You have a child. Tell us.
Chumana played a stick into the fire until the tip held a flame. “I was too small and young to have a child. The midwife did not think I would live, the baby either. Finally he was born, but he was lifeless. The midwife wanted to take him away and leave him for the forest spirits, but I begged to hold him and she finally let me.
“He was so small. And limp. Then he made a popping sound and he kicked and began to breathe and squirm. And then cry. It was such a tiny cry. The midwife said a wandering spirit had entered his body, and she fled. The village chief, the kikmongwi, came to take my son away to release the spirit, but I fought him, and he said if I keep my baby I must leave the village.” She drew her knees to herself and hugged.
“The kikmongwi had a son, a troublemaker. Nobody liked him. The elders had told the kikmongwi many times that he must do something, so he forced us to marry and sent us away.” She buried her face in her knees.
What are you not telling us?
She looked up in a flash of anger. “The kikmongwi is the father of my child. Yet he did nothing to protect us, and sent me away with his crazy son who ….” Chumana looked around as if to escape. “He hurt me. He said my son is an evil spirit. He said he would take me to Totec Canyon and make me into a prostitute and sell my son to the warriors. But I demanded we go to the Village of the Twin War Gods, and his father told him he must take us there and build a house for us, which he did. It’s the only thing the kikmongwi did to help us.”
As soon as your husband finished building your house, you divorced him.
You planned on that?
“I had no choice. I wanted my baby to live.”
After you left, warriors attacked the village where your son was born. Everyone but the chief was killed. How did you find out about that?
“Sometimes I see things.”
You mean like a vision? Before it actually happens?
What did you see?
She sighed. “I saw warriors running through the village, smashing the heads of mothers and children. I heard bones being crushed in the corn grinders. I smelled a sickening smell from the cooking pots. And I saw the kikmongwi just watching.”
You saw this while you were still in the village?
She nodded. “Every time I suckled my baby. I became frantic to go home.”
The Village of the Twin War Gods is home?
“I was raised there.”
Did you see the two warriors who tortured you after you sent your husband away?
“No. I felt something bad would happen. He was so angry. I feared for my son. But I didn’t see him bringing the warriors.” She took a deep breath and held her chin high, her eyes watery. “I do not see all things. Just some.”
What else do you see?
“No more questions now, okay?”