Paden struggled through a terrible night of really scary dreams
and visions about the giant Robin Redbeast that had almost taken
him, he cried out loud in fear and pain. All around him were very
scared about what was happening and whether or not he would come
back to the physical world at all. The medicine mouse, Owaso chanted
and danced ceremonial dances next to Paden all throughout the night
in hopes of bringing him back to his loved ones. Nothing helped
could not eat or drink while he was in the state of unconsciousness.
Since he had already experienced so much stress while he was away
from the homeground he was terribly weak and was looking very skinny.
Penny was by his side and holding his right paw tightly in her own.
She was crying and sobbing and worried sick about him. Pat was pacing
back and forth across the room and mumbling something about how
he should have just gone out to find Paden by himself and not waited
to meet with the other mice first. He knew that he had followed
the proper homeground procedure, but he now felt personally responsible
for what had happened to his beloved nephew.
and Michayla were trying to peek into the room where Paden was to
see what was going on. They felt guilty as well. They knew that
by lying about Paden they had caused him to run away and if he hadnt
run away this terrible thing would not have happened to him. They
were also scared because they knew that if and when Paden did return
to the physical world, he was in very big trouble because of their
lies. Even though each of them had considered telling the truth
after Paden ran away they hadnt. If they were to try to tell
the truth now they would be in even bigger trouble because of what
had happened to Paden as result of their lies.
was a terrible night in Happy Valley. Even the elders who had passed
judgment on Paden were feeling badly about what had happened to
the poor little mouse. But there was nothing that they could do
to change the situation and they certainly were not going to reconsider
the punishment which had been completely justified based upon the
case that was presented. Lying was a terrible act and was punishable
by severe consequences. According to the testimony of Paddy and
Michayla, Padens best friend and his sister, he had told lies.
sad part was that Paden didnt even have any way of knowing
that if he did return to the physical world, he would be returning
to severe punishment for something that he hadnt even done.
He just passed farther and farther from consciousness.
morning began to break on the horizon and the birds began to sing
their cheerful songs there was no sense of the refreshing that morning
usually brings. No, there was simply despair. Even the mighty medicine
mouse Owaso was beginning to lose hope. He asked Pat and Penny to
meet with him privately.
Penny released little Padens paw it fell limp by his side
and his breathing slowed down to a point where he was just barley
hanging onto his life. It was a scary sight and Penny sobbed even
louder. There were tears in Pats eyes as well.
they walked away from the room with Owaso they were filled with
terrible thoughts about what he was going to tell them. Suddenly
Penny cried out and ran back to Padens side. Pat and Owaso
looked at each other and just started walking again to a place where
they could meet privately.
they walked there was absolute silence. As they rounded a large
rock Pat stopped suddenly in his tracks as he realized that Owaso
was taking him to the place where they prepare to send their loved
ones Spirits to the Spirit world when their time in the physical
world has ended. Pat looked at Owaso with panic and anger in his
eyes. He shouted, Why are you bringing me here????
was silent. He just put his left paw out as if to invite Pat to
continue to the sacred spot that lay just ahead of them. Pat yelled
out even louder, I said
why are you bringing me here????
Owaso was patient and soft spoken and said, My dear friend.
I am sorry. I have done everything that I know to do to bring Paden
back from his place that is now between the physical world and the
Spirit world. He is not responding and as you saw, he is slipping
away very quickly.
stared into Owasos eyes with a fury. He refused to give up
on Paden. He said, Listen Owaso. I have so much respect for
you, but I will tell you that right now I am very, very angry. I
will not listen to your words unless you tell me something different.
I do not believe that there is nothing else that can be done. Yes,
Paden is in a very bad way. Yes, you did try hard all night long.
there must be something else that we can try and I know
it must be done quickly. Tell me Owaso, what else can we do right
put his right paw under his chin and tilted his head slightly to
the right as he thought hard about what Pat had just said. Several
long and agonizing minutes passed as the great Owaso tried to think
of something else to try for poor little Paden. Pat was becoming
irritable and he began to glare at Owaso as he tried to await an
answer. Finally Pat said aggressively, Im going back
to be by Paden side. I know that you will think of something
else. Please come and get me so that I can be involved with whatever
it is that you come up with. Owaso looked directly into Pats
eyes and moved his head up and down once in a slow deliberate yes
answer to that request.
then ran back to be by Padens side. As he ran toward the room
he noticed that Paddy and Michayla were standing in the opening
looking in. They heard Pat coming and jumped to the side to let
him in. Penny looked over and saw Pat coming. She immediately stood
up and said, What happened? What did Owaso say to you? Where
said nothing at first. He just put his arms around Paden and hugged
him very tightly. Then he shouted at Paden and shook him by his
skinny little shoulders and urged him to come back right then and
there. It was no use. Paden just hung limply in his arms barely
even breathing. Penny blurted out again, Pat! I said what
happened? Pat looked at her and tried to get the glaring defiance
out of his eyes but he could not. Penny said, Pat. I am not
the enemy. I am your wife. Please dont look at me like that.
I know that you are upset and so am I. We need to work together
to save our little Paden.
softened his look and apologized. He said that Owaso had been taking
him to the sacred place where all mice take their loved ones to
prepare them for their journey from the physical world to the Spiritual
world. Pennys mouth dropped open wide and she said,
What?????? She couldnt believe her ears. She couldnt
believe that even the great Owaso couldnt come up with some
other idea to help save their little Paden.
stood silently for a few minutes as he tried to clear his mind of
his anger about the situation. He felt bad that he had been aggressive
with penny, but he was just so angry that they were in this position
with Paden. His guilt was overwhelming. Then he finally spoke again
saying, Penny. I challenge Owaso strongly to think of something
else to try to save Paden. I cannot and will not accept that this
is the end. There must be something else that we can try to save
him. Penny meekly shook her head up and down in agreement,
but she was stunned by the news about where Owaso had been taking
them and what that meant about Padens condition.
more words spoken. Pat and Penny each knelt down beside their little
nephew and each grasped a paw and held it tightly to their hearts.
They each began to softly chant and ask the Great Creator to have
mercy on Paden. They looked at each other knowing what was happening
and they began to cry.
To be continued
© 2003 Geoff Hampton
Hampton is an internationally known author, speaker, motivator and
business consultant. Hampton is the Executive Director for St. Mary's
Health & Fitness Center in Powell, TN and is also a regular
columnist for the wellness/fitness Website www.fitcommerce.com
as well as Canku Ota. He can be reached by E-mail at GEOFFLHAMPTON@aol.com
His national anti-obesity/diabetes campaign, The Wellness Wakeup
Challenge can be reviewed at www.fitcommerce.com/wellness