“Oh hell no! This two face cheeka is sticking right here! I think I caused enough drama for one night.”

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The daughter-in-law came out of her room without the baby when she heard laughter in the living room. She took note that Celeste and wolf were laying on the floor next to the fire, while the other three smiled at each other. “So you were not eaten by wolf I see?  He is your friend, American girl?” Celeste didn’t know what to say except apologize for both their wild manners.

Akna quickly came to Celeste’s defense.  “Kirima, all is safe, it was just a misunderstanding.  No one knew except my son that she had a wolf with her.” The old woman softly stated to Kirima.  “Come let’s drink some tea, and let this story flow out so all of us can live as one.”   Celeste started to get up off the floor.  Her gut felt like someone had punched her hard in her stomach.  “Ohhhh, damn Sam, Son of a Bitch!” she said in pain while grabbing her tummy.

The group gave Celeste an inquisitive look except for Jack.  He smiled from ear to ear.  “Nujalik I am warning you now about your potty mouth.  We don’t use words like that.  So hold your tongue girl or I will wash it out with a bar of soap.” Celeste turned a light shade of red and smiled.  Akna handed her a cup of hot tea, which she gladly excepted and began to sip it quietly.

Aklaq Jr. instantly wanted to ask Celeste a question.  “Does this bitchen word you used earlier mean the same thing as bitch slap?” Celeste roared with laughter.  She didn’t understand what he asked her since their language did not pronounce the sound of a B. Jack came to the rescue and spoke softly but shyly.

He looked at Celeste and explained what his son meant. “I think Nujalik your wild tongue is rubbing off on me. When I went to pick you up, good old Wolf was being a pisser.  So I told him I would bitch slap him.  I didn’t know what I said at the time, until now.” Celeste wanted to hug Jack with glee, knowing her language was truly one of a kind to speak.  “Well Jack, I hope you said it with a southern drawl!” She looked at Aklaq Jr who stood by his lovely wife.  “Bitch Slap means, I’m gonna open a can of whip ass, or knock some sense into you, or hit you silly, or….” She could see the confusion on their faces except for Jack’s.

Akna sobered the group up when she spoke out gently.  “Nujalik, do you remember what happened out there?” Celeste contemplated and said, “Not really, the only thing I remember is glowing with color and felt like ripping the shit out of all you humans.”  Jack translated her words in his language.  Akna thought about her words and came up with, “I think girl whatever you eat, you will hold their spirit and become the animal you eat.  You are a very unusual American Indian, I think you and I have a lot of work to do!”

Celeste sat quietly in thought to herself, while the others spoke softly in Inuit language. “What have I done?  They must think I am cuckoo?”  She quickly blurted out with concern.  “Did I hurt anyone Jack?” Jack nodded his head no, “I almost thought you would Nujalik.  There was one moment you almost made a young lad shit his pants.  I thought I would have to kill you, but I knew you were not yourself when I saw your eyes glow.  Nujalik, I think Akna and I created this scene because we pissed off Mother Earth. You see, we agreed together that I would leave and never tell anyone who I was.  Well you can see she use you and the bear spirit to muck that up; especially, when you roared at me like bear and told me to tell the truth.”  She smiled at Jack regarding how he smoothly used her  potty language to tell a story.

A soft knock on the door shushed the group up.  Kirima opened the door to her neighbor who told them food was ready to eat, and they could join the tribe if all was safe.  They all looked at Celeste wondering if she would be okay to join the festivities.  She could hear them decide what to do silently in their minds. “Oh hell no!  This two face cheeka is sticking right here with wolf!  I think I caused enough drama for one night.   Besides, I need to open a can of worms to someone special and I want answers this time.”   Jack knew actually what she meant.  She blow out a breath of air and turned her back on the group to sit in front of the warm fire, while holding and rubbing her circle of life pendant Gary gave her.  It was going to be a long night for her, but one thing she was positive about doing, is NEVER eat meat again if she was to become a spirit carrier for Mother Earth.

