Paden lay there in the blackest darkness he could ever imagine he
began to slowly have a feeling of awareness return to him. He noticed
that it was very cold and he couldn't see anything. He tried to
sit up but there was no feeling of movement. Then he called out
softly, "Hello. Hello. Penny? Pat? Tanasi? Is anyone there?" But
there was nothing but darkness and silence. It was very scary and
Paden had no idea what was going on. Then he thought he noticed
something way up above him. He thought he saw a light sort of glowing
and going through different stages of brightness. It slowly began
to get brighter and brighter and appeared to be moving slowly closer
to him. He didn't know what to think.
he thought he heard a faint voice off in the distance. It seemed
to be coming from the light he saw. It slowly got louder and he
was finally able to hear what the voice was saying. It was saying,
"Paden! Paden! I'm coming for you Paden!" It really scared the little
mouse badly. It sounded like Tanasi! He was afraid that she was
coming to take him to the spirit world ... just like she had told
him she was going to do. Paden tried to call out for help, but now
his voice made no sound. He tried harder to yell out loud but no
sound would come out of his mouth. Then he tried to scream as loud
as he could ... but nothing came out. The light was getting brighter
and the voice of Tanasi was getting louder. Paden finally stopped
struggling and just waited for whatever was going to happen to him.
Then he felt as if his body was being lifted up and moved toward
the light. Then off in the distance he saw Tanasi and she was waving
to him as though she wanted him to come to her. Her body was illuminated
by the bright light and she looked so beautiful. Paden had never
felt more comfortable and happy in his entire life. He didn't know
what was happening but it felt so wonderful and he smiled back at
Tanasi and let go of any resistance.
Penny was crying and chanting next to Paden who lay motionless on
his little bed. Pat had just returned when he heard a voice calling
out to him. It said, "Pilgrim! Pilgrim! Come out here right now!"
Pat recognized the voice as that of Owaso. Pat felt like his heart
just jumped into his throat. He wondered if Owaso had been able
to find out some news about how to save his beloved little Paden.
He jumped up to run outside to meet Owaso and stumbled and fell
in his hurry. He got up again and ran outside to find Owaso with
another medicine mouse.
said, "Follow us Pilgrim!" and immediately turned and started walking
away with the other medicine mouse. They were moving quickly and
Pat had to jog to keep up. His mind was thinking a thousand thoughts
all at the same time. Finally he said, "Owaso! Where are we going?"
Owaso did not answer. Suddenly Pat realized again that they were
heading to the sacred spot where loved ones were sent on their journey
to the spirit world. He cried out, "Owaso! Stop! I don't want to
go there!" Owaso turned and angrily told Pat to be silent and follow
them. Pat was angry, but he did follow.
they got to a spot right on the edge of the sacred burial ground
and the second medicine mouse turned and looked right into Pat's
eyes. He said, "Pilgrim ... I am Crow Talker. I have come a long
way to help you with little Paden. We are very late and he has already
begun his journey to the spirit world. The sacred mouse Tanasi is
coming for him right now. It will be very unlikely that we can bring
him back at this point, but if it can be done ... I will be the
one who can do it." Pat was silent as he stared at Crow Talker.
Talker looked at Owaso and said, "It is time." Then they both began
to dance a strange dance that Pat had never seen before. Both Crow
Talker and Owaso began to chant as they danced and Crow Talker had
some kind of rattle that was shaped like a small turtle shell. Pat
had never seen anything like it before and Crow Talker was shaking
the rattle in rhythm to their chanting. As the two medicine mice
chanted it seemed like Pat could hear muffled voices up in the air
above them. At first it sounded like a female voice calling to Paden.
Then he thought he heard Paden calling back. Paden was saying how
beautiful the light was and he was telling the female mouse that
he was coming. This was scary for Pat and he didn't know what to
think. Then the sounds became jumbled and Pat couldn't tell what
was happening. The chanting was getting louder and more intense.
Then suddenly Pat heard Penny cry out, "Pat! Come here right now!"
ran as fast as he could to get to Penny's side. As he ran into the
room Penny screamed out, "Paden just moved! He grabbed my paw and
held it tightly. He started breathing more normally again Pat! I
don't know what happened, but all of a sudden his body made a jerking
movement, he moaned out loud and grabbed my paw!"
ran around to the other side of the bed and grabbed Paden's other
paw. Paden squeezed his paw too! Pat cried out in joy! He couldn't
believe what was happening. Then he thought about the two medicine
mice and what they had been doing. He told Penny that he would right
back. She asked him where he was going but he didn't answer, he
just ran as fast as he could.
he approached the sacred ground he saw Owaso slumped on the ground
and Crow Talker was nowhere to be seen. Pat ran over to Owaso and
knelt down beside him. He didn't seem to be breathing and Pat gently
shook him. Owaso softly groaned and rolled over and looked at Pat.
He smiled a weak smile and said, "Howdy Pilgrim. How's everything
going?" Pat said, "It's a miracle! Paden started breathing normally
again and started gripping our paws again like he did before he
faded off to whatever it was that was happening to him!"
smiled and said, "That's nice Pilgrim. You never know what The Great
Creator may grant to certain medicine mice that he may not for others.
For as long as I have been alive I have never been told why or had
any way to understand why. There are many mysteries that we can
not explain and never will understand for as long as we exist here
in the physical world. I have learned not to question any of it
and just do what I am asked that may be of help. Crow Talker is
the best medicine mouse that there is and you will never see him
unless it is an extreme situation and then somehow he just appears.
We are truly lucky that he made an appearance here tonight. However,
this is something that you must not reveal to any living creature
for as long as you remain here in the physical world. Do you understand
me Pilgrim?" Pat nodded his head in agreement. Then Pat said, "Owaso,
are you okay?" Owaso said, "Yes Pilgrim. I am just very tired. By
mornings light I will be refreshed, but for now I must rest. Please
go back to your beloved Penny's side and keep up the vigil for little
Paden." Pat said he would and thanked Owaso from the bottom of his
Pat made his way back to Paden's side he was full of joy and emotion.
He wanted to laugh and cry at the same time. Suddenly tears started
streaming down his face and he fell on knees to thank The Great
Creator for all that he had done for them that strange cold night
so long ago.
Great Creator heard Pat's message and he just smiled and nodded
his head in approval. It was going to be a wonderful night in happy
valley after all!
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
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