Before dawn I was awakened by the sound of a crackling fire, lowered voices, and footsteps
I rose excitedly, anticipation brewing
Marveling as I secretly viewed all the activity surrounding me
A Huntress, conveying orders, albeit, in a hushed tone, moved from place to place, gathering equipment
She was tall and slender with defined muscles well-proportioned to her curvaceous frame
Her eyes held a kindness that did not match the creases that etched their way across her brow
Others, just as stately as she, answered to her call
They all seemed to have the same objective in mind, obviously hurrying but taking care not to disturb the other villagers as they readied themselves for the day’s adventure
I fought to stay awake
Desperate to witness the group’s departure
As I propped my head up for a better view, I heard a rustle behind me
Next thing I knew, my little sister was cozying up to me
“What are you looking at?” she asked
“Go back to sleep!” I muttered
“I can’t. I’m not sleepy,” she whined
Even in the dark, I could tell that she cocked her head over to one side as she looked up at me.
She begged, “Tell me about the great Elephant Hunter adventure.” “The one the Griot shared the other night.”
I shrugged, “Why, so you can have nightmares and tell on me?”
“Anyway, can’t you see I’m busy!”
“I promise, I won’t say a word.” “Please!” She begged, her voice squeaking.
Fixing my gaze on one of the women
Using my elbow and arm as support, I propped my head up
Finally, I gave in, I really couldn’t resist!
I began reciting just as I had heard the Griot repeat so many times before