It’s on a Monday evening, tired as a dodo but thankful for the Lord’s grace in my life. I have not much of worldly possessions nonetheless I dream of brighter days ahead. The beauty of life is that you know not what tomorrow holds. I’m trying to put one and one together, to create a delightful experience before bookings start coming my way, I have a good gut feeling, they shall. Amen.
As if as an evening ritual I always find myself at baze – an open place with a few mad structures where cheap illicit liquor and bhang are sold. I don’t use the former. As I get there I’m always faced by a dilemma – to stay outside, by the roadside and spoil my reputation or get inside the dens compound and risk being arrested although it is unlikely, there is a good business terms between the police and the pedlers.
I always keep a low profile, most of the guys hanging out here work as fishing crew,they are rough and ignorant. Today I’m lucky to find Soki,sober and in good moods. When it comes to rolling the grass,he is highly sought after – he is touted as a rolling machine.
Umesikia vile Kariuki amekafunga leo? (have you heard the amount of money Kariuki has made today ?).Apana(no) ,I answered, tell me what happened, how did he do it!, I request with much interest .Kariuki is just a guy who does menial jobs especially fetching firewood.
It is the talk of town! .Today as Kariuki left his house he left earlier because he has had a bad week due to the ongoing rains.As he got inside the forest ,he had mixed feelings but asked the Almighty to intervene and make a way. He was troubled and in a state of soliloquy ,you could tell by his hand movements – maybe his family has been barely surviving .
Suddenly ,he saw a big male lion running towards him. Its mane blowing backwards as it ran. Its deadly claws ready to pounce on him. Instinctively, he took off at a lightening speed. He couldn’t run for long as the lion was outrunning him and soon it would bring him down.
He climbed on top of the nearest tree. Lucky for him, the lion couldn’t climb .He sighed with relief knowing the lion would soon give up waiting and go its way. He waited and waited ,the lion seemed determine to wait for him.maybe it knew he couldn’t stay up there forever .After waiting for several hours ,Kariuki fell asleep.He must have had a pleasant day dream and forgot he was literally sleeping on a delicate balance .
With a bang! ,he came falling on the then scared and confused lion. it must have dozed off too!.The lion stood with Kariuki bestrode on it. It run off with him-as if Kariuki was riding a horse .Soon, a tourist van appeared .He thought help had finally come his way only for the White tourist to alight and started recording and taking pictures .They exclaimed ,” Hey Johnie ? this is unbelievable ?!”
Kariuki was now holding the lion by the tail.With its tail twisted it run henter skelter in pain, after a good show he let go the tail, the lion shook him off and dashed in the trees.
Kariuki stood up, wiped off the dust off his clothes .All the tourist gathered around him. They all wanted to talk to him.Dollars then talk! ,Kariuki told the shocked and exited foreigners .On hearing his demand, they all obliged ,They gave him a lot of dollars ,many times more than he has ever imagined .
He told the tourist to come back tomorrow at that exact location to witness an even more daring show. He lied to them that that was how he killed time when bored.
“This is not a story !,I am coming from the forest, the tourists are all assembled there.with their complicated cameras ready to record ,hoping not to miss a single detail .but, Kariuki is nowhere to be seen! “