At the very crack of dawn the next morning, Alex sprang out of his sleeping bag and after a few minutes stepped out of his tent. He walked the few steps over to the lean to and called out to Kassie.
“Get up sleepy head. Time to start our day.”
“Y A W N… Go away. I want to sleep some more.”
“Either you get up and come out on your own, or I will come in and carry you out.”
“You wouldn’t dare.”
“Y A W N… All right, all right. Give me a couple of minutes.”
“I’ll be waiting.”
Several minutes later, Kassie stepped out. Alex outfitted her with a belt that had a pair of hunting/survival knives. They were not as big and imposing as the pair hat he sported, but they were formidable looking nonetheless.
He then also handed her a spear.
“I want you always to wear these knives, especially when you leave the confines of the homestead proper. The spear should likewise be always in close proximity to you.”
“What, no suit of armor?” she snarled sarcastically.
“Very funny. Look, I am only looking out for your welfare. If you are not yet convinced that we may be in constant danger, then you are totally delusional.”
“I know. I know. I just hate being here.”
“Well, we ARE here. So, get used to it and make the best of it.”
Kassie made a face as if to resign herself to the situation.
“So, the first thing we are going to do is to work on our lungs, legs and stamina. We are going to walk, jog, run, and then sprint around the perimeter of the open field before us.”
“Are you crazy? Run all that? I’ll die right there. There will be nor reason for anyone to kill me. Why do we have to run all that?”
“We have to strengthen your legs. Legs are what takes a warrior into a battle, and when necessary, away from the battle. Do you think I would have been able to subdue El Jefe the way I did yesterday if my legs weren’t strong enough? No, I would not have.”
“And, your lungs bring oxygen hence energy to your muscles. Without powerful lungs, your body is weak.”
“You are sooo annoying.”
“Someday you’ll thank me. You’ll see.”
“That will be a far off day, I’m sure.”
“Oh, one more piece of information for perspective. Look at where we are standing. Look at where the sun is this early in the morning. The homestead faces the open field, and faces south. To our left, where the sun is rising is east. The area we originally came from is south east of here. The village we went to yesterday is south west of here. And the stream and small pond, and the gathering of other outsiders are north of us. One of the things we will work on is to create a map of this entire area as we explore further and further.”
“So, are you ready? Let’s go.”