His Companions; His Weapons
That was the end of the combat of wits between Ibonia and Great Echo. (70)
There were four women, slaves of Great-King_maker, who had given birth at the same time as Beautiful-Rich. All four of the slave women's children were boys. So Great-King-Maker gave them to Ibonia, and the slave boys grew up with Ibonia and played with him.
When the five boys were big enough to be "citizens" of the village, they went to play with the other children in the fields. There the children, divided into two teams, would throwclods of dung at each other. But Ibonia would not play that way. He said, "All of you be one team, the five of us be the other." There were a good many children at Long-Standing. But Ibonia would not listen; he said, "Just go over there to that side, and we will be the other team." Then they started throwing clods. But when Ibonia threw them, the boys he hit fell to the ground, and the ones he did not hit were dizzy and reeling. (71) So the five slaves beat all the other children.
That evening the children went back to the village and said to their parents, "We fought with Ibonia with cowpats. It was just him and his four slaves on one team and all of us children of Long-Standing on the other team, but all of us could not win." And their parents said, "That is your ordinariness. Five children winning over all the children in Long-Standing?"
On another day Ibonia again played with the boys in the fields, throwing clods of dung. The five were on one team, and the other children did not win. That evening they went to their parents and said, "We got beaten by those five slaves." And their parents said, "You are children no one is going to feed if five people can beat you." And the children said, "Then you go to the fields when Ibonia goes to the fields." Then one day Ibonia went to the fields with the children, and they were throwing clods of earth, but the children did not win. And the adults who had come there to watch were surprised when they saw the clouds of dust Ibonia raised.
Later, they were throwing rocks, and again Ibonia was the winner. Still later, all the young men of Long-Standing played there in the field with Ibonia and his five slaves. They did arm wrestling and boxing; later they did jumping. Some tried hard and did two lengths, some did two-and-a-half lengths, some did three. Finally Ibonia too tried, and he jumped over a hill that was three day's march away. (72) When the young men reached the village, they went to the villagers and said, "We did jumping with Ibonia. He went last. He went over that hill over there, and went over some others too, and we do not know where he has gone." And the people were surprised to hear that, and said, "Bad news for us if the king's son is lost or dead." But when his parents heard about it, they did not worry. They knew their son. And when three days passed, here came Ibonia. He came all the way back on foot, and did not jump.
Now when Ibonia was grown up, he did not play any more with the children in the fields. He changed the names of the slaves with him, who were all grown up too. His favorite he called Like-to-See; another he called Handsome-Lad-Does-No-Work, another Goes-Seldom-to-the-Fields, and another Likes-Rice-Water.
"O Living Lady!
Living Lady said, "That will do, child. You are still a boy; your palms are those of a woman. Assuredly Stone Man is a meteor; assuredly Stone Man is a thunderbolt."
"Oh Living Lady," said Ibonia, "with you indeed I am gentle, but with others I am hard.
"I am a big man," said Ibonia.
Again he said,