The Last Shaman

                                                     By 

                                                  Arthur 

 
CHAPTER 12

CONTACT AUTHOR:

Artcart65@gmail.com



STORY CHARACTERS SO FAR:

A short synopsis of the lead characters and where they come from in the
story so far, this has been requested by some readers to clarify the
characters before they become too confusing to follow.


RAVENHAWK:

A mixed blood Native American approximately 15 years old, said to have an
old spirit in a young body, was raised by three Uncles and his Grandfather
who was a Lead Medicine Elder for the Lakota Sioux.

Has lost all family and tribal relatives in a worldwide Virus attack but is
now trying to reform some form of new tribe or family from those who
survived the attack.

Father is deceased and was of the Lakota Sioux, Mother deceased and was of
the Chiricahua Apache, one time enemies of the Lakota, Ravenhawk was not
well accepted by the Lakota Sioux because of blood ties.

Has a good knowledge of the old ways as well as being very well educated
online in the white man's school system, Ravenhawk is very much a free
spirit but also recognises the importance of the ones he calls Earth
Mother, Sky Father and the Guardians of the waters, forrests and animals,
has an instinctive understanding of nature as well as many of the old arts
of survival.

Ravenhawk is marked as a Two Spirits, a boy or man who has a preference for
other boys or men, usually seen as a gift from Wakan Tanka, the One Who
Created All by most Native American tribes although some have seen it now
as a curse because of white religious invasions of their beliefs and now
ridicule those boys who have been shown to have Two Spirits.

Has a clear understanding of right and wrong as well as the need to protect
his family whomever they may be, can perform most of the basic ceremonies
of a Medicine Man according to the rules of the Sioux Nation but will also
change when needed to some of the Apache ways, he is now head of a new clan
called the Green Stone Clan but retains his place within his old Raven
Clan.

Has found a young partner and has adopted a son.

ANTONIO:

Antonio is also of mixed blood, Father was Puerto Rican, Mother was
European both deceased after the virus attack, is a 15-16 year old Gay teen
and was found by Ravenhawk in the wilds when almost on his last gasp.

Has an emotional and physical attachment to Ravenhawk and sees his place as
Ravenhawk's home maker and is called Berdach, a boy who is both male and
female but has a stronger female tendency, is fiercely protective of family
and devoted to Ravenhawk, also the second Father of the adopted boy found
by Ravenhawk.

LITTLE BEAR:

A young boy of approximately 5 years old with a European heritage and was
found by Ravenhawk in an almost feral state when trying to confront a young
Cougar, is totally fearless and received his name from Ravenhawk for having
the heart of a Grizzly Bear,

Appears to be somehow blessed by the old Spirits and has a hidden knowledge
only seen by Ravenhawk, his past family is unknown and the young boy does
not remember them, possibly from the trauma of the Virus attack.

He is devoted to his two new Fathers who rescued him but retains a tough
fighting spirit far exceeding his small size and youth, will have the
reputation that will lead to him being seen as a legendary figure in the
future.

ROBERT BEARCLAW:

A heterosexual teen of approximately 17 years old, is of Native American
descent and is of the Arapaho nation, has a younger brother who has been
silent, perhaps also from the trauma of the virus attack, was learning the
sacred drum from his father but is not fully trained.

Was brought up on the edge of a city and does not understand many of the
old ways except what pertains to his drumming, he and his small brother
have joined Ravenhawk's small family and he is now becoming more certain
that he wants to become the new clans drummer, he also has a deep interest
in lapidary, the art of collecting and working with semi precious stones.

Robert is also trying to relearn the old ways and has been impressed by
what he has seen so far of the power of the old spirits, he is very
protective of his young brother, the addition of a new girl on the scene is
now taking a little of his time, he feels a connection with her.

PETER BEARCLAW:

Younger brother of Robert, approximately 11 years old, has become very
protective of Little Bear and as yet does not understand his emotional
feelings for the smaller boy.

