“For a split second, time
slowed to a crawl, as Natalie Mbotho exploded from the low brush to
ambush her prey, a band of poachers roving through the park. Low hanging
branches scratched at her skin as she rushed through the Bush, a carbon
blade machete in each hand. She was immediately out paced by her twin
partners, Mlungisi and Mondli, two proud grizzled Sable drones. Their
curved horns caught the moonlight giving them the appearance of great sickles cutting through the night as they charged ahead.
She was a rogue, a vigilante, as they spoke of her and her colleagues on the encrypted ranger frequencies. Once a ranger herself, she had grown tired of seeing the poached animals, the corruption, and the poachers walking away free. Seeking to make a difference, Natalie went off the grid and took the fight directly to the source, busting small poaching groups and anonymously reporting animal sightings to anyone who would listen.
Everything changed when the twins found her. They represented a greater power at work within the reserve, a spirit within that wanted to fight back and protect the animals they represented. They were looking for a kindred soul to fight with them. Two years ago, she was recruited and she smiled at the thought of it, the wind rushing rushing past her face as she sprang in to join the only fight that really mattered to her.”
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