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from Aradia's Diaspora by Susan Woerner

Copyright © 2018–2020 Susan Woerner

Scene 60

Their moaning caught everyone’s attention. N’kiri and two of her women bolted toward the men, searching them for knives. But before they could use them, Ife and Ina ran up to N’kiri.

“No, you must not!” Ife said, raising her hands in front of N’kiri to stop her.

“You will suffer ghosts!” Ina said, also raising her hands toward one of the other women.

Isobeau strode over to the unfolding drama, fire in her eyes, “Ina, Ife, let these women do what they set out to do! These men do not deserve life!”

“No,” Ife repeated, “you must wait for the Ladies.”

“No ghosts,” Ina said, “You let the Ladies have them.”

Ruis came over, “Ina, Ife, what do you mean the Ladies?” she asked.

“We need the bad men to go to the Ladies in the water,” they said in unison.

“What do you mean?” Ruis asked.

“Throw the knives into the woods,” N’kiri said to her women before we could get a clearer answer from the Twins.

“You three - find any other weapons and break, bury or hide them,” N’kiri added, “and do it quickly, we must go!”

Ruis, Isobeau and I watched dumbfounded as the women bound the men together as well as they could while searching for weapons of any sort. At last, N’kiri asked Ife for the key to the chains. After Ife had handed it over, N’kiri put it around her neck.

“We must go NOW!” she shouted at all of us. She grabbed each of the Twins around t...

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