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Thorn sat alone gazing up at the storm clouds blowing away across the moon, leaving behind a fresh rain-washed world. The storm had broken almost as soon as he had killed Talon and the rain had washed the blood from his paws and muzzle, although Thorn was sure he could still smell it.
The silence was welcoming. He had spent so long on his own that being back with the pack made him feel uncomfortable. They still didn't like him. Even though he had rid them from Talon's cruel reign they still eyed him with distrust. They feared him. Had nothing changed?
Thorn's nose twitched as he caught a familiar scent and he turned in time to see the slender shape of Chill slip out from the surrounding forest. "What are you doing out here?" She asked, sitting down beside him and wrapping her tail over her paws. Thorn shrugged his powerful shoulders. "Nothing. It feels better to be alone anyway." He replied. "Does it?" Chill asked in response. The question caught Thorn off guard. "Well, yes and no. But I'm not used to being around so many other wolves, and they seem awkward around me."
"Can you blame them? You killed Talon. Defeating him is no small feat and the wolves respect your power over them." Chill said. Thorn looked back up at the stars. "Yes. I killed Talon." He growled. "But now... there's nothing left. All my life I focused on one goal; revenge. And now that it's met, I feel so... empty." Thorn said, looking back down at his blood red paws. "Revenge never solves anything." Chill sympathized. Thorn shook his head sadly. "It doesn't. Nothing has changed. The pack still sees me as they saw me before." Thorn looked at Chill, gazing into her bright blue eyes. "Who am I? What have I got left?" He asked. Chill looked back at him seriously, meeting his burning gaze. "You are one of the Fledge. You still have the love of your brother and mother, and you have saved your pack." Chill answered. She reached up and lightly touched her nose to the scar on Thorn's face. "You don't have to let the past decide your future."
Thorn just looked at her, wondering why he was confiding his deepest emotions with this she-wolf who he had never thought twice of before. "The past." Thorn scoffed. He looked back out at the dark landscape before them. "The old legend has come true. I have brought the Pack to darkness." Thorn said. "But you saved us." Chill protested. "You came back and brought us out of our darkest hour. Talon would have destroyed the Pack." She said. "Hmmm." Thorn pondered. One of Chill's ears flicked. "What?"  She asked. "I was just thinking of Talon. I can't explain it, but, I almost feel..." Thorn fell silent, unable to give voice to what he felt, and feeling even more uncomfortable. "You almost feel sorry for him." Chill guessed. Thorn nodded slowly. "I do. He didn't understand what he was doing. Even though what he was doing was horrible, he truly thought he was in the right." Thorn said. Chill tilted her head to one side. "But does that justify what he has done?" She said. It was not meant to be a question, and Thorn knew it.
"No. He plotted and killed to come to power, and then he abused that power by not treating the wolves that were in his charge to protect justly." Thorn answered. "And he killed the alpha and assaulted the alpha's son." Chill ended for him with a meaningful look at Thorn. Thorn growled softly, closing his eyes as the memory played so vividly through his mind. He could never forget what had haunted him all this time.
"Am I evil, Chill?" Thorn asked quietly. The question took Chill off guard and she paused a moment before replying, not wanting to say the wrong thing. "No." Chill answered resolutely. "You may have done wrong in the past, but you came back. You didn't abandon us when we needed you. You saved us, Thorn."
Thorn didn't reply and only continued to stare down at his paws. How could she think he was good when so many thought he was bad? Chill noticed his unease and went on; "The way you were born does not determine who you are. What will decide your fate is what you choose to do with your life." She said.
They sat in silence then. Wondering over the past and the future yet to come, until Thorn finally spoke. "So. What about you and Blue?" He asked with a knowing gleam in his scarlet eyes. Chill ducked her head down and flattened her ears in embarrassment. "He... he's great." She said longingly. She then looked up at Thorn, her expression suddenly sad. "But I don't think he'll stay. He seems so awkward around the other wolves. Just like..." Chill suddenly stopped mid-sentence and gave the fur on her chest a couple of awkward licks. Thorn's ear twitched in amusement. "Just like me?" He guessed what she had been unable to say. Chill said nothing and Thorn only nodded, understanding. "You can't blame him. He's been away from the pack for almost as long as I have. And he always has been a dreamer, always wanting to explore far off places." He said, looking out across the Pack's territory to where the tips of the desert cliffs could barely be seen silhouetted against the horizon. Chill nodded sadly. "What about you? The Pack needs a leader. Will you stay?" She asked meekly. Thorn shook his head. "They would never accept me, and I've been away so long that I'm too used to solitude to live with so many. Maybe someday the Pack will be ready to accept a new Fledge as alpha, but not now. The time of the Fledge is over." Thorn said. Chill just looked at him. He seemed so wise despite his youth. He would have made a great alpha.
Chill sighed and looked up at the stars glittering coldly above them. "The Pack was brought to darkness and then saved by the Fledge, as the legend told. And now it is over." Chill said. "The Fledge are no more."
"But we will always watch over you. We won't abandon our home again." Thorn said, standing up and spreading his dark wings. "You'll make a great leader, Chill."
Here is the proper ending for Fledge. More of a closure type story than anything. Thorn is contemplating his revenge and wondering if it really was all worth it.

