… As Wolf approached, Skunk called out, “Oh brother, you are on your way but do not come up to me, pass around at a safe distance, I have come from the camp of the Clever Fellows and their power is contagious.”
“Yes brother,” replied Wolf “it is as you say, the power of those Clever Fellows is contagious.”
So Wolf passed by without coming too close to Skunk and did not realise that he was hiding a ‘dead’ Rice-Bird in his pack.
Skunk went on and just up the way he met another Wolf Brother who reacted in the same way to his warning.
“So be it, if you are on your way from the camp of the Clever Fellows!” said Wolf as he too passed by at a distance.
The same thing happened with two more Wolf brothers but then Skunk saw the youngest of their kin approaching towards him apace.
“That youngest Wolf will be dangerous to meet,” thought Skunk, “he is so spirited and bold.”
Skunk fell onto his back as before and again called out as a warning, “I am on my way from the Camp of the Clever Fellows, you will do well to pass by!”
“Yes, yes,” replied Young-Wolf, “but it is a while since we last met, you must needs give me your hand.”
Young-Wolf went straight up to Skunk with his hand held out.
“No, brother, no,” cried Skunk, “I am contagious!”
“Yes, yes,” said Young-Wolf, “but you must still shake my hand,” and so saying he approached Skunk and seized his hand, catching a glimpse of Rice-Bird in Skunk’s back pack.
“So be it with you on your way from the camp of the Clever Fellows,” said Young-Wolf affecting ignorance of his discovery, and off he went.
So Skunk continued on his way believing he had fooled Young-Wolf as well as the rest of the Wolf brothers…
He began to forget his earlier fears and eventually raised his voice in song…
to be continued