A long time ago in the land of Egypt, a tribe of llamas lived deep within the Cave of Swimmers. Afraid of offending the great fire in the sky, the tribe of llamas only ventured from the cave at night to search for food. One evening, while searching for food, a young llama by the name of Dolly Assa came across a rather pungent plant. Moments after consuming several leaves from the plant, she began feeling rather funny. The stars above her felt like giant glowing orbs. Overcome by the beauty in the sky above her, she collapsed to the ground. In awe of the great show in the sky, she lay there for hours before drifting off to sleep.
Dolly awoke several hours later as the great fire in the sky was just peering over the horizon. Dolly panicked. She was far from home and there would not be enough time to find shelter before the great fire was fully awake. Dolly sprang to her feet and began running. The great fire chased her, slowly creeping over the horizon. She knew the elders would decree she be delivered to the great body of water under the Sahara for disrespecting the sky fire.
When she arrived at the cave’s entrance, the fire in the sky was directly overhead. The guard stopped Dolly just inside the mouth of the cave.
“Where have you been?!”, he demanded.
“I’m so sorry. I found this incredible plant and… and I fell asleep.”
“You know it is forbidden to sleep outside the cave.”
“Yes, I know. I j j just…” Dolly began to tear up, “You have to try this plant. then you’ll understand.”
“Tonight”, the guard smiled.
Relieved, Dolly made her way to her family quarters.
Dolly waited eagerly for the sky fire to go to sleep. Time inside the cave seemed to pass at an increasingly slow pace. Finally, the guard came to Dolly’s family quarters. It was time to go. Dolly followed the guard, feeling simultaneously anxious and excited. Dolly led the guard to the large, pungent plant which had inspired such wild visions the night before. The guard sniffed the plant and pulled off a leaf to chew. Dolly grabbed a leaf for herself and began chewing. After a few moments, Dolly began laughing uncontrollably. The guard scoffed at her apparent madness. What was wrong with this deviant, bizarre, funny… very funny… child? The guard began laughing.
The two walked hysterically back to the Cave of Swimmers. The king of llamas met them at the cave’s mouth. “Where have you been?!”, he demanded. The two, startled by the king’s voice, stopped laughing. The guard attempted to answer, “We were just… this plant…” The two burst into laughter. “Enough!”, the king demanded. who has brought this evil to our cave? The guard, regretfully gestured toward Dolly. “Dolly Assa, you have brought shame to your family!”, the king proclaimed, “You will now take your place in the great body of water!”
The contrite Dolly followed the guard to a hole deep in the belly of the cave. Scores of llamas followed as they made their way down. standing next to the hole, Dolly pleaded, “You don’t have to do this”. Her voice echoed in the emptiness below. The guard looked to the king and then back to Dolly and stared at her blankly. Dolly sighed and prepared for the inevitable push to come. The guard thrust his body into Dolly, causing her to fall into the deep hole. With the sound of a splash, the guard began to quietly weep.
The king turned to the crowd of onlookers and announced, “All llamas who partake in this evil plant shall be, from this day forward, known as “Assa llamas” and will suffer the same fate as the original “Assa llama”. As days turned into weeks, rumor of this magical plant spread throughout the cave. Many young llamas went out in search of this plant only to, in the end, suffer the same fate as Dolly.
Unable to relieve himself of the remorse he felt for Dolly, the guard set out one night with the intent of eating enough of the plant to end his life. The guard awoke the next morning with memories of a phantasmic light show in the sky. The great fire in the sky would be fully awake soon. The guard ran quickly toward the cave, but stopped just shy of it’s entry. Two larger llamas stood just inside the cave. One called out to the darkness of the cave, “King?”. The king replied, “Assa llama? Lake him.”
Looking down the deep hole in the floor of the cave, the guard saw specks of color dancing below. Stunned by the beauty buried deep beneath their home, the guard gazed downward as a larger llama kicked him off into the hole. The guard panicked as his body submerged in the dark body of water. Gasping for air as his head sprang from the water, he saw a large opening in the cave. And standing just at the end of the water was Dolly, wearing a huge smile.