Moonstone saw the camp site was destroyed. "What the--!" She suddenly forgot about theirbwonderful night singing with eachother. She turned to Citrine. "Who would do this?"
"Now Moony." Kyanite (MAGICALMAGIC2
) put his hand on her shoulder. "There's no need to panic. It was pry a wild varmint."
"No 'wild creature' could run away with our belongings!!" Moonstone glared at Citrine. "Are you going to do something, oh great leader?"
"Hey! What CAN I do? I can't just track someone!" Citrine yelled back at her. "The only thing we can do is leave it alone for the time being."
) tried to step in between them, but she was too short. Onyx had to intervene, stepping in the middle and pressing a head to each forehead. He pushed them away from eachother. He glared at Citrine. "We should go back to doing patrols. And a lot more of them. If there is a creature, they look pretty large and wreckless. Wouldn't you say, Citrine?"
Citrine hesitated before nodding. "Yeah. We'll start tomorrow morning."
Moonstone sat out on top of the cave. The moon was almost full, and it shone as much as it could through the trees. It was bright. Moonstone closed her eyes and sighed. Citrine didnt understand the importance of leadership. Youre supposed to lead with confidence and certainty. He hasn't been acting like much of a leader to Moonstone. He's been too focused on her. She hugged her knees and felt the chill of early autumn.
The next morning, Moonstone had fire wood ready for that night. Druzy (TheSprintingCoywolf
) came out and commented on it. "Wow, Moonstone! This looks amazing!"
"Thanks." She stood from where she had been digging the burn pit hole with her bare hands. She clapped them together, sending dust and dirt around. FireOpal coughed, wiping her eyes.
Citrine came out next, yawning and stretching. "First patrol, Onyx and Kyanite."
"Aight! I get ta work with tall, dark, and mysterious!" Kyanite held his hand up for Onyx to high five, but Onyx just walked away. "H--hey buddy!" He ran after Onyx.
Citrine looked at Moonstone. "You and Druzy will take the next one."
"Oh really?" Moonstone challenged him. "Why don't you go on patrol?"
"Because I'm doing sunset patrol with FireOpal, then you and I were doing night patrol."
"No." Moonstone looked away only by moving her eyes. "I really don't think you and I should go anywhere on patrol. You'll muss a lot staring at me."
"OOOOOOOH!" FireOpal laughed. "She's right, though! Like you can't send me with Onyx!"
Druzy smiled. "What's a 'patrol' again?"
Kyanite and Onyx returned to the camp, Kyanite looking quite sluggush. "I just wanted to joke." He sighed. "He didn' laugh at auhll."
Moonstone patted his back. "Its alright. Druzy, are you ready?"
"Ready as I'll ever be!" Druzy smiled.
While on patrol, Moonstone saw footprints, fresh in the dirt. 'Did ky and onyx MISS this?' She thought.
Moonstone knelt down to get a better look. It was a large footprint. She saw it was heading from their border, to beach city. An image of blue topaz came to mind.
"Who could make such a footprint?" Druzy asked Moonstone.
"I don't know...." Moonstone stood back up. "Come on. Let's find out."
"Ohhh....." Druzy shivered. "I really don't like this."
When they arrived at beach city, people were around and talking. Steven's little friend Connie was in the crowd as well. Something had happened. And someone was here.
"Let's get back to camp." Moonstone said to Druzy. "Its not like anyone's here."
"Yeah." Druzy agreed, following her back.
"All we found was a footprint." Moonstone said to Citrine. "Now can we rest?"
"Yes, you've earned it. Good job." He stared at her with what Moonstone felt was concern. But she didn't care. She walked over to one if the sitting logs and sat down. She began to mess with her hair, humming to herself.
FireOpal froze all of the sudden. Onyx, whom was worried, touched her arm. "What's wrong?"
"No." She murmered. "No no no no! No! It can't be! He can't be here!"
"Who?" Kyanite looked up from where he was cleaning his gun.
"FireOpal!" Citrine knelt down and looked at her. He said in a calming voice: "who and what are you talking about?"
"N--nothing." FireOpal looked at him. "I don't know what came over me. I'm sorry."
Onyx and her were whispering the rest of the day.