Once upon a time, there was a family that lived in a small village. For generations, this family gathered gems from a sacred cave. When made into a necklace, the gem would give the wearer the ability to talk to animals. One such couple had a daughter, named Akayla. When she reached her first birthday, she also received a necklace of her own. It was a square yellow stone with a painted lion symbol on it.
Later, she and her mother were under a great mango tree while the father was at work. The mother was gathering the delicious fruit, when she heard a twig snap, making her turn. Behind her was a mandrill holding a walking stick. The mandrill seemed a bit uneasy, but approached the young woman. She kindly held a mango to him. He took it gratefully. After a quick introduction and explanation of the necklace, she introduced the mandrill, by the name of Rafiki, to Akayla.
For four years, Rafiki would meet with Akayla and her mother. Even Akayla’s father would visit once in a while. For