Oh boohoo;  This now will conclude the story of Wounded Soldier on this blog.  I am thankful to all of my friends who have joined me and read this story of wild cowgirl Celeste on a daily basis.  I am now going to stop blogging for a few and work on finishing this story, then hopefully put it into production.  So if you guys really liked this story and want to know what happens to the Spitfire, keep your eyes peeled for the Wounded Soldier novel after Christmas! Celeste will miss you guys, so until then Adios Amigos!

 

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Don’t make me bitch slap you dog! Get the hell out of my way!” Jack didn’t blink an eye nor waited for response from Wolf.

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Wolf began to whine and laid down beside Celeste to comfort her battles with the bear spirit she had digested.  Again she roared out like a pissed off bear out to the freezing winds.   She looked at the mess she puked up, and watched the little chunk of meat glow a faintly green, then slowly died out.

Exhausted in body strength, she laid her body down on the icy ground and closed her eyes passing out. Wolf stayed close to her body as he licked her face.  He growled at the men who decide to help the spitfire out when they took a step towards her.  Akna, left her men to figure out the situation of the truth to help Celeste out.  Wolf growled, “You stop that dog! I am here to help.”  Wolf stopped and watched the old woman with vigilante stance. The old woman bent down on the ground and touched Celeste’s forehead. Celeste calmed down with her soft touch.

“I need help to take this girl into my home, please who will help?”  Jack immediately cut through the circle of people who was watching the collapsed half-breed shake uncontrollably.  “No one touch her, except for me!” Akna’s eyes soften on the man she has loved all her life.  She recognized the deep family bond these two have with each other, and allowed him to slowly walk up to the beast and woman.  

“Wolf, move!”  He gently told the canine.  “Grrrrrrr”…..Wolf bared his teeth.  “Don’t make me bitch slap you dog! Get the hell out of my way!”  Jack didn’t blink an eye nor waited for response from Wolf.  He picked her up like a sack of potatoes with ease and threw her over his shoulder, and headed towards Akna’s home.  Akna picked up the bear piece of meat and her and wolf followed Jack, leaving the clan people alone to wonder what the hell just happen, and what did bitch slap mean?

Jack lightly put her body to rest on the warm floor by the fire inside Akna’s home.  Akna immediately threw the piece of bear meat into the open fire and watched the meat burst into a deep red flame then disappeared. “She swallowed part of the spirit of that bear, Aklaq when you two killed it.  She grows more powerful by the day my love, and does not know what is happening to her.  This woman is full of knowledge, wisdom, loyalty and love, yet I smell hints of innocence, naive in human’s life lessons. She is a half-breed Indian isn’t she, and daughter to Mother Earth?”  Jack took his eye off Celeste long enough to answer his spiritual Akna.  “Yes, she is Cherokee and Scottish. She is truly different and Mother Earth is her maker.”  Jack lightly spoke out.  “She knew we decided not to tell our son the truth.  That is why she went crazy on us.” Akna began to make tea while pondering on Jack’s words, when her front door opened up.

Wolf was laying down by Celeste when Aklaq Jr walked into room.  Aklaq looked into the calm eyes of the wolf then at the still form of Celeste.  His father was softly wiping her brow from sweat with a rag when Aklaq stood beside his father and said. “Welcome home my father.  My heart is full of joy to know that you live!”  

Jack smiled at his son, “I am sorry I did not know that I created a fine son such as yourself. I am a deserter of war and don’t deserve your respect.  I do ask for you’re forgiveness in me for not being here for all these years?”  Akna let her tears fall for both of her men that have come together in an odd way.  “I have told our son the truth my love, so there should be no forgiving. We are happy you have returned to us.”  Jack stood up and hugged his son warmly, then quickly grabbed his beautiful love and made them all hug each other. 

