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To warn the rat ghosts that he's directly to them, and to banish their impression from Patosaki, Tegearek had erected those poles. If this precaution doesn't paintings, Yeke Asuk trained his niece, then Tegearek might be pushed to sterner measures. a brief distance above Patosaki the clouds awaited them like mountain fogs, and the wooded area replaced. The woodland used to be governed through oaks and beeches: in a susceptible solar glinting in the course of the mist shone yellow younger leaves of the oak and the hot crimson leaves of the beech, cresting nice timber which arose from a subsidiary gorge past the rim. Aku walked on a slim backbone among worlds, the cloud woodland under her on her left and the sunlit flooring of the broad valley some distance less than her on her correct. The woodcutters a path a ways again into the beech wooded area, and Yeke Asuk and Aku pursued them a quick approach; they paused one of the buttressed roots of tall light beeches, awed via the silence of the mossy flooring. unusual poultry calls, of a liquid notice heard infrequently within the valley, rang the following and there, however the in basic terms birds obvious have been parakeets, hurtling during the cover in apprehensive bands, like eco-friendly leaves taken wing. within the air, dense as chilly smoke, hung the wealthy darkish fungus scent of mossy earth and wooden decay; Aku wrapped her skinny hands approximately her neck. round them, sinking underneath beds of moss, lay fallen trunks of beech; the effective purple wooden of a majority of these bushes, girdled and killed lengthy, lengthy earlier than, will be cut up and hauled to Patosaki and the villages under. Yeke Asuk and Aku wandered towards the rim. Already Aku had accumulated her lisanika, again at the grassy ridges, and the woolly leaves have been tucked into her internet; a number of steps past she had come on a fresh-fallen limb of beech, and from this she had snapped and wrestled a wide package deal of fine fagots. Aku put a few ferns upon her head, and Yeke Asuk put her heavy package at the ferns. He preceded his niece alongside the rim, bandy-legged and confident, his hands nonetheless folded in the back of his again. as soon as he paused to powder his shell bib with the white spores of a lycopod; then on he went, the harassed baby tottering at the back of him like a package deal of sticks with legs. They perched on a rock lookout. at the back of them, the stone instruments of the woodcutters resounded from the woodland, just like the hole tok . . . tok of the nightjar calling at evening from Homuak. They have been now above seven thousand toes, and Lokoparek lay 8 hundred toes under them. They referred to as out to Aku’s father, who used to be operating there—U-mue-a-oo. U-mue didn't resolution, yet a lady spoke back with an extended, impassioned outcry; excessive on their top, Yeke Asuk and Aku nudged one another, guffawing. opposed to the deep mountain silences the phrases of the girl wandered, and the voice thinned to a wail of mortal bitterness. Tekman Bio’s tribal father, who lives within the village of Abulopak, is growing older, and because the holy stones belonging to him will visit Tekman Bio in addition to to his personal son, Yonokma, and because it is superior guy circulate to the village of the stones instead of vice versa, Tekman Bio is getting ready now to maneuver clear of Wuperainma.