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Open The Man Cub Nest

Discussion in 'Horizon' started by Shere Khan, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. Shere Khan

    Shere Khan The Jungle Book

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    Date: 11th Nov, Year 7.



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    Shere Khan had his tiny jaws gripped around the edge of what he guessed was a man cub’s nest, which he hefted the rest of the way up to the big, closed off den. He squatted down on his haunches to catch his breath, sweating through his mouth and the fleshy pads of his paws.

    He’d picked the wrong time of day to mess around with man cub nests, the sun being at its hottest in a piercing blue sky, but it would’ve been foolish not to seize hold of an opportunity.

    Shere Khan had been stalking squirrels and dingy gray birds in a grassy area when he’d spotted a human mother and her bald, ugly cub. She’d been watching over it while it’d crawled across a bright animal skin, the pair of them making annoying squeaks and yips, while the nest lay unattended behind them. It’d given him a wonderful idea.

    Eager to find his familiar old jungle or those loser cubs, at least, he’d grown desperate enough to creep through the man villages scattered throughout the area. He’d learned over time that not all humans were bad, most quick to offer him food and shelter from the elements. In typical cat fashion, he’d been happy to exploit their kindness and generosity, before moving on to the next place without thanking them, or bidding them farewell.

    He was hot, tired and hungry after another day of searching this man village fruitlessly, and wanted another soft human to offer him their hospitality. He’d endear even the ones with the hardest hearts to him with a man cub nest! Heh, heh, heh…

    Shere Khan knocked on the door of the den with his front paw, then rushed inside the nest, burrowing under a thick animal skin. He wriggled around until he was lying on his back, his fuzzy head poking out of the top, just the way he’d seen the human cubs do it as their mothers pushed them along the flat, smooth rocks of their man villages and man towns.

    Keeping his eyes on the sealed up den, he schooled his expression into one of innocence and calm. He hoped they’d hurry up and answer his knock soon, as the cloying smell of flowers stained the insides of the man cub nest.


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    She was waiting out the heat of the noon sun in the cave that served as her bedroom today. She had ended up taking a nap or trying to but the heat was interfering with her rest. Maybe getting something cold to drink or a swim would help and leaving her hat behind for now as headwear would make things worse.

    "What's that?" Biyomon stirred as something struck the blanket they were using as a front door and the girl blinked, rubbing the traces of sleep from her eyes before getting up to see.

    Peeking out, she frowned as she saw a baby's bassinet lying in front of the cave entrance and glanced around. No-one was hurrying away so what was going on - was this Pandora's latest idea of fun? A quick glance at the occupant of the basket seemed to further her question as a baby, yet not the one she was expecting to see, looked back up at her.

    It seemed fate worked in mysterious ways as she recalled her earlier conversation with Asami, about wanting to adopt a cat if she could find one - this wasn't exactly what she had hoped for. But considering how hot it was outside, she decided to move the basket inside the cave so the cub could cool down before she went looking for the owner if there was one.

    Moving to grab a basket handle in each hand, Sora shoved her way back into the cave where Biyomon had woken up enough to watch her.
     
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  3. Shere Khan

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    A woman cub with brown fur on her head picked up his nest and carried him into her den. Hmph. He’d been expecting something a little more sophisticated than a dingy cave that smelt funny. Some of the humans he’d stayed with had objects that allowed you to control the weather with just one swipe of a paw! There were tall white boxes that made ice and snow, as well as short squat ones containing suns. They made everything too hot, though. He’d once burned his paw pads badly trying to scramble inside and enjoy the heat.

    Shere Khan clambered out of the nest, shaking himself from the top of his head to the tip of his tail as though to rid himself of that overpowering flower scent. Ugh. He hoped she had one of those metal rods mounted above a deep set bowl, so he could give himself a proper wash. When you turned their shiny heads in a certain direction, they made it rain!

