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Yvonne wanted to get married and have children. One
of her sisters was married to a bus driver and had five
children. Another sister had a fish trader for a husband
and seven children. Her brother, a police officer, had six
children. Having children was a tradition in her family.
She would not grow old and die without children.

      Rasta’s family was even larger, and they had to
have a say in everything that any one of them did, from
how they dressed, to which school they went to, what
they studied, whom they liked and especially whom they
hated.

   The Fangs Clan was unanimous in whom they hated.
They hated politicians, all of them liars and thieves, and
policemen, all of them corrupt and illiterate. They
mistrusted preachers and anyone who claimed to be
hollier than the Fangs.

     The Fangs also suspected strangers, and anyone
whose grandparents they did not know was a stranger,
no matter how long he lived among them. They did not
marry outside of Laikipia County, and most of them had
never heard of Bondo County.

     Rasta knew what they would say, if they heard she
was marrying someone from Bondo.

“Is he rich?” Everyone would want to know that.

“Does he like Children?”

“Can he pull teeth?”

“Where is Bondo?” grandfather would ask.

     That would be Grandfather Fangs greatest concern.
Where was Bondo? Eventually they would learn that
Bondo was not a Dorobo village over the Loldaiga hills.
Rasta, though, would not bet how long it would take
Grandfather Fangs and, the rest of the clan, to realise
that Yvonne was not a man’s name.
Gazelle that Thought She Was an
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Gazelle that Thought She Was an
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