than I had expected. Her hair was black like his and theywere about the same height. Her ears were pointed to show that she was yōkai, but she didn’t havea tail. Her hair was tied at the base of her neck and she only wore furs over her calves along with ashort orange kimono that had no sleeves.I was relived for him the night he told me that his mother wasn’t with the tribe when it wasattacked. At least he had that small blessing among the tragedy of what had happened that day. Shehad taken most of the unmated females along with most of the cubs to another tribe to find matesand to see others who had left and married into the other tribe.When I told her that I was happy that she was away when the tribe was attacked, she said that shewould be more than happy to help me plan next year’s trip. Confusion and slight sadness cloudedmy eyes as I looked from her to Kouga.“I... I don’t know if I will be here,” I said after I turned back to the woman who was going to be mymother-in-law.“Oh, why not?” she asked me. Again I looked to Kouga for some help.“She has to finish her mission okāsan,” he said as he now held her hand. “Do you not remember?”he asked in a cocky way that left me thinking that he trying to egg on his mother.“Oh, Naraku,” her statement darkened her feathers. I reached out and hugged her. I don’t know