,.-~*’¨¯¨’*·~-.¸-(_ The Great _)-,.-~*’¨¯¨’*·~-.¸
,.-~*’¨¯¨’*·~-.¸-(_ Cat War _)-,.-~*’¨¯¨’*·~-.¸
Once lifelong friends, Jerakyl and Hydel did everything together. They would cause mischief in the rain forest by constantly running wild, tugging on their parent’s tails, or chasing the Wild Kajaera Flying Chimps through the trees. Much to the chagrin of their parents, who tried their best to keep them from becoming friends, this pair seemed inseparable. Whenever you saw these two, they always seemed to be together, growing as friends.
As is the case with most forbidden friendships, their story became more clouded. One night, these two young cubs snuck away from their parents to hang out by their favorite watering hole at the mouth of the river. They wanted to talk about the fun they had that day and attempt to catch the WK Funky Fish that taunted them every time the cubs came to their watery hideaway.
A storm quickly rolled in, heralded by a punishing crack of lightning. Being shocked awake, only to see her cub missing, panic flooded Skellah’s mind. Racing off to find her lost cub, this tenacious jaguar mom searched high and low, through thorny vines and muddy river banks, looking for her cub. She finally located the two cubs, huddled beneath palm fronds at water’s edge. Distraught and still reeling from the unrelenting storm, Skellah roared ferociously at the young cubs.
Taking her cub in her mouth and leading the little Leopard to its parents, disgruntled snorts and hisses could be heard escaping her cub-clinched mouth. Each frustrated noise that emanated from Skellah seemed to drive shame deeper into Hydel’s thoughts. By the time they reached the little leopard’s parents, Hydel raced toward them, quickly hiding behind them for safety.
[The tense moment that followed, would be passed from parent to cub for generations to come.]
After releasing her cub from her mouth, dirty, muddy, rain-worn Skellah was visibly angry at Hydel’s parents, Migrawl and Terawr, for allowing their cub to be a bad influence on her little Jaguar. Having cursed at the pair for not keeping better track of their young one, Skellah, so proud of her beautiful fur, howled at how angry she was that she would have to spend the rest of the night giving herself a tongue bath to clean it off.
Feeling threatened and not willing to take all the the blame for their little leopard’s actions, Migrawl and Terawr hurled insults back toward the preening mother jaguar. Knowing that they both had equally impressive furs and feeling that they deserved the same recognition, they roared back, telling Skellah that her fur was nothing compared to theirs.
It was at that moment, when Migrawl and Terawr insulted her, that Skellah reached her breaking point. In that instance, a crack of thunder lit her fuse. She instinctively pounced the slightly smaller pair and started scratching and clawing ferociously at them. A major skirmish ensued between the rival cats.
Not knowing what to think, the two cubs were reluctantly drawn into an unexpected battle. Watching his mother, outnumbered and overpowered by Hydel’s parents, Jerakyl lunged toward Hydel. In a melee of claws, teeth, and blood amidst the chaotic, stormy backdrop, these two cats, who once closely resembled each other and were friends, became bitter enemies.
To this day, this war is whispered every time a Jaguar and a Leopard meet and become friends. Could there be any peace?