The sound that you hear are drums made from hollow logs that are used for long distance communication. The lake carries sound very efficiently over many miles. Right now they are telling my people that I am returning home with Nkechinyere and a man with skin the color of snow."
I laughed at that; my naturally olive skin had browned considerably from our time in the desert. The Queen smiled and nodded, "Ah, but you must realize that compared to most of my people, you are very white."
That took me aback, but then I looked closely and saw that everyone in the Queen's party, including the ruler herself, was as dark or darker than Chin, who I had thought was the darkest skinned man I had ever met.
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