Tom suggested I jot down my thoughts because "If I won't tell me or Sharon, I should tell someone." Sharon even gave me a new journal to track everything in, but it seems too pretty for my ugly thoughts. I saw the bear again, outside my window, and I wonder if this is a harbringer for Tom and Sharon's death. Is my presense summoning danger to them?
Sharon thought a girl's night out would do her and me some good, so we went to see a movie. If you're in a bad or creepy mood, Identity is not a good movie to see. Afterwards, Sharon watched me closely and I was afraid that the bear would pick up on my unease, my fear, and attack our car. The geek in me, however, really wants to see that movie again and disseminate the imagery.
Until my thoughts are prettier, I think I will continue using this theme book for my journal. Dear Journal - don't let them read you.
Dani sat on the log in the clearing and stared up at the sky. She had visited the Corsis for a few days that week before disappearing again. The Corsis had been happy to see her - an understatement of course. Tom and Sharon were entirely unable to process why Dani had been missing for so long. She was covered in twigs and dirt, and there were bites on her arms and legs from chiggers, mosquitos, and any other insect looking for an easy meal.
Events had occured while the girl was roaming the woods unsupervised. First, there was news that her grandfather, Black Eagle, had been attacked by a large bear. While Black Eagle was still alive, it was still unknown whether or not his injuries were fatal. The bear appeared to have done enough damage to the old man that it was a toss up either way. Was this bear the same one that Dani had "seen" killing her parents, or was it separate? The tribal police had yet to find her parents' bodies, and according to the Corsis, there was some talk amongst the elders of discontinuing the search.
Back in the woods again, this time dressed in sturdier workboots from Walmart and a pair of jeans that had once fit Sharon, Dani drew the vague outline of the bear. She tried to remember nuances of his appearance. He was large, larger than the sky, and he could knock down stars with a violent paw. He would too. He would kill her, like he killed her parents, her grandfather...
No, her grandfather was still alive with injuries so severe that he was in a white hospital off the reservation.
A shadow formed, obscuring the sun and the bear was there, just as it was there before. It vanished only after Dani's thoughts turned to panic and flight.