A warm aroma of chilli bean stew and flat maize bread lingered in the rough kitchen after the hearty meal. Dinnis leant forward and grabbed a couple of sun fruit from the wooden bowl sitting on the reed eating mat – one for now, one for later. Anna’s children bustled around him, collecting the used platters and putting the room to order. Young Ninak was protesting about scrubbing the pots but his sister Nikki was unrelenting. Their mother, the old herbalist Anna, sat on her low stool, her head cocked to hear what was happening, giving her the look a plump brown finch.
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