A Story of Faith in the Appalachian Mountains

By Mary Rice Somerville

Smashwords Edition 1.0

Originally published by Penny Pincher Press (1986)

Copyright Mary Rice Somerville 1986, 2011
ISBN 978-1-61061-478-8

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Chapter 1

I was out behind the house, trying to tack feed sacks up around my rabbit cages. That’s how my Tim had always done when the November winds began to get serious. The buck’s wild-brown coat was thick, but he had no nesting box and his cage was on the open side. I would give my three does their windbreaks just for good measure.

I was hunting around for the spilled tacks when I first saw the boy. Or maybe he was a man. Seeing someone up past my house was as rare as seeing a fur-lined frog. I’m at the head of the hollow, and no one comes by my place unless he is lost or hunting deer.

This fellow didn’t look lost. He seemed to be inspecting. He was up in the property next to mine. He’d stand by the creek and look up the hillside; then he would sort of pace off a few yards, step back, size up the trees, pace to this side and that side and then back to the creek.

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