Monday, 6 May 2019
In the forest
Ahu and Hoata had gone to the forest to find a Hirau tree. Both mothers babies in slings on the backs and Hoatas step daughters with them too. Hinewai flirted with everyone but Hatiti confessed she wanted a husband like Ahuahu, Ahu's husband. Ahu and Hoata laughed at the teenagers innocence searching for the Hirau tree while gathering berries too. The girls wandered off talking about men!
Hoata said they needed a man's help but Ahu said "No, let the men feel good fishing together".
"...and talking" replied Hoata "...that is all men do. When they fish they talk, when they return they talk. However I'm glad Kamaka has Ahuahu as a friend because they laugh a lot"
"We laugh a lot too" said Ahu, looking down so not to convey the true meaning. Hoata noticed the look straight away saying "I could laugh more without two girls at home!"
The women had by this time found the tree cut and packed several pieces of the wood in their baskets. Hoata was about to call out for the girls when there was a scream and crashing through the undergrowth.
"Pakeha!" screamed Hinewai, The two mothers froze at the words pulling the teenager into the dense vegetation and telling her to be silent.
"Where's Hatiti?" Crying, Hinewai just shook her head. They lay still before they heard movement close by as two stangers slashed the bushes with their weapons. The three stayed quiet and luckily the babies slept on as the men passed by deep into the trees.
"Go home Ahu" Hoata said handing her baby to Hinewai, "I'll find Hatiti" Ahu nodded her head and handed her the machete and started off with Hinewai with the babies to the village.
This story is part of an episode from a serial I posted many years ago somewhat altered to fit the maximum word count. If you want to read the whole series click on Ahu in the labels link where there are another 108 episodes plus flow on stories as well of Maori life and legends. Total 306 words in above story. 'Pakeha' means 'White man' or 'Stranger'.
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