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Children of the Shawnee Book 1
BY ALLISON BRUNING
In the harsh northwestern frontier of Ohio and Kentucky, a prophecy has been told. A man whose heart appears pure shall deceive her. The power he holds over her will lead her to evil. She shall denounce the ways of Our Grandmother. Another man comes, whose pure heart beats for her alone, and who has a pure spirit devoted to the goddess, Our Grandmother. He shall defeat the evil and set her free. Calico Marie Turner, a white woman raised by the Shawnee and destined to become a great medicine woman, must trust the one man who hates her the most. How can she trust Chief Little Owl Quick as the Wind to save her from his best friend and village shaman, Hunting Bear?
Pierre and Fox Fire laid the blanket over Calico and Little Owl’s heads. Darkness came upon them. Little Owl pulled her closer. His firm chest met her body; the top of her head just reached under his chin. She moved her eyes upward. She hadn’t seen his face since she began her woman’s cycle. Shawnee tradition dictated she keep her face to the ground whenever a man approached her as long as she remained unmarried. She moved her hand up his strong back. Her deep blue eyes peered at the silver nose hoop in his nasal septum. A silver plate hung from the back of his head, with feathers cast down the right side of his face.
“What value does the war chief find in a white orphan?” she asked him, biting her lip.
“Our Grandmother gifted you a humble heart, most beautiful sawano woman.”
“You never call me Shawnee.”
“I apologize for all the wrong I have ever caused you.”
Calico looked at him in confusion. “Did I hear you correctly? Did War Chief Little Owl Quick as the Wind apologize to me?”
Calico’s heart softened . He had never in her life apologized to her for all his wrongdoings.
“Is this another trick?”
“Are you sure?”
Calico let go of her hands and shifted her body away from his. Light spilled over them as the blanket lifted over their heads. Pierre glared at Little Owl, then over at Calico. “Are you all right, ma cherie?”
Calico nodded and stared up at Little Owl. She studied his face. Little Owl said, “Read my mind, Huntress. You have the ability to know my true intentions.”
Calico looked into his deep brown eyes. Images of peace and harmony surrounded her. She had never seen such peace in his face before. Calico turned toward Pierre. “Uncle, he’s telling the truth. He’s different. He won’t harm me. In fact, he loves me.”
Pierre looked over at the chief. “If you harm her, the arrangement is over.”
Little Owl nodded. “I understand. She’s kee-ta-ne-tha.”
“Oui, and I cherish my daughter.”
“As do I.” Pierre lowered the blanket. Little Owl looked back into Calico’s eyes. “I apologize for yelling at you.” Calico shrugged and lowered her head. He placed his finger under her chin. “My heart beats only for you. Why can’t you believe that?”
“It’s difficult to believe that someone who has hated you all your life suddenly loves you.”
Little Owl lifted her chin. “Sometimes things happen in a person’s life that dramatically change it forever. Come closer to me. Let me hold you. Hear what my heart says.”
Calico wrapped her arms around his strong body and rested her head against his chest. She listened to his heartbeat and closed her eyes. Little Owl leaned his head on top of hers. He whispered, “What do you feel?”
“I question what I feel.”
“The Maykujay taught you to commune with the spirits more than I. If you feel anything, then you feel the truth. I, like many, honor you for the gifts Our Grandmother granted you. Listen to the truth and believe what you feel.”
Calico moved her hand up his back. “Where did you go after your father’s funeral?”
“I felt confused after noo-tha was killed. I held much anger inside me. I went farther north into the wilderness, close to where the Wyandot live. I sought my guide. Our Grandmother sent Snow Owl to me. He healed my broken heart and granted me a vision.” He took a deep breath. “I realized I had hurt the one woman in my life I should have never harmed.”
“You. I treated you as though you were an Iroquois. Nit-oct-que-li-ma-kee-la.”
Calico looked into his face with surprise. “You love me,” she translated.
Allison Bruning originally hails from Marion, Ohio but fulltime RV with her husband and their Australian cattle dog, Lakota Sioux. Allison is the bestselling author of several novels, short stories, children’s books and a poetry book.
Allison’s educational background includes a B.A. in theatre arts with a minor in anthropology from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. Allison received National Honor Society memberships in both Theatre Arts and Communication. She was also honored her sophomore year with admission into the All American Scholars register. She holds graduate hours in cultural anthropology and education. In 2007, Allison was named to Who’s Who Among America’s Educators. She is also the recipient of the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards. Allison received her Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing at Full Sail University on June 28, 2013. She is an educator, writer, speaker, screenwriter, film director, choreographer and business owner. Allison’s interests include Ohio Valley history, anthropology, travel, culture, history, camping, hiking, backpacking, spending time with her family, and genealogy.
Links to Allison’s website, blog, books, etc.
I am writing the sequel to this book. The links to Calico are below. Calico is book one of The Children of the Shawnee series.
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