Brothers of the Mountain
By Jeremy Perry
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This story herein is a work of fiction. All of the characters, places, and events portrayed in this book either are products of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously.
Henry McCarty steered his buckskin mount slowly through the timbered foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The mountain man had been trailing the small alliance of Blackfeet Indians for two grueling days. He wrangled with a fierce urge to charge into their camp with guns blazing, but he could never compromise the life of his brother. Instead, he continued to bide his time, waiting for the right moment to free Lucas and escape the savagery for which the Blackfeet were known.
The tough mountain man had witnessed an array of tragedies ever since he and his younger brother had arrived in the Rocky Mountains to become free trappers. He had many cold and hellish memories of such vile occasions. It was only two years before that he and Lucas had stumbled upon a young couple that had been brutally tortured and murdered at the hands of renegade Indians. He only hoped this would not be another one of those occasions.
The flashback weighed heavily on the mountaineer’s mind as he rode along.
“Goddamn savages,’’ were the words he muttered under his breath.
Henry rode higher up the hillside and circled into position. He reined in on the stallion and sat quietly, gazing with cold brown eyes at the four Blackfeet warriors below.