“Humm….I love to see group family hugs. It brings joy to one’s soul!”  Celeste had woken up when she felt the power of love invade her soul.  The family quit their hugging and smiled upon Celeste.  “She lives!”  Jack softly said.  “Humm…indeed but my mouth feels very dry and taste like spoiled fish.”  Wolf quickly licked her lips.  She placed a loving arm upon the furry beast face and kissed his muzzle and wet tongue.  “Yuck, Wolf, your breath is no better.”  She wiped her back of her hand across her wet lips with a smile, while the group of loved ones chuckled with laughter.

 

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Celeste’s body instantly stopped glowing as she dropped down on her fours onto the icy snow, and began to shake uncontrollably. In seconds, she found herself throwing up the bear heart she had eaten earlier.

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“Easy Hialeah,” her spiritual voice softly spoke to her inside her head.  Celeste didn’t want to pay attention, she began to growl deeper with the encouragement of Wolf.  It only took one person to move to set her off. One of the young men who was learning to hunt with the harpoon spear for the first time this year, was shivering with fear.  Celeste locked onto his uneasiness. Her eyes glowed a mystical deep green, as she cast out a beware warning to the young hunter baring her teeth.

“Don’t do it boy!  Don’t make me get my getto out!”  Celeste hissed out.  She could see the fear in his eyes and knew he had made a terrible mistake showing his faintheartedness to the huntress. “Hialeah, control yourself.  They are friendly people who think Wolf was attacking you.”  Celeste couldn’t get her shit together.  She began to battle out her wild emotions inside her head. Why couldn’t she pull her crap together?  Her brain was screaming and taunting her to kill, rip apart, shred anything or anyone…this was not like her to be this deadly in nature.

The clan people silently felt the spitfire’s confusion, as they watched the American woman struggling to keep herself in check, but was failing miserably. The men lowered their spears except for the young man Celeste locked onto.  She roared out loud in wolf cry, while Wolf howled louder to join her confusion.

Inside the warm log cabin home Jack and Akna were interrupted by the screaming daughter-in-law who flew into the home.  He knew shit happened the minute she yelled out that there was a wild wolf in the village who was attacking the American woman.  He left the warmth of the home quickly knowing Celeste would cause a scene of destruction if he didn’t get out there fast enough to control her.

When he rounded the back end of the snow cat he heard her deadly growl.  Stopping in his tracks he saw his Nujalik become a wild and out of control beast.  He noticed her body was glowing with rays of color. Not thinking, he cut through the gathering tribes circle and tried to slowly approach her, while cooing, soothing  words out to her to drop her knife.  Wolf bared his teeth at Jack, Celeste was battling the thought to kill him or eat him.

For a split second Jack felt she was ready to explode with violence.  She cast her eyes upon Jack as a stranger. Baring her teeth again with a mean ass growl.  The only thing Jack could think of was to kill her. “Nujalik!”  Jack bellowed out as he withdrew his blade.  Celeste blinked her eyes trying to remember the familiar voice who barked out a command to her.  When she saw the men lower their spears and no longer threatening her and wolf, she began to reason out the situation that suddenly exploded out of control.  “Nujalik it is me, Aklaq!  Relax girl, easy…”  Jack didn’t realize he used his tribal name out loud for everyone to hear.

Aklaq Jr. was stunned.  He clearly heard Jack say his name.  “My father?”  he whispered inside his head. Celeste immediately took her eyes off Jack and narrowed into Aklaq Jr’s confused face.  “Yes he is!  Tell the truth human!” Celeste ripped out in anger to Jack, then roared out like a bear.  Jack quickly looked at Aklaq Jr, who was standing behind him.  Neither could speak until Akna came out yelling.  She quickly walked up to Celeste and Wolf and began to scold the rebels.  “You two control your bear energy, now! This is not the time or place girl to lose it!”  Celeste’s heated body temp suddenly ebbed away the hate she felt towards all the people an allowed her thoughts to come back to peaceful reason.

