Click here for updated Character List ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Jared<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Age: 29<\/li>\r\n<li>Description: 6'3\", 230 lbs of solid muscle, trimmed dark black hair and deep chocolate brown eyes<\/li>\r\n<li>Job: Paramedic (Partner: Liam) \/ Shift Supervisor<\/li>\r\n<li>Boyfriend: Liam<\/li>\r\n<li>Spirit Guide: Bear<\/li>\r\n<li>Title: Sacred Medicine Man of the People<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Liam<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Age: 22<\/li>\r\n<li>Description: 6'0\", blue eyes, curly blond hair, nicely toned and tanned<\/li>\r\n<li>Job: Paramedic (Partner: Jared)<\/li>\r\n<li>Boyfriend: Jared<\/li>\r\n<li>Spirit Guide: Eagle<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Troy<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Age: 25<\/li>\r\n<li>Description: 5’11”, brown eyes, blonde hair, solid but not overly muscular.<\/li>\r\n<li>Job: Paramedic<\/li>\r\n<li>Boyfriend: Tyler<\/li>\r\n<li>Spirit Guide: Wolf<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Tyler<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Age: 25<\/li>\r\n<li>Description: 5'11\", brown eyes, dark brown hair, slim<\/li>\r\n<li>Job: Police Officer (Partner: Josh)<\/li>\r\n<li>Boyfriend: Troy<\/li>\r\n<li>Spirit Guide: Wolf<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Josh<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Age: 25<\/li>\r\n<li>Description: 5'8\", blue eyes, light brown hair, solid. He and Darrin could pass for cousins or even brothers,<\/li>\r\n<li>Job: Police Officer (Partner: Tyler)<\/li>\r\n<li>Boyfriend: Darren<\/li>\r\n<li>Spirit Guide: Wolf<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Darren<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Age: 26<\/li>\r\n<li>Description: 6'0\", green eyes, light brown hair, solid. He and Josh could pass for cousins or even brothers.<\/li>\r\n<li>Job: Fire Fighter<\/li>\r\n<li>Boyfriend: Josh<\/li>\r\n<li>Spirit Guide: Wolf<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\"><span style=\"text-decoration: underline; color: #999999;\">Minor \/ Recurring Characters<\/span><\/h4>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Rob<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Job: Ambulance Base Manager")
The men all got up at different times in the morning. By mid-morning, they all found themselves sitting in pairs on the deck, picking at the remnants of their breakfast.
"What's up for today?" asked Troy.
There was a long pause until Jared said, "Not much, just a day to relax… waterskiing, fishing, swimming or laying in the sun. I would like to cut some wood and bring it in to make sure there is enough for the fire pit and the cabin."
"I'd like to help," said Tyler. "It's a good workout." The rest volunteered as well.
The group cleaned up the breakfast mess, and at Jared's insistence, they all got dressed for cutting wood. Jared led them past their parked vehicles and into a large Quonset behind the treeline. The Quonset was large enough inside for a pickup truck and all the equipment they would need to get wood. The Quonset was only ten feet high but long enough to park eight vehicles. In the back, Jared had a workshop area with chainsaws and all the safety equipment needed.
"Hey hose puller, do you know how to run one of these?" asked Jared.
"Yes, of course. I love running a saw."
"Grab that one," Jared said pointing. "The chaps, helmet, and muffs are over there," as he pointed another direction.
The men checked the equipment out and loaded it into the back of the truck.
Josh asked if he and Troy could use the quads and Jared nodded his head. They grabbed helmets and started them to make sure they ran. The rest of the guys got into the truck and Jared backed it out. He headed down the laneway and turned onto a cutline leading into another part of the forest. After a half hour, they arrived at an area which looked like the trees had been snapped off by the hand of God pushing them down.
"What caused this?" asked Liam, amazed at the destruction.
"It was a plow wind. This happened a few years ago. Before you ask Liam, a plow wind is the result of a strong storm front and a very strong wind being formed within it. Instead of a tornado, the plow wind is straight and impacts with the ground at an angle. Look at the trees over there, do you see how they are broken off high? You see how they are broken off or pushed over lower and lower until the ones at ground level were hit. If you were to draw a line from the ground up to where the trees first show damage, this one hit the earth at about a 30° angle."
"Are plow winds common?" asked Liam.
