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Hyena and Raven
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Hyena and Raven
Writer: Ann Nduku
Illustration: Wiehan de Jager
© African Storybook Initiative, 2014
Hyena and Raven
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Hyena and Raven were once great friends,| even though they were quite different in many ways.
Raven could fly but Hyena was only able to walk.
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One day| Hyena,| curious to know something about his friend,| asked Raven,| "What is this white thing which is always below your neck?"
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Raven answered,| "It is the fatty meat which I usually eat in the sky.| I have been eating it for so long now it is stuck onto my neck."
Over hearing about the meat,| saliva started pouring out of Hyena's mouth for he was greedy and he loved meat very much.
Hyena really wanted to eat that meat.|| But how could he reach the meat in the sky if he had no wings to fly?
"Please my friend,"| he asked Raven,| "lend me some feathers so that I can make myself some wings.| I really want to be able to fly like you."
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Raven was not mean,| so he gave him some feathers.| Hyena sewed them together into wings.
He fastened them around his body,| and tried to take off into the sky.
But he was far too heavy for a few feathers to carry him.| So he had to think of another plan.
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"Please my friend,|" he asked Raven,| "could I hold onto your tail as you fly up into the sky?"
"All right,|" said Raven.| "I know how much you want to fly.| Let's do it tomorrow morning."
When the day came,| Hyena took hold of Raven's tail and Raven flew up into the sky.
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Raven flew| and flew| and flew|| until he was exhausted.| But Hyena said,| "Just a little further,| my friend!"
He could see the white and fatty meat just above them,| and his mouth was watering.
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When they reached the first piece of fatty meat,| Hyena felt a jerk. One of Raven's tail feathers came off in his hand!
Then there was another jerk,| and another.| Raven felt much lighter,| and the ache in his tail was going.
He sang:| Raven's feathers, unpluck yourselves.| Raven's feathers, unpluck yourselves.
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In response,| Hyena sang the opposite:
Raven's feathers hold on,| don't unpluck yourselves.| Raven's feathers hold on,| don't unpluck yourselves.
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Finally,| the feathers could not hold Hyena anymore.| He was in the middle of nowhere in the sky.
He jumped onto the fatty meat thinking that as he ate,| the fatty meat would hold him.
But as he tried to hold and eat the 'meat',| all he felt was a moist cloud!
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By now he was falling fast.| "Help, help!" he shouted.
But no one could hear him.| Raven was lost in the clouds.
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Hyena fell to the ground with a crash,| and lay silent for some minutes.
He woke up howling in pain,| with a broken leg and dark scars all over his body.
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From that day to now,| Hyena limps and he has many scars on his body.
He has never been able to fly.| And he and Raven are no longer friends.
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Hyena and Raven
Writer: Ann Nduku
Illustration: Wiehan de Jager
Audio: Hyen Shaw
VT Software: AJR, NJA, TLG
© African Storybook Initiative, 2014
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