enjoyed his life, but as time wore on, he began to get lonely. He
was a huge, beautiful hawk. His abilities were unmatched, and all
other hawks stayed far from him out of fear. He enjoyed protecting
the young creatures of happy valley and kept a constant vigil on their
behalf. However sometimes he would feel very lonely. During these
times he would reflect back on the time when Running Deer had given
him such a wonderful gift. That gift was the gift of love and caring.
Love is a powerful gift that Mother Nature bestows on all creatures.
The creatures have the ability to use the power of love for good as
that is its intent. However, love can have some surprising effects
on creatures. Even great and powerful creatures can have their lives
dramatically changed by love. Until now, the only love that Thunderhawk
had known was the unconditional love that was bestowed upon him by
One day while Thunderhawk was remembering
the experiences of his life he noticed a hawk intruding into what
everyone clearly knew was his territory. All of Mother Natures creatures
are territorial. At first Thunderhawk was angry. He thought, "Who
is this? How dare this hawk come into my territory! I'm going to
teach this foolish bird a lesson!
As the giant hawk took off and began to
fly menacingly toward the intruder, he noticed that the other hawk
was quite different than he was. Not only was it different, but
it was an extraordinarily beautiful bird. Thunderhawk began to have
unusual feelings that he was unfamiliar with.
The intruder called out ever so sweetly
to him, "Screee ... screee ... screee!". Thunderhawk was
suddenly uncertain of himself, or how exactly to respond. Who was
this bird? What did it want? Why was it being so nice?", he
wondered. Didn't it know who he was? Didn't it know that he might
just "tear it apart" for intruding into his territory?
was stunned by the mysterious hawks beauty. This was all very
confusing to him. He wondered why he wasn't attacking the intruder
... scaring it off? How come he wasn't even responding? How come
he was feeling so nervous? Suddenly, the intruder gave him a sweet
call and turned and flew away.
Now the great Thunderhawk was really confused.
Now he didn't want it to leave! Didn't it know who he was? Who did
that bird think it was? He hadn't told given it permission to leave!
But, it did leave. Thunderhawk was stunned. What had just happened
to him? What were those feelings he had just experienced?
Thunderhawk flew into his favorite tree
to think for a minute. He was actually shaking and confused. What
was wrong with him? As the next few days passed, the great redtail
couldn't stop thinking about that mysterious hawk. Who was it? Where
was it from? Would he ever see it again?
For the moment Thunderhawks thoughts
were no longer on his little friends in happy valley. He was in
a state of confusion about the mysterious visitor. As a month passed
without even as much as a sighting of the mysterious hawk, Thunderhawk
began to expand his hunting territory. He told himself that the
only reason that he was doing this was because, "He needed
to expand his horizons!". As he began to "expand his horizons",
he made other male hawks nervous. Now he was clearly intruding into
their territory, but they knew that to cross him would be futile.
They just steered clear of him.
One day, he found another redtail male
enjoying a meal. Thunderhawk caught the bird by surprise. All creatures
in happy valley were very aware of Thunderhawk. The bird knew that
it couldn't get away, so it just waited for the giant hawk to make
it's next move. To the smaller hawks surprise, the legendary Thunderhawk
actually spoke to him. "Hello brother hawk.", said Thunderhawk
to the nervous redtail. The nervous bird thought to himself "Brother
hawk? This, the legendary warrior Thunderhawk says to me, while
intruding into my territory? This from the hawk that all fear? This
from the hawk that has been so aggressive to other hawks for crossing
the smaller hawk replied, "Ah ... hello sir.". Thunderhawk
was noticeably pleased with the smaller hawks respect. "Brother
hawk, I have been expanding my territory lately and have noticed
a certain ... well ... a certain mysterious hawk ... ." The
smaller hawk now was beginning to understand Thunderhawks mild manner
in approaching him.
Well ... a certain attractive hawk
... I mean, I'm not really all that interested, but I ... well ...
I guess I'm just curious as to who it is.", continued Thunderhawk.
"Sir", replied the smaller hawk. "I may know who
you are referring to.".
"Well who is she?", demanded
the large hawk. "I mean, could you please tell me who it is
... Brother hawk? I would be very pleased that you helped me out.",
The smaller hawk said, "The hawk that you refer to is a female
and her name is Blaze. She is by far the most beautiful hawk that
anyone has ever seen. In addition to her beautiful red tail, she
has beautiful red feathers on the back of her neck and head. All
of the male hawks are interested in her, but she simply ignores
them all , replied the smaller hawk. "Brother hawk, where
might I find this hawk named Blaze?", inquired Thunderhawk.
"Well sir, I saw her earlier this morning over in Miller's
cove.", replied the smaller hawk. "Thank you brother hawk.