"They seem to be getting more common," Jared replied. "I like to get my firewood from this area. It has been laying in the sun for a few years now and the wood has dried quite well."
Soon the sounds of chainsaw were heard as Jared and Darren began to limb the trees and buck it into stove cord length. The others were piling the wood into the back of the truck. When the truck was full, Troy and Liam drove the truck back to the cabin and threw it out near the Quonset next to the splitter.
The men had made six loads of wood when Jared said, "Enough guys. I think we have enough stored for a few sweat ceremonies and for use in the cabin. Over the summer, I hope we can get some more and get everything split and stacked as well."
They headed back to the Quonset and stored the gear away after unloading the last load. They wandered back to the cabin for lunch.
After lunch, Tyler, Darren, and Josh wanted to split some of the wood to get a better work out and headed out back. They were now back to their usual cabin dress code, wearing their loincloths as they split wood to prevent slivers in vital organs.
Jared and Liam stayed dressed after Jared suggested they go for a quad ride on some of the trails in the area. They put their helmets on and headed out, Jared in the lead. They drove along trails, through swampy areas and mud.
Liam hadn't driven a quad much, but he was getting more confident. He managed to splash Jared a couple of times with great gobs of mud having the consistency of homemade thick gravy, coating him from head to toe.
Jared had got more than even with Liam. One time, he gunned the quad causing the wheels to spin throwing clumps of mud directly at Liam. By the time he was finished, there was about four inches of mud stuck to Liam's head and upper body.
Soon enough, they ended on top of a hill. They parked their quads and took their helmets off. Jared led Liam on foot up higher and then around the peak. When they broke through some bushes, they found themselves on a large flat rock outcropping which was high above the lake giving them a stunning view of the entire area. On the outcropping was a couple of handmade willow chairs, a table and a fire ring made of rocks.
"This is a fantastic view," stated Liam. Jared came up behind him and embraced him.
"Yes, it is. You can see the top of the cabin in that direction," he pointed. "The area where we were cutting wood is over there. Over there, you can see the river feeding the lake and then draining over there. This is a sacred place once used for spotting enemies and signal fires. Sacred ceremonies were also conducted here."
Jared led Liam over the rock face and showed him some drawings of men with spears and animals painted about 1,000 years ago.
"Touch them," suggest Jared.
Liam reached out his right hand and with his fingertips touched the figure of a man. His head was immediately flooded with visions of a large camp of natives located on the banks of the lake where it meets with the river. There were children playing, women weaving or sorting grains for storage and men practicing their spear throwing or using their bows to shoot arrows at a target. There were racks of split fish and strips of meat hanging from them to dry in the sun. The tribe appeared to be healthy and very happy in their lives. The vision changed to a medicine man sitting on this ledge by the side of a fire. The man suddenly sat straighter and turned slowly to look directly at Liam. He stood and walked towards the young men.
The man raised his hand, palm facing upward and said, "Greetings, travelers. Standing Masqua, it is good to see you again my friend," he said looking at Jared.
"Greetings, Sacred Medicine Man of the people," replied Jared.
"You have brought a man. Is this Soaring Mikisow who we saw in our vision? The man of two spirits who will stand by your side and will blend his powers with yours?" he asked.
"It is so, Sacred Medicine Man of the people. He has arrived as foreseen," replied Jared.
Jared looked at Liam who was standing very still, his beautiful eyes wide open. "Jared is this real?" he asked, his voice quivering.
"Yes, Liam. You may take your hand off the painting now," said Jared. Liam did so slowly.
"Liam, your name is Soaring Mikisow or Soaring Eagle, just as I am known as Standing Masqua or Standing Bear. This man is the greatest medicine man of the people who ever lived. I introduce you to Trumpeting Wâwâskesiw or Trumpeting Elk, Sacred Medicine Man of the people and my grandfather. You would call him a great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather in English." Liam nodded his understanding.
"Grandfather, I am honored to bring to you to Liam, or Mikisow, my soul mate," said Jared.
Grandfather stepped forward and embraced Liam strongly, patting his back three times and then stepping back. He then motioned to the fire and said, "Join me for tea. I have been waiting for you and it is ready to drink."
"How shall I address you, Wâwâskesiw?" asked Liam.
"Liam, you may call me Grandfather. It is a term of respect for anyone young to call an elder grandfather regardless of the others dominant culture to assign only two grandfathers for a family. In the people's culture, it takes an entire community to raise a child, therefore the young may call all elders grandfather or grandmother," he explained.
