The Eyes of the Wolf # 7........

The River Crossing........

    The river flows high in springs run off , and there on the other side now , the hunting grounds where it all began .......where I was the winner of meals returning to share the finds with her and the young ones too.......I look back at her and she stands watching me ......forever watching .....waiting for my return , and just for long moments our eyes a locked together ..........she knows.....she knows......" it's okay , you must go on now alone , thats where your heart is"......and in turning her back she looks at me once again to be sure .......and in the roar of the heavy waters our minds are one .....she turns back to the den and the pups.....she will be fine and so will they , as they grow I know inside which one of them will lead the pack..... I turn now to the river and try to find the crossing , I can't seem to recognize that one place , each boulder ,each circling of the whirlpools now looks the same .
    As I step into the water and feel the icy cold that I know is too much I feel my legs give up the hold on the rivers bed and the water takes ahold of me , I swim for all I'm worth and nearing the middle of the stream the power of the rapids is too strong and I am tosssed, tumbling in the rapids as the whitewater fills my mouth and ears I only hear a distant rumbling of the currents. Tossed and tumbled I begin to lose my sight of the opposite shore and the feel of the cold reaching into my lungs ........Though strangely there is no pain.........I can taste the cold water in my throat as the darness begins to fall over my eyes.......
   As I awaken into the shallows where the turn in the river slows the current , I feel the numness of the cold water on my body , my legs are numb and the burning in my throat is making me cough .......again and again........there is a pain in my back legs they don't respond to my minds calling, and as I begin to crawl out of the water the suns warmth begins to heal me .......and the warmth of the ground seems to comfort my pain.........I know something is terribly wrong though , I taste blood on my breath and feel the throbbing in my hips.........there is a comfort though as I raise my head to the sun and look towards the other side of the river ..........I look for her ......my mate.........where is she .......and in and out of sleep I pass ...the pains grow weaker , I feel less than when I crawled here ......
    The darkness is falling across the valley grass and trees , and as I drift from sleep to a weakened wakefulness ......the cold of night seeps into my pain ......they become one and the same .......I try to rise but there is no response in my legs .........and as the cool grey light begins to light the eastern sky ......I hear the cries that errupt from within my own body. I think it's her but realize it is my own cries.............and darkness falls over my eyes untill the warm sun awakens me again and then a comfort .......she lies here beside me! ......My lifes mate .........she nuzzles me awake again ........and barks .....to awaken me .......but my eyes and the cool pain is too much as I close my eyes and listen to her wimpers.............I know this is not a good thing ......and as I slip into deep darkness , I wonder will they survive .........the little ones ........and I look into her eyes and  my thoughts become hers  .......Its  okay , you can go now...........I tell her........and above  the rushing of the water , I listen as the little ones call out ..............go  , go to them now ........go.........
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rn0314@nc.rr.com 5 years ago

Aww dad! I love this series....he can't die! Don't make me go Cathy Baits (Misery) on you!!) LOL


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hey My little sweet pea, oxoxoxoxoxox, oh we'll see.!!Thanks for being first. But then .....you're always first to me!

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