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Ichuli Part1 by Anguyo Abdul Jawad, Munir Primary School

Once upon a time, there was a very small but clever animal called Ichuli. He liked meat very much but he was weak that he could not kill any animal for food. So he was always hungry. One day, he sat down and thought of a trick. At last he knew how he could get some meat.

Ichuli knew that there was a hyena that lived far away. He wanted to ask Mr Hyena to help him get some meat. He had to walk a long, long way through very dark forest. He was afraid that some animal might see him and want to eat him. He walked slowly and looked around carefully before he went across an open land. He was frightened. He saw many animals along the way. He wanted to catch some to catch some of them and kill to have a good meal, but he remembered that he was small and weak. He knew that Mr Hyena would help him get some very good meat to eat. He began to hurry through the forest to Mr Hyena’s house. When he arrived there, he said; “Mr Hyena, I want to get some meat today. Will you help me?”

Mr Hyena answered; “That is a good idea! I want to get some meat today too. How can I help you?” Ichuli was very pleased. He moved nearer to Mr Hyena and said; “there are many animals on this mountain. If we go up there now, we might kill one. Let’s go up and see what we can find.” Ichuli who knew the way walked in front. Suddenly he stopped and said; “This is where the animals pass when they come down. Now stay here and I’ll go up and chase them. But you must listen and be very careful. If you hear a low sound you will know that a stone was kicked by an animal. Move quickly to the side. If you hear a sharp sound, you will know that an animal is coming. You must stand and wait to stop it. Do you understand?” Mr Hyena said that he understood.

Ichuli climbed up the mountain. He pushed down a very big stone which made a rumbling sound. Mr Hyena heard the stone falling and moved quickly to the side. Ichuli broke sticks to make a sharp sound and then threw down a small stone very hard. Mr Hyena stood in the way and turned his left ear towards it. The stone hit his head so hard that he fell down and died. Ichuli ran down the mountain asking; “Mr Hyena where are you? Where is the animal? Have you killed it?” But Mr Hyena could not answer this, he was already dead.

“Foolish Hyena! Don’t you know about my clever tricks?” Ichuli said proudly as he carried the dead Hyena to his house and ate him up.