Part 61 of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us.
We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. To infiltrate the Rebel forces on the planet, they walked into the near-dead bodies of Blu and Ska around 40,000 BC on the coast of northwestern Spain. Taken into the Rebel Stari-ki’s army, they trekked southward, made a miraculous crossing over the Straits of Gibraltar, and are now discovering Africa. Previous episodes.
Running through the forest with the primitives in pursuit and hurling something faster and smaller than rocks — unknown yet somehow familiar — Blu intuited that the projectiles carried poison. Meanwhile, Stari-ki’s army to the north was being attacked by an enemy with a similar new weapon. Stari-ki crawled toward the enemy and suddenly saw a strikingly beautiful woman at the center of a large group, just as skinny pieces of wood started flying through the air toward his army. Stari-ki was transfixed. How could they become allies? Blu and Ska appeared just in time to also be taken by the beauty of the sticks flying like a flock of birds. Stari-ki saw the girl and made the connection that she was the daughter or sister of the enemy leader, just as the cannibals in pursuit of Blu and Ska and the rescued girl showed up. Now what?
Stari-ki directed his men to focus on the savages attacking them from the rear, since the army in front of him was taking a defensive stance. His men were glad to have combat at which they could win. They closed in for to hand-to-hand combat, not giving the primitives time to reload their blowguns, which Stari-ki’s men had noticed without time for curiosity. Not having time to react, the natives were decimated after taking a few of Stari-ki’s men out with rocks and darts.
Stari-ki left the mop-up to his army and turned back to the strange people and the lovely woman with the long-distance weaponry. An idea popped into his mind and he acted on it impetuously. Taking a risk that was out of character, though he could not say for sure who he really was any more, he lifted the semi-conscious girl and carried her toward the beautiful woman he intuited to be her mother or sister.
Just before he crested the hill and came into sight, Neva, the warrior queen, had racked up one of her poison arrows and held it ready to let fly. She had the feeling that something was coming over the hill and was concerned that the whole army was going to overrun her and her small tribe, even though many of the attackers would die in the process. As soon as she saw something large appear she released the arrow but a split second later she purposely wobbled the shot as it left the bow. The large and beautiful man was carrying her missing younger sister, Canda.
Stari-ki ducked but the arrow went through his right trapezius muscle and stayed lodged there. Instantly he felt the poison flood his system, weakening him. He stood stock still and would not give in to the effect. And yet there went his legs, and he was down on his knees, still holding the girl. Neva signaled her people to stand ready to shoot as she ran forward. Blu and Ska came over the hill and saw what was happening and stood protectively close to Stari-ki as Neva ran up to them. She looked at them all curiously and knelt to take Canda in her arms and kiss her cheek.
On a hunch, Blu sent Neva a mind message, Poison, to convey that the cannibals had hit the girl with a poisoned thorn. Neva got it and wryly thought she had also done her own share of poisoning. She turned and yelled something back to her people, and while Blu and Ska prepared for the worst, two women came up the hill with earthenware jugs and no arrows were loosed. One woman helped the girl drink and the other helped Stari-ki drink. The sickening potion made Stari-ki feel a little better. He stood up on weak legs. A young boy about the girl’s age came running up the hill. Neva gave the boy, Donjeron, his friend Canda to carry back down to be cared for.
Stari-ki and Neva held each other’s gaze. One might say it was love at first sight, though they seemed to recognize each other.
TO BE CONTINUED
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1. Neanderthal by Frank Frazetta
2. Stari-ki leaves his army behind – digital rendering by CK Niver
3. Neva the warrior queen ready to release the poison arrow – digital rendering by CK Niver
4. Detail of Cavegirl by Jeffrey Jones