    “Hello, woman cub,” he greeted her slyly. “My mummy wanted me to stay with you a few days. She’s too busy hunting to look after m-”

    His pupils contracted at the sight of a large pink bird stood in the cave with them. Shere Khan crouched down low on his chest, rump poised as he got ready to leap. She stocked live food in her den! That was far better than weather controlling man things!

    “You weren’t planning to eat this one all on your own, were you?” he licked his lips, his tone nonchalant, but also insinuating that she was a big fat greedy guts if she didn’t give everything to him share with him right this second.


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    Her choice of place to live may not have a kitchen or bathroom but it would have to do as she was considered underage and may not qualify for a hut, she also didn't want to push her luck and end up in a children's home. Watching the cub climb out of the basket just made her blink, being in the Digital World then ending up here had made her less likely to freak out at speaking creatures.

    As the tiger broke off mid-story Sora followed his gaze then moved to grab the blanket off the bed, intending to use it to intercept the cub if he tried his luck with pouncing on her partner. Shaking her head as the cub continued, she replied with a frown "I wasn't planning to eat her at all. She's my friend"
     
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    Friend?

    “Oh…” Shere Khan said disappointedly, stopping in his tracks.

    He scowled at the pink bird, thinking it was weird. Weird and stupid. Predators didn’t befriend prey! But then he guessed men and women were a strange class of animal that were both predator and prey simultaneously. The same was true of maggots.

    “Do you have anything else to eat?” he asked, nosing around the ground. He couldn’t seem to find one of those tall white boxes full of ice and snow. They usually contained some yummy meat and fish, as well as those soft yellow lumps that tasted a little like milk.

    He gave her a sly, sidelong look: “My mommy said you’d better feed me well.”


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    There was dried meat but that may not go down so well, Getting up, Sora moved to where they had gathered edible supplies like fruit and jerky but ignored those in favour of things like cheese, bread and fresher meat.

    Thankfully letting the adults sometimes use Birdramon to help with trade assignments at least meant she kind of pulled her own weight around Horizon and could keep a well-stocked 'larder' as a result. It was one of the things she asked for in payment for her partner's services.

    "I got various things to eat. What do you prefer - red meat or fish?" she called over to the cub.
     
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    He watched the woman cub move around her den, his nose raised up high in the air and his striped chest thrust out self-importantly. She was privileged to have the honor of feeding the great Shere Khan, as well as entertaining him.

    “Meat,” he replied simply. He liked fish, but it wasn’t his regular source of food. “I would prefer it still squealing and rooting around in the dirt, but you humans always have to suck the fun out of everything and kill your prey too soon.”

    He eyed the large bird longingly, wishing the woman cub would just give him that to eat instead. It’d endear her to him immediately… But not really.


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    "Alright" Sora called back simply and continued poking around the makeshift larder. If needs be, she would feed the cub - if she become hungry herself, she could whip something up for herself and that meant a campfire outside of the cave.

    Aha - a fresh bit of beef and a good-sized piece as well. Picking the meat up, she placed it on a palm leaf and placed it in front of their guest even with his superior attitude - even Mimi wasn't that bad. For now, she headed over to wash the meat juices off in a bucket of water and shook them a little before letting them drip-dry.

    With her hands soon dry, she moved to take a seat on the bed - next to Biyomon. Watching their guest, she moved a little closer to Biyomon and petted the pink bird who seemed happy with the contact.
     
  9. Shere Khan

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    “Very good, woman cub. Very good,” he remarked coyly, smirking at the juicy looking slab of meat that she’d placed down in front of him. “Keep it up and maybe my mom won’t eat you when she gets back from her errands.”

    He crouched down until his tummy was touching the ground, biting into the meat with the awkward up-down motion of cats. It tasted similar to the chunks of water buffalo that his mommy had used to bring him, except not quite as tough or stringy.

    Shere Khan would’ve carried on happily tucking into his food, but caught sight of something that had his head snapping up sharply. The woman cub was sat on her big nest, touching the oversized bird. What was she trying to accomplish?

