He did not get the scolding he thought he would. As soon as the search party found him they noticed the huge amount of food, loaded on to his horse. Any anger they had before, about trying find him, vanished. His father and two other men had gone looking for him after the fog had lifted.
He told them all about the fog, the wolves so close he could hear them panting, and how they did not attack him. His father Whirlwind, Spotted Bull, and Bear Dancer, listened in silence to the young man’s adventure, as they rode back towards the village.
He explained about his horse running away, and then returning after the wolves left. He and his horse went hunting like they had intended. They started out following the wolf’s tracks, which led them to a herd of elk. The young man was convinced that the wolves had led him to the herd, and he told his father this. The men did not disagree. They all mumbled that the food would be good for the families of the people, and they did not know that there were elk in the area. He also told them he had a new name, “Two Wolves”. He did not say anything about Song Bird, and that he knew they would marry someday. That was only for him to know.
Yes, it was a very good day, for a 14 year old. When he got back to the village and unloaded, Song Bird wandered over to him. He once again blurted out about the wolves. Her eyes got big as she listened. He also told her about the elk, and how he found them. He got closer to her and lowered his voice. “My new name is – ‘Two Wolves’. Tears welled up in her eyes, and her hands went to her face. She was speechless, but he knew the tears, were tears of joy. All this, because his old name had been “Bear”. She ran away quickly, but he knew that more healing was taking place today.
Note: If you are new to the blog, Song Bird had previously been attacked by a bear, and was severely injured. She and Two Wolves are very good friends.
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