The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART THREE KRUK Chapter 25         I believe it a symptom of the policeman’s empathetic nature that he didn’t drop me to the ground and step all over me in a rush to get away from Mish-Shka’s attack. Instead, he clutched me to his breast tightly and fell to one knee, protecting…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART THREE KRUK Chapter 24   They shut me in the truck over night with the elk’s head and Buddy, it being Buddy’s truck. The other two slept in bags on the cold ground. But before they slept, they continued to drink for hours and argue who, exactly, had been the most instrumental in saving…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART THREE KRUK Chapter 23             The hunters didn’t see me. Owing to some trickery of angle or shading, they were never aware of my witness to this atrocity. It’s possible, I suppose, that a side effect of blood-lust is tunnel vision, but for whatever reason, they didn’t see me….

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART THREE KRUK Chapter 22             Kruk not only spared us from the digestive juices of his tribe, he also saw to it that we survived the terrible cold. He ordered the young wolf, the same fellow who had called me a half-witted mongrel and got his foot crushed for…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART THREE KRUK Chapter 21             Wolves …           I should have guessed that sooner or later Wolves would enter my life. They seemed as inevitable a part of my future as Mom seemed a part of my past.           “I am not going up a tree with Bandy,” I said,…

The Secret of Cawley’s Skull

PART THREE KRUK Chapter 20           When I learned we were no longer searching for Peter and Ah-Teena, a glum slump descended upon me that stayed for all of that day and most of the next. In his perverse and caustic way, Bandy tried to lighten my mood. “You’ll never miss…