1Kones Visit/Davis©2011 MVmedia, LLC
Kones Visit By Milton Davis(An excerpt from Men of Mogai, an upcoming novel by Milton Davis)Darkness weighed heavy on the humid night, obscuring the boundary between the skyand the thick forest canopy.The light from Koboye's fire barely illuminated his dour umber faceas he poked at the embers with his muder hoping to stir up the flames. The charred woodrefused to give up its essence easily. Koboye had been by himself in these woods many timesbut this particular night he felt alone.His village was not far behind him but in spirit it felt like it was a thousand miles away. No matter how distant he travelled to hunt he always knew hewould return home. This time he was not so sure.The night sounds of the bush possessed a rhythm he knew well. He tried to relax, layinghis head on a thick branch, his weapons by his side. The fire would keep the wary beasts away.He hoped his prayers and the ancestors would protect him from those bolder. Despite hisuneasiness sleep finally found him, but only briefly. He jumped into a crouch, bow in his handand arrow nocked. Something moved in the bush. After a moment he knew it was human, forno beast would travel though the bush making such noise unless it was being chased. Koboye? The familiar voice emerging from the bush shocked him. At first he thought the spirits played games with him. He kept his bow raised and remained silent. Koboye? The voice was loud, insistent and arrogant. He knew it wasnt the spirits. Afrown came to his face as he lowered his bow. Kone, here, Koboye called.Hakankone crashed through the bush and into the firelight. Koboyes oldest brothercarried an assegai in his right hand with a provision bag slung over his shoulder. His short sword, his bakatwa, hung from his waist in its wooden sheath while he chopped at a stray vinewith his gano. He grinned as he approached Koboye and Koboyes nervousness grew. It wasnever good when Hakankone smiled.The brothers stood face to face. Kone was only three years older but he towered overKoboye. Some said Kone was a warrior spirit reborn from a time when their people wereconquerors, not farmers. He was the strongest boy of his age group and constantly proved it inwrestling matches that he easily won. I knew I would find you, Kone said proudly. See, Im not as bad a tracker as youthink. I did not say that, Koboye answered.