Tales of Tails

The story of a meerkat without a real family, with a hard past, Tala has a lot to overcome.

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3. Journey

Tala stretched feeling even more tired than when she went to sleep. Her and Buck had went to sleep early last night to have energy for the journey. They were going back to face her old colony. They ate and begin pacing themselves for what they were going to do. “I…I don’t know if I can face them.” She looked to the sky hoping there would be a sign, anything to tell her if what she was doing is right. “It’s your call. Are you sure you’re ready?” He asked her. “I have to be, it’s not going to get any easier.” She begins to lead the way out of the shade of the trees. Looking out into the open; dry grass and bare sun. She grits her teeth as she’s lost in thought. Pasha hides her three small kits behind her as she screams out for her mate. She cowers in the dip in the ground trying to defend her kits. Taka, her mate and the new leader watches nearby from behind cover. The hyena snapped its jaws tossing aside Pasha. She screams in pain as she grows limp; the hyena then turned back to the kits and snarled. Taka jumps out into the open as the hyena grabs the male kit. He shook the kit in its jaws. Taka hisses at the hyena scraping his tiny claws against the hyena’s face. “You’re going to pay for that.” Just as the hyena responded another animal leaped upon it’s back sinking its teeth into it’s shoulder. Screeching the hyena turned to snap. Buck was fast enough the dodge as he ran to lead it away. The hyena chased after Buck as Taka took hold of one of the small kits, “Are we going to die.” One small kit asked Taka. “No you’re safe.” He answers the kit as he lifted her and left the other kit. The lonely kit cries “What about me?” She was frozen unable to move. She was there all alone for at least a few hours. She had fallen asleep but was woken up; a tall figure leaned over her “It’s going to be okay I got you.” She felt him lift her, his fur warm and soft. She closed her eyes not able to think about what just happened.

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