First published 2010 by S.M. Carrière in The Dying God & Other Stories.
Smashwords edition published 2013.
Short stories Copyright © 2010 by S.M. Carrière.
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His name was Little Bear. The Shaman gave the name to him after he killed a bear during his Man-Making. He once had a different name, but men weren’t allowed to keep their boy names. As of now, Little Bear was a man amongst boys, and it was his job to watch the children and ensure that they were safe from harm. The children were playing now just a few feet from the mouth of the home cave, a safe distance from the cold river that flowed nearby.
It was usual for men of his ilk to take a wife or two immediately following their Man-Making. Little Bear, however, had never met any woman he might consider sharing his skins with for more than one night, and so had, shamefully, remained unmarried. He didn’t care, though his mother certainly did. She would cluck disapprovingly at him and shake her head. Little Bear could only smile sadly in return.