Kikora - juvenile lioness, adopted into the pride.
Korzar - juvenile lion, son of King Mzohari and Kasjari.

Kopje Valley - Bottom of the Waterfall Cliff
You come to the bottom of a large cliff. Just above you is a massive promontory jutting out of the side, it sends a shadow across the waterfall. A large torrent of water comes down, creating a large 'lake' at the bottom of the cliff. Many sweet grasses grow on the edge perfect for grazing animals. As you look up the cliff face, you see a small path leading to the promontory and then stretches further along the cliff.

To the [K]opje [V]alley [Climb] up to the Promontory
[E]dge of the [S]avannah

A sparkling and cool lake
You can see the 'end of' a runoff stream.

Kikora is perched near the edge of the pool, the waterfall on her right side — her brown eyes are fixed on something in the water, and she's studying it carefully … and silently. If one were to be observing her, they might think that she's fallen asleep with her eyes open, but that is not the case! She suddenly hunches down, plunging her forearm elbow-deep into the water, and pulls her paw up to the surface in an inward curve — but that's not the only thing that comes out of the pool! A small, silver-scaled fish is displaced from his aquatic home, landing a few feet to Kikora's left. It rests on the warm earth at first, still except for the expansion and contraction of its gills … and then it starts flopping about wildly! "I caught it!" She cries triumphantly, hopping to her paws to watch the fish, giggling gleefully.

Huh? Korzar awakes at the sound of Kikora's shouts. After his nap in the branches of the toppled tree yesterday, he had eventually climbed down and made his way back to the warmth and comfort of his mother, where he had promptly fallen back asleep again. But now, with Kikora's triumphant cries ringing in his ears, Korzar lifts up his head and blinks away the sleep as he peers around. His eyes soon settle on Kikora, but quickly shift to the flopping fish besides her. "Whoooooa," he says quietly, and climbs to his feet to quickly pad over. "Cooool!" he exclaims much more loudly as he gets closer, where he can now get a much better look at the fish.

Kikora watches the fish dance around desperately on the ground for a few more seconds before she holds it still with a firm paw. "Kor!" She says happily, noticing her friend come closer. "I got a fish! Wanna share?" She asks, fully intending on eating this thing. She looks at the young boy encouragingly, her ears perked up, a goofy grin splattered across her face.

"Wow! Hoooow?" he asks, a big grin on his muzzle, as he bends down to inspect the floppy fish. When Kikora asks him if he wants to share, at first he's confused. What was she talking about? Wait… eat the fish? He's never had fish before. Korzar reaches out with a paw and softly bats at the side of the trapped fish. You *could* eat this thing? "Ok," he agrees, but he says it doubtfully, and he doesn't move. Better let Kiko take the first bite… make sure it isn't poisonous or something!

Kikora beams brightly at Korzar's agreement, flopping down to her stomach with zero grace — after all, it's snack time! Who has time to primly lower themselves when there's food afoot? Kikora watches the fish until it finally grows still, its gills no longer flexing, and she says something in a low voice — "Aiheu abamami." — before pointing one foretoe at the fish, her little claw poking out to emphasize what she's about to say. "My dad taught me how. You just gotta swoosh it outta the water!" Of course, this isn't -exactly- how her father explained it, but she can't remember his exact words…just how to do it. She lowers her head and takes the fish's caudal region in her mouth, tearing off a cub-sized chunk with a little help from her paws. It's scaly and bloody and weird, sure, but it's good to her! The girl wiggles her ears and nose a bit as she mashes the fish between her relatively flat back teeth, pushing it toward Korzar. "Try!"

Korzar eyes the scaly fish suspiciously, and then looks to Kikora, chewing away. Well, she seems fine, so he decides to try a bit of the fish too. He pushes it over with a paw, rolling it to a spot that Kikora hasn't already gotten to. He leans over, and first, nibbles very slightly at the fish. He chews it slowly, an expression of mistrust still on his face. It's not that he doesn't trust Kikora, he just doesn't trust the fish! But soon, this expression fades and a grin replaces it. Mmmmm…. it was actually good! Korzar bends over again, and takes a much bigger bite, now munching away on the fish. He flops onto his belly as well. Time to enjoy this little snack with Kikora, and after… maybe a nap.

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