felt his body slowly rising up into the air and he spontaneously
tried to grab something with his hands to hold onto. It didnt
help. As he felt his body drifting upward he heard someone moaning
and mumbling incoherently. It sounded like Susies voice.
He was able to slowly turn his head and saw his wrecked car resting
against a large tree. Inside the car he could clearly see his
own body bleeding and motionless, next to that he saw Susie lying
across the seat in a pool of blood and glass. She was barely moving
and seemed to be hurt really bad. She was bleeding from her head
and was softly moaning Billys name. Her right hand was opening
and closing slowly as though she was trying to grab onto something.
It was strange to Billy because he felt at peace and was not alarmed
to see the sight of the terrible car wreck.
body was slowly rising up and away from that scene. He tried to
move again but could not. It was at that time that he realized that
he was not in control of whatever was happening. In some space in
time that Billy could not measure he saw a brilliant light ahead
and he was drifting toward it. As he got closer and closer he began
to see a beautiful sight. The beautiful light enveloped a scene
of eerie beauty. It was a mountain top covered with spectacular
flowers all around. He heard the voices of thousands of birds singing
their joyous songs. He had no idea what this meant or what could
be happening to him.
Billy drifted closer and closer to the mountain top he began to
see a figure moving before him He tried to focus his eyes, but it
was nothing that he could control. As he drifted closer he heard
a man chanting softly to the Great Creator. The man suddenly changed
into the largest and most beautiful eagle that Billy had ever seen.
As he watched the beautiful creature take to the air his own body
gently touched down on the mountaintop and he lay there very still,
unable to move. The eagle came and sat next him. They looked deeply
into each others eyes for what seemed to Billy to be a long,
long time. He felt such a peaceful feeling that it was odd for him.
He had never known such a feeling of peace in his entire life.
a long while the eagle transformed into the figure of a noble looking
man of great physical power with striking facial features. His hair
was as white as snow and flowed down below his waist. Then the man
spoke to Billy, saying, I am Redman. I know that when you
were a young boy you heard the Legend of the Eagle and the Snake
and you loved the story with all of your heart. I know that you
had imagined that maybe the great warrior Osceola had been the Redman
in that story. Billy
I am that Redman. In the beginning the
Great Creator had entrusted me with great power and abilities beyond
your wildest imagination. I made a terrible mistake and failed the
Great Creator. It is because of me that our people have suffered
so much. Even in my feebleness the Great Creator allowed me to observe
the physical world from my place here in the spirit world. He also
has allowed me some ability to influence events so that my hope
of our people returning to their rightful position as protectors
of our great Mother Earth may be realized. You do not know it yet
but your good friend Jackson has made a startling discovery tonight.
As he reviewed information from one of your study eagles he discovered
that his own blood had similarities to the eagle. When you return
to him you will know why. That reason is that you are a descendant
of the Great Creators most trusted creature
was stunned and couldnt imagine that what was happening to
him could possibly be real. He was about to ask the man a question
when suddenly he felt a terrible jolt that was followed by indescribable
pain. He cried out and felt a gentle touch to his right hand. He
suddenly realized that he was back inside his car and the rain was
still pouring down all around and inside the wrecked vehicle. Suddenly
there was a brilliant flash of lightning and he saw Susies
left hand gently clutching onto his right hand. She softly called
his name. Then everything went blank again.
many hours Jackson became worried about his two friends. He tried
the cell phone but could not get a response. He called the Blount
County Sheriffs Department to ask if there had been any wrecks
reported between Knoxville and Happy Valley. The officer told him
that they were not allowed to release that information. Jackson
was very frustrated with the response so he got into his own car
to conduct his own search. He knew that Billy and Susie would have
taken the dirt road over the mountain toward Maryville from the
Top o the World area of Happy Valley. He drove fast in the
dangerous conditions and asked the Great Creator to be with him
and to be with his friends as he sped in the driving rain. As he
drove he decided to put a CD in to listen to some upbeat music in
order to lift his spirits and divert his attention from his fearful
thoughts. He chose one of his favorite Arigon Starr CDs, BACKFLIP
to keep his mind in focus. Her music always made him feel full of
The road that Jackson was taking is a two lane road on the east
side of Maryville and as it approaches the foothills it turns into
a poorly maintained roadway that is very treacherous with many hairpin
type turns. As Jackson made his way up the steep grade he saw a
spot where it looked like something may have gone over the edge.
