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New Prey. 1The warm sun shone on our backs as we loped between tall pine trees in pursuit of a new kind of prey. We had never smelled their smell before, but we guessed they were mammals. The camps they made indicated intelligence, something we hadn't faced in many lifetimes. The thought of a challenge thrilled us, filling our minds, and thoughts with schemes; plans to catch the strange new prey.
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We always enjoyed hunting, but the deer, and even the bears were hardly a challenge. They made no plans, and few were strong enough to put up a fight. Even in groups, they could not share their thoughts. They could not act as a single being. They were nothing to us, and we needed more.
As we neared the top of a wide ridge between two sharp mountains, our fur stood up, giving our bodies a wild savage appearance. We liked to look wild and savage, it suited our arrogance. After all, we had every right to be arrogant. Everything feared us.
One of us crept toward a rusty colored bolder at the top of the ridge