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"I think everyone's like that now," Oscar said looking at her. "They do what they want when they want. If there's Raiders they will attack your land. They will brig vehicles. And unlike the Dead, they arent easy to put down."
He watched her throw some herbs on the fire, "what ones are those? They smell good," he said leaning back. "God I probably reak. Haven't bathed in weeks. I think I can literally see the grime some mornings."
He looked at the wolf. "I just thought wolves are wild. Any of the ones I've seen are always ou to eat you. They don't want to make nice and protect. You know now dogs aren't much difference. They form packs and hunt like Wolves. Guess they've also gone back to the way they were. So just friends? Like a disney movie? You're bodning with animal instead of humans." He paused, "what's a spirit guide? Sounds like onstar or gps."
When she applied the salve he jumped. It stung but no worse than before. "So this stuff will heal it? Or does it just clean it," he asked looking at the stuff coating his leg. "And what is it?"
When she spoke of the dead he listened. "espíritu maligno," he said looking at her, "evil spirit." He looked at her. "How do you burr someone properly? Isn't palcing them in the ground good enough?"
"Shadow helps with the living as well as the dead. They don't come here often though. Nothing out here for most people."
Shadow came over and laid at her side. He was a loyal creature and he was her best friend. He could always be counted on to do help her in her times of need.
"He is what you would call tamed. How do you think your people got dogs in the first place? They are decended from wolfs. Modern people have simply forgotten how to befriend the earth and the creatures recognize that. It helps that my spirit animal is the wolf. Shadow recognizes me as one of his own. We have created a pack as it were. Spirit animals are hard to explain to outsiders, as are many of my people's traditions."
She laughed at him when he jumped, not alot and it didn't sound cruel or anything. She was so used to her healing salve that it didn't hurt anymore.
"It has healing properties and will help the wound close quicker, you will probably have a fever but it will pass quickly."
She ruffled Shadow's fur and leaned against him. This man wasn't as bad as she had first thought. He was irreverent and blind as a child but he seemed to be asking the right questions, perhaps for the wrong reasons but sometimes why did not matter.
"It's not so simple as that, and even then not everyone was put in the ground, their energy couldn't rejoin the earth. I can't explain a guide to you outsider but maybe someday, if you prove yourself, I will send you on a spirit journey."
"Spirit journey? That's when you get high in the desert right? A few guy I worked with would call what they did a spirit journey," Oscar said looking at her. "What do you have to eat or drink? I figure if I'm staying the night we can at least share resources."
He watched the wolf. "You two seem close. He's your guardian. Used to have a pitbull before all this. Had to sell it to pay for my dads addiction. She would have been useful. She was loyal. Had a mean bite." He looked at the sky then back down at the pair. "So you're a wolf pack? A pack of two? Thought you need more in a pack." He looked at the ground. "You don't need to explain it, was just making idle chitchat."
He looked at the stuff she applied to his leg. "So I'll get a fever from this? How bad of one. I've seen people die from fevers and not proper medical attention."
She laughed at the man, getting high in the desert. In some ways it was that but there was more to it. A much deeper meaning that she couldn't hope to explain to the man. His ignorance was expected. People knew little of native practices and even less about the Hopi specifically. Her people had always been an insular group, they still lived in their pueblo's as their ancestors had forever. Even European scientists dated their ancestral home back at least a thousand years.
"Peyote is involved yes, though I doubt your friends could claim the hardships of a true spirit journey. Perhaps I could teach you. It is against the customs of my people but there are not many of them left, someone must carry our legacy."
She had an idea just then. She would in fact teach this outsider the ways of her people, and if he could be taught he would go on a spirit quest.
"What do you say, Oscar the outsider? Will you learn the ways of the Hopi? I can teach you to hunt, to find from the land what you need, and if you can be taught I will send you on your journey."
She reached into her pack and through him a can of pork and beans. It had a pull tab top so he wouldn't need to pry it open. She also rolled him some water. She needed to hunt so at the moment the modern food was all she had.
"The fever is minor, there is no worry of death. And should you become ill I am well equipped to treat it. My medicine comes from my people but it is effective."
"That's good. When should the fever kick in? At least it's not fatal," he said laying back. "Do you and your wolf take shifts sleeping? Or do you just hope nothing bad happens." He picked up the bottle and food. "Thanks do you want some too," he asked. He took a sip of water and smiled.
"I would learn. Even if I'm not worthy it would still be useful to learn. Know what's safe to eat and what's not. I'll learn your ways. What else do I have to loose. Plus I get some peyote. Haven't had that in a long time."
"Shadow and I sleep at the same time but remember the desert is deathly quite. There are few sounds to get accustomed to and those sounds that do not belong are easy to hear. We have had chindi come while sleeping but we awoke far before they got close enough to be a threat. This is my home, and I learned my people's ways from a young age."
She guessed that her answer would not necessarily put him in the most comfortable of moods but she didn't care. If he was going to learn her ways he would start now. There was very little softness in the desert and her people knew that. They tried to be soft to equal out but they knew when that softness was dangerous.
"I already ate today, but thank you. Tomorrow I will hunt, when I get back we will see to your wound and I will teach you a little about my medicine. Good night outsider."
With that she walked into her tent and curled up with Shadow under the blanket. The desert nights were chilly but she felt nice and toasty.
"You might want to set yourself up close to my tent. The bluff will shield you from the wind," She yelled out to him.
Oscar nodded and as she went into the tent. He moved to the other side of then tent opposite of the way the wind blew. He pulled his bag up as a pillow and pulled out his blanket. He curled up as he saw shadow of his new companions inside.
Oscar opened the can of precooked tune from his bag and dipped his finger in. He cleaned out the container. When it was empt he tucked it back in. Oscar placed the water to his lips taking sip. It was a little unsettling knowing no one would be on watch. But he trusted these two wouldn't endanger themselves, that made it a little better.
If he was going to start training tomorrow he was going to need to rest up. With that Oscar closed his eyes and went to sleep.