Post by abalancedbreakfast on Oct 9, 2016 17:17:40 GMT
"Yeah, I am." He said, smiling and following Kela out of the room. He walked a little closer to her now, nudging her once to get her attention. "Hey, Kela... I jus' wanted ta' say thanks... fo' last night... There ain't nobody else I could be like that around... Thank you."
Post by abalancedbreakfast on Oct 10, 2016 16:45:42 GMT
"Hey, I think she gettin' the lionesses ready right now. Jus' follow me, I'll take us right to her."
Wapo lead the two down a cave hallway, through the main room, and down into another offshoot of the cave, where all the lionesses were gathered around Mlezi, who was giving them instructions for the day.
"An' I don't want'ya robbin' up against 'ta rogues on 'ta job! I kno' 't's easy when 'ta males be so desperate t'at they give ya' free food jus' fo' a nuzzle an' a flick o' t'a tail, bot 'ya gettin' t'em too catty fo' when t'a females who don't work 'ere be comin' in an' gettin' hit on by a rogue who don't got 'alf a brain 'bout 'im. 'Ya un'dastan'?"
The females all replied "Yes, mama Mlezi" in unison.
"Good. E'vry body on ta' left side o' ta' room, you be on huntin' duty fo' ta' day. Roight side, ya be servin'. An' rememba' if anybody need help, ya' bring 'em to Mama, she take good care of 'em."
Once the lionesses had cleared out of the room to do what they had been told, Mlezi caught the two walking up to her and offered a warm greeting. "Boy! What 'ya be doin' 'ere so early? Ya' need Mama Mlezi ta' help ya' out wit' somethin'? Come along now, tell me!"
Post by abalancedbreakfast on Oct 11, 2016 14:24:28 GMT
Mlezi's smiled warmly and pulled Wapo in for a hug. "Oh, my boy, y'could 'ave asked so long ago! I spotted 't'on ya' face ta' moment ya' set foot inside Mama's cave t'at ya' were tired! Silly boy, what give?"
"Kela 'ere talked to me yest'day. Guess she knew somethin' was up when I walked in."
"Of course I knew something was up. And I don't like seeing you upset. It's not you." Kela says, then turns towards the older lioness. "Not to sound impatient, but is there a pride that would accept him?"
Post by abalancedbreakfast on Oct 13, 2016 1:19:02 GMT
Wapo blushed for a moment, before moving a paw to his face in surprise. Since when do I blush? D Mlezi smiled a bit before continuing. "I be honest whit' ya', boy. Thea'se not many prides t'at'd take ya'. But, about 50 miles West a' 'ere, d'ere be a pride I kno' wit' a King who have a heart a' gold. He taken in a couple a' lost males like ya'self before. If I can go wit' ya ta' explain ya' story, he'd listen an' certainly give ya' a home. You'd be workin' as a guard, o'course. No free handouts in a pride. An' no unsolicited huntin' boy!" She said, lightly clapping him on the back of the head.
"Ow, ow, okay, Mama! Jeez, y'ain't gotta worry 'bout it. I dreamed a' this since I was a kid."
"Good. I wasn't expectin' ya' ta come 'round ta'day, so I'll need a bit to get ready fo' ta' trip."
Post by abalancedbreakfast on Oct 13, 2016 2:28:20 GMT
"Yeah... this been my dream fo' so long... Hey, Kela-" he said, turning towards her and smiling. "I'm bein' real with you. Thanks."
Mama Mlezi came in to nuzzle Wapo. "My boy, finally joinin' a pride! I'm gonna' miss ya' bein' round 'ere. But at least mama'll kno' ya' in a betta' place. What about you, yo'ng lady? You wanna' go wit' us? I kno' you're not about the pride life anymore, but if ya' want, ya' can see 'im off!"
"You're welcome. I mean it." Kela says, then turns to Mama Mlezi.
"I'm actually still not sure what I'm going to do next. It's not that i hate the pride life, i just hated my life in my old pride. However, I might travel around a bit more and see what's out there until I can find another home. I'll definitely see Wapo off, though. No question about it." She smiles.
Post by abalancedbreakfast on Oct 15, 2016 13:33:26 GMT
"'den le's plan ta' head off on a' way tomorrow! I need ta' get some things ready fo' ta' trip, you two kids 'ave a good time fo' ta' rest o' ta' da-"
"Mlezi, Mlezi! Something's happening at the entrance! The guards got into a fight!" a lioness said, rushing into the room.
"Calm down, baby girl, show Mama where da' trouble be!"
The lioness lead the three through to the entrance, where a crowd blocked the vision of the three. Mlezi ordered all of her guests and lionesses out of the way to see what had happened. There on the floor, lying in a bloodied mess, laid Razu.
"This guy has the mark of the enemy of rogues. Said he was looking to 'save' the lioness that was 'rightfully his' as he put it. I gave him a chance to back out, but he decided to get all high and mighty, so we had to beat him down" The guards explained to Mlezi.
Post by abalancedbreakfast on Oct 19, 2016 5:20:47 GMT
"Well... I suppose if 'e be stupi't enough ta' follow ya' 'tis fah out, t'ere was no savin' 'im. Get 'da body out'a' 'ere!" Mlezi ordered, the guards complying at once.
As the body was being dragged away, Wapo managed to spot a hornbill on a tree branch overlooking the whole scene with an out of place anger. Something didn't sit right with him, and it read on his face.
"Hey, Mama. You mind if I go fo' a walk right quick?"
"O'course, my boy! Don't go too far, tho'. I'mm'a have some food waitin' for ya' when ya' get back."
Kela narrows her eyes at the hornbill. "Wapo, I think we should get rid of the bird leave as soon as possible. There might be trouble if that bird reports to my father." She says, only loud enough for Wapo to hear.
Kela nods in agreement. "He really is. You did right by him, raising him like you did." She smiles sadly in his direction. "I know I should feel happy about him joining a pride, but I also feel so lonely, too."
"I really don't, but I can't be selfish. He's only known me for a few days, and he's been waiting years to find a place where he belongs." Kela sighs. "I am happy for him. I can deal with my loneliness. Maybe even stay at the lair for a bit?"
Post by abalancedbreakfast on Oct 30, 2016 17:34:26 GMT
"Yo're always welcome to ta' lair, sweetheart! Mlezi will always 'ave a place for ya' in ta' cave" She said, beaming warmly. "Jo'st promise me ya' won't be too broken up by the lad leavin'" she said, wrapping her forearms around Kela in a hug.