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 Welcome to the Forest

The Forest Guide
The Hideaway Information The Inhabitants
The lush forest, located east of the Pridelands, is a vast area of prosperous and diverse greenery. It is home to many critters connected together by the rich ecosystem existing under the dense canopy of the ancient trees. The trees of the forest are dense and vast, the species of plants ranging from small weeds to large Mountain Ash. This vegetation offers plenty of places to stalk and hunt and often receives the most activity during its nocturnal times. A river runs through the center of the forest and attracts creatures of all sizes to its fresh waters. In general, the forest floor is in shadows cast by the tall trees but it is often an advantage to prey and predator. If not careful, one can easily be lost in the jungle maze. The lions who live in the forest are young and active, able to weave in between and onto trees with much ease. They are lean and athletic with a strong sense of adventure. Lions: 8
Servals: 1
Goshawks: 1
Chions: 1
Ligers: 1


Both sides of the food chain must adjust their styles in order to survive here, especially if you are not used to the area. Sneaking up is still a problem, with more to step on, but cover is rarely an issue. Seeing as the cubs and adolescents are limited in strength, larger prey are safe from their grasp. Intruders are scared away with tricks and most adults will be met with silent mouths or misleading tracks.

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'And that is why you should never lick them again, Firo. Do you understand?'

'Yesth. Nowth I know,' the cub, Firo, replied, somewhat crestfallen. His tongue was still swollen.

The adolescent nodded, satisfied that the message was honed in. Firo wouldn't be foolish enough to lick a thorn bush again. No matter how intense his curiousity became. In fact, Kuruka hoped that the cub learnt not to lick everything that came within sight. The Tawi leader was fond of the spotted cub. Firo was the first orphaned cub he came across and together had become the first members of the Tawi Pride in the forest. Their forest.

Kuruka smiled. The pair had been walking in the forest in the evening. The other cubs and adolescents were back in the clearing, lounging and relaxing after a nice meal. Kuruka had decided to take Firo on one of his border patrols. Usually, he'd have some of the cubs feign a phantom in the forest and scare off strangers. The Tawi Pride was a mystery to outsiders and they want to keep it just that, a mystery. If word got out that the pride was here in this exact location, the other prides in the neighbouring territories might feel the need to intervene. Their mystery was their biggest protection.

They were near the border, relatively, as the forest covered a large area. The pride was still some distance away. It was there that Kuruka sensed the presence of strangers. He hushed Firo to silence. Both lions stood alert and stiff, sniffing and listening to their surroundings.

'Firo, there are others in the woods tonight,' Kuruka said. It was night time by then. 'Go home and wait there.'

'But Big Brother! I want to - '

'No, Firo. Go home now.'

Sulking, Firo sighed and turned around, picking his way quietly back towards the centre of the forest.

Content that the little cub was truly gone, the dark grey adolescent moved forward. He had the experience of living in the forest for a long time and he sliced through the trees like a shadow. The male was about 10 metres away from them when he saw the shape of two lions. Both males. Adult males. This sent alarm bells through Kuruka's mind. Outsiders were a threat to his pride of cubs, especially if the outsiders were adult males. He has had first hand experience of that in his cubhood days. Although still close to the forest perimeters, he was surprised that the two lions had made it this far. The trees were thick and unfriendly to the untrained eye. It was not uncommon for travelers to take an alternative route rather than cut a path through the Tawi Forest. And should lions feel the need to enter the forest, Kuruka's cubs would scare them off by pretending to be ghosts of a haunted forest. Tonight, they were all retired in their clearing. The adolescent deduced that if the two adults continued on their current course, they might very well stumble upon their lodgings.

No, it was better to lead them off course than leaving it to chance. Thus, straightening up and standing at his tallest, Kuruka stepped out of the shadows.

'Greetings. Who walks in these woods?'


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The twilight hours had fallen into dusk, the last light of the evening obscured by the trees in which Babajide had led Mwanafunzi. The two had fallen quiet after deciding to enter the forest and the old male had taken his place back slightly in front of the younger male. He mused to himself about how Mwanafunzi had so willingly followed him. Babajide was a stranger, after all, what if he had ill intentions? As it was he didn't, and so there was no harm, but Babajide remembered that at Mwanafunzi's age he would have been more wary in such a situation.

