Setting the Stage:
Ashkewheteasu has watched over his wife's burial mound for nearly 3000 years. This morning he slept longer because he was dreaming of his old life with Aiyana and didn't want to wake from it. By the time he came to her effigy mound, an archeological survey was already taking place because bulldozers were set to wipe Aiyanna's burial from the earth. Distraught that he let her down, he apologizes to her remains.
He rasped his plea to the remaining directions and the spirits who dwelled there, and then addressed the mound and the body that lay within, “Aiyanna my love, my heart, I have watched over you through time but I can watch no longer. Please forgive me, I have failed you….” His throat choked. Swallowing hard, he whispered to the earth that half-covered his wife, “Again.”
Kneeling beside the dirt-encrusted bones, he pulled the cover away to expose them fully. The small bones of the baby he knew laid with its mother had dissolved in the acids of the soil. Gently digging through the loam between the exposed rib bones, his fingers found the bird stone, its cord long since returned to the earth.
Holding it now, he remembered...
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