Elsa of the jungle: The legend begins @mbcarver
Chapter 18

As Mufassa watched the suffering mother, he was then directed to the sound of a staff tapping the ground. The Alfa turned back and saw a white bearded mandril, holding onto a long staff with two hard ball shaped objects, that hung from the very top. Mufassa was but so relieved by the sight, his presence never so needed then this very time of grief.

"Rafiki!" he said turning to face the old, wise mandrill.

"Mufassa, my friend." He said, placing his right hand on his chest, he took a bow before the king.

"A blue bird has come to warn me of a crisis."

Mufassa turned back toward Elsa and Diata. Rafiki looked as well. To what he was shown, horror and grief to a mother. Such a young girl cub, lying atop the stone surface of the stone plate form, so motionless. Her mother at her side in tears and such shame. The tall standing baboon frowned.

"Oh..."

The lion turned to face.

"Rafiki." he said.

"I ask for you help. I have already asked her once to let go of her first child. I wish not to do the same to Elsa."

The wise shaman set his hand upon Mufassa shoulder. He too loved Elsa as the animals of the jungle, nor could he bare for Diata to lose another. To whatever pain has been place upon the wild girl, he knew of but one solution to her pain.

"As you wish, my friend." He said.

Rafiki turned and crawled upon his two feet and his free right hand. The jungle's wise shaman

came before the mother and daughter. He gazed to the two, witnessing more of their undeserved suffering. Diata laid as still as that of her daughter, never once since she removed her sight to anything. All she wanted at the moment was to be here for her adopted daughter.

"Diata?" the mandril spoke.

For a moment, the white lioness was without a single movement to respond. Yet through some encouragement, she turned her head to the tall baboon. Upon seeing the mandril, the desperate mother saw what was hope for her daughter.

"Rafiki!" She said.

The mandril bowed his head to her. As he came to face her again, he turned to her adopted child. Upon seeing Elsa, He came up to her side and came to face the bullet wound on her shoulder. He set his hand upon the wound and was marked with her red blood. Rafiki brought his hand close to his nose. He sniffed in the red liquid, the scent to follow widened the Mandrills eyes.

He had once encountered this before. The wound that came from the thunder sound of man's gun. Never could he think that man would fire upon their own cubs.

"Man...?" He said staring down to the blood over his hand.

The mandrill looked toward the white lioness. So shocked by this discovery, he was so confined to believe such a thing. Although the answer he was given was of nothing to deny this horrible truth. Diata simple closed her eyes and turned away.

"Ohhh." he said turning to Elsa.

The mandrill set his hand upon her forehead. He slowly draped downward to her light, blond hair.

"Poor child." he moaned.

Diata gazed up to the mandrill. She wanted nothing more than to help her daughter, this was her only chance. She couldn't bear losing her as she did her first cub. She spoke up to the white bearded Mandrill.

"Rafiki."

The blue faced baboon looked up to the white lioness.

"Hm?" he responded.

"Is she...?" the lioness asked curiously.

Rafiki gazed down at Elsa. Loss was but an occurrence to Diata. Already, she was forced to live on without the cub she had bred before. Now it was, that Diata may suffer even more if she lost Elsa. As a friend to both, he found no compassion for either of their sufferings to come to pass.

Rafiki placed his hand upon the girl's heart. Upon the feeling of her chest, there came one beat from her young heart.

"No." He said gazing up at the lioness.

"She is not. But her wound is still great."

The white lioness sighed, closing her eyes.

"Rafiki." she said softly.

"Please, I beg of you, please help my daughter."

Wounds from that of man have been treated before, and Rafiki knew of this healing solution. For her amongst the jungle, there hides away a cure, a solution to pain such as this. It is but a rare herb that hides within the dense crowd of trees.

"You will not suffer another loss." Said the mandrill, promising what would be the impossible.

Rafiki then turned and dashed away to the cave entrance. Diata looked in shock and confusion. He had promised to help her daughter. Why did he even dare to leave them?

"Wait, where are you going?" Diata asked curiously.

Rafiki turned back to the white lioness.

"Don't worry." he said.

"Rafiki shall return!"

The tall standing baboon the ran outside of the cave. Diata laid there in silence. She prayed that wherever Rafiki was off to, would be the answer of their situation. The white lioness gazed down to Elsa. So concerned of how she was doing, her state of mind was consumed with such fear. Meanwhile, Mufassa and the others were waiting outside the cave. Mufassa continued to share out into the hole through the stone hill. He awaited for any such word or sight of Rafiki and Diata.

The alfa then sited Rafiki coming out from the cave. His hopes were that he would bring word of Elsa. As the Mandrill came face to face, he stopped before Mufassa.

"How is she?" Mufassa asked, curious and worried.

From at the back end of Mufassa, Simba was standing. The the young prince listened to their discussion of Elsa.

"She is fine, my friend." Rafiki answered.

"Her wound is not so fatal."

Mufassa sighed in relief. He was so thankful to know that Elsa was safe.

"Don't be so concerned, Mufassa." said the baboon.

"I know what may help her."

Rafiki carried on his ways. Mufassa turned and gazed in his direction. The Mandrill made his way down to the jungles edge. Afterwords he disappeared into the lush forest. On his venture, Rafiki scurried his way. The mandril climbed up the trunk of a tree and leaped up to the the high branch. Climbing up onto the limb, Rafiki them leaped off and grabbed a nearby vine. He swung toward the next tree. After a short while of moving above ground, Rafiki landed in a high, split limbed tree. Gazing below from the large gap between them.

In between the roots of the next tree, stood a small green herb. Rafiki gasped in joy. He came through the gape and then leaped down to the jungle floor. Rafiki approached the small green plant.

"Ah, here you are." he said.

Is the very essence of the jungle, there was but one so unknown to man-kind. What grew within the tropical forest, a rare herb hides away in it's midst. Only known by so many animals of the jungle, as well as the mandrill. The herb was known to be a cure for those sick and wounded in the wild.

Many Of those, wounded by the guns of man, were healed by this herb. Rafiki knew this was but the one chance for her to be relieved from her wound. The mandrill took hold of the step and pulled the herb from the ground.

Rafiki then turned and journeyed back to the pride.

(I hope you all enjoyed this chapter, the next one is undoubtedly the one you've been waiting for, so I'm going to get to it soon. And as always, please comment and review!)

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