By Dorothy Garlock
From the instant Baptiste Lightbody came across attractive Maggie within the Missouri Territory, he knew they have been elements of a similar spirit. avoided through a global that referred to as him a half-breed, and her a witch, they courageous the barren region to discover a paradise in their personal. yet Lightfoot and Maggie quickly face a try out that may holiday their hearts, or unite them ceaselessly.
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The odor from his unwashed body and dirty clothing, coupled with the stench of his bowels, let loose when life left him, was nauseating to Maggie. The smell frightened the horses. They whinnied, rolled their eyes and pawed the sandy floor. Maggie crooned to them and partially calmed them, but still they moved restlessly. The struggle between Light and the Indian had trampled the brush that covered the cave opening, allowing morning light to come in. Maggie longed to leave the cave, to get out into the fresh air, but Light had told her to stay.
A rush of warm blood through his veins spread an unwanted arousal thoughout his body. Reason won out over his hunger to gather her close in his arms and seek the “sweet hurty feeling,” as she called their lovemaking. Green was fading from the tops of the oak trees and soon leaves would fall. He and Maggie must make every day of good weather count if they were to reach the bend in the river and fashion a shelter for winter. ” His whisper came against her ear as his palm stroked her breast. ” “I’m awake.
The other brave, still howling in pain, took to his heels and disappeared in the bush. Light dropped his rifle and leaped after him, easily overtaking him. Without mercy he ran his knife through the Delaware’s back to his heart. He stooped over the fallen warrior to retrieve his blade, then raced back to where he had left Maggie. The small clearing was empty except for the dead Indian. Light’s breath was stopped by a dread so acute he was unable to breathe. His precious treasure was gone! ” The agonized cry came roaring up from the depth of his soul.
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