Chapter 24

 

Soon, I found cocoa trees. There were also orange and lemon trees on the island. I gathered some fruits and I put them in one place. I returned to my house to get a bag for them. When I returned, I found the fruits damaged. Some were eaten, some were stepped upon. I thought that there were some wild animals around.

Still, I liked that fruitful valley. I began thinking about moving my tent there. Then I remembered that the beach was far away from that valley – I wouldn’t see a ship which could possibly save me. Instead of moving there, I decided to build another house there. I visited it from time to time.

I made a small house, and then I surrounded it with a double fence. Again, I was using a ladder to go in and out. This whole business took me the whole of July and the beginning of August.

It was then that the rainy season started. It continued until the middle of October. I was mostly inside my cave during that period. I started making the cave bigger again. I came out the other side of the hill. I made a hole there and I had a door for my house!

Meanwhile, one of my cats disappeared. It returned with three little kittens. I went hunting only a few times. I killed a goat and once I found a large tortoise. I was surviving on its meat and the raisins.