Time had passed rapidly during the human’s enthusiastic exploration for knowledge. Fifty nest scratches resembled fifty cycles since their containers had opened.

During this time one particular behaviour, demonstrated by many creatures that had found their kin, was studied by the humans – mating.

This closeness, intimacy in some cases and aggression in others, felt strangely familiar to the humans as they watched, aroused.

The man and woman imagined such interaction between themselves, which heightened their energies and caused their bodies to change in places – throb, bulge and moisten.

Amusement and intrigue ensued, so they settled for hugging, touching, smelling, scrutinising and tasting each other, at least for now.

They discussed two other pairs of species similar to them that co-existed – chimpanzees and gorillas. These apes demonstrated thinking, sociability, strategy and exploratory methods, and although their forms were bipedal they often moved on all-fours. They manipulated objects with opposable thumbed hands, also feet, used verbal and gestured communication, but they were incredibly hairy. The gorillas were bigger and stronger than the chimpanzees, who were extremely agile and talkative.

After so many cycles, the hair had grown on the human’s heads and bodies, but not as extreme as the apes. The woman took pleasure in twiddling his yellow beard while the vibrant red of her body hair fascinated him greatly.

Many of the rigs fearsome creatures like the tigers and lions gave the apes a wide birth, while the bears seemed confused by them and the alligators were fearlessly ambivalent.

The humans approached the apes to communicate but they became agitated, loud and physically intimidating. The male chimp threw faeces while the female chimp tried to mimic the humans carrying of objects within objects.

He proposed that humans were related to the gorillas and chimps, which the woman felt was a contentious but inspiring prospect. She indicated that the biggest difference between the three species was human’s use of the environment, beyond mere sustenance, as a means to achieve other tasks and build tools. So far the apes had demonstrated none of this, as far as they had seen.

Repeated attempts to communicate risked direct conflict, so the humans retreated.

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