Maua gave him a funny look, as if trying to decide whether to be annoyed with him or feel sorry for him. "Well. I hope you don't have your own definition of hunting. That's the one where you catch animals," she said, slightly sarcastically but without much malice. Standing slowly and stretching smoothly, she said, "It's a little early, but as this converation's getting a little sour, I'm going to hunt. Come with me if you want some wilderbeast or feel free to hunt alone for something smaller." With that she stood, glanced at him sideways and padded out of the cave.
Maua led Morningstar out of the den, over a couple of hills and down into long grass, overlooking a riverbank where wilderbeast grazed along the shoreline. The sun had just set, casting a orange glow over the rolling hills. The water glittered like gold. "Your choice," she said to him quietly. "You can flush them downriver towards me, or I can flush them downriver towards you. They won't expect there to be two of us. They've only ever seen me before." What she didn't mention was that whoever had to do the flushing would have to do the most running, but whoever performed the ambush would need really quick reflexes. She didn't mention it because every lion or lioness worth their kill knows that.
"I guise i'll go flush them down the river towards you and Maua sorry about what happened in the cave i didn't mean to come off as cross towards you." he gets low to the ground as he heads towards the wilderbeast that was grazing along the shoreline however he felt a little guilty about being rude towards her.
Maua was taken aback by his apology. As Morningstar slunk off she said, "We all have our moments," but not too loud, lest she alert the wilderbeast. She wasn't sure whether he heard her or not. It was a long crawl to make stealthily, but she did it perfectly, as far as she could tell, taking position in the last sticks of dry grass before the river's bank. Maua flexed her haunches. The trick would be to chase the slowest wilderbeast. Not the last to pass - there was a key difference. She would need to watch the herd carefully as it ran towards her.
He dig his claws in the ground and with swift motion he lets out a very loud roar, he begins to chase the wilderbeast down the river towards Maua. Sense he had eaten earlier he was able to keep up with the beast, however he was weary of it turning on him and taking him on. He heard stories of a single wilderbeast taking on a single lion,however judging it's reaction to his presence it was more focused on escaping.
It wasn't a bad roar, Maua thought, though she'd never started a hunt with a roar before. Still he wasn't the catcher. She was, and once she saw which wilderbeast he'd targeted she bolted out from her cover, running side by side with Morningstar. "Good job," she said with a smile, then leapt, grappling the animal's haunches with her claws. Its feet kicked as she crawled higher, away from its dangerous hooves, trying to find somewhere to dig her teeth in, hoping she was slowing it down enough for Morningstar to grab on somewhere too.
He jumps onto the wilderbeast and he whispers."I am sorry great one but your time is up." with on swift motion he bites into its neck he could feel the wilderbeast start to lose it's fight as it's breath became shorter and much more heaver, it still had some fight left in it however at least it will die knowing it was given some last rites.
Maua bit down on the neck next to Morningstar, their cheeks rubbing together. She waited, watching the animal's eye, until the life drained out and only a body remained. Then she pulled back with a sigh, flexing her jaw. "Good work," she said, and sat back. "You're quite strong."
"And you are very quick and also clever Maua, without your help their will be no way for me to take this beast down by myself." he was blushing at the fact that their cheeks had touched when they where working together he then shakes his head and reminds himself he had only just meet her.
"Maua we work well together and i was wondering if you would reconsider about joining me, I know you prefer staying alone but we work very well together."
"Joining you? What do you mean?" Maua said. The question had taken her by surprise, and she wondered what he meant. Did he have some quest or task he needed to complete? Did he want her to join him as... a mate? She waited, wondering what he would say.
He looks away as he thinks of what to say."maua would you be my mate erm conisder being my mate?" his cheeks now where very red normally the male lions in his homeland had no trouble asking an lioness being theirs however those lions and lioness happened to have known eachother for a few weeks before jumping onto mate status.
