The sun shone on the valley. The women stood in groups and talked.
The ground opened and twelve beautiful men emerged, dressed in the colors of the earth, their eyes dark and inscrutable. One of the women turned and stared. The leader of the beautiful men pointed at the land and spoke to the men of the battles they would fight. The men looked at the land and nodded in understanding. The beautiful men turned around and crept back into the earth, followed by their leader.
The woman walked to the place in the ground where they had disappeared and waited for them to reemerge.
They did not return.