dear lord save me soul this is boring
Ralph was standing by a contraption of palm trunks and leaves, a rude shelter that faced the lagoon and seemed very near to falling down. He did not notice when Jack spoke.
Got any water?
Jack had to ask a few more times and Ralph suddenly noticed his presence.
Oh, hullo. Water? There by the tree. Ought to be some left.
Jack took up a coconut shell that brimmed with fresh water from among a group that was arranged in the shade, and drank. The water splashed over his chin and neck and chest.
Never get it done. Been working for days now. And look! And they keep running off. You remember the meeting? How everyone was going to work hard until the shelters were finished?
Ralph looked at the wrecked shelters. Two shelters were in position, but shaky. The third one was a ruin.
The shelters were not done because Jack wanted to use the hunters to find meat.
I went on. I let them go. I had to go on. I— I went on. I thought, by myself—
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