A QUEST FOR WATER: (Based on actual events in the southern Sahara) Chapter 4: A CLOSE CALL (14)
After a while, Mouheini stopped thinking about her brother and the boy in the well, or the possibility of running into additional danger at Fada’s village. She even stopped questioning the confusing feelings that Fada’s presence provoked in her. She had lost herself in a walking, humming trance.
Fada’s voice brought her back to reality. “Look over there,” he exclaimed. “Do you see the light in the distance?” It took a few moments for her eyes to adjust, but she did see firelight ahead, atop what seemed to be a hill. “Do you think that it could be dangerous people?” she asked fearfully. “No,” Fada reassured her. “That’s my village. We are almost there.” Mouheini sighed with relief. She dreamt of curling up on her mat and sleeping, restfully and peacefully.