CONNEMARA FEENEY & TAYLOR DAVIES
THE HEART STONE OF AFRICA
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Taking with them only food water & some rope that Boswel said they would need for the climb down, into the valley where the missionary was the party set off in a sober mood.
As they stopped for a bit to eat & a small rest in the mid-afternoon.
Boswel:"You'll be please to know ladies & gentlemen, that if my guess is correct the worse of the descent is over us & from here on the land will start to level out with a slow decline into the valley which holds the missionary"
Taylor:"No I hadn't but now that you say it, it does appear to be so Boswel certainly knows his stuff"
Taylor:"Absolutely we owe him huge debt, I'll have to think of someway to reward him as I don't think he take to kind to my offering him money as a thank you"
With the sun low on the horizon they caught their first sight of the missionary in the distance, a sight that meant their ordeal would soon be at an end.
Voice:"Stop right where you are & explain yourselves"
Jill:"Come lets all go up to the house you must be all wall-falling after such an ordeal"
Maud:"You won't believe the half of it I thought I was going to die out there like poor Mr Brown"
Just as they where to go inside a small native boy appeared from one of the mud huts & waved to them.
Weber:"Tell me Madam does your husband have a wagon that he could take us to the nearest town in tomorrow ? it really is imperative that I return as soon as possible"
Jill:"I'm sorry to have to tell you that the only way out of here is by boat, but your in luck as our monthly surplices which come up the river are due in two or three days time"
Weber:"Is there no other way ? has your husband not got a boat we could use ?"
Jill:"He only has a small rowing boat that would be of no use for getting you all down river to Swatrow, but come lets all go inside & have some coffee"
Connie " Hello Nu'um I'm Connie & pleased to meet you"
Nu'um " Will you be living at the missionary now ?"
Connie "Only for a few days until the boat comes, do you live here with your Mum & Dad ?"
Nu'um "Yes but Dad is away hunting with the rest of the man, when I'm bigger I'll go to & be a great hunter like Dad"
After talking to Nu'um Connie head back to the house, when she got there Taylor was sitting on the veranda drinking a cup of coffee.
Connie " Morning Taylor, you know me up with the larks, its truly wonderful here & if it wasn't for what happen to poor Jim I would really have enjoyed the adventure"
Man "Hello you must be Connemara, I'm Jacob the Preacher of this tranquil place"
Connie "Pleased to meet you Jacob & please call me Connie.
Boswel" Connie very slowly turn your head & look across the river:
Connie" Wow what is it Marco ? "
Boswel" That's a sight very few people get to see, Leopards mostly keep to the tree's were very lucky to be here just as he's come down for a drink "
In the afternoon of the next day a whistling sound brought them all out of the house to the sight of the boat, while they watch Jacob hitched up a little cart to the donkey & headed for the jetty.
Boswel retold their story before asking.
Boswel " Would it be possible for you to take the six of us back to Swatrow with you ?"
Winks " With the boat empty I should just about be able to squeeze you all on-board, we'll be leaving first thing after breakfast in the morning the trip takes about 7 hours"
Connie" What a wonderful place that is & such lovely people, wouldn't you agree Taylor ?"
Taylor" Indeed Connie indeed"
To be continued ?
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