CHAPTER 20 – CAVE

I was hiding my activity on the island as much as possible. I was very careful. I tried not to be loud. I was worried when I made a fire. But I needed fire because I needed to cook. So when a made a fire, I tried to make as little smoke as possible. Smoke could go very high and it could be seen from a distance.

Once I discovered a small cave in the forest near the beach. I went inside, but when my eyes were OK with the dark, I saw two eyes which were looking at me. I jumped outside. I was scared to death. I waited but nothing happened. I went slowly to the beginning of the cave and I listened. I heard something. It sounded as if there was somebody injured inside. I took my gun and I entered the cave slowly. When my eyes could see again, I discovered an old goat. It was dying in the cave.

I returned to the cave the next day. I found that the goat was dead. I looked around the place and I saw that it was very safe. I thought, “It will be a good place near the beach where I could hide.” So I brought some of my guns and some gunpowder there.

It was twenty-three years since my first moment on this island. I was living comfortably now and I had many animals around me. Poll was repeating my name and some other words very nicely. I had two more parrots and I taught the parrots to say my name. I had more than thirty goats.

It was the last month of my twenty-third year on the island. I was walking to my fields early one morning when I saw fire on the beach.

I immediately returned to my house and I prepared all my guns. I took my telescope and I went close to the beach. I hid myself and I watched what was happening on the beach.

I saw nine naked people. They had two canoes. It looked like that they were waiting for the high tide.

When they left, I went to the beach. The beach was full of blood and bones again. This made me angry. “I will kill as many of the cannibals as possible next time when I see them,” I thought. But they didn’t return for a long time.

One day in the evening after a big storm,something happened which disturbed me. I heard the sound of a gun at sea. I got out of my house and I saw a light which was coming from the sea. A second shot followed. I thought that it was coming from a ship in danger which was asking for help. I took a lot of dry wood and I ran to the beach where I made a big fire. They probably saw the fire because they fired again. I thought, “I will speak to somebody tonight. This is great.”

I kept the fire until midnight but nobody came to my beach. It was strange. It was something what I couldn’t understand. “Maybe in the morning I will know more,” I thought.

WORDS FROM CHAPTER 20

 

careful
loud
sound
brought
blood
once
death
worried
injured
enter
smoke
comfortably
repeat
nicely
early
immediately
naked
high
tide
distance
bone
disturb
sound
follow
danger
tonight
until
midnight

 


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