They sat down and Grandfather Elk poured tea into the three cups and handed it to them. The drink wasn't made with actual tea leaves, it was made with various herbs and berries provided by Mother Earth locally. "Masqua, I sense a change in you since last time. The Creator has touched you," He stated.
"Yes Grandfather, he did. Although I am not worthy, he has named me Sacred Medicine Man of the people in the sweat lodge ceremony. The Creator also reached deep into Liam to bring the knowledge of the ancients near to the surface in him. He needs to be trained so it will surface completely."
"Then we will start," the old man said. "First, Mother Earth needs her dirt back and you two have much of it on you. Do you not take swims in the lake to be clean in your time?" he asked while smiling.
Jared and Liam both smiled back. Liam said, "Grandfather, we were playing in the mud like children, but it was fun."
The old man smiled and said to Jared, "You have chosen well. Let's go to the lake and you may swim to clean up. I have loincloths for you ready to wear."
They took a trail down to the lake and the boys jumped into the water. They took off their clothes and rinsed them as much as they could, and taking them out to dry on the rocks. They returned to the water and finished washing. Coming out of the lake, the old man met them at the shore and gave them some loin clothes. Liam and Jared put them on quickly.
"I shall lead Liam into the forest and we shall look at the medicines and talk with the spirits," stated Grandfather.
"Yes, Grandfather. I shall remain here in meditation until you return," said Jared and made himself comfortable on the moss on the edge of the bank, leaning against a tree crossed legged. Liam and Grandfather disappeared into the forest.
Jared had been sitting and meditating for quite some time when he heard some children yelling in the near distance. Curious, he got up, stretched, and walked towards them. There were six or seven young teenagers standing around another teenager on the ground. He was crying.
Jared approached the group and held his hand out palm up, "Greeting cousins." The youths were startled and turned to him.
"Who are you?" the biggest one demanded. "We don't know you."
"You are old enough for proper courtesy and a proper greeting," said Jared sharply.
Jared's words startled the youth. They began to get nervous when the bigger one spoke again, "We don't know you. You are not of our tribe so we do not need to show respect."
Jared walked up to the group. The little tents in their loincloths, the stains on the front of them, and the crying youth with his loincloth pulled down made things obvious to Jared what was happening. He looked at them all, towering over even the biggest and held out his hand, palm up again, "Greetings cousins."
"Who are you?" the biggest one demanded again.
Jared was getting upset at their rudeness. "I am Standing Bear, Sacred Medicine Man of the People. My Grandfather is the Most Scared Medicine Man of the People, Trumpeting Elk. You have not learned your teachings for someone nearing the age of a man and not knowing when to show greetings."
"Trumpeting Elk has no grandchildren," the big one said.
"Now you call me two-faced," steamed Jared. Jared stared at the young man who looked back at him. He was trying to square off with Jared. Jared looked skyward as he raised his arms up with the palms facing the heavens. The boys stepped back a bit.
When he brought his head down and looked at the boys, his eyes were glowing bright white. "You have dishonored yourselves by forcing this boy to have sex with you. In my life, it is called rape, and in some cases is dealt with by the punishment of death. You have also failed to properly greet a visitor and by calling him a liar." In a thunderous voice, Jared asked, "Why do you choose these paths?"
The young men were scared now, except for the biggest one. "You don't scare me with these tricks, water spirit." He turned to look at his friends and realized they had stepped back and he was alone with the boy on the ground.
"Now you insult me, boy." Jared focused his eyes on the young man and commanded, "Stand with your friends," he said with a thunderous voice again. The boy didn't want to move except he had no choice as he was now being willed to move by Jared.
Jared kneeled next to the young man and took him in his arms and pulled the loin cloth back into place carefully. He spoke very gently, "What these boys have done to you is a dishonor to them. They will be punished. But first, I wish you to share your pain and suffering with those who have done it to you."
Jared placed his hand on the young man's forehead and raised his other arm fingers upright like a stop signal pointed at the group of boys. The hand on the boy's forehead glowed and he stopped hurting. Jared looked over at the group and saw them all on the ground crying, and in pain. Jared then gently placed both hands on the head of the boy in front of him and prayed to the Creator. His hands glowed briefly, and the glow spread to the boy and throughout his body. "The Creator has chosen to heal you; the damage, the pain, and the shame have been removed. You will walk a long path in your life and be with your people for many years of plentiful food, good weather, and many children."
