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The Ancestor

Smashwords Edition

by Dennis Herrick

Copyright 2012 Dennis Herrick - All rights reserved.

Sterling Publications USA, Rio Rancho, NM


The events and characters of this short story of 16 pages are fictitious. However, the historical facts about Santiago Pueblo are true, as is the fact that hundreds of new houses are being built around the site now. During excavation of the pueblo in 1934, a Tiwa skeleton was found there with the copper point from a conquistador’s crossbow in its chest cavity. Cover illustration by office.microsoft.com/en-us/images.


The Ancestor

by Dennis Herrick


Ruben Cherino of the Puaray Pueblo Police looked at the boards on the ground at his feet. They were still in a shape like a child’s sand box. For a second it seemed to him that the ancient skull was still there half buried in the sand. Stained after nearly five centuries, it had been punctured above the left eye socket by a copper point from a conquistador’s crossbow.

Ruben blinked—and the skull was gone.

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