NORTHWOODS FOREST MYSTERY
Karin Ficke Cook
Copyright 2012 Karin Ficke Cook
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Lightning sizzles through the pines with sharp, stabbing jolts and the thunder echoes throughout Turtle Lake, as if bouncing from invisible metal walls. The wind howls in chorus with the wolves who scatter among the groves as they dash for cover. Bears wait out the storm in their lairs, while the smaller animals hide in hollowed-out logs. This is the worst storm of the year 1885 and it will foretell a dangerous chain of events. September normally holds much promise, as the crops are harvested and stored for winter, but this year, actions would discredit an honorable man, destroy a family and throw a tribe into turmoil, while outside forces ravage the land.