The two had agreed to walk on only until they found water. Babajide didn't want to go too far into the forest as Mwanafunzi had already mentioned that there was a pride here, and Babajide didn't want to intrude. If they stayed near the borders perhaps they wouldn't be too much of a problem. But... as the moments crept on and the two new found companions walked along in search of a stream or pool, Babajide became increasingly aware of another presence. In a forest it could have been anything, but the old male felt it was quite a lot more familiar than some other species.

"Keep an eye," The old male's low voice rumbled in his throat, "We aren't alone." he warned.

Just as he finished his warning a rustling of bushes could be seen and heard ahead of them. Babajide stopped, his tail flicking at the movement, the only sign of his uneasiness at the unknown. When the adolescent male revealed himself with a greeting, Babajide looked at him for a moment with a blank stare. How odd that this pride would allow such a young male to walk around its borders. It was quite dangerous.

After a moment, "We are merely nomads in search of water and cover from the night." he explained, his hoarse voice calm and steady, with no sign of aggression. He didn't want to hurt the young boy, although he didn't know Mwanafunzi enough to say the same. He hadn't gotten the impression from the male, but Babajide was still withholding some judgement.


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Silence was a relative term. What was silent somewhere might not exactly be silent somewhere else. So while Mwanafunzi and Babajide navigated their way through the forest in silence, the younger lion was noticing how this silence was a cacophony compared to the silence the two walked through in the Outlands. There were distant sounds of animals, movements among the brush, and other assorted noises of the woods. With all these background noises around them, the two lions still managed to walk in "silence".

Aside from contemplating the silence, the two lions were mainly focused on finding water. It was a forest so there had to be water somewhere, and Mwanafuzi knew for sure there was at least a river in the forest somewhere. Finding water outside of the forest may have been easier than navigating through the trees in the dark, but it didn't bother the young lion. The inconvenience of the trees and darkness was a small price to pay for the protection it offered from any vicious Outlanders that may be waiting just outside the Forest.

Surrounded by trees, Mwanafunzi was feeling secure, and he was started to have enough of the sound of silence. They hadn't been searching for water for very long, but the young lion reminded himself of the reason he was with the Elder in the first place: to converse and hear some stories and gain some wisdom, and so far he's only heard precious little from Babajide, though some of it was rather insightful. They did converse while in the Outlands, but the subject managed to focus of Mwanafunzi for a good portion of the time. He decided to rectify the situation and get Babajide talking when something caught Mwanafunzi's attention.

If one wasn't paying attention to the sound of the silence, they might not have noticed the new presence. Mwanafunzi had picked out a few sounds that stood out from the background slightly, though he wasn't sure where. Sniffing the air, he thought he could identify the presence as "lion", but the scent fit with everything in the forest. In fact, the only thing that seemed out of place in those woods were Babajide and himself. Tawi, he thought. It was their forest, after all. Babajide had noticed the presence as well, as he had told Mwanafunzi that they weren't alone. "You noticed too," he said quietly, letting the elder know he was aware of the situation.

Before too long, however, the Tawi revealed himself to the rogues. Seeing the adolescent pop out of the brush didn't surprise Mwanafunzi too much, but it seemed to him that Babajide was a little bit more surprised. Mwanafunzi didn't know that Babajide found it odd to have such a young lion guarding the borders because he himself was expecting a cub. He forgot he didn't mention to Babajide the average age of the Tawi. In the darkness, it was hard to tell the finer details of the adolescent, but the young rogue could tell he had a partial mane and a notched ear. What surprised Mwanafunzi was how the adolescent greeted them. The young rogue was expecting a "What are you doing here? Get out!" or something defensive, not a "Greetings" and a polite question.

Babajide had taken the liberty to reply, stating what they were and what they were looking for. Mwanafunzi was glad that, while there was suspicion and tension in the air, there was no hostility. Mwanafunzi nodded at what Babajide had said and he stepped forward and added, "Greetings to you as well. Indeed, we are only travelers. We don't mean any harm." The young rogue knew this was the adolescent's home, so he wanted to show some respect. Thinking about it, Mwanafunzi thought this would be good practice if he did decide to reveal himself to the Pridelanders as Babajide had suggested. "In fact, if you would be so kind as to share your water and forest with us for the night, we would be most grateful." Mwanafunzi wasn't quite sure if he was right in speaking for both of them like that, but he thought that it was best at the moment. If they each only spoke for themselves, the adolescent might find them even more suspicious than they already seemed as strangers.


