Starlight Moon Not again they wouldn't. One had killed my foal once, so I owed the wild cat nothing but hatred. I glared at the cat, ears laid back, teeth bared at the creature. I hated them so much. One had dared to steal my daughter from me, and I would never forgive them.
NO, tehre was nothing worse than earning a horses loathing. "Begone, cougar! You have no business here!"
i looked to see a Cougar "great " i hissed as it jumped at me than Kanchana jumped at it and stopped in she was going to kill it. it was than i heard the young ones calling "Kanchana stop don't lets see if we can make a deal i mean it would not be that hard to round up deer and others like it i mean men do it on horses they own why can't have a go, she has a right to live just as we do" i said to her and quickly looked at the cat "will you try to see what i am saying Cougar" i asked than stood there.
Starlight Moon "Are you crazy, Moon Dancer? They kill horses!" I snorted in shock. There was no thought in my mind except to see the cat die! I hated them so much. "Why should we do their hunting for them? We can hardly protect ourselves from these predators at times!" The fact I lost a foal to one of them once made me all the more angry when I knew that the guilty cougar shared the same colour pelt.
i hissed at her and hated it "sorry but they hunt only there share and we are plenty full, every thing in life has its role like we would eat all the grass if too many horses were alive so hunters like this Cougar has its place we are food for it listen and you will hear why it has come listen to the wind, sun, moon listen for the crys of young Cougars they will die and i my self do not like that. i don't like this hunters to but think before you go and do some thing" i said sorry for what i said to but it held the truth.
The big cat hissed as Kanchana cut her off, slicing the mare with on her claws before landing on her paws again. She knew Kanchana was going to kill her and leaped to the left to avoid her crushing hooves. As Moon Dancer spoke, the big cat looked at her and blinked, trying to understand what she was saying. It was very had for different species to communicate but she had been working on it quite some time. "My family is...starve. I not able to feed." her language was broken, trying to make them understand. "I will die if not eat soon." Though she kept her cubs well-fed, that left nothing for her and she would die and soon after, her cubs would die, too.
Cadifor leaped forward as the cougar lunged at Moon Dancer but Kanchana beat him to it. His tail whipped in agitation as he heard Moon Dancer trying to speak to the big cat. It was kind of frightening that Cadifor did not want Kanny to kill the cougar. And Moon Dancer had a very good point. We do not want her killing our families, so why should we kill her family?
"If we round you up a heard of deer, you must promise not to kill any that have young at their sides. And you may not kill the young, either. Only the old or the sick." Cadifor said, looking at the cougar with wisdom in his eyes, waiting for her response.
Starlight Moon I was still against this and they knew that. There was nothing but hatred in me. "They will still be a threat to us. I know there is an entire group of them that have attacked me a lot of times. They want me dead, like they did my foal!" I knew that Cadifor was trying to reason with the cougar, but I was not sure that it would work. I glared at the wild cat.
My gaze lingered on Cadifor for a moment longer before returning to the cat once more. "You must not hunt any of the horse kind," I said, standing tall and looking down at the golden cat. "You do, and you will not get a second chance. I deste your kind, go," I said, glaring it down slightly. "We will get you deer, but that is all. Understood?" I said, my voice was stong, powerful and even wise.
"No, miss. I travel alone. My family and me. That is all." that cat explained and then nodded as Kanchana told her the deal. Never touch a wild horse. That would be fine. But if famine struck and they grew weak and sick and no other pray was present, the cougar would have no choice. It was the circle of life. But right now she promised to never harm these horses that stood before her.
Cadifor nodded and nuzzled Kanchana. "Now go, we will call when there is a herd near." Cadifor commanded the cougar. The cat slunk away to hide in the bushes and wait for the deer that she had been promised.
I nudged his shoulder and sighed, shuddering slightly. That was a side I hoped he never needed to learn about, my past was longer then I had ever told him. "Féadfaidh sí gealltanas, ach ní féidir liom a iontaoibh," I whispered, knowing the others would not understand just Caddy. Something about her..felt wrong. Deeply wrong.
Cadifor nudged her shoulder in return, worry showing in his eyes. He loved her and did not want anything to be wrong with her or upset her. "Beidh gach rud fíneáil. Tá mé anseo le haghaidh tú." He hoped she would understand and put her trust and her faith in to him. He would do anything he could for her, even give his own life away.
"Tá a fhios agam, tá a fhios agam agus mé anseo le haghaidh leat ..." She murmred and nudged his warm patched neck. Her head turned, looking at the other mares, feeling rude for speaking in a way that they did not understand. "What will we do now?" She asked, slightly louder to include them.
"We will fulfill our promise to the mother cougar and find her a herd of deer." He announced. They would find them and chase them as the humans did on horseback, and chase them right in to the mouth of the cougar. Of course, they would have to chase them towards her while she is downwind of them so that they do not scent her and scatter. Cadifor turned and started to trot off towards the woods that lined the edge of his valley. He knew where they were hiding, he just had to spook them out.
Cadifor turned and looked at Starlight Moon as she followed him. "This should work. And it will help keep the population levels down. That way the old and the sick run less risk of getting injured and dying extremely slowly and painfully. The cougar kills quickly, and it will be over in a heartbeat." Though Cadifor held no love for this predator in his heart, he knew that this was for the better and that he was only trying to help protect his family.