By the way, what is your name?", asked Thunderhawk. "My
name is Wyatt sir, and I am very happy that I could be of assistance."
The great and powerful hawk took off and
headed straight for Miller's cove. The smaller hawk was stunned
to watch the enormous hawk take to the air. What an awesome sight
he thought quietly to himself. He was also quite pleased that Thunderhawk
had not been aggressive toward him.
Now Thunderhawk was on a mission. He was
going to find this mysterious hawk and have a little talk with her.
He would explain to her who was in charge, and that when hawks enter
his domain, they speak only when spoken to, and they leave only
when he says so! In other words, they do whatever Thunderhawk says!
more the great hawk thought about it, the angrier he got and the
faster he flew! He couldn't wait to get this off of his mind! Then,
suddenly he saw her. Blaze was sitting high in a red oak tree at
the edge of a field. She was obviously hunting. As he approached
her, he did so in his most menacing manner. He let out a very aggressive
"Screee ... screee..screee!". The female hawk acted as
though she didn't even know that he was there. She just went on
scanning the field for a small animal, or bird to take. This really
annoyed Thunderhawk. He landed right next to her in the tree, anxious
to tell her how he felt! Again, she just ignored him.
As he looked at her, he began to see her
extraordinary beauty. Suddenly, his knees started to get weak and
his anger began to melt into confusion. As he sat there gawking
at her, she slowly turned her beautiful head toward him. Thunderhawk
was mesmerized by her beautiful eyes. He was now very nervous and
unable to speak. Suddenly, she said, "Oh, hello.".
Thunderhawk's mouth fell open and sort
of just moved up and down with no sound coming out. His mouth had
become very dry and he was unable to speak. She said in an annoyed
manner, "I said hello.., or are you just going to sit there
ignoring me?". Thunderhawk was simply unable to speak. She
was so beautiful. Her voice, her eyes, her beak, her features, her
feathers, everything about her was gorgeous. What was wrong with
him? Why couldn't he speak? "Well anyway, my name is Blaze,
what's yours?", she asked.
This brought Thunderhawk back to his senses.
How could she possibly not know who he was? He blurted out, "Well,
my name is Thunderhawk.", in a most indignant manner. Blaze
replied, "Well hello Blunderhawk." Blunderhawk?
Blunderhawk? I didn't say Blunderhawk ... I said Thunderhawk!",
replied the huge raptor in an aggravated manner. "Oh, I'm sorry.",
said Blaze. "I simply misunderstood you. Don't get mad, you
silly bird!", she replied. "Well, I guess ... no ... well
... I don't know ... I guess it's alright. I just thought that you
would know who I was." he said. "Well, why would I know
who you are?", she asked in her own indignant manner. "Well
... I guess because everyone in happy valley knows who I am.",
said Thunderhawk. "Well ... guess again. I wouldn't know you
from any other hawk in the valley!", said Blaze. "To me,
you're just another hawk." "Blaze", said to the powerful
came here to explain to you about my territory, and the proper way
in which to enter ... ", suddenly Thunderhawk was interrupted.
"You know what ... you should probably listen for a moment
yourself.", she said. "I go wherever I please, whenever
I please and not you or any other creature on Mother Natures earth
can change that!", replied Blaze. "So, if youre
finished, you can leave now." Then she turned away to seemingly
begin hunting again.
Thunderhawk didn't quite know how to respond,
so he simply flew away. As he flew away, Blaze turned to look at
how truly impressive this huge hawk was. She really did like him,
but she was no easy prize. No hawk had ever impressed her in the
least. However, this hawk seemed to be quite interesting!
As the next few days passed, Blaze found herself thinking about
the majestic hawk that she had just met. She generally enjoyed teasing
male hawks, much as she had done two months ago to Thunderhawk when
she flew through his territory. However, this was different. She
was having feelings that she had never felt before. Blaze found
her thinking more and more about Thunderhawk.
"Maybe I shouldn't have been so aggressive
with him.", she thought. "Maybe I should have ... well
... I guess that I'll just have to pay him a surprise visit!"
Thunderhawk could not stop thinking about
Blaze. He was wondering what to do about these strange new feelings.
One minute he would be really angry at the way she acted toward
him, and the next minute he would be thinking about her beauty and
the soft way in which she first had spoken to him. It was all very
One beautiful day, the two hawks felt
a sudden urge to travel to see each other. It was as though Mother
Nature had fired a love arrow into each bird at exactly the same
moment! Blaze decided that she would fly from Miller's cove into
happy valley around 8:00am. Thunderhawk decided that he would fly
over to Miller's cove from happy valley at the exactly the same
Thunderhawk began the journey from happy valley, his mind began
to remember how beautiful Blaze was ... and in turn ... Blaze began
her journey, remembering how impressive Thunderhawk had looked when
he was flying away after their brief encounter in Miller's cove.