The story really is over now. I'll write a short gap-filler comic but for now this is it. I hope you all enjoyed my little story!

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:iconopalwolfess:
OpalWolfess Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I JUST READ THE WHOLE SERIES SO FAST AND PROCESSED EVERYTHING IT WAS THAT COOL. :3
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WindWo1f Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D I'm glad you liked it!
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0liviahorse Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Dun dun dun da!
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:iconiamarg2:
IAMARG2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student General Artist
where is the comic page D:
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It doesn't exist. This is just a written story.
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:iconiamarg2:
IAMARG2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student General Artist
wwwawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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TheFoxFlame Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
This was awesome just like the comic! 
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconthefoxflame:
TheFoxFlame Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
No problem! 
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lynxkitten515 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
I started to die of laughing when you said you'd have to light a fire under your own butt.
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup! Sometimes thats just what life takes
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cookiecream4me Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! The story's amazing! :iconeyessparkleplz:
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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cookiecream4me Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob! ^w^
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Aleu154 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
AWESOME
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moopsybear Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow u should publish ur comic!
publish!
publish!
publish!
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha! Naw, it really aint that good. I'm considering turning into a written novel, but I've have to light a fire under my butt first.
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moopsybear Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol ok :D
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Keileon Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"The way you were born does not determine who you are. What will decide your fate is what you choose to do with your life."

Nice Pokemon reference. XD
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh? I totally did not mean to have that be a Pokemon reference, I thought that came out of my own mind. Dang it.
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Keileon Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? Mewtwo says something really similar near the end of the first movie. ._.
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I just remembered it, but I didn't mean to write it like that.
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deathtoII Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It may be interesting to continue this on how the pack lives with Chill as their new alpha
Thats just an idea tho :3
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've thought about it, but I honestly can't think of a story. Now that Talon is gone there's not really an antagonist.
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deathtoII Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True true
But maybe something will hit u
Maybe a rival pack, someone who wanted to steal the land or something along those lines
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe.
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brushtail-thegreat Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was a fun little story. you did a good job and knew when to end it for best effect. I don't think it would have been as good if it was longer.
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you liked it :)
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ClarkyGirl Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Wait really, I read the entire thing in like ten minutes! More! more! MORE!!!
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm gonna make a short 5 page gap filler but other than that this is it.
until I feel motivated to turn the entire thing into a novel
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ClarkyGirl Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Yes,5 more needed. The novel thing...it needed.
If you need motivation, do the NaNoWriMo thing in November.
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whats that?
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:iconclarkygirl:
ClarkyGirl Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
National novel writing month. 30 days, 50,000 words. It happens in November and basically, everyone writes a novel (roughly 50,000 words) before the end of the month. It's good for forcing yourself to write down your ideas and actually writing your story
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That sounds kinda cool. I might look into it.
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ClarkyGirl Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Cool
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tunawhiskers Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm gonna cry; amazing ♥
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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TwoSocks16 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
(sorry for being late) BRAVO!! BRAVO!! Incredible ending that makes readers think! I love it. Although I still haven't thought of the ending to my story yet. lol, making a conclusion is hard :/ but I'm doing great. just in writer's block.

Again! I loved the story! :)
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

And yes, writer's block sucks and writing a conclusion can be hard. Don't give up!
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TwoSocks16 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
Never!

One does not simply write a full story. lol
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Foxxyheartz Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012   Artist
Sounds like warrior cats :3
Thats a good thing..
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D thanks!
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Foxxyheartz Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012   Artist
<3333
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TetraRocks Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Yaaay!!! Grand finale!!! You did a marvelous job, honey. Making a comic would be fun, but I'm not a very good artist and I am very busy. I congratulate you on "Fledge" and hope that you continue to explore the artistic world! Thank you so much. XD I will be looking forward to your future art!:hug:
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed my Fledge comic so much. I wish you luck if you ever try to make a comic of your own. But lemme say this' don't make it about winged wolves cus it is a big fat pain in the butt to draw their wings every time!XD
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TORAGE Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
AWESOME!!!! XD
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RouchXT-7 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awww so sad because it over TwT
but so good because you made a great work
congratz :3

i'll miss the comic TwT
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:iconwindwo1f:
WindWo1f Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! I'm gonna miss the comic too, but at the same time I'm glad I'm done
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RouchXT-7 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yup :3 i`ll be waiting for more of your artworks ^^
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Kodimarto Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012   Filmographer
Nice ending! But, does Thorn leave?
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