|Posted on June 16, 2006 at 5:02 AM|
It was the last day of our Initiation training. We spent the first half of the day on a drive. At midday, Mark announced that we had all passed and were allowed to stay on for training and then he gave us the rest of the day off to relax. That night was the Initiation Party, and the whole reserve was invited. I was told to cook, but no one was interested in eating. The night started off with the new inductees having to stand up on the table and make the rest of the reserve laugh at a joke. If they didn’t laugh we had to down a drink. This carried on until they laughed, but I had a feeling they were trying not to. The rest of the night was lots of fun. At one point John and Nathan pulled me aside. They said that because Mark was the only one with a real bed to sleep on, they wanted to hide it from him. I said I thought it was a bad idea, but if they really wanted to do it I couldn’t stop them. They did it. Near the end of the night, Mark went to get something out of his tent and saw it was missing. He told the guys that they had better get it back into his tent before the end of the night. They went behind the bush and found that the entire bed, the mattress and the frame, had been completely eaten by a hyaena! The saliva was so thick and slimely, and pieces were everywhere. The two boys ended up having to give up their mattresses to Mark to sleep on. We all eventually said our good byes to the other staff and went to bed. The next day was the official end of the Initiation and time to start the real work!