She had never seen such a majestic and handsome hawk before!
Thunderhawk was feeling sort of dazed
and confused. The feelings that he was now feeling were hard to
understand. Sometimes he felt wonderful ... just thinking about
Blaze's beauty ... and yet at other times ... he felt really sad
and found himself feeling very agitated ... wanting to see her again!
This trip was very important to him! He MUST tell Blaze exactly
how he felt about her!
Then ... suddenly ... Thunderhawk began
to get very nervous! "Maybe I should just go back home!"
He thought to himself. He began to fly very erratically. He was
even getting dizzy! He knew that he must land immediately in order
to regain his composure.
It so happened that the OMalley
children were out on one their mouse adventures that morning. Fiona
looked up toward the sky just as Thunderhawk began to fly erratically.
She warned her brothers and sisters to look up at the great bird.
While on guard, they couldnt help but laugh at the great birds
strange behavior! Paddy said, Whats wrong with Thunderhawk,
Fiona? Fiona said, I dont know Paddy. Ive never
seen such strange behavior by a bird before!
As the OMalleys looked on,
Thunderhawk saw a beautiful, large red oak tree and decided to land
for a few minutes to get himself back into focus. He was so flustered
that he actually stumbled as he landed and almost fell off the branch!
OMalleys laughed out loud! Thunderhawk looked around
in hopes that no one had seen his embarrassing landing. The great
and mighty Thunderhawk wouldn't want anyone to see that landing!
The coast looked clear. Thunderhawk took a verrrrry deep breath
and slowly let out a long sigh. He thought to himself, "I'll
just rest here for a few minutes ... and then go on to Miller's
Meanwhile ... Blaze was experiencing some
unstable feelings of her own! She had always been able to tease
the male hawks and then just laugh at them as they blundered around
... trying in vain to impress her. But this time ... she was feeling
very confused. Just like Thunderhawk ... she was feeling very emotional.
Sometimes silly and giddy thinking about Thunderhawk ... and yet
at other times ... she was feeling strange and upset ... as though
she just HAD to see him right then and there!
As she flew towards happy valley, she
too began to feel dizzy from all the different emotions that were
wracking her brain! Blaze decided to land for a few minutes in order
to calm herself down. She spotted a huge red oak tree and decided
to land there for a few minutes to kind of "clear her head".
Thunderhawk's mind was miles away from
where he was resting. He just couldn't stop thinking about how beautiful
Blaze was. As he dreamed about her, he decided to carve her name
with his powerful beak into the trunk of the great red oak tree
that he was resting in. He thought, "no one will ever know
that I have done this ... except me!" He was really proud of
his idea. As he began to carve her name into the tree trunk ...
his mind began to wander ... and he began to dream about her again.
He thought about how wonderful it would be if she could only be
he began to carve her name with his beak the OMalley children
became even more curious. Baby Shannon said, Whats he
doing? Fiona had no idea and just shrugged her shoulders and
shook her head back and forth in a confused non-verbal reply. The
children looked on with great curiousity.
As Thunderhawk dreamed about Blaze ...
she was also dreaming about him. As she landed in the huge read
oak tree, she wasn't paying attention, as her mind was dreaming
about Thunderhawk and she actually crashed into the trunk of the
tree! She quickly looked around to make sure that no one had seen
her embarrassing landing! The coast looked clear and she was very
thankful that her landing had not been seen by anyone else.
As she began to get comfortable ... her
mind started racing. She started thinking about Thunderhawk and
how proud she would be to be mated with the majestic, powerful hawk.
As her mind drifted ... she thought that it would be a great idea
to carve Thunderhawk's name into the trunk of this great red oak
tree as a symbol of her thoughts of him. As she began carving his
name, with a big heart around it ... her mind wandered off ... into
a deep, wonderful daydream about Thunderhawk and how wonderful life
might be for the two of them!
Thunderhawk, his brain off in a deep daze
about Blaze, became aware of an odd sound on the other side of the
great red oak tree that he had landed in. Suddenly he snapped out
of his glorious daze and came to full attention. Thunderhawk became
deathly still and began to listen intently with his head turning
from side to side. What was that sound? It sounded sort of familiar.
It sounded like a beak scratching against the other side of the
took on a menacing look and suddenly hurled himself into the air
and straight around the trunk of the great red oak towards the sound
he had heard. He would teach the bird a serious lesson. This poor
bird would pay dearly for entering the territory of Thunderhawk!
Thunderhawk suddenly let out a blood curdling screech as he rounded
the tree to let the unknown bird know that he was going to severely
The OMalley children looked on with
their mouths wide and eyes wide open in fear. Thunderhawk looked
As he rounded the tree ... suddenly he
saw ... BLAZE! Blaze was startled by Thunderhawks action and
they both panicked. Poor Blaze fell off of her branch and was lucky
enough to catch herself on the next branch down. Thunderhawk tried
to change course too quickly and crashed into the tree trunk and
fell right on top of Blaze!
