He finds himself unaware of long he has been residing within his secret spot. The sun had taken its place high above when he ventured into the jungle, plan for the day in mind and heart set on keeping himself to it. However, when a dark head pops out from behind a gathering of creepers, he finds the sun is already on course to settle back into the ocean.
The thought occurs to him late that maybe leaving without warning has become a worrying topic for the chief. After one child disappears into the unknown (he grimaces at the memory of the poor littlun lost to the fire), who knows how many more can?
With concern powering his steps, Simon burst from his private room and towards the beach, bare feet pressing trodden dirt further down.
“ Ralph!! ” he calls, arms waving to signal his arrival.