The drills had unwritten code: a leader who messed up would never lead again. "If only I had not killed RedCrown..." Manu mused.
"But he provoked me," Manu argued within himself. RedCrown, a younger male had entered Manu's territory last mating season. Manu killed him in a battle for supremacy.
A sudden rustling sound broke Manu's thoughts. A stunning blow sent him sprawling. Manu rose slowly. The screeching had ceased. The silence was defeaning. The tired old drill Manu tried to gain his footing. He knew even before he looked up into the fierce, dark eyes, starring at him that life would never be the same..