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A lot has already. happened to Cassie and her son while traveling to Wolfkeeper's home
Today's read starts at the arrival to The People's village.
Dread of the unknown filled every pore of Cassie’s body. The grip around Wolfkeeper tightened. She could not count the number of tepees. The sounds of excitement filled the air as news of the group’s return spread. Dogs barking, people’s voices, and the expectation of children’s shouts reached her ears. The noise of the Peoples excitement grew louder around the returning warriors, Cassie’s panic grew with it.
Could the man in front of her feel her trembling?
Even though she didn’t know what to expect, she did not expect these many people.
Terror edged its way up her spine. Three of the braves went in separate directions. Wolfkeeper and the brave with her son remained together. Making their way slowly through the camp. Many people greeted one or the other and sometimes both warriors. A slender woman approached them. Both men halted their mounts before her.
‟Welcome back, we are glad to see you and all those with you who have returned are safe and well.” The woman said smiling up at them.
She was young but not a child, Cassie thought. She seemed nineteen or twenty years old. The Indian woman was pretty, she decided. Her pleasure and excitement over seeing them seemed genuine and more personal than the others. Cassie wondered if the man in front of her and the young woman were possible related maybe, even his wife.
"Wife of my brother I accept your true words of welcome.” He responded. Cassie observed the woman whose voice sounded almost like music when she spoke.
Wolfkeeper’s sister-in-law's greatest wish was to have a child. Three times she carried children, but none of them were ever born alive. The heartbreak was destroying her. Naturally, her husband Eyes-like-eagle also grieved over their losses. However, no longer, now this gift will restore joy to them.
The Wolfkeeper continued. “She-who-weeps, you will no more weep.”
His arm extended toward other warrior. “Give my gift to her.”
Prancing Bear dismounted and handed the small bundle to the woman.
Wolfkeeper spoke again.‟See your son, and be She-who-weeps-no-more.”
Finally, Cassie’s brain clicked into gear. She started to try to climb down, but the man in front of her had gripped her arm that was around his waist and she could not move an inch. She started to scream for him to let her go to her son. Her breath stopped when a searing pain run up her arm. Wolfkeeper had her wrist in a bone crushing vice like grip.
‟PLEASE, Let me go, please.” she pleaded as tears poured down her face.
‟Silence and stay still.” He barked at her. The paralysis had already reached her shoulder. The pain was still growing. Cassie understood his intent and barely whispered yes. She had to make the extricating pain stop......
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Thanks for sharing Cassie's ordeal...Although I'm sure there much more she'll have to accept that will tear at her heart..
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