The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART ONE HENRIETTA’S COLLAR Chapter 11         It was deep into night when I awoke.  A feeble light from the fire’s embers rippled over the stone walls in purple and violet waves.  I had fallen asleep next to Ah-Teena, my head on her rump.  But now she was gone and Poo-Lee was in her place,…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART ONE HENRIETTA’S COLLAR Chapter 10 (part 2)        “The end to my battling days came in the same arena where I first fought.  It was a huge gathering, crowded and loud, and the men became particularly noisome and drunken.  Some of them went to beating one another with fists in their stupid, clumsy way….

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

(As originally written, Chapter 10 is very long—almost 35 pages. Rightly or wrongly, for the purposes of this blog, I have made the decision to divide it into two sections, the second of which will appear next Wednesday.—BC)  PART ONE HENRIETTA’S COLLAR Chapter 10 (part 1)         The fire in the cavern…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART ONE HENRIETTA’S COLLAR Chapter 9           The tribe put Bon-Bon to the earth the next morning.  To be precise, the tribe put him to fire, and it was the wind which spread his ashes about the earth.  But whatever process they might have used, the results would have been the same for poor…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART ONE HENRIETTA’S COLLAR Chapter 8           A branch snapped behind me and simultaneously, an awareness of blood filled my senses.  It’s probable I had smelled the blood all along, and that Ah-Teena and I both had confused it with something else, something just as basic and as urgent.  It was the startling crack…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART ONE HENRIETTA’S COLLAR Chapter 7         Peter, Mish-Shka and the one they called Louis left the cave, but not until Peter agreed to take Ah-Teena with him.  He did so with great reluctance.  All the while she pressured him, he kept swallowing and gulping for air as though he had something enormous lodged in…