Moonlight shone down upon a clear lake. It reflected off two fish, both red and white. Their scales shimmered pleasantly in the pale light of the moon as each swam around each other. Bubbles floating to the surface as they danced under the stars.
A giant paw smashed through the center of the lake shattering the peace. A lion watched as the fish quickly swam away. But it was not the fish that held her interest, but the water. Small waves formed on the surface of the lake every time she dabbed her paw in the water. She shivered feeling a sudden chill flash through her body, from the coldness which the lake possessed. Shaking her head, she wondered why the fish from before were so skittish. As if I'm going to eat those slimy things! She was here merely to admire the water.
"I'm pleased that you're enjoying the water young one," a male lion commented calmly from behind her. He sat down on the rocks next to her. He swiped his tail over the water, brushing her paw.
"Oh father, isn't it a joy to watch the world grow?" She said gazing back over her shoulder at him. She smiled, seeing the moon's reflection in her father's eyes as he gazed up at the dark sky. "What are you looking for?" she asked.
"I'm looking for peace. The stars are a pathway," he replied, his face gleaming in the moon's silver rays. He shook out his pelt to release all the heat it seemed to have bubbling beneath it.
"A pathway to what father?"
"To a free soul."
She coaxed her head in confusion. But didn't question her father. He would teach me to understand.
"You see daughter, the stars are majestic. They're something we can only admire, yet not touch with our own paws. We may never understand how they got here, but we can always come up with our own suggestions," he began. "Maybe they're protecting the land, or are lost souls, guardians! If so, don't you believe the lost souls would lead us to our path? Or at least try to guide us to the one they could never find after their death?"
Understanding slightly, she nodded. "So that's just what 'you' believe father? That the stars are lost souls trying to lead us somewhere, yet also trying to find their own place in the big world?"
"Yeah, yeah I do" he purred, nuzzling her. "We all believe in our own things, like how your mother likes to think that someone's stealing our meat in the middle of the night" He laughed, horsely. His dark brawl creasing in amusement.
If only I could bring my imagination out to coming up with something like that. She spent a moment in deep thought before she asked:
"What are you doing out here anyway? So late at night, the crickets may even be sleeping!" she teased.
"I've come to hear the currents. Oh don't they sing?" he purred, tossing her a pebble. "Really just to see what you were up too. Male pride members may not show affection towards their cubs. But who says we outsiders can't?" he said licking her head affectionately. "Anyway we should be off to the den. The stars and river will be here tomorrow night for us to see."
She agreed. "Shall I lead the way?" she purred, stepping out of the water. She looked around the savannah. How small the river seems against the rest of the area.
"Aren't we going?" her father called, noticing her pause.
She shook her head to clear her thoughts. She looked ahead, past her father. "Of course!' she exclaimed, jolting forward so she was beside him. They matched each others footsteps as they walked with stride back to they're den.