The OMalleys began to laugh nervously,
as they were afraid of the great hawk, but the scene that they were
witnessing was funny! Sean, Jr. whispered, What are those
hawks doing Fiona? Fiona just said, Shhhh! Lets
just wait and see.
At first both birds were filled with embarrassment.
Their faces flushed red. Both of their minds were racing a mile
a minute! Blaze wondered how she would explain this embarrassing
situation to the one that she had just been thinking so touchingly
On the other hand, poor Thunderhawk was
mortified by his stupid blunder. After all, this was the most beautiful
hawk that he could ever imagine. The one that he had been dreaming
so glowingly about just minutes before. What was wrong with him,
he wondered. He knew that he had just acted out her "Blunderhawk"
comment of not so long ago. At first he thought about just flying
away, avoiding having to face her in this embarrassing moment.
After a few uncomfortable moments of uncertainty,
they both began to speak at the same time. Then they both stopped
at the same time in order to allow the other one to speak. There
was a moment of uncomfortable silence, and then they both began
to speak again ... at the same time! Now each stopped again, in
order to let the other speak, but the silence was very brief and
they each started talking again ... at the exact same moment! Suddenly,
they both burst into uncontrollable laughter!
a few moments of laughing, Thunderhawk spoke. He told Blaze how
happy he was to see her there. He went on to tell her that he couldn't
stop thinking about her, and that he was actually on his way to
see her that a very moment. In fact, he had just completed carving
her name on the other side of the tree with his beak.
Blaze was embarrassed at first and turned
her head to the side, looked down and blushed ever so slightly.
She went on to tell Thunderhawk that she had also been on her way
to see him! In fact, she was in the process of carving HIS name
into the great red oak tree the very moment that Thunderhawk had
Now, Thunderhawk was embarrassed. However,
this time he was not going to let the opportunity pass and he immediately
began to tell Blaze how much he had missed seeing her. He went on
to tell her that every day had been filled with thoughts of her.
He felt that he just had to see her that day!
In the past, Blaze would have acted unmoved
by a male hawk's flattery. This time was different. Thunderhawk
was amazed as Blaze began to explain to him that she also found
herself caught up in thoughts of him, and that she too felt that
she must see him that day!
Thunderhawk could barely believe what
he was hearing! Blaze ... the most beautiful hawk that anyone had
ever seen ... the one who had been so indifferent to him in their
earlier encounter ... was saying such wonderful things to him! It
was the best moment of his life. He felt a wonderful feeling creeping
over every inch of his powerful frame!
The two hawks suddenly found themselves
gazing into each others eyes. The gazes were deep and filled with
emotion. At that moment, they each knew that they were deeply in
love with each other. Slowly, a small smile began to creep across
each of their faces. Thunderhawk suddenly blurted out, "I am
so glad that I got to see you today Blaze!" Blaze responded
immediately with, "Im glad that I got to see you too!"
Suddenly, each one of the birds felt tingling
emotion rushing through their bodies. The feelings were exciting
and wonderful. Each thought about how much their thoughts had anticipated
this moment, yet each had been filled with doubts about the other
having the same feelings. There could be no more exciting, wonderful
feeling in the world! This was Mother Natures ultimate form
of love. This was the matching of two creatures for lifelong companionship.
OMalleys continued watching with great interest. Colleen said,
Hey! Theyre acting like Fiona and Matty! Paddy
said, Hey! I think that must be Thunderhawks girlfriend! Youre
right Colleen. Fiona just said, Shhh!
Thunderhawk gently stepped closer to Blaze
and wrapped his wings around her and ever so softly, pulled her
close to his rapidly beating heart. Blaze closed her eyes and melted
into Thunderhawk's embrace. She could feel his rapid heartbeat,
inside his powerful chest, and he in return could feel her heart
Time seemed to stand still as the two
glorious birds cherished this beautiful moment in time. A soft breeze
blew out of the east, and Thunderhawk's feathers softly rustled.
The moment seemed like a dream, too good to be true. The two hawks
just snuggled gently in the breeze, deeply, passionately embracing.
When at long last the two opened their
eyes, they beheld an awesome sight, as the late afternoon sun was
beginning to settle behind the beautiful cumberland mountains in
the distance. The sight was absolutely breathtaking! It seemed as
if this was a divinely inspired moment. It seemed as if the Great
Creator had brought these two birds together and was honoring the
moment with the serene beauty of that majestic sunset. The two hawks
would live happily ever after, and have many wonderful experiences
and adventures together.
OMalley chldren rushed home to spread the news about what
happened with Thunderhawk. All in all, it was quite a day in happy