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ENCOUNTER: Practice (12) by CoffeeAddictedDragon ENCOUNTER: Practice (12) by CoffeeAddictedDragon
"You want me to what?"

"To teach me to do the sneaky thing!"

"You mean pouncing?"

"Yeah!"

Yami blinked at Mana, surprised at the sudden interest she had for hunting tactics.  The two had slowly been learning about each other, granted Yami found it hard to talk about his pod without having crippling anxiety and longing. His wounds were healing but he still felt weak.

The ebony royal sighed and shrugged. "Very well, if you truly want to learn."
Mana yelped happily and swam in circles excitedly. "Great! What do we do first?!"



Yami lunged forward, easily snatching the shell and pinning it under his claws. Granted, the shell was hardly prey worthy of such delicate hunting tactics, but it still gave him a twinge of pride to know that his weeks in the tank had not hindered him of his hunting prowess. He then turned and glanced at Mana, who was watching him carefully. "Did you get that?" Mana blinked and gave a shy smile. "Uhm... Maybe?" Yami sighed and swam over beside her. "Okay it's simple. Just focus on your target, raise your tail, lean into your arms, coil your tail and release when you lung forward." Mana nodded. "Okay, got it."

"Go ahead then, lunge at the shell."
Mana prepared her self, tensing up and coiling her tail awkwardly behind her. Her eyes locked on the shell and her claws digging into the shirt. She was just about ready to launch when she heard snickering to her right. She glanced over to see Yami snickering and holding in laughter.  "What?" She asked, rather indignantly.

"Kehee! Y-your stance! What are you even doing with your tail?" He said, now full on laughing. Mana glance back, realizing that she had been wriggling her tail in preparation to leap, not to differently from a cat ready to pounce. "You said to coil the tail!"

"Yeah but your arching yours to harshly! You need to be more supple. Here, I'll show you." Yami then shifted so he was close beside her, almost like her own shadow. "You only need to arch your back a little. Here, copy me." He then took his position, arching his back only slightly, claws evenly placed and buried in the ground. Mana observed and very carefully, copied.

"Like this?" She asked.

"Yes, very good. Now focus on the shell, lean and launch."
Mana nodded, leaning and narrowing her eyes before launching forward and pouncing on the shell, landing on it in a cloud of sand.
"GOT IT!" She cried, holding up the shell as the sand cleared. Her eyes bright with victory. Yami couldn't help but chuckle. "Hehe... Good job. Not bad for a first try..."


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Another short one, but nothing major is happening yet. Yami teaches Mana a bit about how he hunts and what he knows.
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Nelyasun Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
ha ha ha! Well, he is not being bored with her around XD
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely! XD
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:iconnelyasun:
Nelyasun Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
yes
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SpiritDragonRyuu Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016
Hehe awww ^.=.^
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Black-Wren Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
Reminds me of when Kiara was learning to hunt from Kovu.  Then there was Simba learning to pounce.  *snort* Poor Zazu.  Mana should have pounced on Yami for laughing at her.
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw the similarities between TLK but I didn't even notice the resemblance to TLK2! Good eyes.

Oh I'm sure she'll do so at some point... XD
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FairyofThunder22 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
This was so cute!
(I had a LION KING moment...XD )
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww pft yeah i see the lionkingness in it! XD
Thanjs!
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FairyofThunder22 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
Welcome!
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KrestenaWolfShadow Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
Yay, even more mer pics! Nice job with this one Star. :) (Smile) 
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you kindly. ^^
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KrestenaWolfShadow Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
Your welcome.
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XSushi-ChanX Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D'awww Mana you poor soul xD
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor sweet naive mana. XD
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AngelicLake Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Student
AWWW DATS ADORABLE! MANA TRYING SO HARD AND YAMI LAUGHING. SO CUTE.
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha. Glad you like it. ^^
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AngelicLake Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Student
I love how Mana's like, Why you...it's not funny

Yami's just like yes it is. You're trying to hard

And I'm just like heavy breathing. KISS ALREADY JEEZUS
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAHAHA! I plan is working then. XD
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AngelicLake Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Student
YAAAAS IT'S FLIPPING HILARIOUS
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YaminDarkKnights Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Professional Filmographer
ohh is awesome pic haha yami mer you funny XD
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. ^^
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YaminDarkKnights Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Professional Filmographer
yw
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