Proud Wolf’s Woman
PROUD WOLF’S WOMAN – Karen Kay
Excerpt of Proud Wolf’s Woman
What does she do?
Neeheeowee had been following Julia from a discreet distance, 0a intention to plant obstacles in her path, if only to ensure she did not arrive at the white travelers’ camp. But so far, he’d had to do nothing.
He glanced up toward the overcast sky and then back to Julia, a puzzled frown coming over his brow.
If she meant to meet up with the white travelers, she grossly mis-estimated their direction from her. They lay to the south and east. She traveled to the north and west, the direction he wanted her to go. Was she traveling elsewhere than he had originally anticipated, or could she simply not tell direction?
He lifted hie shoulders in pure bafflement. Never had he seen anything like this. Amongst all Indians lay a sense of direction, even with the women; a being able to travel across unknown territory to a preselected spot without the remotest error. It was something no Indian thought extraordinary.
Yet, he saw before him what appeared to be a woman who could not find a camp, which lay no more than the distance of several hills and valleys away. He raised an eyebrow. Was she truly unable to tall direction, or did she have reason to go elsewhere?
He scowled. Even if she traveled the way he had hoped to coax her into, and especially if she had some other destination in mind besides the white man’s camp, she went greatly undersupplied. He made a mental note to teach Julia the basics of survival techniques on the prairie at the first opportunity. Otherwise, he would never be able to trust her out of his sight.
Julia suddenly tumbled into a hole, most likely a rattlesnake hole.
Neeheeowee prepared to shoot out of his cover toward her, but when she picked herself up, no apparent harm coming to her, Neeheeowee held back.
Muttering a quick, “Eaaa,” to himself and then a grunt of disbelief, he set off after her, gazing into the hole she’d fallen into as he passed by it.
That he had to act quickly to send an arrow into the snake that crawled out of the hole did not sit well with him, especially when that snake almost bit him.
He shook his head, hoping against hope that this wasn’t just the beginning of things to come.
Somehow he didn’t think so.