“We have decided the proper way!” Rabbit cried. “A vote!”
“We must very well do this,” said Raccoon, who had been trying to soothe the other animals for minutes before this.
“It is decided we will vote,” Winter Wolf speaks up. “All in favor of the Winter party scouring for food in the Caves to share as well as a regular hunting schedule for the springtime animals? Just to note, the Caves are very dangerous, though they do provide lots of food. All in favor, raise your paws.”
Half the animals, namely the Springtime half, raises their paws. The winter animals sigh with worry.
“All in favor of continuing the current food schedule or risking more time to create another solution to this problem, raise your paws.” The winter animals, some smaller ones shaking with worry, all raise their paws.
“Preposterous!” Squirrel exclaims when she’s finished counting. “They have the more votes!”
A few Springtime animals murmur in agreement.
“Now, now,” Raccoon says calmly. “It’s fair enough. Majority vote. It appears the dangers of the Caves are overwhelming.”
“This just helps us to come up with less dangerous, more efficient ideas for getting food!” Pipes up Snowy Owl, who sits on a low branch of a pine.
“Yes, but at the cost of time and the small portion of food we have left! We may not last if we do not work quick enough, and I say we shouldn’t risk that!” Deer says, stomping his hoof. A murmur of agreement leaks from the Springtime animals’ mouths.
“We may also lose party members to the horrors of the cave as well! We may not even gather enough food to support everyone through the Caves if our hunters do not make it out!” Says Polar Bear. Grizzly, her cousin, speaks her idea in a quiet voice.
“We may have to fend for ourselves,” She says. This sends ripples of speech throughout the group, considering the idea. “That’s what regular animals do, isn’t it? They live perfectly well lives. What’s the purpose of working together if we could be having feasts all our own?”
“Yes, yes! The weak will die off starving, leaving the strong to mate and create more strong. It’s brilliant!” Squirrel squeaks. Murmurs of excitement and agreement, yet Winter Wolf and Raccoon still shake their heads.
“We can not lose anybody.” They agree quietly, under the sounds of whooping and cheering.
“Listen here,” Winter Wolf decides to speak aloud. “What is the benefit of selfishness? Just because they are weak does not mean they should die; it means they should be strengthened. Just imagine! A quicker way to strengthen more of us without fatality. We could be a strong pack together in just weeks, not even! We will get closer through our support, and this is how we will feed everyone. We will hunt as a strong pack.” Animals look around, stunned by Winter Wolf’s wise words. Raccoon grins.
“We should not have to live our life with animal’s lives on our heads.” He says. “Selfishness does no good to us.” This time, the animals together start to agree.
“But what does this mean? How will we gather more food to last us all?” Rabbit questions the group. The animals scratch their heads. But Winter Wolf and Raccoon turn to each other and smile.
“As a pack.” They say simply.