The young man looked up and said, "Thank you, Masqua. I will hear your words and make them happen."
Jared stood up and looked at the group of youth on the ground, still crying and in pain. Once again, Jared looked up to into the sky and prayed. The youths were released from their experience.
"Stand up," Jared commanded them.
Jared did not lose his temper very often, but he was fighting it at a level he had never experienced before in his life. He was fighting to remain calm and to think of actions which were suitable for this situation and not overreact. Suddenly he filled with rage and thought with what these youths did, they should be destroyed, killed, put to death. They should not be allowed to live and do this ever again. Jared had never felt anything so vivid in his life. He could feel his body breathing quickly, increased heart rate, narrowing his vision to what is called tunnel vision and focused only on the young men. He felt his hands moving with the fingers stretching out and then into a tight fist. He was sweating profusely despite the wind and suddenly became aware all the muscles in his body tightening and ready to spring into action. His training in Aikido could be used to deal with these young men effectively. He also thought of ways he could make these young men be punished or tormented for years in the spiritual world, made to suffer for their actions.
Then, like a light come on, Jared thought, "I am not the Creator, I am not a judge, I am not an executioner… I am a healer. My body has gone into 'fight or flight' mode and I am not thinking about the full picture. I hate their behavior but the tribe has a justice system to deal with transgressions using tribal history and beliefs. I cannot hate, that is an emotion which can run out of control and cause rash decisions. I must only disagree with or hate their behavior, never the person. I can determine they have broken rules, or laws, or behaved unacceptably but I cannot let hate dominate me. Even the guilty must be healed and dealt with properly. I would be no better than the youth who raped this boy. I must allow the people to deal with their own."
He began to control and will himself to settle down. This time he used his Aikido training to defuse his body from the 'fight or flight' mode it was in. He willed his parasympathetic nervous system to work immediately and return his body to normal. It worked and the monster which had grown so quickly in him was slain. He was in control again.
"I have made you experience how your actions felt on the boy when you forced him into sex against his will. You felt the physical pain, the shame of being used, the pain of the spirit being broken and his mind's thoughts as you did it and how he felt afterward. I shall take you to the council of elders for them to render a verdict. It is not my place to use my gifts to punish you. Do you understand?" asked Jared.
The boys were all now looking in fear at Jared and nodded their heads slowly.
Grandfather had taken Liam into the forest, showing him the plants, berries, roots, and flowers which heal the body and spirit of the people. He sat Liam on a clear area between the jack pine trees. They were sitting knee to knee and holding hands and Liam felt the presence of Grandfather's spirit and it drew Liam's spirit out of his body. They were both hovering above their physical forms. He taught Liam how to move and control his actions in this form.
"Can I be seen in this form, Grandfather?"
"If you will it, you can appear to be solid in another place, or time. You must learn to focus your thoughts and the gift of spiritual seeing and hearing to do it," he replied as they soared over the forest. "I'll show you," Grandfather said as he took Liam's hand.
The world around them began to move out of focus and suddenly, they were standing and watching his friends split wood.
"Can they see us?" asked Liam.
"No, they can't see or hear us. It's better that way unless we have a purpose to achieve. I wish you to know doing this to pinch someone's butt is not a good use of the gift, unless it can be accomplished while you are doing the creators work," he said with a smirk.
Liam's face registered shock on it initially but changed into mischievousness. "Would it be inappropriate to do it once, and get it out of the system, so to speak?"
Grandfather was smiling at Liam. He was definitely going to be a match for Jared and that meant he now had two young men who were best described as 'handfuls'. Grandfather finally spoke, "I guess Darren is the big one with blonde hair? The one with the big bulge?"
"Yes, Grandfather. I told him I would do it if I could."
"I believe I have learned your English language now when I say… go for it and make sure he knows he got it too."
Liam moved quickly behind Darren and got him good. He was jumping up and down holding his ass. Josh was standing there watching and trying to figure out what had happened.
Darren blurted out, "Son of a bitch, he got me. Did you hear Liam laughing?"
Josh smiled "I thought I did, but I thought it was my imagination."
"The little twerp…" continued Darren. His voice was fading as Liam and Grandfather walked away and into the forest.
