"Wolf Print" Chapter 3 © Rolly A. Chabot
Again we find ourselves at the Fireside and again I welcome you to gather with me and see where this chapter leads in the adventure of Wolf Print.
Find a place and call yourself home again in a place where love and peace are found. If you are new here, please say hello and find place to sit and hopefully enjoy the sharing of ideas and comments.
So welcome and please accept my humble setting as home for as long as you care to stay.
Mine Record Issue
His ventures kept bringing him back to the Sulphur Creek area as it was the most promising in his eyes. It was on April 28th he had found what he had been looking for. It was in a small cave, he came across some fragmented shiny pieces of stone. There were 34 in total, he spent the next three day’s chipping and chasing the small formation. His excitement grew as he uncovered one, then another pocket of gems. He knew he had come onto something very special. He set up camp that same night in a small clearing near the creek and wrote in his journal.
How often can man say he has found all he has sought his entire life. I can through the love of the Father above, the love of my wife Ruth and most of all the setting I find myself in, on this the day I call my birthday. It is a day that will stand out in my memory for many years to come even though today has been a day filled with a new fear and respect for where I have ventured.
This vast expanse we have called home has produced a new man in me for the respect I have gained in being a part of it. What is it a man seeks in life over and above what I already have. Very little would be my answer as I sit here in the dimming light of day. The call of the wolf resounding off the far distant mountains, the chill of the night air and the warmth and comfort of my campfire.
I could never consider living again in the city for this is my home. Today was a frightening day. I can record it here in my journal and pray Ruth never finds out. I was in the confines of the cave where I located the gems, I had a feeling something was amiss. It was the foul smell which first caught my attention. I turned to find a massive grizzly bear blocking the entrance, my only exit. Too him I was the intruder into what was likely his winter home. His voice was loud and threatening and scary, not a day I care to repeat anytime soon.
Moments later he had me backed against the wall, his open mouth inches from me. I have never been so scared in my life. My only weapon was my trusted pick axe. I knew in my heart I would only have one chance at leaving the cave alive. With one strike I hit him squarely on the top of his head. He faltered for a moment, growled loudly and lunged forward only to fall dead at my feet with my pic axe buried deep in his skull.
It is moments such as these a mans life passes before his eyes, it is then he values all he has. Too those who someday will read my words. I want you to know I am a blessed man this evening, having a special connection with God above and the creatures of this land. This is a land I must preserve and leave it as natural as possible. The balance here centres on living in balance. Set one thing in place such as myself in the home of the bear and the balance is upset.
Ron had registered his claim at the claims office, later that same year he registered several more claims in the region. Over the next few years he found he had claimed most of the land for several miles in either direction. He had done it under the radar and never once told anyone, not even his loving wife Ruth. He had flown down to New York to meet an old university friend, Asher. He and his family were diamond buyers and certainly experts. After all the formalities had been exchanged he spread the velvet cloth on the desk for Asher to assess. “Tell me what you think Asher.”
Asher took his time looking deep into the stones with his jewellers eye piece. He sat back and smiled at Ron.“Allow me to cut one and see what you have here. These are exceptional. I have never seen anything so pure, but with a touch of smoky mist on the inside giving them a fresh new look for the marketplace. I would say you have something very valuable here. I will cut this one tonight. You come back in the morning and I will give you a price on all of them, I like what I see my friend.”
The following day he arrived at the small shop, Asher was excited. “Come with me my friend, I will show you something you will like. So new and refreshing I think you are about to become a very rich man. Come and have a look at what Asher has created. It is but a master piece of the God above.” Ron followed Asher to his small workshop at the back of the store. “The cut is exquisite, I can tell you in advance I will give you 60,000 dollars for what you have here. I will go so far as to tell you that I will add another 20 % for all that I sell. These are beautiful my friend.”
“Thank you Asher but the additional fees are not necessary. All I want is to provide for family.”
“I have often thought about our days at school Ron. I knew even back then you would be successful, this is a great find my friend. The door is always open to this sort of quality. It will be our secret as to where these fine pieces come from. Too any buyer they will understand they are Canadian. Your identity will remain with us. Such quality could cause you great grief as many would kill to find its source.”
Ron stayed a few more days, then began his slow journey home again. He had his bank account in a small cave in Canada, all their needs would be met. He was a blessed man indeed.
He arrived back home to little or no fanfare. Ruth had been quiet that evening and finally came and sat with him near the fireplace. She spoke softly. “Ron I have some news for you my husband.” A tear slid down her cheek before she spoke again. “We are gong to have a child Ron, it is but a small step into our future.”
He was excited and stood taking her into his arms. “You have made this man a very happy man indeed Ruth. That is the best news I have heard all my life.” He knelt in prayer holding her hand. “Thank You Father above for all You have given.”