ClosedFist was Staghorn’s friend. He knew this was his function.
He was there with Staghorn, always. What Staghorn wanted, that was what they got.
Staghorn was simply the most important man in the village.
But, of course, Oroco was the chief. He always would be, until he died.
He was old now, though. Although hale and in good health, he was stiff and tired a lot. He slept, mostly.
They brought him food. All of the tribe looked after him.
He was the most respected man in the village, and obviously he was still the priest.
But he was not the most important. That was Staghorn.
Staghorn was simply the most useful man in the village. He was the best at everything. He was always catching game. They would be out on a stalk together, just the too of them, daring the wolves to attack, driving them off with spear thrusts until they tired of the chase.
Then, they would hunt together.
But always, it was Staghorn who would find the food. Sometimes even a pig! They had been the chiefs together that night. They had brought back a male boar – with tusks! How they had feasted!
They ate the cooked pig flesh, roasted right in the fire, until their bellies bulged.
He was Staghorn’s friend. He was OK with that. He was the second most important man in the village that way.