Maua didn't reply straight away. She didn't meet Morningstar's eyes. She studied the horizon for a while and said, "You're a good hunter, Morningstar. That's all I really know about you. That and you're a little foolheardy. My answer's no. For the moment." Then she looked him in the eyes and smiled. "Perhaps you can show me what a gentleman you are by opening up the carcasse for me?"
"It would be an honor Maua." he smirks and opens the carcass for her he then steps away to offer her first bite into it.His mane was a little messy however that was the one of meany perks of being an hunter however being king just meant letting the hunters take care of the hard work but Morningstar didn't care for such titles plus him and Maua were just companions if some lion wished to call it that.
Maua took the first bite, but allowed Morningstar to eat beside her. The wilderbeast was plenty for both of them, and soon Maua was lounging with a full belly as the stars came out. "Not a cloud in the sky," she observed.
"Yea its beautiful." He says sitting besides her as they look up at the sky,she was right their was no cloud in the sky and plus they had a meal nothing could be more romantic then this. He shakes his head no he and her had already been through that and plus she probably doesn't like him as a mate, he looks back at the sky he once heard an old story that the ancestors where always up in the sky looking down on him.
He looks down in a hint of shame why would they even bother with him? he has failed his pride and worse of all he was declared an out cast by his own father the only thing he was doing right was just staying out of their lives.
"Where I grew up, we had a shaman mongoose who healed by the light of the stars. He would wait until certain star formations were directly overhead and then perform some rite. Bobba mongobba shebobba, he would say, and all your ailments would go away." She smiled. "I miss that old mongoose."
He smiles at her."In my homeland it is said that the ancestors of the past always watches over us and they come to those who have lost their way, my mother tought me that." He remains silent for a bit he wanted to believe the old stories however to him they where just stories for cubs, but the way his mother told him she made it sound as very real as everything around him.
Maua frowned. "I'd like to think... the afterlife... is a bit more discerning than that. I once spoke to a lion who professed to know a god, who would take in any creature humble enough to ernestly seek his forgiveness." She pondered. "I think I like that idea, best of all. After all who's perfect? But where do you draw the line?"
He shrugs a bit."Others are going to have their own beliefs however if you respect theirs and they in turn shall respect yours,I guise in away we are connected in the this big circle of life or whatever you wish to call it." He looks at the carcass and eats some meat or whats left before it goes bad.
"I don't want to be part of anything," Maua said, then stood up. "It was a good hunt tonight. I'm going back to my den. You can share it with me if you like or you can find your own place. I don't mind. Just if you do decide to stay under my roof, set up your own bed, will you?" With that she wandered off, back towards the hill with the acacia tree.
He fallows her back to the acacia tree as he looks down on the way their,he felt like he blown it big time to day but at least he was an gentlmen. He shakes his head side ways he knew brownie points didn't count he blown it very hard and she properly thinks hes some kind of spiritual freak.
Maua didn't look back until she had reached her tree, only to find Morningstar looking miserable. She trotted back down the path. "What's wrog?" She said, laying a paw on his shoulder. "You did very well today, you know. You're a good hunter. You have nothing to be ashamed of." She lowered her head to look him in the eye, and smiled.
"I made you feel uncomfortable Maua with talk of ancestors and circle off life, its just some cub story that i shouldn't bother you with." He says looking down he was conflicted with his mothers thought and in fact it was the only thought he carried with him should he get wind of that his father died or his mother left in hopes of finding her again.
Maua twitched an eyebrow. In truth that had been the least uncomfortable thing he'd said all day. But showing her annoyance wasn't going to help his mood, she could see. "Look," she said, "I've always been a rather private lioness. What do you think I'm doing all the way out here on my own? But if you annoy me then don't take it to heart. People annoy me. Lions annoy me in general. If you annoy me I'll forget about it in ten seconds. Just give me some space to get over myself and we'll get along fine. And don't ever presume you can't talk to me about something. You can, ok? No topic is out of bounds. I don't mind being annoyed by you occasionally. That's what friends are for, right?" She smiled at him again, searching his eyes for understanding.