I have never seen such a sight as I saw today. There was a cheetah walking on his hind legs. He looked at me and then spoke to me in English. I tried to sketch him as fast as I could, but he moved on quickly. This was the best I could do. There are many Animal tribes here in Sirati. I have learned a lot exploring the city while Thomas recovers. The Animals were transformed when the Gauntlet created Sirati. The High Mancer wished it so and made his dream a reality. There is a peacefulness that permeates this place. It reminds me of the Temple, but everything is not what it seems.
I was on my way back from Maktaba when I saw the two Hyenas discussing something with a rather large Rhino. I quickly jumped out of sight and moved closer to overhear what they were up to.
“What do you suppose we can get for it?” asked the Hyena to the far left.
“I’m not sure, but I do know it’s quite valuable,” said the other Hyena as he started to giggle.
“Well, we’re not going to get very far milling about here, are we?” asked the Rhino, standing between the two Hyenas. “We best get moving. It’s not good to keep him waiting.” The two Hyenas began hysterically laughing at one another. "And quit laughing. Someone's going to hear ya."
"I-I-I didn't think of that," said the first Hyena, trying not to laugh.
"Well you don't think much at all, do ya Zag, but a bit more than your brother. Am I right, Zig?" The other Hyena just stared at him, also trying to quiet himself. "If it weren't for me, you two would have been tossed in prison ages ago." The Rhino turned and began to walk into the jungle. "Let's go."
"Stupid Spike, always acting so much better than us," said Zag under his breath to his brother. "One of these days I'm gonna give him a piece of my mind."
"Sure you are, Zag," said Zig. "But until then, we should probably follow Spike."
"I guess we don't have much choice. Come on." The two ran to catch up to the Rhino.
I decided to follow them from a distance. I sent the hitodama to track them through the jungle. The gift from my mother was already coming in handy . . .
To Be Continued