"Is this a kissing book?"
"There is kissing in-" Lou paused at realizing that it was the lion who spoke. "it." He finished. "I can’t say I’d expect a cub like you to…" Or maybe he imagined it, Lou wondered. "like kissing… But I have a question for you, can you answer me?"
Having a conversation with a lion cub was definitely a highlight in, well, a long while. He was intelligent for a child and fun. “No not at all. Usually the animals can’t talk to people.” He chuckled lightly as he added, “I don’t come from a pride kiddo, I’m a wanderer.” Lou took his hat off once more, lowering it enough for Simba. “Yes, ‘cause I put it in there.” he laughed again, a little more heartily this time. “He have enough to keep him flying still?”
Wine colored irises lit up in excitement as the item in question was brought within his reach. “Oh, so you’re a rogue then?” he answered absentmindedly as he started crouching down, the tip of his tail flicking in excitement as he began stalking the hat. Simba paused for a moment sitting up only slightly on his elbows, staring at Lou quizzically. “Why did you wanna put it in there? It makes you look like you haven’t molted all your feathers yet like you’re supposed ‘ta.” As he moved again, he gave a curt nod of his head. “Yeah he does…though one day I bet I’m gonna get ‘em all off, then he won’t be able to follow me and my best friend around anymore.” Soon Simba was within mere inches of his target, a small smirk grew on his maw as he waited for the right moment to strike.
Lou’s grin grew into a more genuine one, such innocence often made him smile. It was one of the reasons why he loved children so much. He let the feather sway a little in his hat. “Oh all my feathers left a long time ago. This is the last one, I like to keep it since they’re gone. Also it has it’s uses.” Lou watched as the cub readied to pounce, wondering if he would let him jump his hat or not. If Simba clawed it a little he’d be able to fix it. “He’s your babysitter then? For you and your friend, another lion or bird maybe?”