He refused to speak to anyone, even his own brother but then opened up to
Ravenhawk, may yet become an important part of the new Green Stone Clan, as
yet shows little concern for his Arapaho heritage but will sacrifice
himself for Little Bear if needed, is very playful with Little Bear and
retains his boyish and adventurous spirit.

DEAN:

A 16 year old gay teen of white descent and younger brother of Margret, is
in a relationship with another boy, he was raised in a midsized town and
has practical knowledge of vehicles, father was the owner of a car sales
dealership, he has a passion for design work and is devoted to his
boyfriend Karl.

He is beginning to show some talent for organisation and is very inventive,
is now becoming enthralled by Ravenhawk's beliefs of the old ways and wants
to make their new home comfortable and secure.

Dean is not afraid to defend his friends or family but also wants a safe
place to grow up.

KARL:

Karl is the 16 year old boyfriend of Dean, is very devoted to Dean but as
yet his true self has not come out for the others to see, is fearless in
defence of Dean and his older sister, is mechanically minded and loves
construction, he has had some experience with farming as a part time job,
as yet he is still an unknown as far as other interests or abilities goes.

MARGRET:

An 18 year old girl, sister to Dean, has seemed to be happy in the home and
is teaching Little Bear and Peter there basic lessons, has worked well with
Antonio and has shown a spirit of the old type of pioneer woman of American
history.

Is enamoured with Robert Bearclaw and has little problem with making a
second home with him.

She tries to understand Ravenhawk's beliefs and shows respect for his
position in the new clan, as yet has not shown her full potential or
influence.

LIAM KELLY SENIOR:

A man in his early 60's Liam Senior is with his grandson Liam Junior, Liam
Senior is a worldly wise ex Marine and Special Forces serviceman now
retired but has a wealth of experience in survival and armed resistance, he
is a newcomer to the small burgeoning family but has a very soft spot for
his grandson whom he suspects of being gay.

Now as an older man he has mellowed with age and is content to watch over
his last surviving relative, appears to be very capable in many things.

Originally raised as an Irish Catholic, he now sees the uselessness of
religion in this new world but is prepared to watch and learn about the
youngsters new found belief, as yet he is not convinced but is open minded
enough to wait and see, his main aim is for his grandson.

A very capable man with weapons and tactics of defence and attack, also now
well schooled in practical engineering and is creative when dealing with
manual construction.

He is almost the older version of his grandson, slightly greying once red
hair, slim, fit build and large hands, does not suffer fools very well.

LIAM KELLY JUNIOR:

Liam Junior is a young 17 year old teen, a little small for his age and
shows all the traits of a Kelly, flaming red/orange hair, freckles all over
his pale skinned body, a slim boy with a hidden emotional and physical
strength.

Raised with an almost fanatically religious Mother, he quickly became
disillusioned with the church much like his Grandfather of whom he dotes on
every word or action, he is always obedient and respectful of any elders
and being the youngest of a very large family, soon learned to hold his own
when required.

Being from such a religious family he learned very early to hide his true
self from the eyes of others and is very much in the closet although he is
well aware that he is gay but keeps it well hidden, believing that no one
else knows his secret, especially his Grandfather.

His only dream is to find the one boy that will make his life complete but
does not know how to go about it as he must keep his secret well hidden, he
has been taken with the way the other teens are able to show their feelings
but remains worried about the results if he broke out and revealed himself
to his Grandfather.

He hopes that they are allowed to stay with this new rag tag family of
misfits but is worried about his Grandfathers desire to see him be
something else, only time will tell and he has the patience of a saint when
it comes to waiting.





Two weeks had passed by and Liam Senior was looking at their latest new
construction, it was another cabin from a design by Dean but the
construction had been an improvement on the first one, this cabin was to be
given to Dean and Karl, much like the first one it was a combined living
room bedroom with a small stone fireplace at the centre for warmth in
winter.

