The elders called the werkoyon to speak. Throughout the day, he and his apprentice had been squatting silently over the roasted goat carcass, seemingly oblivious to the heated political debate happening behind them, quietly cutting the goat into small pieces as his apprentice handed out handfuls of grey muscle. After everyone had been served, the werkoyon pulled the translucent intestines out of its splayed open stomach, and unraveling the wet organs like a scroll, patiently ran his fingers up and down the fatty tissue. Michael sat slowly chewing a piece of the roasted goat, hoping the werkoyon would find some reason why God didn’t want him to run. And as the sun set, the werkoyon stood up and motioned for silence. “Tororot is pleased by you choosing Kimpur,” he shouted. And with that Michael’s fate was sealed. “Oee!” the elders shouted back. “He would be a good leader for our people.” “Oee!” “But I see that there is someone sitting on his head,” the werkoyon said, his long, blood-covered index finger pointing at Michael. “I see that someone is sitting on you.” The werkoyon paused, going back to the intestines. “On your head,” he repeated to himself as if lost in a daze. “Sitting on your head,” the werkoyon mumbled to himself as his fingers ran along the goat’s vital organs. It was common for the werkoyon to speak in images and metaphors, leaving the work of deciphering their meanings to the people. Ideas started flying. “Maybe someone has placed a curse on Kimpur.” “Who would do that?” “Maybe Kimpur has the fever, making him sweat from his head.” “It is Potea who will step on his head,” Keu shouted, standing up to be heard over the crowd. “I know my cousin and he will not give up power. He has disregarded the elders before and he will do it again.” He pounded his staff. “That is why we must assign our best men to protect Kimpur.” “Oee,” the group agreed, pounding their staffs and sending a cloud of red dirt into the air. Several young warriors stood up, agreeing to accompany Michael all the way back to the farthest mountain.