Silence was heard when Akna slowly turned to face her son and confirmed Jack was indeed his father.  Members of the clan began to whisper the news to each other.  Celeste’s body instantly stopped glowing as she dropped down on her fours onto the icy snow, and began to shake uncontrollably.  In seconds, she found herself throwing up the bear heart she had eaten earlier.

“He is my friend! So if anyone of you Injuns’ think your gonna eat him, you got another thing coming!”

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Celeste had to shut the cab’s door to get warmed up.  The weather was becoming too cold for her to endure. “How the dickens am I going to handle this shitin’ cold temperatures? One must be nuts to live out here in ice land?”  She put the heater on full blast sending warm heat throughout the snow cat’s cab.  The windows were starting to defrost while Celeste’s teeth began to chatter. 

She sat in her seat watching the windows slowly defrost.  “What the hell?”  Impatient Celeste immediately wiped away the steamy substance to view the many twinkling rainbow colors in the sky through her windshield.  “Holy macaroni!”  As she sat in her driver’s seat dumbfounded from the brilliance of the lights, she took off her furry mitten’s to put her cold hands up against the blowing heater to warm.  Taking her eyes off the lights in the sky just to look at her tingling fingers, her eyes widen in surprise.  “Son of Bitch?  How is that possible?”  Celeste said to herself.  

Her hands were not tingling from the freezing cold, they were tingling with a glow of colorful dim lights. Slowly she examined her strong hands like they were foreign to her. Seconds ticked by as she observed her colorful hands when she was scared out of her thoughts with a knock on the cab.  With haste she put her gloves back on, and opened her door to Aklaq’s wife.  “I came to help you with boxes.”  She offered politely. Celeste noticed that the girl still had the baby on her back. “Girl, you take that baby back into the house.  It’s bloody ass freezing out here!”

The young lady, smiled at her and said, ” We are born for this weather American woman, you are not.”  Celeste understood, and didn’t add anything else as she began to crawl out of the protection of warmth into the cold.  The Eskimo gal suddenly became fearful and stepped away from Celeste in a hurry with a blood curdling scream.  Celeste didn’t have time to see what the woman screamed about when she was assaulted by wolf on her backside.

He knocked her down onto the icy snow then started to pull her hood off her head.  “Wolf what the hell dude!”  She barked out while trying to hold her hood from being pulled away with giggles.  She couldn’t hold on any longer when wolf ripped the hood off her head.  Wolf stopped his play immediately and began to growl out dangerously.  Celeste slowly lifted her head up and saw many spears ready to kill the wolf.

“NO, don’t any of you TOUCH HIM!”  She spit out.  Speedily she got up from the snow, withdrawing her Bowie knife from her boots she stood on the ground with a ferocious stance. Legs spit apart, white hair with black streak surrounding her face began to fly free in the bitter cold wind. Her green eyes glowed dangerously at the group of Eskimo men ready to kill her companion. 

“He is my friend! So if anyone of you Injuns’ think your gonna eat him, you got another thing coming!”  Celeste looked like the devil crawled inside her as wolf and her began to growl together.  The Clan people were more flabbergasted at the sight of seeing the American half-breed in action. Not to mention the color of her hair,eyes, and the aura of color that glowed around her, were enough to tell them that she was a powerful force to be reckon with, and not an ordinary American girl!

 

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“Who are you guys?”

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Celeste watched with amazement how the clan members skillfully cured the bear in unison.  The smiles that she and Jack created were priceless to see.  The temps were beginning to decrease with the lack of light, but none showed they were cold but Celeste. Even in her white fox fur get-up the freezing temps permeated its way through her furry layers.  Wolf whined inside the cab wanting to be released and join the crowd.  Celeste gave him a look unsure if she wanted the trouble maker out of his box.  Instead, she turned her body to walk towards the snow cat and jump inside for warmth.