Liam Senior had shown them how to best cut the logs and then trim them into
planks for the floor and frames, the outer trimmings had been used as the
outer walls, by leaving the thick bark on it should protect the main wood
for a few years, the joints had been filled with a combination of chopped
hay from their store and fine silt mud from the nearby stream banks.

The roof was made from thin slats made from spruce with an underlining of
plastic sheeting to protect from any unforeseen leaks, the furniture was
also made from the split trunks and the two boys had a small seat for
visitors in front of the fire place.

Antonio had spent every spare minute doing his bead work, Ravenhawk told
him some of the traditional patterns but left most of it up to his own
design, the resulting bead work turned out very well, it incorporated the
circle of life, the cross of the four positions and even a small symbol for
the Raven Clan, overall the two long panels that were to be sewn onto the
arms and front panel of Little Bears spirit shirt looked very well done and
quite colourful.

Little Bear had spent some time with Robert in his workshop selecting more
stones for necklaces, Robert now had all of the stones drilled and sat back
to watch Little Bear assemble the final necklaces, as each was finished,
Little Bear would wrap it in a piece of red cloth given to him by
Ravenhawk, and tie it with white string, each had the small paper name tag
slipped under the string.

Ravenhawk was sitting on the stoop trying to think of what really needed
doing next, they had another cabin to build for the two Kelly's and they
would soon have to start looking for more fuel, as an afterthought
Ravenhawk went in search of Liam Senior, if anyone would know what was
needed it would be the more experienced older man.

Ravenhawk found both Kelly's measuring out the next cabin space, as they
cut the pine trees for building materials, they also cleared a little more
land around the clearing, Ravenhawk walked up to the older Kelly.

"Excuse me Grandfather; do you have time to talk about our supplies?"

Liam Senior smiled at the use of the word Grandfather once again, as often
as he tried to get the boys to use his name, they still insisted on the
more formal term until he had just gotten used to it, it was after all the
boy's term of respect.

"Sure Ravenhawk, what would you like to discuss?"

"I have been thinking things over, with the added cabins we are soon going
to be out of fuel and we need some more cable for lighting the new ones, I
was wondering how we should go about it?"

"That's good thinking, yes I agree, we should do something about it before
the winter sets in and we run out, do you know where the nearest town is,
perhaps they have some fuel there and we will need a few more skidoos with
the extra people around."

"Karl would be the one to talk to, his fathers had a service station in the
town only two days away or maybe closer if we use the road, last time it
was still winter and we used the snow vehicles."

"Why don't you go and find him and we can talk more, we're just about done
here anyhow."

Ravenhawk went in search of Karl, he found both the boys sitting out the
back of the main cabin holding hands and looking off towards the trees, it
was the only quiet place they could find with so much activity going on
elsewhere.

Ravenhawk explained to them what they needed, both boys quickly agreed to
help however they could, the three of them made their way back to where the
Kelly's were putting away their few tools, as they arrived Liam Senior saw
the other two boys and turned and sat on a convenient old log.

For more than an hour the boys sat and talked with the older man, after
they had finally come to a decision they all felt satisfied that they could
accomplish the new task within a few days.

The plan was for Liam Senior to use his larger truck to take four of them
to the town, Dean and Karl would go as they knew the town inside out, Liam
Junior would go for no other reason than where his Grandfather went he
went, the small shopping list for fuel had suddenly grown as they talked
about things they might need.

Liam senior had made them stop and think for themselves as to what they
might need, not for just now but for the future, as he told them, they were
a growing family and had to start to think in the long term.

Ravenhawk had wanted to go with them but Liam Senior had advised that it
would be better if he stayed at the cabin to lead the others in case of
trouble, with Dean, Karl and his grandson fully armed they would be safe
enough on the road, he also mentioned that just because the virus had taken
so many people, it did not mean there were not others out there that were
not always inclined to be peaceful.

The new list now included a fuel truck, a larger generator, more reserves
of storable food and a last check for weapons, as he said; if trouble came
you could never have too many guns.

