The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

EPILOGUE           By the time autumn was fully upon us again, our move was complete. This is not to say men couldn’t still find us, couldn’t still shoot us down with utter disregard as they had poor Bon-Bon. But our new home makes their cruelty much harder to achieve.           After our return, Peter allowed…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART FIVE A HARD WAY HOME Chapter 43           The mountain thawed and we continued to heal. Whatever beauty and grace Peter, Ah-Teena, and Bandy might have taken pride in at one time had been replaced by jagged scars and awkward limps. At the same time, little Krookle, Billy-Mouth, and Groom…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART FIVE A HARD WAY HOME Chapter 42           We came back to life, slowly, more like a walnut hardening off than a crocus bursting through or the explosion of lilacs. The stronger we became, the less I saw of the Wolven.           Almost as soon as he was able to…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART FIVE A HARD WAY HOME Chapter 41             How they got there ,,, where they came from ,,, I don’t know. There had been no howling, none of that eerie ritual chanting that announced them the last time. They simply appeared, as though they had been there all along,…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART FIVE A HARD WAY HOME Chapter 40             Just as I have been cursed with episodes of undesired flight, I have been, for the most part, blessed with relatively soft landings.           I came down through naked aspen branches, dense but brittle. They snapped like moth spines as I…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART FIVE A HARD WAY HOME Chapter 39            “Don’t you do it, Teena! I mean it! Don’t even think about it! This is no place … NO PLACE AT ALL!”           Peter’s tongue swung from one far corner of his mouth to the other, his flanks quivered like fish flesh,…