Phao and akela were on the Rock together, and below them, every nerve strained, sat the others.
akela occupied one of these, and the Cubs were divided into two groups.
So, on condition they get undressed in five minutes, akela says "Yes."
She had often seen them run past, and now she stopped and asked akela what they were.
A Cub sat down each side of akela and read over her shoulder, and one jumped up and down in front, saying: "Miss, is it good?"
akela, or even Phao, would have silenced them; yet Mowgli was afraid.
So they brought their paper and pencils, and asked akela to do it in "proper, quick writing."
akela never raised his head from his paws, but went on with the monotonous cry: "Look well!"
If you did, a stream of water soon began to run down your neck, and akela said it served you right.
But remember, akela is very old, and soon the day comes when he cannot kill his buck, and then he will be leader no more.