The afternoon was spent unloading the rear of the big truck, it would be
used to put any food stuffs, weapons and other things they might need
including more suitable tools for their building plans, there was also a
suggestion by Karl to look at farm implements for gardening, the list grew
as they thought of other things to make life a little easier.

Karl had said he was sure there was still a full fuel delivery truck parked
at the rear of his Father's service station, it had arrived only the day
before the virus hit and the driver had already been ill, the others could
see the faintest of tears building in Karl's eyes as he thought of his
families passing.

The next morning the large truck was ready, Liam Senior checked that they
were all well armed and gave them a quick lesson in what to do and where to
go if they were ever attacked either in the town or on the road, Dean and
Karl were to sit in the small sleeper compartment in the rear of the cab,
Senior would drive and Junior would be shotgun.

With everything ready, the four of them got in the truck, while the rest of
the burgeoning clan looked on, Liam Senior started the truck and began the
long trip back to Dean and Karl's old home town, as yet unknown by all was
that this was only the first of what would become regular search trips for
supplies.

Those left at the cabin watched the large vehicle disappear down the old
road, it would be days before they were expected and those staying behind
felt better that Liam Senior was leading the expedition; with his
experience the other three boys should be safe.

That night Little Bear gave Ravenhawk the fifteen small red cloth packages
with the necklaces in them, Ravenhawk looked at them then asked Little
Bear.

"You have fifteen, there are only ten of us, why is this so?"

"They are coming Poppa Raven."

A simple answer that needed no reply, Ravenhawk instinctively knew that
Little Bear knew something the others did not, taking the small parcels,
Ravenhawk set them down on the small shelf near the front door, he now had
to start to make preparations for the four sweats the necklaces would need
to go through and then the final prayers at the altar.

Ravenhawk decided he would start the fasting for the first sweat lodge that
night, he would ask the others if they wanted to join him but he was quite
happy if he had to do this alone, there were important things to be done
around the new home clearing.

That evening they all sat around while Ravenhawk explained what he was
going to do, the two younger boys immediately wanted to retain their place
as the keepers of the fire, Robert also wanted to be there with him in the
sweat lodge as he wanted his new drum to go through the four sweats so he
could begin to use it for ceremonies, it was just now he began to miss the
hours he had once spent in practice.

This time Antonio decided to stay outside, both he and Margret had other
things to do, Margret was teaching Antonio how to sew by hand, with his
ability in beading, he was picking it up quickly, there was a need for
curtains for the new cabins and they had asked Dean and Karl to watch for
any good bolts of material for these, there was also the clothing repairs
and lost buttons that needed attending to, Antonio was happy to learn from
her.

With Robert and Ravenhawk fasting for the sweat lodge ceremony, the others
tucked into their food as only hunger and clean fresh air could make one
feel as though they were starving every day, the smaller boys relished the
hot food and tucked in with their usual gusto.

After dinner the two smaller boys looked for their beds beside the fire
place, they had become used to an early night as the spring days were
getting longer and it would soon be full summer with long hot days for them
to be out and about in, Ravenhawk also had to start thinking about hunting
for fresh meat, both for now and for smoking and storage for the winter.

The next morning the four older ones were alerted by the sound of high
pitched squeals of Little Bear and the slightly deeper laughter of Peter as
they played outside, there was something going on and they hoped that it
was not another bear, the four ran to the door and looked out into the
clearing, what they saw brought wide smiles to all their faces.

On the edge of the clearing stood the large boned mare, beside her trying
to stand with trembling long legs was a new foal, its general colour was
that of its mother but on its rear flanks were the dappled colourings of
Ravenhawk's Appaloosa, they had the first foal and the smaller boys looked
to be happy with the new addition to their family of stock.

As usual, Little Bear wanted to run up to the little foal and make friends,
Ravenhawk called for him to stop and that the foal needed to make
connection with its mother first, he told Little Bear that there would be
plenty of time for introductions when the foal was a little older, Little
Bear looked crestfallen but obeyed with reluctance.

