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“You’re right. My father’s pact with the Inka Empire has brought
us peace. Still, it did come at a high price if I’m to marry to a prince I
might never love. I know my destiny’s been written, so now I can only
hope to fall in love with the one I will marry.”
“Why are you so upset, then? You know you’re loved, Inkala. Both
Prince Atahualpa and Huascar love you. Anyway, you need to stop
worrying about a day that hasn’t even come yet. Let’s just have fun and
enjoy the day.”
“You’re right,” replied Princess Inkala. “Besides, the beach is the
place where I feel closest to my mother.”
The two made their way to the shore and walked among the reed
boats when suddenly, they heard the sounding of the
pututos (Seashells
used as trumpets to announce important news to the townspeople).
“Inkala, why are they sounding the
pututos
that way?” Alpaca
worried.
“Let’s hurry downtown,” urged Princess Inkala, “My father’s about
to make the announcement. Oh wait, where’s Lorito? I thought he was
right behind us.”
“Don’t worry about him. Let’s just hope that the bird’s flown in
already,” Alpaca replied through her anxiety, as the two hurried to the
city plaza.
Once there, they noticed that the people were distressed. Princess
Inkala ran to the King’s side and asked, “What’s happening, father?”
“My dear princess, you’ll find out soon enough,” King Chimu
replied; then, turning to the crowd, he announced, “My people, for
years we’ve known the Inkas as our allies, but now they’ve decided
to attack us! As we speak, our brave warriors are trying their hardest
to fortify our city walls. I’m ordering all of you now to flee your homes
immediately and take cover as quickly as you possibly can!”
The people followed their king’s orders and scurried down the
hillside feeling deeply betrayed by the Inkas. A few minutes later, with
the townspeople gone, the
pututos
sounded another warning: The Inka
soldiers had gotten through the security barriers and were headed
downtown!