“Good morning Zebra” said lion, drinking deep from the murkiness of the water hole, “you look particularly well today”
Zebra looked across at lion warily, she knew his type all too well.
“Steady on there Lion”, said Crocodile as he peered above the water, “you know the rules, at the water hole. Here we simply drink, we do not feed”
“My good fellow, I think have me all wrong” insisted Lion, his eyes still fixed firmly on Zebra. “I simply wish to quench my thirst like everybody else.”
Zebra shuffled nervously and continued to drink. The sun was coming up and the heat would soon be fierce.
“Good, just you remember that ” Crocodile insisted as he sank back under the surface.
“So Zebra” Lion continued, “do you have any plans today?”
Zebra did not respond, her mother had always said to stay away from animals like Lion.
“Perhaps you’ll be heading to that hidden valley you so love” Lion suggested, a broad smile breaking out across his face “or maybe up on the hill side where the green grass grows?”
Zebra finished drinking and moved slowly back towards where the herd was gathering.
“See you later Zebra” Lion shouted over as she wandered away, “did I mention how good you look today?”