With the absence of Dean and Karl, Ravenhawk asked Robert to construct a
small free standing shelf for him to put out front of the sweat lodge, it
only had to be about the size of a long bench so that he could place each
individual necklace on it with space enough for the drum when the ceremony
began, Robert set about the task immediately, when finished it was a little
rough but looked serviceable for its use.

On the morning of the second day, Ravenhawk, Robert and the two boys went
through the ceremony of opening the sacred circle, once the fire was lit
and the stones placed for heating, Ravenhawk led Robert to the sweat lodge
to prepare it for the upcoming event, after making sure it was clean they
then went outside for Ravenhawk to say the prayer and wait for the stones
of the ancestors to gain enough heat.

Sitting outside the lodge at the Western position sat the altar that Robert
had made, here were laid the necklaces and the large drum, it was placed so
that each stone of the ancestors would pass by it and give them their
blessings as they were taken to the sweat lodge.

As they sat around the central fire, with Peter and Little Bear taking
meticulous care of it, Ravenhawk called the prayer while Robert tapped out
a soft under-beat with his wood block, the very air around the clearing
seemed to be holding its breath as the time for the first sweat moved
closer.

When the time to enter the sweat lodge arrived, Ravenhawk and Robert
performed the same ceremony as before to acknowledge the four positions and
open the lodge.

Ravenhawk now carried his Chanupa along with a different fan, this one was
made with goose feathers, he also carried a wooden ladle to pour the water
over the stones of the ancestors.

Placed in front of the wooden bench now used as the altar was the cleaned
skull of the buffalo he had taken last summer, it was decorated with black
and red ribbons, one colour for each horn, beside that stood a tall prayer
stick that divided into two small branches at the top, one was decorated
with a single Raven feather bound with a red ribbon, on the second of the
small branches a thin string with four green stones representing the four
directions.

Hanging beside the string of green stones was another, it contained a
collection of many other colours that Robert had found and drilled for the
ceremony to represent all of the people now living in the clearing, at
first Robert had not been able to grasp the meaning of the Rainbow Society
but, after a long slow explanation by Ravenhawk he began to see the
importance of it.

Ravenhawk and Robert entered the lodge, after opening the lodge with
prayers when he was seated at the western Gate, he called for the first
stones to be brought to the door, once done he started the song of Pipe
Filling after he had placed herbs on the hot stones along with water from
the ladle.

Once the first ten hot stones were settled in place, Ravenhawk began a new
song and added more herbs to the hot stones and, with care he added water
with the wooden ladle before calling for more stones, when he had 26 stones
at the centre the lodge soon warmed up, the ceremony of blessing the items
then began.

Before entering the lodge, Ravenhawk asked Robert what he would name the
drum and whose spirit the drum would carry, Robert said the drum should
carry his Father's name and spirit and so Ravenhawk made sure the drum was
placed so it could be seen clearly as the hot stones passed by the altar
and asked the spirit of Roberts Father, Daniel Bearclaw to inhabit the drum
and protect it from harm and bad spirits.

All four cycles of the sweat lasted more than two and a half hours, Robert
was nearly at the end of his strength and feeling the effects of the hot
lodge, the long process of the first sweat had taken a toll on Robert but
he was determined not to fail this most important of tasks.

Finally Ravenhawk began to close the lodge, the undoing of the circle and
closing of the lodge took another ten minutes by which time Robert was
nearly on his last legs.

With the first of four sweats completed and all the prayers and songs said,
Ravenhawk and Robert collected the items from the altar, after the fourth
and final sweat, they would be cleansed and protected by the spirits and
could be worn and used as they were made to be, Ravenhawk hoped he had done
everything right, there was a lot at stake and he did not have his
grandfather to help him if he missed something, now only time would tell.

It was now time to relax and contemplate what they had done, with three
more sweats to be carried out the two boys would need to rebuild their
strength, the small group broke up as Ravenhawk and Robert went to eat and
fill their long empty bellies while the two young ones only wanted to check
out the now rambunctious new foal as it gambolled around the clearing but
stayed close to its mother for protection.