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Kuruka regarded the two strangers inquisitively. One was clearly older than the other. The elderly lion had spoken first with the younger one following up. They both seemed unfazed by the gloom of the forest. He could see from their stance and manner that both were confident lions. But were they hostile? It remains to be seen. Never judge a lion by its appearance.

They wanted water. The adolescent could only hope that that was their only motive. But he had learnt it was better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. His mind continued to be wary of the two males.

'We have water, and plenty of shelter, as you can see,' he said, gesturing to the thick canopy overhead. 'There is a river that runs through these woods. It flows from the mountains,' he turned his body slightly so that his side was facing them now. 'Come then, I shall lead the way.'

Kuruka stepped back into the thick of the bush, meaning to lead them within half a kilometer or so within the borders of the forest. Never too close to his pride, but not too near to the edge of the forest so that it would seem he's leading them out of it. He would take them to the first clearing that the river flows through. And he also planned to lead them through some wild terrain. No point in taking the hidden easy path that the Tawis were used to. The more challenging the forest seemed, the less chance the lions would return.


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Babajide was impressed by Mwanafunzi's alert nature. In some ways he seemed so naive, but in others the younger male was quite wise. But then, wisdom was not only for those who had spent a plethora of years on the earth. It was quite a lot more then that. Knowledge, for example, was knowing that fire ants were red while leaf cutter ants were black. Wisdom was knowing that neither were as harmless as they seemed.

The adolescent male looked both he and his traveling partner over for a few moments while Babajide too gave Mwanafunzi a second glance. As odd as it was, he found Mwanafunzi reminded him a lot of Evero, his late brother. Like Evero, he was optimistic, if not also a bit stubborn. He was kind and helpful, and had a good grasp of the world for the most part. He had even complimented Babajide with his own greeting to the adolescent, giving them each more of a ground to be there. Yet, he was so young, and had so much to learn. Babajide could see a bright future for him though. Perhaps he would keep him around a while longer than the night, if only to teach him a thing or two and spread a bit of his own wisdom before he passed on.

Surely he wouldn't live much longer. After all he wasn't safe within a pride anymore, and a rouge's life was hard and took its toll on the old male. The constant walking, the borderline starvation, the continual quest for water and shelter.. it wasn't the best life for somebody as old as he was. This was a nice break from the life he had adjusted to recently, and he was going to enjoy it while he could.

Babajide followed the youngster through the forest, and although the path was difficult his old bones still managed to keep up alright. They went a long way, it seemed, and after a while Babjide was wondering where they were going exactly. "Where are your elders?" he asked, suspicious of the fact that they hadn't come across any other lions in this pride's land. In his pride, such a young male would never be left alone near the borders for so long.


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Mwanafunzi was glad when the young Tawi had agreed to show them to water. His knowledge of the river was confirmed by the adolescent, and the young rogue smiled and bowed his head in a silent "Thank you." He looked over to Babajide, happy with his attempt at being diplomatic. Mwanafunzi motioned with his head that they follow the adolescent, and after Babajide began walking, Mwanafunzi was soon to follow.

As the three lions made their way through the woods, Mwanafunzi continued to observe the path they were taking. It didn't seem as though the were going deep into the woods, but it was still deep in the young rogue's experience. Normally, when he was in the woods, it was to avoid being caught in the Pridelands. During those times, he was still near the edge of the forest. He had only ever been this deep once before, and that was during the day.

As the young rogue mentally took note of the path, he recognized the genius of living in the forest. During the day, it was dark. At night, it was darker. Even when being led by a Tawi, Mwanafunzi found the path difficult and tricky to navigate in the darkness. A pride of cubs that knew these woods better than anyone would almost always have the advantage over any newcomer who tried to take the woods for themselves. Plus, cubs were nimbler than any adult. It was no wonder the Tawi claimed these woods for themselves.

Mwanafunzi was about to compliment the adolescent's home. Babajide, however, spoke almost as soon as the young rogue opened is mouth to speak. Mwanafunzi closed his mouth, his compliment going unsaid. Judging from the question, it seemed to the young rogue that the two travelers where observing two very different things. Where Mwanafunzi was observing the forest itself, Babajide had been making note of its inhabitants. That is, the only inhabitant they've come across: the adolescent guiding them. He asked about the Tawi's elders. The young rogue reminded himself that Babajide didn't know there were no elders. To Mwanafunzi's knowledge, their guide was probably one of the closest things to an elder the Tawi had. There was suspicion in Babajide's voice, and the young rogue was wondering if it really was wise omitting that fact from his description of the Tawi. Instead of answering himself, he decided to let the adolescent reply. The young rogue listened intently to see what would happen. If any further suspicions arose causing tension, Mwanafunzi would do his best to clear the air.


