I followed the humans out of the forest, and much further. To everyone including myself I said that I was ensuring that they wouldn't turn around, but deep inside me I knew it was the curiosity of where the humans came from, since I hadn't seen any before this. They went far, traveled farther than twice the length of the Kulumungu, which I had never left before, until they reached some kind of human creation, taller than a dozen humans standing on top of each other.
They went in, but I, not wanting to reveal my presence, climbed the side until I found some kind of hole in the creation from which I could peer inside, but not fall in. Inside, the humans met another human, clearly the pack leader from how they treated him. The humans spoke for a long time until I began to tire. This was much more boring than I had anticipated. They did nothing but talk, and I couldn't understand what they were saying. I heard the word "kulumungu" a number of times, and I understood that they were talking about me, but the time that they spoke without tiring, and the ravens flying above my head, were making me restless.
I wanted to move, to be free, but it might reveal my position, and I was greatly out numbered if they decided to attack me. Instead I stood still as they continued to talk. Clearly communication is much more important among humans than among cougars; I would need to learn to communicate to stay here.
"Stay?" I thought to myself, "Why did that thought come up? I am not staying here, just making sure that they can't defile the Kulumungu again." No matter how much I tried to shake it off, though, part of me knew I wanted to stay.
The human's communication was actually quite fascinating, as I began to focus more; they didn't use their body, only their mouths, and made dozens of sounds that cougars couldn't even begin to pronounce. They would combine these sounds in different orders to speak, instead of growling and making gestures with their whiskers, paws, and bodies.
Suddenly, something happened. A raven stood on the leader's shoulder as if it was a branch, and the leader immediately turned his head to me. The raven had told him that I was here! I turned to run, but something caught my eye; on the man's chest was a symbol of some sort, that looked familiar, though I had no idea from what. The symbol was two lines, the colour like a cougar's fur, meeting at their ends, on a water-like colour in the background. It was a strange symbol, to be sure, but I could not look away. One of the humans ran to the hole that I was in, and though my first reaction was to raise my Longclaw, I quickly understood he meant no harm and lowered it again.
The human took me inside the large human creation that the leader was in, and the leader spoke, of the kulumungu and of many other things that I did not understand. I tilted my head to show that I did not understand, but I still could not look away from that symbol on his chest. He finally noticed my interest, looked at the symbol on his chest, back at me, and said a single word that I knew I must remember: "League".