Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, a weekly Sunday hop where writers share 8 sentences from a book or WIP. I’ve been sharing from the book I’m releasing on May ninth, And Jakob Flew the Fiend Away. To avoid giving away too much, this week I’m skipping to a scene from Chapter 22, “Dancing Back into the Fire.”
It’s now the fall of 1945, and 19-year-old Jakob has been a real soldier since February. After the war in Europe ended and the immediate aftermath was cleaned up, he was sent to the Dutch East Indies. Jakob thinks the Indonesian people deserve their independence and that his country should give up the colony, but he has to obey orders. He’s been spending much of his time drawing the exotic flora and fauna, with the cover story that he’s scouting. By this point, the occupying Japanese are gone, and all he has to worry about are natives.
On one of these “scouting” occasions, he makes friends with some friendly orangutans and forgets to watch his surroundings.
“You’re such a neat creature,” he smiled at a young orangutan. “Here, I’ve got some figs for you. Would you like to sit in my lap?” He extended a fig to the mother. “Don’t worry about me, Vrouw Orangutan. I love animals and would never hurt your baby.”
He fed several figs to each of them, and was delighted when the baby climbed onto his lap and started playing with his face. Best of all, the baby let Jakob hug and cuddle it, and the mother examined his hair for bugs, as though he were her own child.