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Kuruka continued to lead them through the forest. He was impressed that the elderly male was able to keep up. The adolescent had led them over rocks, under logs and through thick bushes. The younger adult was in a good shape, Kuruka observed. Their trek through the trees was a good indication for Kuruka of their strength and stamina. All the while, the darkness of the forest loomed over them. Only the occasional beam of the moon filtered through a small gap in the canopy. But these were few and rare. The silence between the three were punctured by the sounds of the critters living in the forest. Once they heard a long howl. Kuruka's ears pricked and looked in the direction that it had come from. Noting that it did not sound menacing, he moved on.

It was the elderly lion that spoke first. Kuruka heard the tinge of suspicion in his voice. The adolescent considered how to answer him. The lions did not seem interested in taking over his pride. The younger one might be a problem, but not so if he was travelling with an older lion. Kuruka's experience was that older lions did not have much fight in them. That is, seeking power and land were not their priorities. Plus it was not a secret that the forest housed alot of cubs. True, the forest might appear haunted and mysterious to some strangers, but Kuruka never thought it was a problem that outsiders knew their pride consisted of alot of cubs. But no outside lion knew exactly how many there were.

'There are no elders here,' he replied, looking back slightly. Although he could have led them to the stream a while ago, Kuruka thought it was time to end their journey now. They had already walked four times the distance than was necessary. After his answer, he turned to his left abruptly. Within a few trees, he stepped out into a clearing and there stood the river. It was not flowing at its highest but the water still danced lightly as it hit the few boulders and stones in its path. The small clearing was illuminated by the moon, casting a soft blue-grey light over the grass and shrubs. 'We have arrived,' he announced. 'Please make yourself comfortable here.'


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The thick forest was hard to navigate for the male, his mane catching on jutting branches with each turn. Yet he was still strong enough to make it though, and as all lions had keen eyesight at night he did well seeing where he was going. In fact, most lions saw better at night than they did in the day, and Babajide was no exception. His aging eyes actually preferred the dark to the light, as it was less of a strain and less damage came from the sun.

The adolescent took some time to answer Babajide, and when he did the old male wasn't sure how to take the answer. It seemed odd, without a doubt. He wondered what had happened to them, to his parents and the rest of the adults in the pride. After all, he didn't know the area, and so he didn't know at all.

Again he taken off guard by the sudden abrupt change in direction, and the quick dismissal of his question and new statement from the youngster had him wondering quite a lot of things. Did he not want to talk about his parents? Perhaps not. But this was such an odd situation that Babajide couldn't understand what might have been of the pride or its adult members.

"Thank you." Babajide gave the young lad a nod, looking out towards the clearing. He slowly walked up to and passed the adolescent, giving him a once over as he wondered what he could have meant by the earlier explanation, before turning his aged features towards the slow flowing stream. His old bones creaked along, now a bit tired out by the walk through the forest, as he slowed down near the river. Babajide dipped his head low to take a drink, all the while keeping one ear on the adolescent and his eyes and other ear aware of the surroundings just in case this might be an ambush of some sort.


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The adolescent had given a short direct answer to the elder's question. He didn't evade the question, and it seemed to the young rogue that Babajide accepted the answer. Mwanafunzi gave a small sigh of relief when he realized he had gotten a little worried over nothing.

Before he could think more about it, the adolescent took a sharp turn, and Babajide followed suit. Mwanafunzi stopped for a second, curious at the sudden change in direction. The other turns along the way hadn't been so sudden in his opinion. Following the two lions, the young rogue stepped out into the clearing. Looking around at the moonlit space, he thought the sudden turn must have been from the adolescent trying to find a clearing the river ran through. It was rather nice of the Tawi to show them to a clearing, the young rogue thought. He could just as easily have shown them to a more heavily forested part of the river, but he didn't, and that was nice.

Gazing around, Mwanafunzi was very nearly smiling. The clearing had a simple serenity to it, the moonlight and sound of the flowing river having a calming effect. "Wow," he said, "you do have a very lovely forest." He had finally voiced the compliment he was going to give earlier, though it seemed like an even more appropriate time to do so at that moment than it had before. The young rogue glanced over to where the adolescent was. "Thank you. This is very kind."

