The Burning Horizon (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Seekers: Return to the Wild)
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Toklo, Kallik, Lusa, and Yakone are determined to reach Great Bear Lake in time for the Longest Day Gathering. Even Toklo, who has already claimed a new territory in the mountains, has promised to stay with them until Lusa has found a home of her own. But when Lusa is unexpectedly separated from the others, she must face her past-and make a decision about her future.
eat, the three of them gathered around to share the prey. Toklo could barely choke down the meat; he missed Lusa too much, happily crunching fern roots beside them. He hated that while they were resting they were doing nothing to find her. But we can’t keep going all day and all night. While Kallik gathered more leaves—which she hoped would help treat Yakone’s injured paw—Toklo settled down to sleep. His mind kept whirling with images of Lusa being attacked by a firebeast, or lying injured and
it even knew we were riding on its back. It was scary! But we couldn’t run any farther, because my friend Yakone hurt his paw in a flat-face thing with teeth.” Taktuq looked puzzled, then obviously decided to let it go. For a few moments he was silent. “You’re lucky to be alive, if all that’s true. Sounds like you’d be better off staying here,” he said at last. In one corner of Lusa’s enclosure there was a small wooden shelter, and beside it a log lying on the ground. Nearby was a bucket of
mesh. It kept casting quick glances at her, its jaws wide and its pink tongue lolling. It can’t reach me through the mesh, she thought. At least, I don’t think it can, she added with a shiver. Trying to take her mind off the disgusting creature, Lusa remembered her vivid dream of Ujurak among the caribou. “Can you tell me more about the caribou?” she asked, swerving back to Taktuq’s side of the enclosure. “I think there was one here,” the old bear replied. “But that was a few seasons ago. It
split the gloom, and thunder bellowed overhead. Before Kallik could call a warning to Lusa, the skies opened and rain lashed down so hard the air seemed full of water. As the waves rose, Kallik lost sight of the island. Fighting down panic, she caught only fleeting glimpses of her friends as the waves swelled up between them. “Lusa! Lusa!” she shouted, terrified that the black bear wouldn’t be able to cope in the storm-lashed lake. She kept losing sight of her in the chop. Oh, spirits, help me
said, dipping her head solemnly, feeling the need to give him the first catch from their last shared hunt. We’ve looked out for each other for so long. . . . Seeming to understand, Toklo dipped his head in return and kicked fallen leaves over the grouse until they were ready to carry it away. As they headed farther into the trees, Toklo stopped to sniff the air, his ears pricked alertly. Kallik heard a scuffling sound from the debris underneath a tree and picked up the scent of a ground