He stopped his car and got out to investigate. To his horror Jackson
saw Billys car smashed against a large tree down the steep
embankment. He called out Billys name and got no reply. Then
he called out Susies name and heard a weak sounding voice
calling for help. He tried to rush down the embankment to see if
he could help. It was dangerous and slippery and he fell hard trying
to reach his friends. As he got to the car he saw them both lying
across the front seat. Billy wasnt moving and Susie was bleeding
badly. He got his cell phone out to call for help. Unfortunately,
there was no signal up there on the side of the mountain. He tried
to climb back up the steep slippery bank to go get help and it was
very difficult. When he finally got to his car he headed back toward
Maryville holding his cell phone to see when he would have a signal
again. It didnt take long until he was able to dial 911. The
dispatcher told him that help would be on the way soon. Jackson
screamed into the phone that help was needed NOW. The dispatcher
tried to calm him down but was unable to help. She had no way to
know about the strong bond between these friends.
drove back up to the spot where he had located his friends and he
slipped back down the steep embankment to see if there was anything
that he could possibly do. As he reached the car he could hear Susie
sobbing softly. She had moved herself and was now holding Billy
in her arms. She was gently rocking him back and forth and whispering
to him how much she loved him.
Jackson spoke his first word, Susie looked in his direction, smiled
and softly said, I knew that youd never let us down
Jackson. You are such a good friend. Please
please help Billy.
I am so worried about him. Then her head slowly lowered down
toward Billy and she let out a loud moaning sound. Jackson tried
to climb into the car to help her, but as he reached over and grabbed
her wrist he found that she had no more pulse. She had left the
physical world forever. Jackson screamed out loud in Shawnee, crying
out to the Great Creator asking Him why he had allowed this terrible
thing to happen to Susie. He broke down into uncontrollable crying
and intermittent chanting and praying.
slowly worked his way into a position to see if he could help his
good friend Billy. He reached over and grabbed his right wrist.
There was a slight pulse and Jackson screamed out, Thank you!
Thank you! Then heard the sound of sirens in the distance
heading toward the spot he had found his friends. He said, Hang
on Billy! Helps coming! Please hang on my brother! Im
going up the bank to show them where you are! Lay still. Dont
move! Help is coming! Then he started back up the steep bank.
he slowly slipped and groped his way up the slippery mountainside
he heard the rescue vehicles getting closer and closer. As they
approached Jackson waived his arms and screamed out, Hurry!
Hurry! Its real bad! Please hurry! Some of the rhe rescue
workers went down the slope immediately and started tending to Billy.
As Jackson had feared, they were too late for Susie. He was glad
that Billy was not conscious at that moment. He knew that if Billy
did make it
Susies death would be hard for him to take.
Now, for Jackson, there was real fear that Billy might not make
it either. The ambulances went further up the mountainside to turn
around and came back down and they loaded Billy into the first one
and Susies limp body into the second one. Jackson had wanted
to go, but they asked him to go in his own vehicle due to the seriousness
of Billys injuries. Jackson reluctantly agreed and watched
in deep sadness as the two ambulances headed off for Blount Memorial
Hospital and Billys only chance of survival. He also thought
about how terrible it was as Susies lifeless body followed
closely behind the ambulance carrying Billy.
stood there for a long time in the driving rain, hearing the sound
of thunder off in the distance and seeing the occasional flash of
lightning over the top of the mountain. He was so upset. He had
such exciting news to share with his two friends and he couldnt
help the feeling of deep despair that swept over him as he remembered
that his phone call had set these events into motion. He began to
cry uncontrollably again as he these thoughts poisoned his mind.
He did not know how he could tell Billy, if he survived, about his
beloved Susies death. He fell to his knees and his saddened
spirit became one with the darkness and the rain.
End - Part 11 - To Be Continued
2003 Geoff Hampton
Geoff Hampton Stories at Canku Ota