Aklaq Jr. walked behind Celeste with arms laden with skin and claws following her to the snow cat. He interrupted her when she was standing next to the trackers of the vehicle ready to jump inside her cab.  “As promised honored guest; but may I offer our tribes service to work with the hide before its ruin.” She smile at the young face of Jack’s replica and softly spoke out. “Yes I would like that, I know how important it is to work on hides, so it would be an honor.  Is there a way we could make my friend a bitchen bear coat and boots?”  Aklaq scowled his brow in thought.  “What is this word bitchen mean?”

She chuckled out freely,  Aklaq grinned while drinking in her rare beauty and contagious laughter. “It means groovy, nice, banging, out of this world, divine, hot, and and….”  Celeste’s eyes twinkled with mischievous while thinking of other words to describe what bitchen meant.

His curiosity was starting to get the best of him regarding how she looked under the fox fur hood.  All he could see was her striking almond shaped, emerald green eyes glow with wisdom and brilliance under the protection of the white furry hood. He took another step towards her and handed the bear claws into her furry bloody red cover mittens.  ” Yes I will see to it, we thank you for the bountiful hunt. Our bellies will be full of a good dinner tonight.”

Celeste nodded and began to jump around trying to warm herself. “I have another load of something really delicious inside the cab of my Snow Cat. I think it would go perfect with our dinner.”  Aklaq nodded his head yes, unable to suddenly speak to the beautiful stranger.

As he looked up a long the side of the big machinery he asked her why her windows were steamy inside.  “Can you give me a second I have a wolf inside here.  If I let him out, I promise you he will not harm anyone if they only share some of the meat with him.  He too has earned his share of this hunt, and it would behoove me if he doesn’t get a few morsels or a bone to chew on.”   The surprised Aklaq was a little fearful when she said wolf, quickly he recovered his fear an added in voice the wolf were their brothers and helpers when they hunt. She smiled and opened the cab’s door.

Out flew the excited Serbian wolf.  He jumped for joy with play around Celeste’s body and quickly surveyed the white land to find a place to pee.  He took off at a distance to do his business in peace.  Aklaq was speechless and took a step back in timidity when the beast jumped out of the machine.  Taking note the wolves he has seen in his life time, were nothing compared to seeing this gargantuan mystical canine.

Celeste turned her head back to the cab paying no mind to the shocked Eskimo man, and quickly disappeared into the warm cab.  In no time at all she was handing down boxes to Aklaq. “I think we should get some more help Aklaq, because we can not carry all that I have brought by ourselves.”

He left her by the cab alone unloading the many boxes she had brought from the bakery from Juneau Alaska. Immediately a nagging gritty feeling inside his gut made him think how or why these strange powerful people choose to come his town, and share so many riches with them. And who was the old man that came with her that sent an electrical charge throughout his soul when he shook hands with the man. He mumbled under his breath while he walked away from Celeste, “Who are you guys?”

Celeste yelled out to Aklaq, ” We are hope, love, and forgiveness, so stop thinking it will kill you’re brain.” Aklaq turned around and glared at the white bloody figure standing on the step of the snow cat with a box in her hand. Did he really speak that loud enough for her to hear him? He thought to himself.  He had to blink his eyes twice to clear his vision when he looked at the spitfire. Was he really seeing a faint glow of a light that was encasing her body? Or was it the colorful lights of the evening skies casting their beauty upon the American woman.

She could hear his thoughts clearly and loudly, instead she tried to take his mind off of what he saw.  “What day is it please?”  Celeste asked him.  ” It is the last Thursday in November.”  She giggled out loud causing him to smile at the silly woman.  “Well ain’t this Randy!  What a grand day to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, Aklaq!”

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“Thank you, Nujalik for bringing my man home to me. I have been waiting for a very long time for your arrival.”

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The village looked very tiny to Celeste as they drove their Cat into the town.  “Jack it’s a small community how many Eskimo’s live here do you think?”  Jack thought about her question and answered, “I remember about two hundred or a little more.”  She looked around the area and took note they were a very poor tribe.  People came out of their homes to see who was entering their village as the big snow cat passed them by. Celeste could see they were curious about the new strangers.  She kept the cat moving with snail pace through the town until she came to her address she had written down.