Babajide was already drinking at the river, and Mwanafunzi decided to join him. As he walked the short distance to the water, the young rogue started thinking about the forest again. He started thinking about the Tawi. He thought about the adolescent that had guided Babajide and himself there. He thought about what he had said, "There are no elders here." Mwanafunzi had already known that, but thinking about how the adolescent said it made it sound so much more...sad. It was one thing for an outsider like Mwanafunzi to say the Tawi had no elders. It was another thing to hear an actual member of the Tawi to say it. The way he had said it, there was a finality to it. It was a fact that couldn't be changed. There are no elders here.

At the river's edge, Mwanafunzi was drinking his water next to Babajide, but he seemed to be doing it unconsciously. His mind was focused on the Tawi. He never put much thought into how the Tawi came about. Without even thinking about it, he began thinking out loud; however, it was in a whisper barely audible to even those standing next to him. "A pride like that, with no elders whatsoever, it doesn't happen spontaneously. Why? What do they all have in common?" Mwanafunzi drank some more water. He thought about his first Tawi encounter; how he met the kid Soto. Soto, who lost everything before entering the Forest, who sounded desperate to learn that a pride like the Tawi existed, who joined their ranks. "United by tragedy?" he thought aloud once again. "Surely they can't all have been victims of tragedy, but the way that kid said it...it would make sense. United by tragedy, and all they have is themselves. It's them versus the world." The young rogue paused, and then he added, "What a sad sad world we live in."

Upon completing his thought, Mwanafunzi realized that he had been saying everything. He immediately shut up and felt embarrassed, and he just stared down at the flowing water. He didn't know how long he had been thinking out loud or how loud he was. He just hoped no one had heard him, especially the adolescent. His thoughts were merely trying to connect the dots, and he was making assumptions in order to do so. He had a nasty habit of making assumptions to fill in blanks. He could be completely wrong, and he didn't want to offend the young lion who had been so kind to the two travelers so far by assuming anything.


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Kuruka glanced around the clearing curiously, watching the dark shape of a rabbit flitting back into the bush. Then his gaze followed the two adult males to the river. The adolescent smiled at the younger male's compliment of the forest. 'Thank you,' Kuruka replied, heaving a happy sigh. 'It's our pride and joy, this place is.'

The adolescent watched them stoop to drink from the river. He walked past behind them, thinking of doing the same but a metre down the river. Perhaps the strangers wanted some private space? He heard the younger male mumble some words and as he got closer he caught the final phrases 'United by tragedy, and all they have is themselves. It's them versus the world. What a sad sad world we live in.'

Kuruka stiffened, perhaps interpreting the words too strongly. Tragedy? Was this how outside lions viewed them? Crippled, incomplete lions living in the forest to hide from the world? In the adolescent's point of view, the way of life that they had going in the Tawi Forest was a hundred times better than those lions who lived in proper prides. In the Tawi, they did not desire power. They did not desire land. They did not kill each other. Kuruka's tail twitched in agitation. He told himself to calm, taking a deep breath of the cool night air into his lungs.

The adolescent took a few sips from the river and laid down on the bank, briefly glancing at the two males. If the adults were staying the night, then Kuruka better remained too. Again, there was no point in leaving it to chance that the two might stumble upon his pride residing in the centre of the forest. But he better be sure that this was their plan. 'I hope the water is fresh enough for you,' he said. 'Would this be a good place for you to shelter from the sad sad world tonight?' Kuruak didn't mean to be overly bitter, but he thought it sounded that way.


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Babajide didn't know what to think of the adolescent's words of the elders. Even still, as he drank from the stream, he contemplated them. Perhaps the young male had misunderstood him, thinking Babajide truly meant an elder, a male his age. What he had meant though was somebody older than an adolescent. An Elder could simply be one older, an adult of any kind.

Thoughts raced with questions but his own inner voice was interrupted by Mwanafunzi as he came up next to Babajide. As his companion began to speak Babajide stopped drinking, but kept his head low. He listened with intent, baggy orange eyes peering at Mwanafunzi curiously. So what he was saying was that this young boy was the oldest of the pride? Odd..

