Kimpur heard a deep growl. “Quiet!” he whispered. “Do you hear that?” It was coming from the other side of a hill. The boys hid behind bushes and pulled their bows taut. Tired as he was, Kimpur crawled on his hands and knees next to Keu. His eyes fixed on the wide path. “It’s a monster,” Keu whispered. “It’s shining like the sun.” a boy said with terror. “We are all going to die,” Kimpur whispered as the monster rumbled down the trail, lunging its massive body over the rocks in the path. “Kimpur? Have you ever seen anything that big before?” Keu whispered. For the first time, Kimpur heard fear in Keu’s voice. The monster stopped a few feet in front of them growling. Its two eyes glowed beside its long horizontal teeth. The boys held still, realizing that it must have seen or smelled them. Then the ears flapped opened like an elephant. It was the youngest boy who screamed first. The boys scattered back into the thicket. Kimpur tried his best to keep up with Keu, running until he could no longer hear the monster’s growling. “What was that?” Kimpur asked, falling to his knees. Keu leaned over him. “That big thing was a monster,” he panted. “But did you see the ogre that came out of its ear?” Kimpur had heard stories about ogres. His mother had warned him about pale-skinned monsters that rode shooting stars down to the valley in search of children to eat. It was a story she told whenever Kimpur played outside the homestead after dark. “How do you know it was an ogre?” Kimpur asked, knowing full well it was an ogre. “It had long hair and white skin!” Keu shouted as he tried to catch his breath. Another boy ran up. “We are going back to kill the ogre.” “I’m coming with you,” Keu said as they ran back down the path. Kimpur rested his hands on his knees until he could catch his breath. He knew the Pokot rule about snakes. “If you see a snake,” his father had told him a hundred times “you have to kill it. Because if you let it go and it kills someone else, their blood is on your hands.” The older boys had apparently decided this rule applied to ogres as well.