Post by abalancedbreakfast on Oct 30, 2016 18:33:31 GMT
The white lion stepped a bit closer to her. "I'm not gonna' lie, I'm gonna miss you too. You've been a great friend. Even if we ain't been together fo' more then a week or so, I feel like I known you forever."
Post by abalancedbreakfast on Oct 31, 2016 3:17:20 GMT
"Wapo, go get ya' girlfriend somet'in ta' eat."
"Ma, she ain't my-"
"I kno'! Ol' mama Mlezi needs ta' rest her bones too. I ain't got ta' fortitude ta' go on a hon't right now, not at my old age. There be a river to ta' sout' a' us, Gazelle love ta' graze t'ere. Ya go get a good, decent meal fo' all three of us."
Wapo stood, not able to really protest in any way. Not seeing much else to do, he walked past Kela. "I'll see you in a bit, Kela" he said with a smile. "Have a good time wit' mama."
"I will." She smiles as Wapo walks off to hunt. Then, Kela looks to Mama Mlezi. "Will he be okay hunting alone? He just recovered from his injuries after all. I don't want him to strain himself." She frowns with worry.
Post by abalancedbreakfast on Oct 31, 2016 3:27:15 GMT
"Oh, t'at boy is tough as nails, he'll get it done. 'f ya worried about him, I'll let you tag along wit' 'im. But a fine yo'ng male like himself should have no problem takin' down a Gazelle calf. Shouldn't be not'in to go wrong."
She moved over to sit beside the younger lioness. "You really do worry about dat' boy a lot. What happened in ta' cave when I left last night?"
"I don't know if b he'd want me to say. You know how males are." Kela giggles and lays down.
"I was - just there for him, you know? I guess he thought he was all alone, but I stayed to make sure he was okay." She explains. "Now, he's going off to join a pride. I hope he doesn't get lonely there."
Post by abalancedbreakfast on Oct 31, 2016 3:44:01 GMT
"I see... that boy, he been alone fo' ta' longest time. Felt like 'e 'ad nobody ta' latch onto, nobody t'at cared for 'im. Poor lad tried to wear it like a badge a' honor. Like he didn't need nobody ta' keep 'im company." Mlezi sighed, then laid down next to Kela with a somber look on her face. "But anyone who looked deepa' at 'im could see... ta' boy was completely eaten up inside by it." She looked up at her younger companion, making sure that she heard her point. "We all need somebody to hold onto. Ta' share a den wit' at the end of the night so we don't go thinkin' about all ta' t'ings we done wrong, o' why nobody loves us. 'F'ya don't got t'at, i's only a matta' of time before ya' crumble like the dust on a termite mound."
Noticing a muddy spot on Kela's shoulder, Mlezi moved over to clean it off, resuming her point when she had finished. "But ya' kno' how males are. T'ey taught so yo'ng ta' be strong and nothin' else, an' they ain't got no clue how ta' deal wit' what eats t'em up inside besides distractin' themselves."
"No one should be alone like that. Especially not him." Kela says. "He only told me a bit of his past, but I can still tell he's had it rough. Life really wasn't fair to him." She sighs and looks at Mama Mlezi.
"Why do I care so much? It would hurt less if I felt nothing."
Post by abalancedbreakfast on Oct 31, 2016 3:58:24 GMT
"He feels ta' same way, honey..."
Taking a pause, Mlezi nuzzled into Kela, hoping to comfort her. "But ta' fact t'at ya do care... hold onta' that. It means t'at you love somebody, and that they probably love ya' back. And don't t'ink that's just romantically. You two love each otha' as friends. Ta' fact that ya' feel, means ya' can have something special with ya' loved ones..."
Suddenly, Mlezi started to tear up at what seemed like a difficult memory.
Post by abalancedbreakfast on Oct 31, 2016 4:23:21 GMT
She had to stop herself from sobbing. "I... I was pregnant at one point... wit' his cub... An' of course, I couldn't move around and hunt. He did his best, he really did... but we lived in a desert, an' his jet black pelt didn't serve 'im well fa' huntin.... I had a miscarriage..."
At this point, she was doing her best not to lose control. Leaning onto Kela for support, she kept going. "I had a miscarriage... an' he blamed 'imself. I tried ta' convince 'im... that it wasn't his fault... that still loved 'im, and that we could talk it out togetha...."
Mlezi hugged into Kela, ready to deliver the worst of the story through pained sobs. "He wasn't there when I woke up one mornin... he had walked over.... to one of the cliffs.... I followed his scent... and when I got to the edge...."
By this point, she had collapsed into the younger, clearly in a great deal of emotional and probably physical pain from this.
Post by abalancedbreakfast on Oct 31, 2016 4:40:37 GMT
Mlezi calmed herself down, holding Kela for support, but being sure to deliver one last piece of advice. "T'ere is one t'ing ya can do, Kela... W'en ya do find ta' one for ya... Kno' t'at he has feelings too... tho' he may not show it, or he may not want to talk about them, he has 'em... An' so does everyone. Treat everyone you can wit' kindness... because you neva' know what point they're at in they're life..."
"I hope I can love someone as much as you loved him." Kela sighs. "Maybe then, I won't feel as lonely." She says, looking at the sun that was beginning to set. "Ah. It's getting late and Wapo's not back. Maybe I should look for him."