Chapter 32

 

Still, I took precautions for my safety. I made another wall around my fortification and left holes through which I could easily fire several guns if attacked. In two years’ time I had such a strongly fortified house surrounded with walls and thick trees that no one could come near me.

I was also concerned for my flock of goats. I divided the animals and built a small enclosure in another part of the island. It took me lots of time and effort, but in the end my animals were safe from any unexpected attack.

It was now two years since I had seen the footstep on the beach. One day as I was walking towards the shore I thought I saw a boat in the distance. I could not be sure, so I just continued my walk. It was then that I came across something terrifying. The whole beach was covered with human remains. Skulls, hands and feet were scattered all over the place and there was a black circle where a fire must have been set up. I was sick and threw up at the horrible sight.

Terrified and disgusted, I went back to my fortification and again considered what to do. I decided to give up going out at sea with my boat because the cannibals could capture me. I also stopped firing guns for I feared being discovered by the sound. Every time I went out of my fortification I carried pistols and a gun to protect myself in the case of a sudden attack.