Jack was sweating at the brow when she looked at him.  “Easy my man, this is the plan.  You will not tell anyone who you are!  You got that? Let me handle this because I will be damned if we traveled all this way for you and then shit happens!”  Jack nodded in agreement.  She looked at Jack one more time and could feel his nervous energy.  “It will be okay my father, I promise.”  Jack finally spoke out to her.  “Nujalik I feel sad here, things have changed.  I want to go back home!”

“Jack, we can’t go home.  Let’s feel this scene out and then we can decide what to do.  How does that sound.”  Lightly she touched Jack’s face with her finger lovingly. Celeste knew his heart was breaking. “I will take care of you.”  Jack believed her the minute she spoke her words, calming him down only a little bit.

As she stopped the cat and put it into an idle mode in front of a little shack, a middle age man stepped out of his home to see who had stopped at his doorway. Celeste left Wolf and Jack inside the cab when she stepped out and walked up to the man stretching her hand out in greeting.

The next thing Jack knew Celeste walked into the home while the young man closed the door.  “Is that my son?”  Jack thought out loud to wolf.  Wolf licked his face, Jack ruffled his fur and began to pet the beast for reinsurance. Time seem to pass by slowly for Jack without seeing Nujalik. And when the door opened up again, the same young man stood at the doorstep and stared at Jack.  They both locked eyes, neither one moved until Celeste came out to get Jack.

The villager’s began to gather around the big machine.  Each was speaking their foreign language to each other regarding the Kodiak Bear and strangers that entered into their town. They stepped back when Celeste approached the snow cat and opened the door for Jack to come out.  “Stay…Wolf.”  She demanded to her companion.  Jack was helped out of the cab by Celeste who held a loving hand out to her friend.  He was so nervous that his heart began to skip beats.

The minute Jack almost passed by his son, he knew that Celeste didn’t spill the beans about who he was.  The young man smiled at him then stretched his hand out in greeting.  Jack gave the youngster a puzzled look and took hold of his hand.  Both felt the charge that coursed through their blood when their hands met.  The young man was dumbfounded and gave Jack a deeper look as he strengthen his hold on Jack’s hand.  Celeste wanted to cry, but held on to her emotions.  She too felt the connection between the two men when they touched hands.

Jack tried to recover and didn’t look into the young man’s face.  The young lad released his hold on Jack and let him enter his homestead.  Celeste quickly asked the young man to get the help from his tribe to take down the bear and begin the process of cleaning it up.  Jack looked around at his people.  They were smiling from ear to ear to know that Christmas time had come to their town.  “Jack, come my love.  Let them take care of this business while we take care of our task.”  Celeste offered her hand to Jack knocking him out of his thoughts. “Aklaq Jr. can you please make sure we get those bear claws and hide.”  Jack snapped his head to the young man’s direction, confirming his thoughts.  “Yes, it will be a pleasure.”  He said with a smile on his face.

Celeste was holding onto the dazed Jack’s hand when she pulled him into the cozy shack. Jack had to adjust his eye vision when he limped into the home.  Sitting close to the warm fire an old woman of her clan sat in her chair staring into the flames holding a little new born baby in her arms. To him she still looked beautiful, Jack took a deep intake of breath.  The old woman heard his surprise reaction and turned her lovely face to Jack.

Another lady came into the picture from the kitchen and introduce herself as Jr.’s wife. Jack’s eyes never left the older woman’s face when the young lady greeted them. Celeste could feel the electricity in the air between the two.  The older woman got up from her warm chair and handed the sleeping little bundle to her daughter-in-law.

In her foreign language she spoke softly to Jack.  Celeste didn’t understand what she was saying, but she recognized the shock look on Jack’s face.  The lady quickly added in English. “I must be in a dream, because you stranger look like someone I knew a very long time ago?”

