Short story although I am toying around with making it, part of a world I am calling Dastan. On this world is a place, the tangerian wastes, devoid of people and two clans are present there the Meri and the Feri. These clans of cat-like creatures are ancient enemies but neither remember why and still attack each other. Female Meri steal young males from the Feri clan and mate with them and lord over the captive males. Many tales are told by the Feri as a way of teaching young to protect themselves and to kill any Meri that approaches. This is what Atalan has been taught, yet he still is surprised to see one; a female, let alone have her challenge him!