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He spoke. "You two, snake and bear, who are our leaders, can you answer just one question for me? I shall leave if anyone here can provide a satisfactory answer and you may continue your discussion." "Speak fast, dog, or I shall begin the destruction of your people with you," rumbled the great bear. "Tell me, then. What does corruption look like?" The snake responded quickly, "It takes the form of disease, most often." "And yet," said the wolf, "disease weans out the unfit. It is natural for disease to take those that it should." The snake glared at the wolf, but was unable to refute this point. The wolf cocked his head at the bear, who had no response at all except to bear his gnarled teeth. The wolf then looked at each of the others in turn. None had a reply, until the cold grey eyes of the wolf turned to the young fox. "You are a clever creature, surely you must know what corruption looks like." "Of course!" The fox was also a vain creature, a trait that wolves despise about their smaller cousins. "Corruption is the thing that destroys the strong. It ruins the order of things. It turns things in on themselves, changes their perspective or their course." Foxes are also clever creatures, another trait that annoys wolves. The wolf turned to the bear and asked, "What did you come here to do this night?" As he spoke, a light rain began to fall. "That's two questions, wolf! Fox has answered you, now get out of here." Wolf then noticed that snake had slithered away while the others were talking. As the rain drifted into the grove crickets began to chirp, as they often do when things suddenly become too quiet for their liking. Wolf glanced over at the young fox in time to see a second pair of eyes appear above his head out of the trees. Wolf turned and walked away into the forest the moment before snake slide his coils around fox's neck. As soon as the wolf was out of sight the misty rain ceased. As the sun rose a rainbow could be seen above the trees the bordered the clearing.