Essay by lizzyrose89 April 2004

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Nairobi, Kenya 1988

A young woman carrying a little girl steps off a plane into the airport. The woman looks around, and sees someone she knows. The man is wearing a light cotton polo shirt and safari shorts. He is carrying what looks like the woman's luggage. They hug each other and laugh and the man says "Wow, Helen! You look fantastic. It is so good to see you again."

"It's great to see you too, Andy. How are you?"

"I'm really good thanks. And how's my favourite niece?"

"I'm very well, thank you, uncle Andy" chirps the little girl. They all laugh and hug again, and then they move off into the crowd.

The group pulls up to a large, white house in a taxi. As they get out a woman and a boy of about six or seven run out of the house towards them. The sound of laughter fills the warm evening air, and they all go inside.

The next morning the young boy wakes up his cousin early, with a sense of excitement and urgency. The girl wakes and whispers "What is it, Mike?"

"Sshh, Lily! I have a surprise for you. Get dressed quietly and I'll be back in a minute."

The boy creeps out of the room and gathers together a jam jar and a long wooden rod. He looks out of the kitchen window and sees a huge spider scuttle across the damp ground. "Perfect" he breathes.

Outside the house, the little girl is bouncing excitedly on her toes. She looks at the sun, barely up, and feels how hot she is already. In the hazy light her cousin is patting the ground, feeling for something. He finds it and clears away the debris, revealing a fist-sized hole in the ground.