She walked up to Jack and pulled his hood off to get a better look at the man.  Slowly she etched her fingers against his face.  Touching his side of his scarred face he winced back, not in pain but to have his first love touch him after so many years. Tears began to roll down Celeste’s face because of the magical moment she was witnessing.  It was completely beautiful. Now she knew how Jack felt, because she felt the same when she had seen Gary.

“My love you have returned back to me as I knew you would!”  she lightly whispered to Jack. The pair stood together sharing deep emotions yet not acting upon their thoughts.  The daughter-in-law watched the two.  She was more concerned when her mother was speaking to the stranger as if she knew him.  “Mother please, you are causing a scene here.  Your memory is not what it use to be, and you are making our guest uncomfortable.”

“Don’t tell me my head is crazy girl, I know who I am looking at!”  The aged woman barked out to her daughter.  “Is it you…Aklaq?”  The daughter in law raised her eyebrows in shock. Celeste felt the need to protect the couple from the younger woman’s sharp tongue.  She gently walked up to her and cooed at the little girl in her bundle of furry blankets.  “I have brought a few things to share with everyone and would love your help.  Can we go outside and let these two talk alone?”  Celeste asked smoothly.  The woman scowled at Celeste.  ” I am not taking no for answer young one! I am telling you I want your help, now!”  Celeste stood firm as the two ladies looked at each other both not budging until Celeste whispered, “Please she will be safe with my friend.”

She nodded in agreement and asked her to give her a moment to get dress.  She handed the babe to Celeste to hold. Celeste had only eyes for the bundle of joy she held.  Precious memories flooded her soul of how beautiful it felt as a mother to produce something so mystical. Her tears fell freely as she remembered holding her two beautiful daughters in her arms for the very first time.

Jack finally took his eyes off his lady and looked at Celeste.  “I have to Cowgirl…I must be honest!”  She smiled at Jack and gave him a wink, confirming it was okay to tell her the truth. “Jack wait a second before you bust your bubble.  I am taking the daughter outside to help me unload the cab and check on the bear.”  The old woman looked at Celeste truly for the first time.  “Thank you, Nujalik for bringing my man home to me.  I have been waiting for a very long time for your arrival.”  Celeste was devastated by the woman’s knowledge of her name that was given to her by Jack himself.  Quick witted Celeste immediately spoke out gently.  “I don’t recall I gave you my name mam, so how would you know who I am?”  The old woman pointed at her head and said, “I have visions girl of the earth.  I have seen you many times.  You are a powerful force honored by light of life.  I have been waiting for you child to return my man home to me. I also know, you are on your last leg of ordain tasks by Mother Earth.”

Celeste looked at Jack stunned with her mouth open wide in a O position.  The three were unable to speak another word when the daughter came back out of a bedroom wearing her heavy furry clothing, and took the baby away from Celeste’s arms and began to place the little one into a papoose, as Celeste knew it to be called in Cherokee.  With skill she swung the holder with babe inside unto her back and gave Celeste an unhappy look.

Celeste was not really paying attention to the girl until Jack cleared his throat.  She again gave the old woman a look of confusion, then immediately gathered herself and turned on her heels leaving Jack alone with his first love.

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“Girl you were a penguin gliding with speed under this machine.”

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Jack and Celeste worked perfectly together as they prepped the bear to be hauled behind their Snow Cat.  “Jack, this beast must be around 1500 lbs and stands around 10 ft high on his hind legs. He makes us look like a spec of dirt, dude.  I have never seen anything this HUGE!  Is he bigger than a polar bear?” Jack replied, “I have never caught or killed anything this big.  He is a monster girl, and damn good one too. But I believe the Kodiak Bear is bigger than a Polar Bear.”

Softly caressing the brown fuzzy fur she was completely speechless that she touched one of these massive creatures.  “Jack the thunder this dude created on the snow was very powerful, I almost couldn’t move.”

