Rhys had a good view of the building where Ali was. There wasn't even many wolves lurking around but then again she couldn't let her guard down.
She thought twice about shifting into her cat form. Her scent would be picked up right away but if she stayed in her human form her scent would be less detectable. Rhys was standing on a hill looking down at the abandoned building. Very cautiously she slipped down the gravel hill onto the vacant lot. The air was strong with wolf but they weren't about.
A door opened from the upper level of the building. Rhys bolted behind an old dumpster and peered out behind it to see who was coming out. It was one of the healers.
Now she knew where Ali was. There were probably more healers behind the door. Well, she would have to get then out somehow. She came out from her hiding place and darted up the stairs to the upper level.
Rhys pressed her ear against the door. There was nothing but silence but that didn't mean that there wasn't someone in there. She wrapped her fingers around the door knob and turned slowly till it clicked. Rhys waited for a second to see if someone would come to the door.
Now she was ready for anything and her hand was at her waist where her silver knife was.
"Well kit, you finally came back to finish the job."
Rhys practically leaped out of her skin as she whirled around with the knife in her hand.
Thor held up his hands smirking. "Put the knife down kit." He winked at her. "I don't think it would be wise to try and carve me up here."
She threw up her chin at him. "I could carve you up in a split second before any of those wolf pups even caught on."
Thor laughed. "You're full of it kit but I like you. I see why Kellan hangs around you."
"Stop it" she spit at him. "I need to see Ali and for your information I'm not here to finish the job. I'm here to cure her."
Thor's eyes widened. "Cure her? Who are you trying to fool? You fought with her with the intention of killing her before and now you want to cure her? Why?"
Rhys mouth was straight and tense. "Because she has answers that I need and we can help each other."
Thor choked out a laugh. "What? You are going to make her your wolf pet or something?"
"Shut up already. I'm going in. Are you going to stop me?" She held firmly onto her knife.
He shrugged and gestured for her to go on in.
Rhys went but kept her eyes on him.The stench of the room pulled her gaze away from him. Ali was still in her wolf form.
Rhys got quite a shock. Her hip bone was sticking out. Ali's fur looked matted and missing in places. She looked like she was already dead and decaying by the smell of the room.
Rhys slowly walked over to her and looked down at her. Maybe it was too late. The eye facing her was clouded over. Only a tiny bit of silver showed through. Her bony rib cage moved slowly up and down. Her end was near for sure and if Rhys didn't do something.
"I think you're too late. Ali will be dead in a few hours. The healers called us this morning."
Now Ali knew why there was not much wolf activity around the building. The healers were going to announce her death.
Thor came up beside her. "Now, what are you going to do?"
"I'm going to do what I came to do--heal her."
Rhys waved his words away. She went over to Ali's wolf body and let her hand hover over her. She did not want to touch her decaying wolf body but she had to make contact with her.
Rhys closed her eyes and thought of the words to the healing rune and let her hand fall on Ali.
She started to chant ancient words. Ali started to convulse.
"You are killing her not healing her" growled Thor.
"Shut up, I'm not killing her. Just be patient for once."
Thor was right beside her now. His body was touching hers. Rhys shifted slightly over to break the touch.
Rhys started to chant again. This time Ali started to breath more evenly. Her matted fur started to break up and the bare spots actually started to fill in.
"What the hell is going on in here?"
Thor held his hand up to the healer. "Leave her, she is helping Ali."
The healer came half way and stopped abruptly as if he might be attacked. He stared at Rhys.
"She is a were cat" he whispered.
Thor threw him a look. "Good guess. I know what she is" he growled.
The healer stepped back and watched Rhys perform her healing ritual. Another healer came into the room and stood close by the other one. It was a female wolf healer.
When Rhys finished she gazed over at the two healers. By the way the female stood close to the male wolf, she was guessing they were mates.
"Give her some time before she wakes but it should be soon. Given her condition she will probably not be the same for some time--maybe never. I don't know."
The male wolf healer came closer. "Why are you doing this? Are you with Thor?"
Thor smirked. "You don't see any cat scratches on me do you? Kellan is the one with the kitten fetish not me."
"You brought her here though?"
Thor shook his head. "She came on her own."
Both healers looked confused. As the male healer opened his mouth to speak Ali moved. The male healer and his mate rushed to her side.
Ali moved her head. She swayed her head in a drunken fashion but managed to steady herself on her two front paws in a half sitting position. She still looked gangling despite her hide being in better shape.
The two healers came on each side of her. Rhys locked eyes with the female healer. In a moment of awkwardness Rhys moved out of the way. The healer quickly turned her attention to Ali.
They steadied her while she tried to stand. "Don't try and stand Ali, you are too weak," said the male healer.
"Your medicines should now heal her," said Rhys who was backing up toward the door. She didn't know what to expect with these wolves. Her silver knife was back in her hand as a warning to stay a way from her.
The healers didn't pay any attention to her. The only one with eyes on her was a pair of suspicious dark grey silver eyes. Thor advanced toward her despite the silver knife she was holding.
"What do you want in return for this besides answers that you think Ali can only give?"
"Protection from the wolf pack."
Thor shrugged. "Okay, done. Is that it?"
Rhys gave him a steady look.
"I thought there would be more. What it it kit?"
"I want protection from the new pack in town. They want to kill me."
Thor sighed and then grinned at her."Does Kellan know what you were up to today?"
"I don't have to report to him," she spat at him in a hot tone.
He chuckled. "No I guess you don't, do you? You like to do your own thing, don't you? Let's talk outside." He gestured for her to go out.
Before he came any closer he pointed to her knife. "You can put that away."
She slipped it inside her pocket as she went out the door with Thor right behind her.
They both stood on the metal balcony facing each other. "So our little kit here wants our protection from that big bad old wolf."
Rhys didn't bother to reply. She did not want to start a fight with him and attack him losing her chances at protection.
"Rhys, what the hell are you doing here?"
She startled and turned around.
Kellan was standing there looking like a storm was about to erupt.
Thor chuckled. "you would be proud of your little kitten Kellan. She healed Ali up pretty good."
"She did what?"
"You heard me, I saw it with my own eyes."
Kellan stared wildly at Rhys. "Why did you do that for her or the pack?"
Thor raised his hand up. "I can answer that. She wants our packs protection against the wolf that wants her head."
Kellan sucked in air as if he had been kicked in the gut. "You want what Rhys?"
Rhys cleared her throat. "Thor is right. I want protection from that pack that threatens me. I figured if Ali was cured she would repay me with doing this favour."
Thor snickered behind her.
"Shut up Thor," sniped Kellan.
He marched up to Rhys and took her by the shoulders. "You could have been killed by this pack today by coming here. You were lucky they were gathering in another building." Her eyes cast shyly up at him.
"I know but I had to try." Kellan pulled her into his arms. He breathed into her hair. "I will protect you and I will see to that this pack protects you."
Kellan's eyes met with Thor.
"You know what you have to do now, right Kellan?"
Kellan closed his eyes. "I know I'll do it."
Thor came up and slapped him on the back, "welcome to the Pack."
Rhys gasped. "you want to be a part of Ali's pack? I thought you wanted to stay a loner. You will have to do as she says."