The Jungle Book (2016 fan-version)

Chapter 10

The trio returned to Baloo’s cave as the sun began to set, when Baloo said “so, who’s hungry. I still have my nap-snacks.”

They entered the cave, only to see the food being eaten ravenously. Baloo said “whoa, whoa, whoa! What are you doing?”

“I apologize, Baloo.” Raksha said as Grey tried to eat the fish. “We have been travelling all day. We needed to rest. We’re looking for our-”

“Mother?” Mowgli said as he entered. Raksha and Grey smiled as Raksha said “my son. My dear, boy. Thank goodness you’re safe.”

Bagheera and Baloo smiled as Mowgli embraced his mother and brother, before Mowgli said “why are you here?”

“We came to look for you.” Grey said. “We were told that you were lost.”

“I’m not lost anymore.” Mowgli said. “I’ve been staying here with Baloo.”

“You’re welcome, by the way.” Baloo said as he smiled. Raksha said “thank you, Baloo. Now, Mowgli, we’re going to bring you home.”

“But Shere Khan..”

“You don’t worry about him dear. The strength of the wolf is the pack, remember?” Raksha answered, before Mowgli said “well, Baloo told me that I could stay here with him, so Shere Khan cannot find me. Right Baloo?”

Baloo tried to answer, before Bagheera glared at him sternly. Baloo sighed and said “Mowgli... maybe it’s better for you to go to the man-village.”

“What?” Mowgli said, before Baloo answered “well uh... hey Mowgli, you wouldn’t marry a panther would you?” as Bagheera buried his face in his paws and said “oh dear.”

“What does that have to do with this?”

“Mowgli, Shere Khan won’t rest until you’re gone or dead. And I can’t be responsible for that. I’m sorry, little britches.”

“But you said that..” Mowlgi said, before Bagheera said “well, we can’t do anything now. It’s getting late. I suggest we all should just spend the night here.”

As the moon rose in the crisp, dark sky, Raksha and Grey slept by Baloo and Bagheera, as Mowgli sat awake by the exit. He was confused by what to do. Should he stay in the jungle, and endanger all of his friends and family, or should he go to the man-village and never see them again? He got up and left the cave, walking out into the night.

Meanwhile, at the collapsed temple, the monkeys continued to search for their king. They moved a large rock out of the way and threw it aside. The rock suddenly scraped against another rock, creating a spark that fell onto a pile of wood underneath the rubble. As the wood came alight, a hand crawled from under the rocks and grabbed one of the flaming sticks. Observing the violent Red Flower, the creature smiled and said “yes... at last... the Red Flower is mine!”

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