Denos and Anaego

The Warrior Brothers

Part Two

When Sotlat awoke in the morning it had stopped snowing and it was very warm in the tree. Looking around, he grabbed his knife from where he had put it the night before and put it in his pack, which he had been using as a pillow.

Sitting up, he looked around for the two cubs; only two find two small infants that were curled up next to him fast asleep.

Taking off his fur coat and draping it over the two to make sure they were warm, Sotlat crawled out of the tree and into the crisp winter air.

He stood there a second, his breath visible in the freezing air, before making up his mind and crawling back into the tree. He gently picked up the two infants and, wrapping them in the fur cloak, crawled back out and set off for Odonalis.

He walked for hours before he was able to see the city walls. He waved to get the guards' attention and, because they recognized him, they opened the gates and sent a stagecoach out to collect him.

The coach stopped a few paces away from him and he gratefully climbed inside. When the guard inside asked what was in his coat, Sotlat lifted the coat and revealed the two infants who were still asleep, and told him that he had found them abandoned in the woods, not wanting to reveal to the guard their strange secret.

After he was safely inside the city walls he began to walk back to his house, a group of ragged children were playing in the streets and he stopped one of the boys as they were running past him.

"Wait, child! Quick, I need you to go to the market place and find the best horse there, buy it for me with this money," here he handed the boy some of gold coins, "bring the horse to my house, near the eastern wall. Do this for me and I will pay you enough to feed all of your friends for a week."

The boy was delighted at the task Sotlat had given him and swiftly promised that he would get the horse for him as fast as he could.

The child left him then and he set off once again toward his home.

Hurrying down the roads he quickly ascended the steps to his house and opened the door. His wife, Roen, was saddened to hear that his horse had been killed, but her grief quickly disappeared as Sotlat showed her the two infants and told her that he had found them in the woods.

She was overjoyed when he told her that he wanted to keep them, but Sotlat was also unsure whether or not he should tell her that they had been wolves when he found them.

He decided to keep their origins a secret, at least for a while. He decided that when they were of age he would tell them, and Roen.

When Roen asked what their names where, he told her he had not yet named them.

They quickly decided to call the smaller one Denos and his brother Anaego.

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