When the adolescent walked by behind him, Babajide glanced at him before turning his attention back to Mwanafunzi. He made a quiet shushing nose, but Mwanafunzi finished his phrase in the same tone he had started. Babajide gave him a look of disapproval before standing up from the river.

He turned towards the young adolescent, who now was resting on the bank near them. Babajide went to lay down too, but a ways away from the young boy, giving him space. When the lad spoke his bitter words, Babajide raised a brow and looked to Mwanafunzi. Confrontation wasn't on his list of things to do tonight.

"Yes, you have been very generous. Thank you for allowing us the ability to rest for the night and regain our strength for our journey in the morning." He said, moving his eyes from Mwanafunzi to the adolescent, not saying anything about what was apparently happening between the two. He really wasn't in the mood for a fight, even if it was just an argument. Or just a few harsh words.

Perhaps he could change the subject. "My name is Babajide, by the way. I don't believe we introduced ourselves." He looked to Mwanafunzi, nodding towards the adolescent to give him the opportunity to give his name as well.


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Mwanafunzi had been observing silence all day. One would think he would have learned something. Then again, it was no fault to him. It wasn't as though he was aware he was saying anything. However, intentional or not, what was said was said, and the young rogue would have to deal with the consequences.

The adolescent's scathing words hit Mwanafunzi like a rock. He had nearly choked on the water he was drinking when he heard the words, and he coughed a few times to get the water out of his windpipe. The adolescent had heard his words, and as he had feared, had not taken kindly to them at all.

Babajide went ahead and freed Mwanafunzi from immediately answering the adolescent's question by answering himself. This gave the young rogue a few moments to compose himself and think about what just happened.

What he had said was never supposed to have been said. Had he continued on with his thoughts though, he would have went on to say how much more respect he held for the Tawi, and how he was in awe of the strength they had to do what they're doing despite all that they have faced. Survival is one thing. Building a haven like the Tawi, that is something much greater. However, these thoughts had been interrupted when he realized he was speaking, and thus were never voiced.

The adolescent's bitter words could only be the result of one thing, Mwanafunzi thought: his assumptions were horribly wrong, as he thought they may have been. If he was wrong, and they weren't victims of tragedy, why else would there be a pride of cubs in the forest? He didn't have time to think of a reason. Babajide's response gave him only so much time to think, and his curiosity as to why the Tawi was founded only grew more intense.

He looked up at the elder. He thought that perhaps Babajide regretted having met Mwanafunzi now. He wished for once, he could go one day without saying something that made him a fool in the eyes of others. He had been doing so well that day, too. Unfortunately, this sad world they live in holds no pity for those who don't watch what they say. Babajide had given his name to the adolescent. Mwanafunzi gave a look as if he were saying "I know I messed up. What in the world am I supposed to do now?" Babajide gave a look back to Mwanafunzi and motioned with his head as if it were obvious what he should do: introduce himself.

For the first time since his accidental insult, Mwanafunzi turned to face the adolescent. Upon doing so, he was of half a mind to say that he was nobody and slink off into a corner in hopes of being forgotten. However, he was determined not to continue filling the part of the fool. If his first practice had been how to avoid getting into sticky situations by being diplomatic, then this was his second practice: how to get out of those sticky situations.

Mwanafunzi took a deep breath. "Indeed we haven't," he said, continuing the thought from Babajide's words. His voice was slightly tinged with nervousness. "My name is Mwanafunzi. You generosity is more than appreciated. It is rare finding someone kind enough to be as accommodating as you have been. Thank you." Mwanafunzi respectfully bowed his head as he thanked the adolescent. He was considering whether or not apologize for what he had said, but he decided to take Babajide's lead and not mention it at all. The less it was brought up, the better, the young rogue thought. Mwanafunzi then backed away from the river to a comfortable spot to lie down. He gave himself some space from the other two males. He looked back towards the adolescent, and he asked in a noticeably more relaxed voice, "May I ask, what is your name?" He doubted asking for a name would be offensive, so he felt it was safe to ask.


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The adolescent watched mildly as the adults finished drinking and laid down along the bank also. The darkness of the forest made it difficult to see their expressions, and he knew it was hard for them to see his own as well. The elder male introduced himself, and he could sense that he was trying to ease the tension that had suddenly seemed to take hold of the atmosphere in the little clearing. Kuruka grinned slightly, respecting the efforts of the older male. Then the younger male introduced himself also. Again, Kuruka could see that both males wanted to avoid a confrontation, physical or verbal. While the Tawi male could hold his end up in a verbal contest (he had done so many times with his cubs), but in a physical battle, he was sure to lose against the larger and more experienced males. It would be unwise for the adolescent to press on.

