In the village a great celebration began to be prepared, all were very busy cutting wood or fruits. Meanwhile, in the hut where Msi’ and her family used to sleep, Dan was being prepared for the welcome.
They had given him a bath and stripped of his clothes, leaving at his request the star necklace, they dressed him as the other men and a group of women painted his face and torso, pierced an ear and adorned it with things made in the village. Msi’ saw everything from a corner and was surprised by the passivity of the young man, except for the slight grimaces he made from time to time, anyone would have thought that those women were preparing a corpse, Daniel allowed himself to be touched, painted, pinched, put and remove without protest not even a little. For part of the little girl, her mother painted her face a little and fixed her hair.
Once it was all ready, the villagers, without missing a single, got gathered around a large campfire, Dan and Msi’ were seated in front of the fire, face to face while Chief Tajak Tay stood before them. Soon everyone was silent, then the boss began to speak, he said some things aloud, and whispered others. Dan wasn’t paying much attention, he was absorbed in his thoughts, analyzing everything that had happened that day, how was possible that the light would have been reborn in a human? Nobody had told him about it on his planet. Suddenly, Tajak took each one by the hands and put them together, Daniel noticed that the girl looked at him with those big eyes, bright like the moon, which hypnotized him. He lost contact with the world for a moment until realized that the boss was speaking to him.
–Ujaa kuiil Meltí 'ipá jalá, ma'p' ee ñaap, maat’ mskuaay seti' uma’ Msi' u’
Daniel turned to see Msi' waiting for the translation.
–He ask if you're going to protect me, like a promise.
Msi’ translated back and then they all started cheering, laughing, singing, playing some music and dancing, it was a big party.
–You're the newest member of the tribe, the boss has giving you the welcomed to the family.
–To the family?
–Yes, that's good, isn’t?
Daniel didn’t quite understand what was happening, but he assumed that it couldn’t be so bad to join the village, from this way at least he would have a place to sleep and protect himself.
The young man stood there, thinking for the rest of the party, trying to digest the latest events, sitting next to who would be his company from now on, while she applauded happily to the beat of the music.
After midnight the tiredness beat everyone, for Daniel, a rug was laid on the floor so he could sleep like the others, something of being half–naked didn’t pleased him too much, so put on his shirt and pants. Before he knew it, there was silence all around, everyone seemed to sleep deeply, except for him, his mind was lost in everything that had happened, every situation since he arrived on that planet had been completely unexpected. Between so many thoughts, sometimes the man led a hand to his ear where now there was something similar to an earring, also he touched his face trying to remove the paint that had left, he turned from side to side and drew lines with the dust in the ground or watched the little that could be seen of the moon by the roof of the place. Suddenly a little noise sent him out of his meditation, Dan raised the head a little and could see Msi’ slipping away outwards. Immediately he stood up and followed her, but to his surprise she was already waiting outside the house.
–What are you doing?
–Come with me, there's something I want to show you.
–Yeah, come on –She said excitedly, starting to walk.
–Wouldn't be better to stay in the house?
–Well, if you want to stay, I'll go anyway.
–So you're coming? –she asked extending a hand, Dan hesitated a second, but ended up taking it.
They both walked for a while through the jungle, until they ran into a large field of flowers.
–What are we doing here?
–Get down and put your hand in the flowers, but be careful.
He didn’t understand what Msi’ intended, but did as she asked, he introduced a hand but suddenly felt something cold, his hand past from where he calculated the floor should be and instead found something else.
–Yes, Isn’t that incredible? In this lake grows a very special plant that floats in the water, at a certain time of the year, is full of flowers and looks like a field. Can you imagine? Anyone can walk here and sink, thinking that there is where to step, but down, the roots of the plant will catch him and he’ll drown.
–Yes, is very impressive. But isn’t dangerous to be here at night?
–This place is dangerous all the time.
–Then why do you come here?
–Because it's a wonderful place, beautiful, a natural trap. It's worth it, but my mother don't let me come and see.
–She probably has a good reason.
She sat up and looked at Daniel with a big smile that impulsed him to rest beside her.
–I don’t understand, why all that, I'm nobody special.
–Daniel Landon, I’m very important to my people, since I was born, all harvests have been achieved, the weather is excellent, there haven’t been years neither very dry nor very humid, I understand all languages so I help chief to solve conflicts with other villages, you said that you had been sent for me, my mother is pregnant and I, well, I really like to go for a walk, my father passed away a little over a month ago, your arrival is a relief for the adults, and in addition a new member is always cause for celebration.
Daniel didn't know what to answer, at that moment he didn’t seem to be talking to a girl, all that was partly flattering but also represented an even greater responsibility than the one he already had, however didn’t consider it right, and less necessary, to reject such an honor, so they both stayed there, contemplating the flowers in silence.