The day after my unexpected party, I had plans to go cut some of that tall grass that Professor Rhinehart spoke about. Hopefully the Islander blocking that path would no longer be there, the Professor mentioned something about talking to the man. I cooked up a small fruit kabob snack and took a swim in the pond before heading out.
I turned quickly, just in time to see some while dogs chasing a poor girl up a tree. She was going to be their meal! I couldn't stand for that. I thought quick. So as to not turn their attention toward me that much I ran amongst them and waved a few of the bones that I had collected earlier in their faces, then threw them as far away as I could. It worked. The dogs ran after the bait. I let out my breath and looked up at the girl.
Almost immediately I was greeted by a very dominant seeming male. Without hesitation he came up and spoke. "I am Rarahu, the Chief's personal guard. Word of your good deed has spread to our villagers. Before you meet the Chief, there are several single villagers that wish to meet and... reward you. Please come into the village market." "I'm Citryne, thank you for the invite." I was planning to tell him that I had some things to do, but he walked off. I assumed that I was to follow, so I did. As we walked into the market, four people were pointed out to me. I was told to speak with them. I sighed internally - thinking of the work I had left to do - then realized that the sun had gone down, so I wouldn't have been able to do it anyway. The first person I met was called Orama. She seemed a sweet girl, she gave me a gift of salt and various seasonings, then said to me "Life is to be lived in the here and now. Love is for those in front of you, not the invisible idea of someone to come." The way she said it made my look twice at her. Was she hitting on me? She smiled at me one more time before walking away. The second villager was Timoti. The moment he saw me he smiled and said "I had a dream about you, you came here and we broke some village taboos." At the end of his sentence he gave me a wink, and stepped a little closer to me. He then told me he had a gift for me too, and gave me some food. These villagers seemed very... lonely. Briefly I wondered how long they had lived on this island. I then realized how tired I was, not wanting to be rude, I excused myself. I had not been invited to stay the night so I left for my home.
Coming to see me might have been an understatement. As soon as she walked up I started to speak, "My name Ci.." but I was interrupted with the oddest hug. She hugged me as if we were lovers and had not seen each other for days. The first thought that went through my head is what friendly people these were, for lack of a better term. "My name is Huhana, I am Nahini's mother. I owe you everything for the return of my daughter." She said. "It really was no trouble." I said. Hunhana smiled at me. "How did you come to be on our island?" She inquired. "We are blessed to have you here." I told her of my ship, and being washed ashore, though I left out the fact that I was not the only one. Even though I disliked the other passengers I feared what might happen if the villagers knew of them. Huhana asked me what my plans were now that I was here. "What are you to do?" "I plan on building a raft and sailing away." I admitted. "Why do you wish to leave this place?" I thought to myself for a moment that she was just chock full of questions. That was okay though I did not mind. "I have to find myself, and find out who I was." Huhana nodded. "Nahini saw you cutting grass, is that for your raft?" "Yes, I was planning to weave a sail with it. What I have would not work well as it has too many holes in it."
I stood for just a moment, my mind racing through what had just occured. Nahini then came to me and asked me to come with her. I did. She brought me to the entrance of another path and asked me to wait while she ran to get her father. I did as I was told and stood in that spot. With all the experiences I have had over the past day, I wondered and worried how her father would wish to thank me. I was sure there was nothing to fear, but I was still slightly nervous.