An unusual meeting
One Stormy Night
On a stormy night a small white goat could be seen running through a forest by the few creatures that hadn't already found shelter. The goat in question had been separated from her friends when a wolf pack attacked them. Fortunately the others also seemed to have escaped, she thought it had been her lucky day until the storm began. She almost screamed her lungs out when she heard thunder strike and the smell of burnt wood hit her nostrils. Almost her whole life she had feared thunder, not only because of the loud sound and bright flashes but also because she knew exactly what it did to an animal.
Once after a storm one of the younger goats of the herd had disappeared after wandering on top of Sawa Sawa Mountain. Since there wasn't much else to do she decided to investigate the disappearance. After climbing for a while she reached the peak only to find the remains of the child. The horrid smell didn't leave her for weeks and neither did the nightmares.
As she ran she managed to leave the memory behind and focus on the present. She was cold, tired and scared, she knew that she wouldn't survive night if couldn't find shelter. As she began to lose hope she spotted a small cave behind a couple of bushes covered in blossom. She breathed a sigh of relief when laid down in the dark cavern. The scent of flowers in the cavern lulled her to sleep and made her feel safe as she knew it would hide her smell from predators.
Meanwhile large gray wolf limped through the dark forest. He had left his pack to hunt some food of his own when the storm began. His hind leg had been sprained by a falling tree and was now supported by a stick from the very same tree. Because no one was around to hear he allowed himself to whimper when lightning started flashing in the sky. His stomach rumbled as he hadn't been able to catch anything but he managed to stop thinking about food and focused on finding shelter. To his relief he found a cave hidden behind a few bushes.
The goat inside the cavern nearly had an heart attack when she heard a branch snapping. She quickly got on her feet and ran further into the cave, fearing a predator. When she heard a tapping sound she became relieved thinking it was the sound of hooves. When the wolf dropped his stick on the ground he suddenly heard a voice.
"Oh hi! Sorry, I didn't realize this cave was occupied, it's so dark in here."
"Yeah, I can barely see my own legs but you're more than welcome to stay."
She found the males voice a tad unusual but pleasant to listen to and thought she could use some company.
"Thanks, what's your name by the way?"
"Mei, what's yours?"
"I'm Gabu. I'm kind of relieved that this cave wasn't empty, it would have gotten sort of lonely."
"Yeah, where do you live by the way?"
"I live by Baku Baku Valley."
Mei gasped a little since she had heard Baku Baku Valley was riddled with wolves.
"Isn't it dangerous there?"
"Well, a little I guess but nothing I can't handle, where do you live?"
"I live by Sawa Sawa Mountain"
"Oh, now I'm a bit jealous, I hear the food there is delicious."
Mei started giggling a little when she heard Gabu´s stomach rumble.
"I could sure go for some of that food right now."
"That reminds me, I used to be pretty skinny when I was little. My mother always told me I had to eat more to become strong and fast."
"Same went for me except it was my grandmother. She always told me that I needed to get faster, "Get busy running or get busy dying" she used to say."
"What about your mother?"
"Well she was around when I was little but then..."
"Say no more, I lost my mother awhile back to."
"We sure got a lot in common, don't you think?"
"Yep, I bet we even look similar."
Their conversation was suddenly interrupted by a flash of lightning that lit up the cave and both screamed out loud.
"Did we look similar to you? I closed my eyes on instinct."
"So did I. Thunder is really scary don't you think?"
"Yeah, but I think the storm is clearing up now."
"Oh yeah, I guess this is goodbye then."
"Do you want to meet again tomorrow?"
"Sure, let's meet here tomorrow morning."
"But how will you recognize me?"
"We can have a phrase to know it's the other. How about "One stormy night" since that's how we met?"
"That sounds good."
"Gabu moaned a little when he tried to find his walking stick and get up."
"Are you okay?"
"Yeah, I'll be fine, you go ahead."
"Okay, see you tomorrow."
"Sure, see you tomorrow."
A couple of minutes after Mei left, Gabu managed to leave the cave and started to limp back to Baku Baku Valley. After getting scolded by Barry, one of the higher ranked wolves for being late, he was then given some medical herbs to heal his leg. When Mei got back to Sawa Sawa Mountain she was similarly greeted by her rather obese friend Tap who started nagging at her to be more careful. Both Gabu and Mei went to sleep and dreamed of what the next day would bring.
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