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Nick Taddeo

Published by Foremost Press at Smashwords

Copyright 2005 Nick Taddeo

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To Setsuko, who makes so much possible


On a ridge flanking the Eastern Sierras, a lone cougar crouched down keeping hidden from two girls who were searching for spring wildflowers. The lion, a fully grown male, four years old, sand colored with black tipped ears, watched with penetrating eyes as the girls walked along the foothills talking and laughing as they progressed. The cougar followed quietly, at first not preparing to attack yet certainly more than curious about what these creatures were doing. It was not in his nature to let a potential threat go unchallenged. The animal stalked, gazed intently, and waited—living in the moment. Whatever happened, he always lived in the moment.

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