Illustration: Manjil Rijal
Illustration: Manjil Rijal


A short story

It is a hot day. Flies buzz around my ears.

I am lying on a hot rock, swatting at the flies with my paws. 

The life of a lion is full of ease. 

When I roar, it's the roar of an animal that cares about nobody. The highest on the food chain, other animals and humans tremble at my roar. Sometimes I roar just to hear my own voice bouncing back at me from the rocky cliffs. 

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