While the claw marks on Little Bear had healed nicely they were going to be
very evident on his cheek for the rest of his life, for a little boy he
seemed to be totally unaware of his looks but he still wanted to go find
the bear and kick her butt, there was still a lot of laughter when he said
it aloud.

Four days had passed since the others had left on their search for
supplies, as the day moved to late afternoon, Robert, Antonio and Ravenhawk
heard the deep growling sound of multiple vehicles coming towards the
clearing, as a precaution they all went to get their rifles and had the
little ones go inside with Margret as they took up positions along the
veranda and looked towards the end of the lane.

The three boys watched as the large Freightliner of Liam Senior ground into
the clearing towing a four axel trailer loaded high with building products,
clean milled timber and four large pallets of what looked like cement, his
truck must have also been well loaded as it sat heavy on its springs,
behind him came what looked like a brand new four door Jeep with Karl at
the wheel, it was towing a vehicle trailer with four, four wheeled bikes
and two skidoos tied to it.

The next vehicle in the small convoy was an old, red utility truck, in the
front the boys could see two strange adults and the top of what could only
have been a young girls head, sitting partially hidden in the back amongst
a pile of household goods were two boys, one looked to be about 9 years old
and the other somewhere around 17, all of them showed a Latino heritage,
now the three boys were really intrigued.

Next in line, was a large square looking heavy truck, at the wheel sat Liam
Junior, on the side of the truck was the symbol of the Highway Department
and, in the final place of the strange convoy was a large fuel tanker with
Dean at the wheel, when he finally came to a halt in what space was left in
the clearing, the whole place looked like a car yard for big rigs,

As the last truck turned off its big motor and silence finally descended on
the clearing, the three boys relaxed as they watched Liam Senior get down
from the cab, a wide smile covered his face as he signalled for the others
to follow, there was a crashing of closing doors and what could almost be
heard as deep long sighs of relief.

Ravenhawk was the first to speak as Liam Senior came up the steps,
Ravenhawk noticed the newcomers were staying well back as the other three
boys came forward.

"Welcome home Grandfather, it looks like you had a good trip."

"Thank you Ravenhawk, yes it was better than we thought it would be; now we
have a few things that will help us to make this place more liveable."

"Who are the strangers?"

"Oh yes, our new guests."

Ravenhawk looked over at the five new people, he was sure he heard the
older man say something that sounded much like "Los Indios" but as he did
not speak Spanish he did not know what he was saying, but from the looks on
the faces they were not sure they should be here, it was Antonio that came
to his rescue as he whispered in Ravenhawk's ear.

"They're scared we are Indians or more correctly, Apache, from their
dialect I would say they are Mexican, if my history is right then they are
not the best of friends with the Apache."

Ravenhawk nodded his understanding and turned back to Liam senior.

"Where did you find them Grandfather?"

"They drove into town just as we were getting ready to leave, Mr. Gomez is
the older man, the rest are all that's left of his family, they were
migrant workers, as I understand it, they were an extended family that
worked all over picking fruit and vegetables when the virus struck, there
was about thirty of them, all related but this is all that survived, you
better come and meet them."

Ravenhawk and the other two followed Liam Senior to where the small group
were watching them, the small girl was hidden behind the plump woman and
the two boys were standing as though they were going to die protecting the
last of the family, Mr. Gomez looked a little unsure as the small group
approached them, Liam Senior took over the introductions.

"Senor Gomez, this is Ravenhawk, he is the leader of this new family."

"Senor Liam, you are not their leader, this Indio seems a little young to
be leading?"

"He is young but he has a good heart and he also started all this, I think
of myself as an advisor but all decisions for the group are talked over and
all decide."

"Then he is not a danger to my family?"

"No, I'm sure you will find he is a good young man."

