To Live Forever Tour Stop: Bear Creek Mound
On April 8, 2012, I posted this story. One of the seeds that grew to become To Live Forever.
I walked around Bear Creek Mound on an early Spring day.
And, I heard someone scream.
Thirteen. Luck caused the chief’s eye to fall on me, a snippet of a girl. Twelve when he raised me to join his band of wives. One revolution around the Great Sun, and he is gone.
And, so shall I be.
The throngs have already gathered, feasting on the raised temple mound. Flames dance from the ends of wooden sticks, stuck in the soft earth along the raised edge. The wind from the river blows smoke into my lungs, powdery mist from the pyre that will consume me.
The elders will come for me. I have minutes, perhaps. As the youngest wife of the dead chief, I have the pleasure of being last in line, the final wife to join him in the afterlife. The screams of the others rise above the festive sounds wafting from the mound. One by one they die.
On a single bier, they will carry our lifeless bodies to the center of the mound. Together, we will be gathered in the chief’s house. A flinty strike will consume us, and the waves of smoke will bear us from our sacred mound through a portal to the afterlife.
They’re coming for me now. I wonder? Will anyone stand on this mound a thousand years from now and think of me? Hear my dying breath exhale through the black tunnel of time?
If you look closely, you might see a child on top of Bear Creek Mound. A child much like Emmaline.
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