It was different to feel the sandy beaches instead of lush grass. Every once in awhile there were shards of glass which was annoying because they got in between your claws and stuck in your pads. At one point as we were walking along the beach an elder dropped unconscious, Tailsplash raced over and called to two defenders to lift him. They picked him up and Tailsplash made sure they were careful, she trotted back to Puddleheart and I could just hear what she said.
“We can't keep this up we need a home and most of us are dehydrated, how much longer is it?” Puddleheart pointed to a huge boulder and Tailsplash looked at her like she was joking. Puddleheart continued to walk and some of us felt uneasy especially me the only one that looked calm and reassuring is Roughwater. We walked for awhile longer a few dragons trailing behind, as we got closer the boulder grew bigger and when we got right next to it, it was as high as Zerics old den. Puddleheart launched in the air and flew around to the side that was faced towards the ocean. We all stopped and waited for Puddleheart to return there was a small crash and a second later she came out. She motioned for us to come with her and everyone but the two defenders, Tailsplash and the elder stayed behind. I flew up tired but slightly excited. When I turned the corner I almost bumped into a defender the whole group was staring at the giant cave carved into the rock. It was completely hollowed out and open to the sea. Waterhook was the first to speak.
“Are you crazy!? We could get killed if a tide comes in!” Puddleheart only stared then answered.
“If we build a defence around the outside we will be fine. Besides the tide never gets that high even in stormy weather.” Waterhook shook her head and only glared at Puddleheart as she flew to a small ledge. We all found ledges to sit on but me and a few other claws’ went to the waters edge at the bottom. Sharkclaw crept up behind me and shoved me into the water. I fell in slightly winded and fell into the cold almost sinister water. It wasn't as deep and as I initially thought so I was able to push off the ground back onto the small ledge as I leapt out I tackled Sharkclaw. I flung him into the water and he swam out easily.
“One point to Sharkclaw and none to you.” He teased I turned away slightly mad and hurt but he didn't get it and kept messing with me. By the time he gave up Puddleheart called for all of us together there was a small rock platform at the bottom and middle of the cave.
“I think everyone agrees that we can easily make this work.” Most of us nodded but Waterhook still looked upset. I flew up to her and she glared at Puddleheart.
“She's a brat that doesn't deserve to lead us.” I nodded but in my heart I knew she was wrong. She flew down and motioned me to come with.
“Were gonna go train.” Puddleheart looked at Waterhook to me and nodded, we left and flew around the other side to the beach. The water was pretty clear and she motioned me to walk in. I walked in thinking this was easy but then there was a sudden drop. Waterhook dove in with me and I scrambled to reach the surface she pulled me under and held me still so I couldn't do anything. Water dragons could breathe underwater so it wasn't much of a problem but the deep water scared me I always thought there was something there that could end me in a second. Besides my brother died from the ocean and I can never let that thought go. At some point Waterhook released me and motioned me towards a school of fish. I hid behind a fan coral and waited for the current. Waterhook stood off to watch, the current came and pulled me towards the fish and with my own speed I swam to them, a few seconds before they knew what was going on. I took out half of the school before the rest swam away. Waterhook collected most of them and I grabbed the rest we swam back to the shore.
“You did good today, this will definitely feed most of the group.” We walked back to the cave just off to the side where jagged rocks that if you landed right could be good stones to walk on. We went to the dragons that were left behind and left a good portion to them. The elder Redsnake was up by then.
“Is there any good drinking water…” Tailsplash asked in a hushed voice.
“I don't know well find out what Puddleheart wants to do, but she can't change the salinity of the water.” Tailsplash nodded and assessed Redsnake. I turned to Waterhook and we headed back into the cave that was abuzz with work and high hopes. Then came the screams.