"Very well, I trust your word Senor Liam, Senor Ravenhawk; I am Manuel,
this is all that is left of my family, this is my Sister Consuela, beside
her is my Niece Maria, the youngest boy is my last Son Jesus and the older
is my Nephew Philippe, we have been searching for a home for many months
now, Senor Liam says you have a home for everyone here, we would like very
much to join you."

"Welcome Senor Gomez, if you wish to stay then you are welcome, this is my
Berdach Antonio and our friend Robert, inside the cabin is our son Little
Bear and Roberts brother Peter as well as Roberts girlfriend Margret, I
don't quite know where we can put you just yet but we will find something
for you, we can then build you a cabin if you wish."

"Will we not have trouble from the immigration people if we stay?"

"There is no Government anymore Senor Gomez, we can all start a new life
here if we want."

"Then we would like to stay with you, we are good farmers and Consuela is a
very good cook, for now we have our tent, it is all we have had since the
great sickness."

Ravenhawk could feel a little chill in the air, not from the weather but it
seemed to come from Philippe and Liam Junior, it was as though there was
something not quite right between the two teens, he glanced at both boys
and also noticed that they kept their distance, a quick glance at Liam
Senior and he could see the older man had seen it as well as when he saw
Ravenhawk look his way, he lifted his eyebrows in a gesture of not knowing
what was going on.

Ravenhawk then heard the plump woman Consuela speak to Manuel in Spanish,
before he could answer her, Antonio spoke up in the same language to answer
her, suddenly a wide smile swept across her face as she turned to him and
began to chatter away to him, the next thing he saw was the retreating
backs of both of them heading towards the house as they chatted like old
friends.

"What were they saying Senor Gomez?" Ravenhawk asked.

"Ah, my sister was just being a woman; she does not speak English so was
happy to learn your young friend was very fluent in Spanish although he has
a different accent to ours but he is fluent none the less."

"Yes, but what were they talking about?"

"Oh yes, she was asking why men always stand around and talk when there is
work to do, she wants to get to the kitchen and prepare the meal for us."

"That would be very good, we have plenty to do here getting everything
worked out, where would you like to put your tent?"

"Wherever there is space that will not make trouble for you all Senor
Ravenhawk?"

"Then just pick a place that would make you happy, we will start on your
cabin as soon as possible to give you some comfort."

"Thank you, that would be nice to be in a house again, the last months have
been a burden on the young ones."

"Grandfather! Robert and I plan to go hunting tomorrow; perhaps Liam and
Philippe would like to come?"

Liam Senior looked at the two teens and then smiled secretly to Ravenhawk.

"They should enjoy that, yes it would be a good idea, besides I will be
busy organising all this tomorrow otherwise I would join you all, but if
you could take the two older ones out to learn to hunt then it would be a
good idea."

Ravenhawk noticed the two older boys gave them both a strange look even
though they were on separate sides of the group, there was something going
on there Ravenhawk was sure of it but what it was that had got the two
teens noses out of joint was beyond him, hopefully the hunt tomorrow would
sort it all out.

As Manuel, along with the two boys went to erect their tent, Ravenhawk
could hear the rattle of pots and pans inside the house amid a lot of
laughter, he turned to Liam Senior and waited to be told what needed to be
done, the first thing was to park the vehicles where they would need to be
for the best results in their use, after that they would start the
unloading which looked as though it would take a few days.

When he asked how they were going to unload four pallets of cement,
Ravenhawk was told by Liam Senior it would be the same way that they did it
when there were no cranes of fork hoists, they would do it all by hand one
bag at a time, it would be the same for all the timber, but first they had
to re-park all the vehicles in the places they would be best suited for
what they were going to be used for.

Ravenhawk then learned that the large square truck was a mobile generator,
it would be able to supply enough power for at least ten houses and a
couple of small workshops, the fuel truck would be parked close by to save
having to carry fuel back and forth, slowly as the afternoon sun began to
fade, the last vehicle had been parked in the right place and the first
call from the cabin for dinner was heard, the rest of the work unloading
could now wait until tomorrow.


TBC.


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