100. The Tortoise and the Magic Drum (2)

Tortoise rejoiced. “With this drum, I will have food and drink without working!”
Tortoise ate, and he was happy.
Tortoise fed his family, and they were happy.
Tortoise feasted the whole village, boasting about his wealth. Everyone admired Tortoise now!
One day Tortoise got drunk on palm-wine and started to dance. As he danced, he stepped over a stick. Then, when he beat the drum for more wine, warriors emerged, armed with whips and clubs, and they attacked Tortoise.
This made Tortoise angry. “I should not be the only one to suffer!” he thought, and so Tortoise made a plan.

[a story from southern Nigeria] 

Inspired by: Folk Stories From Southern Nigeria by Elphinstone Dayrell.
Notes: This is a continuation of Tortoise and the King's Drum. To find out what happens next, see: Tortoise's Revenge.

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