Beam - Chapter 13
Everyone gathered around a large stone affixed in the center of their home. The plants resting over the camp in a protective manner, shielding most of the Athgi camp from most weather, a hole in the center to let sunlight shine down on the bear standing on the rock that overlooked all the animals surrounding him. Cats, dogs, other bears, snakes, birds of all kinds, lizards, racoons, big animals, small animals, animals of all sizes, animals battered with scars from head to toe, animals completely free of scars (excluding their chest), animals young, animals old, animals born in that very camp, animals who had to leave their home to fight- they all looked up at their leader, Astro.
"Brothers, sisters, and others, we all know of the ambush from the Nersm," Astro began, face grim. "We lost as much Athgi as they lost Nersm- some dead, some missing. Let us all be silent for a moment to remember those that died in this scorching war."
Heads lowered, and everyone thought a