    “You’ll need to hit it harder than that if you want it dead,” he advised the woman cub quietly, licking his bloodied mouth.


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    Watching the cub eat, Sora found her free hand straying to her lower chest - wondering if she should whip up some rice for herself. The little tiger's words made her raise an eyebrow and she shook her head "It's called petting, and isn't used for killing anything"

    Rising from her seat, she moved to rummage through the food herself. She needed to eat now too and the earlier thoughts of freshly-cooked rice were pushed away in favour or something quicker and easier like fruit. Maybe after she had taken the edge off her appetite, she would consider cooking something for her and Biyomon.
     
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    “Ppp- Pet- What does that even mean?” he huffed quietly, scowling at the woman cub. “Why would you want to pet that big chicken?”

    He gobbled up the rest of the yummy meat, which went some way to filling the large hole in his poor tummy. What was the woman cub doing pawing through that big pile of woman things? Was she trying to find him more tasty food?

    Shere Khan bolted over to get a closer look. He stood up on his back legs, keeping himself perfectly balanced by resting his front paws on her kneecaps.


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    "Well, I could show you first-hand if you want to know what petting is?" the girl replied "And I do it because she's my friend"

    Finding a banana or two and some figs, she had pulled them out of the makeshift larder and was about to turn around to offer some of the fruit to her partner when the tiger cub, having finished the meat, dashed over and rested his paws on her legs. It was like he was trying to see what she was doing, did he want some more meat?

    "Still hungry, I take it?" Sora asked - it was the only way to find out and she studied the little tiger calmly.
     
  13. Shere Khan

    Shere Khan The Jungle Book

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    Shere Khan spotted the banana and figs, causing him to pull a face of disgust. He only knew the names of the fruits because Louie and Baloo ate them regularly. It was kind of amusing when they left their banana peels around their cubhouse and Bagheera or Kaa slipped on them. Heh, heh, heh. Shere Khan had once tried some fruit out of curiosity when he’d been on his own. It’d been icky, like trying to consume a bunch of mushed up bugs.

    “Not if you’re going to offer me monkey food,” he replied coolly, dropping back to his four paws. “Are you sure we can’t just eat the chicken? I’ll share it with you equally. Honest!”

    He flexed out his claws, crossing two of them behind his back.


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    "The fruit's for us, don't worry" she replied, moving to hand the pink bird the banana and figs then sighed and glanced down at the tiger cub "I already told you Biyomon's not on anyone's menu"

    Moving to dig through the baskets again, she pulled over some more fruit for herself then poked around for any kind of another meat or some fish. Hopefully she would find some near the tops - be it dried or fresh as the cub's question meant he wanted more food.
     
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    The woman cub refused to let him eat the chicken, which provoked a disappointed sigh out of him. She was no fun, but at least she wasn’t giving him the icky fruit.

    Shere Khan watched her rummaging through the baskets. He slunk over to get a closer look, standing up on his hind legs, front paws and nose resting on the rim of one of the baskets as he peered down into the contents. More monkey food. Hmph!

    “Did you gather this up all on your own?” he asked, his voice carrying a note of incredulity.


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    The girl glanced down at the tiger-cub as he wandered over to watch her hunt something else for him to eat. He moved to examine the contents of the makeshift larder himself and followed his checking everything out with a further comment which made her frown. Was he always this polite to someone who was feeding him?

    "Oh, the fruit we gathered but the other foods I got by fishing or trading my partner's services for transporting things to and from the main settlement" Sora replied with a shrug, he could believe her or not but that was the truth of the matter.
     
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    You can fish?” he snorted sceptically. “I won’t believe that until you show me first paw!”

    Shere Khan struggled with hunting fish, which always slipped out of his paws. He’d embarrassed himself in front of Louie and Baloo not long ago. It’d taken a trip to the Wasteland to force them to respect and fear him again. He found it highly implausible that a puny woman cub and her pet chicken could beat him at one of the more complicated forms of catching prey.

    “Show me now!” he said, bouncing up and down on the spot.


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