When Increase went to the town for market day he saw Delilah and was smitten. When he returned home he could not eat for thinking of her and his father got his secret, and Increase said “Father, how do I tell a girl of my love?” And his father paid two zuzim to the Speaker who lived a morning’s journey away in a cave and the Speaker whose name was Born-from-Water taught Increase how to express love. “Say” said Born-from-Water “Among birds she is the hoopoe. Among celestial bodies, the sun. Among days, the first day of spring. And say your heart is hers and you languish for lack of it until you receive a response.”
Delilah awoke early to feed the flamingoes and gather the eggs from the other water fowl and she saw Increase standing there and he said to her “Among birds thou art the hoopoe. Among celestial bodies, the sun. Among days, the first day of spring, yea, my heart is in your hands and it languishes until I hear your response.” And she blushed and ran to her mother. “Do you love this boy?” asked Delilahs’ mother. “Mother, I do.” And her mother took her to the Speaker whose name is Born-from-Water and he told her how to respond. And she was waiting by the flamingo lake the next day and when she saw Increase she said “Among trees thou art the banyan, among animals the tiger, among moments of the day the opening of the eye to see the first shafts of morn.”
But the man who owned Delilah’s village who was named Bison-Tamer was wroth for he wanted this maid for himself as his fourth wife, and he made fast to Born-from-Water and asked him what to say to Increase, and he appeared at his hut and bellowed “Among foodstuffs thou art excrement! Come forth and meet thy fate, which among fates of ice, is the fate of ice in the rays of the sun, amongst fates of mice is the the claws of the cat. Verily the claws of the cat as he does hunger.”
And Increase grabbed the assegai that had belonged to his grandfather and smote Bison Tamer in his chest and slew him. And the people of the village gathered round as did Delilah and she spoke unto him “Say again those words that you spoke that wooed me. What am I?”
But whether from confusion of battle, or heat of sun, or the touch of Prophecy Increase had forgotten the words of Born-from-Water. And he said to her word that were strange and unknown to them “Among spaces thou art the Klein Bottle, amongst celestial phenomena the White Hole, amongst dreams the dream of awaking.” And her eyebrows turned inwards and she was puzzled.
From deep within the Earth rose the Djinnis daughter where she had been sleeping for a thousand aeons and one aeon for she was all these things and was waiting for the speech that would name her and praise what there was in her to love. She rose a league and then another league and in the third league she burst through Earth and grabbed Increase, and then was she in the troposphere with him together in love, and then they were gone.