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A Dire's Choice-Taming Attempt 4Selah pulled the hood of her coat tighter around her head as the bitter cold winds howled through the valley. She and Theo had been camping in the valley now for over a week and a half. After Theo’s encounter with the dires, the trio of massive tokotas had been frequent visitors. It only took two days of observing their growing curiosity before Selah and Theo were surprised by the dires’ seeming acceptance of their presence. The dires no longer charged at them or growled threateningly at them unless they ventured too close for comfort. And all three practically ignored Kalec, Shila and Ildra, unless Ildra made herself impossible to ignore-which she tended to do with the merle male whenever she could. But he didn’t seem to mind being treated like an alpha. After another couple of days, Theo and Selah were able to witness their tokotas work with the dires to bring down a pair of caribou that had wandered into the valley. T
Dire Whisperer-Taming Attempt 3Theo sat silently at the lake’s edge, his eyes closed as he quietly meditated. The rising sun was only just now beginning to color the sky over the eastern peaks and a cold breeze gently washed over the thick silvery gray fur of his exposed back. Three days…Their little traveling party had been camped here in the valley next to the lake for three days. In those three days, there had not been a single sighting of the wild dires. It was if they had vanished without a trace, had never existed…
That is, until today.
Several hours earlier, he’d awakened to the sounds of Shila’s quiet growls of warning right outside the tent. She had a habit of laying exactly on the other side of the tent canvas from him, so when she started to growl, he’d instantly heard her. He’d quietly gotten dressed and somehow made it out of the tent without waking Selah. All three tokotas had greeted him with nervous whines and
To Help a Dire-Taming Attempt 2It was slow going through the rocky trails, much slower than even her first trek through the mountains. Selah once again found herself perched atop her snow roan tokota Ildra, but this time she was joined by her husband Theo and his tokota Shila, and right on her tail was her faithful Kalec, who had refused to be left at home this time and thus was serving as their pack mule. The large brown wolverine didn’t seem to mind as long as he got to come along and stay close to her. She didn’t know how Theo and Shila ended up at the head of the group when it was her work that has sought out this particular trail on her way back last trip.
Selah was still a little sore about how Theo had responded to her crazy account of her first encounter with the dires. He’d scoffed at her, chuckling over her grand tall tale, told her the cold air must have been affecting her. She knew he was simply teasing her as he’d always done, but she still was a lit