He nodded in acknowledgement at Mwanafunzi's reconciling efforts. 'I am Kuruka, leader of the Tawi Pride,' he announced with an air of confidence. 'It is nice to meet you Babajide and Mwanafunzi. I open my forest to you for the night and you are welcome to any animal you find among the trees. I trust that you must be tired and hungry from your travels.'


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Babajide's effort to keep the peace seemed to go over well. It seemed that although things would still be a bit awkward for a while, both of the other males were content to keep things civil, and the young adolescent was especially tolerant of the two older males. This eased Babajide's worries. He was feeling too old to fight, even though he was sure he could best an adolescent. The effort wasn't worth the outcome.

Mwanafunzi introduced himself in a rather cordial manner, thanking the young male with a new found sense of formality and a bit of uneasiness. Then again, Mwanafunzi always seemed to be a bit uneasy. Babajide noticed that in the little time they spent together the young male was just a bit out of place. Babajide understood the feeling. He had once been as young as Mwanafunzi, although he hadn't had to wander to find a home. He had been sent to a pride instead. But the feeling of being out of place had still been there.

The adolescent male introduced himself as Kuruka, leader of the Tawi pride. Babajide shifted quietly, the part that stood out to him immediately was that he was the leader of the pride at such a young age. But Mwanafunzi had explained it a bit, they were all young here. No place for an old male like Babajide. Maybe not even a place for Mwanafunzi. The fact that Kuruka was the leader took him aback so much that for a long while he didn't realize that he recognized his name.

But when he did, "Did you say your name was Kuruka?" he asked in his gruff voice. This young male couldn't be the cub he had met so long ago from his brother's pride, could it? He seemed to be about the right age, but it was so... unlikely. "Do you know who your father was, boy?" he asked, ignoring any inner voice that told him it might be better to be subtle when talking to an orphan about his parents.


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Mwanafunzi had relaxed himself a bit in his new found spot. He yawned, and stretched, and settled himself into his spot. He wasn't exactly tired, but just felt so at ease. He hadn't been so relaxed since before coming to the Pridelands. He was mildly shocked by how much difference an invitation to stay made on him. He could just sit and enjoy the stars without a worry in the world. Though he has done so many times before, he never fully appreciated how good it felt before he had spent all those weeks in constant fear of getting caught by the Pridelanders. It just validated Babajide's argument even more, and Mwanafunzi was getting more convinced to reveal himself to the Pridelanders as he thought about it.

The young rogue's ears perked up when the Tawi started speaking, and he looked up at him. He had introduced himself as Kuruka, the Tawi leader. At this, Mwanafunzi was surprised as well, though perhaps not as much as Babajide was, but the young rogue didn't notice. He had thought that the Tawi may have had some degree of authority considering his age, but Mwanafunzi had never guessed he was the actual leader of the whole pride.

"Impressive," Mwanafunzi had said with a smile. "I was not aware that we were being guided by the leader of the Tawi. I feel so honored now." The young rogue had spoken these words honestly. He held genuine admiration for the Tawi. Whether or not they were united by tragedy as he had earlier assumed, they were able to work together and survive on their own. That alone deserves respect. Being able to lead said pride deserved even more.

"And thank you for you generosity," he continued. "A place to rest is most appreciated," he had said, at which point he yawned and stretched again. "Though, I have been much hungrier. One does not live the life of a rogue without flirting with starvation once or twice along the way, after all. Or perhaps that's just me." Mwanafunzi thought about it for a second before adding, "Either way, I thank you again for all this. It is much more than I could have hoped for."

A little bit after Mwanafunzi finished, Babajide spoke up. The young rogue turned his attention to his traveling companion. He was asking about Kuruka's name and family, as if it mattered to the old lion. He was about to ask why on Earth it mattered bringing up the past. Everyone had just gotten friendly again. Mwanafunzi looked over to Kuruka and back to Babajide, hoping that tensions wouldn't rise again. The young rogue knew he himself was the young and foolish one, and Babajide was the old and wise one, so there had to be a good reason. Mwanafunzi decided to stay out of it and watch what happens. If all goes well somehow, Mwanafunzi may learn something interesting from it.


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