intensity in and around the homeground was unlike anything any
of the mice had ever seen before. Thunderhawk and Blaze watched
from the branch that they had perched on and were amazed. As they
watched, they saw Michayla and Paddy up on the rocks of judgment
and their eyes could not stop crying. They knew that their punishment
would be severe and that their entire families may even end up
being banished from their beloved homeground forever.
and Paddys families looked on in disbelief as Swift Warrior
quickly climbed up the sacred assembly mound and took his spot on
top of the ruling ancient rock to judge the case at hand. As Swift
Warrior got to the top of his sacred spot he stood tall and held
his arms high in the air and looked toward the heavens. As he did
this the crowd cheered wildly. Then Swift Warrior, with a very solemn
look on his face lowered his arms and stared intently at the throng.
The drums of justice continued to beat loudly in the background
and the medicine mouse continued his chanting. Then suddenly, Swift
Warrior raised his right arm and turned his right paw into a fist.
The noise was very loud and then in a very fast movement Swift Warrior
opened his paw and all noise stopped. There was dead silence.
and Paddy were so scared they couldnt even cry any more. When
Swift Warrior had given the sign for all noise to stop, Pat and
Papa OMalley knew that the time had come for the trial. Their
hearts were very sad. They also knew that they may be banished from
the homeground forever for something that they had nothing to do
Warrior spoke in a deliberate and very loud voice. The mice were
all amazed at how deep his voice was and how strong it was for a
mouse of his age. He was still in incredible physical condition
and every mouse there thought about what he must have looked like
in his prime.
he spoke he said, What are the crimes that we are gathered
here today to address? From the rocks of justice, just to
the left of the ruling ancient rock the senior ruling elder, named
Brogan stood and spoke directly to Swift Warrior. As he began to
speak he bowed deeply to the ancient one and said, Oh wise
and noble leader of the valley of the river, we have before us two
hateful mice who have chosen to tell terrible lies which resulted
in one little mouse almost dying, but even worse than that, they
caused the hated Red Beast to return to our world.
and Paddy looked at each other and said, Huh???? Pat
and Penny and Papa OMalley and Virginia OMalley did
the same thing. None of the mice in the homeground had known up
until that moment that when Paden had run away, he had brought the
dreaded Red Beasts back to life, to curse the beautiful smoky mountains
forever with a new reign of terror.
Warrior bellowed out, Did you say that these two mice caused
the terrible Red Beasts to return to the smoky mountains?
Brogan sadly shook his head up and down to confirm what the ancient
the mice in the homeground got very nervous after hearing that news
and looked all around to see what the other mice were doing at that
awful information. Then off in the distance they heard the frightening
sound of many Red Beasts. Their thunderous chirping sound shook
happy valley and cast fear in all present.
Thunderhawk and Blaze knew what that sound was. While they had been
able to eliminate the one Red Beast and save Paden, they knew that
the sounds that they were now hearing were that of an entire flock
of the horrible creatures and they knew that they would be no match
for all of them.
was obvious as the nervous crowd of mice listened that the Red Beasts
were heading in their direction at a very rapid rate. All the mice
knew that the return of the Red Beasts meant an end to the life
that they had known and loved there in happy valley. It would never
be a safe place to live again. They all knew that would have to
leave and do so very quickly.
Warrior spoke one last time and said, The trial is no longer
of any significance. The only important thing left for any of us
now is to run as far as we can, as fast as we can and in many different
directions in hopes of escaping the certain destruction that the
terrible beasts will bring to our community. I now command you all
you to run from here as fast as you can. Leave any and all of your
belongings and just run. The Swift Warrior jumped down from
ruling ancient rock and did as had commanded. He ran!
the other mice looked around and started frantically trying to gather
their families together. The sound of the Red Beasts was getting
closer and closer. Then the mice all began running as fast as they
could in all four directions. Some north, some south, some east
and some west. Pat and Penny ran to pick up Paden and signaled for
all their other relatives to gather so that they could leave. Then
they ran quickly to the east and disappeared from sight.
OMalley and Virginia sounded the assembly for their relatives
and quickly headed to the north. As they disappeared from sight,
Thunderhawk and Blaze heard the loud thunder of the Red Beasts feet
as they approached the now deserted homeground. As the Red Beasts
arrived they sniffed the ground and turned over every rock and bush
that they saw. They were frantically looking for the little mice
that had just left. They were making a lot of noise and chirping
and snapping their huge ugly beaks at each other as they tried to
find the little ones.
as quickly as they arrived, they disappeared. The Red Beasts had
split up into several groups and were hot on the trails of the little
mice. The huge birds had their noses to the ground like a pack of
wild dogs following the scent left behind by the mice.
and Blaze just looked at each other with great sorrow. They were
afraid that the terrible beasts would find the little mice very
easily and there was nothing that they could do about it. It was
an awful feeling.
were tears in Blazes eyes as she asked Thunderhawk what they
should do. He just slowly shook his head back and forth and a tear
came to his eye as well. He had spent his whole life there in happy
valley protecting those little mice and now they were gone.
still vividly remembered the lessons of Running Deer and the way
that he had saved Thunderhawk from death as a young bird. He remembered
his adventure meeting and ultimately mating with his beloved Blaze.
He remembered so many fights he had been involved in saving the
little mice. Now it was all over. They were gone forever and he
would never see them again.
much as he loved happy valley he was now restless. He wanted to
leave the place and never go back again. Then he turned to Blaze
and said, Hey! Lets go on a long trip. Okay? She
sadly looked at him and understood what he was feeling. She hated
to leave that place just as much as he did. She remembered so many
things as well. But like Thunderhawk, she now knew it was changed
forever. She looked right in his eyes and said, Lead the way
and then they were gone.
End of the Legend of the Thunderhawk
© 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
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