Gen awoke with a terrified shout, startling Mabu, Gen's Sabre-tooth Moose Lion and waking him as well. Mabu quickly looked around and upon realizing that there was no imminent danger glared irritably at Gen. "Sorry, Mabu." Gen apologized, reaching out with a shaky hand and laying it against his companion's snout. "It was just another nightmare." he added, taking his hand away to wipe the cold sweat from his face. After combing his fingers through his thick black hair and with a heavy sigh he stood up, only to bend over due to forgetting his dark green Earth Kingdom jacket on the ground. Once he finished dusting it off he tied it around his waist by the sleeves and looked down his nose at Mabu, who had laid back down to resume his nap despite the sun coming up. "Come on now! It's about time we woke up anyway. We need to keep moving, remember?" Mabu reluctantly stood up with a yawn that could easily have been mistaken for a roar and complied with Gen's wish. The two of them had been traveling alone for a few weeks now, ever since Gen's sixteenth birthday. Ordinarily Gen would have ridden Mabu from atop his back to their next destination. Given their current state however, that would have been cruel. The two were exhausted and hungry, leaving Mabu in no shape to walk very far with a passenger on his back. They had been surviving on berries and nuts, once they were even fortunate enough to find a juvenile porcupine-boar. It was a pain to pluck the quills and Mabu had injured his paw in catching it but the meat was worth the effort. They had no such luck in scavenging food for the past three days however. They were running out of options. Having walked for another hour, the sound of running water struck Gen's ears. "Hear that? A stream! It's gotta be just ahead! Maybe we'll luck out and find a fish or two!" With the mention of food Mabu bolted ahead of Gen, his jaws open while he panted in excitement. Mabu jumped clear over some bushes, landing on the other side and out of Gen's sight with a heavy THUD.