Celeste began to relieve the scene in her head, while Jack finished tying the beast to the Cat.  “You know Jack, isn’t it funny the stupid way our luck gets us into these innocent battles? And look at me?  I am changing by the day and have no bloody clue what the shit is happening to me but a bunch of ordain crap.  I mean come on! This shit is too damn funny, yet we live to laugh about it. I am a thinkin’ the Greek Gods still live up in Mount Olympus, and they are making us their pawns just so they can have a laugh at us three stooges.”

Jack laughed at Celeste, “Girl I think you think to much, sometimes to deep for me to phantom.  Come let’s get into the truck and talk some more, I am freezing.”  Celeste whistled for wolf who came immediately.  They all tumbled into the warm confinement of the cab, Wolf licked Celeste’s face.  “You dirty boy, causing so much trouble.  This makes the second time today you knocked into someone when they were pissing.”  Wolf whined and showered her with more licks to the face.  Jack roared with laughter.

“What, Wolf knocked you down too?” Wolf stopped licking Celeste’s face and started on Jack’s.  “Go away and lay down beast you caused enough trouble for the day.” Wolf listened and laid down on floor in the back of the cab giving Jack the sorry guilty look.  Celeste shot out with laughter.  “I think he is our cleaning rag Jack, we both have blood all over us.  I don’t think we will ever get the stains out of our clothing.  So sad too, I loved my white fox outfit. Thank heavens you’re wearing dark mink fur, you can’t see it that much.”

“Nujalik, it is an honor to hunt with you, even under the circumstances.  You are one tough girl and I’ve never in my life time seen your equal.  I know I was hidden away, but Nujalik you I think have two types of Greek Goddess in you.  Artemis and Athena the Gods have blessed you child.” Jack gave her wink with his one eye.  She smiled and said softly, “You’re full of shit Jack, but I love you more than you and I can explain. This will be our last time I think alone.  How about I make us some tea before we leave.  I saw a little pan and a heater in the back with our supplies that we can plug into this outlet.  How about it?” Jack looked at Celeste in a surprise fashion.  “You know one can live inside here comfortably.” Celeste snickered and started to make some tea. During tea time the two chuckled about their great big hunt. Celeste started the story off with funny details.

“Jack my pants were down close to my knees, I was peeing thinking my pee was going to turn into a ice sickle, when wolf knocked into me.  That Caca head sent my face and me standing on my fours with my ass sticking up for the world to see in the snow.  Then I saw this humongous head coming towards me and I couldn’t move until I heard you yelling!” She began to giggle while trying to tell her story.  “I couldn’t seem to get my pants up and run at the same time, so I think for now on I will piss in my pants before I drop them in the woods again.” Jack chuckled.  “Girl you were a penguin gliding with speed under this machine. And when you got back out of the cab and sliced his tendons on his legs he was defenseless and dropped like a wet noodle.” “No way dude, Jack you shot my arrows?  Did I loose any of them?” Celeste sobered up.  “Nope, I got them right here girl.” Jack brought out her arrows that Jack made her.  Everyone of them was in perfect condition.  “Wicked…Jack they are strong? Thank you for getting them.  Where is my bow?” Jack became serious. “I am sorry Nujalik the bow is broken. I had no more arrows and started to beat him with it on the head. He swiped it out of my hand and I thought I was dead when you saved the day and cut his legs.  That was good quick thinking girl.”

Jack slowly placed her childhood bow into her hands.  She looked at the bow with honor, no tears to shed when the bow had saved their lives many times.  “It’s okay Jack, I was honored by my grandfather who made this for me.  It has served me well for many years, so it is only right I lay it to rest.”  She looked at Jack and winked her eye.  He loved her so much, to him she will always be a very special human. It is he who is honored to be on a special quest with this Cowgirl the gods favored.

After tea Celeste tidied up and put the gear into play on the Snow Cat. In less than an hour they arrived in the village of the Napaaqtugmiut;; meaning “People of the Tree’s.” 

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