Suddenly, the world around them swirled together again and Liam and Grandfather were standing near a camp of Indians. The camp had been attacked by a war party and many people were wounded and laying on the ground.
"Can we help them, Grandfather?"
"Yes, you are here to learn the skills of healing. Concentrate on making yourself appear solid, and we will work on the wounded."
Liam concentrated and he was standing next to Grandfather, both were dressed in the buckskins of a Medicine Man. There had been people nearby when they appeared and they fell to their knees.
"Help us, spirits. We have many wounded," said one woman.
"Rise and continue tending to the wounded," said Grandfather. "Your work will help them from walking the next world." The women continued washing the wounds of the injured nearby but kept the spirits under observation from the corner of their eye.
"Liam, come to this man and place your hands on his chest. Pray to the creator that he may guide your hands to do his work, you are a conduit for his work."
Liam did as he was instructed. Suddenly, he felt warmth building within his hands as he saw them begin to glow. Liam could see inside the wounded man's body. The arrow which had been pulled out had pierced his lung and liver. He could see the blood collecting in his lung and around the organs.
Grandfather had his hand on Liam's shoulder and was watching the vision in his head of the wounds.
"Concentrate on the lung tissue, and watch it rebuild," he directed. Liam again did as he was instructed. He saw the fibers of tissue move towards each other and bond, sealing the hole from the front and back. He concentrated on removing the blood from the lung, and he could see it becoming a vapor and being expelled from the man's mouth as he exhaled.
Liam concentrated on the liver, ordering the cells to grow and bond together, repairing the organ. When it appeared in a vision to be healed, he began to concentrate on the skin wound.
"Liam, just heal the skin wound enough to seal the abdominal cavity. He will live and heal himself with time and you can't use all your energy on that type of wound. You must choose what to heal carefully."
"I saw Jared heal Josh entirely."
"Yes, and he did so using a tremendous amount of his energy. I was aware of his actions and you must understand he chose to expend his energy to heal his friend because of what the wound was and how far it was to get him to a hospital. Josh would not have lived through the trip, and Jared chose to heal him. He also knew he could purge himself right after he did it with no danger to himself. You have much to learn."
Liam once again watched as the tissue grew and bonded together, and sat back on his heels when he thought enough had been done.
"Grandfather, I heard Jared say something every time after he had healed someone."
He looked into Liam's mind and said, "It is appropriate Liam."
Liam looked up to the heavens and said, "Thank you, Creator, for guiding my hands so this man may continue the path you choose for him."
The two of them moved about the village and healed many men, women, and children together. Liam also was not allowed to heal a few people. He heard a voice inside his head speak and tell him this person has reached the end of their journey in life. Liam understood.
When they had finished tending to the wounded, Liam felt very tired in a way he had never experienced before. The only thing Liam could equate the feeling inside his chest and abdomen was like severe cramping, muscle strain, and feeling like his chest had filled been inflated with jello.
"What you are feeling is the energy of the wounds and spirits you healed. When you heal, you use your energy to heal the wounded, but the bad energy of the wound and person is absorbed into your body. I'm impressed Grandson, you have healed and absorbed more energy than I have ever seen before."
"Thank you, Grandfather, you taught me well."
"We must release the energy Liam, come with me."
Liam followed him to a corner of the village and into a hut where many sacred objects were very specifically placed in a circle around the center. Liam recognized many of the objects from the memories deep within him. Liam sat near the cold fireplace after picking up two rocks which were near the doorway. Grandfather did the same while also picking up a smudging bundle. He used a match to light the bundle, fanning the smoke around Liam and himself.
Liam must have had a strange look on his face when the match was used. Grandfather smiled and simply said, "Not everything that is made by the others is evil. To use some of your language, Liam, matches are pretty cool and make fire lighting easy."
Liam laughed at the comment and Grandfather sat and smiled at the young man. "He is a very powerful healer," the old man thought.
"Place the rocks on the ground, and keep your palms on the rock. Visualize the energy in your body, and use your will to force it out your body through your hands, through the rock, and into the ground."
Liam closed his eyes and concentrated, he felt a cold feeling begin to grow, and it expanded quickly. He willed it down his arms to his hands and into the ground. It took a few minutes before Liam felt the cold energy was finally gone from his body before he opened his eyes.
Grandfather taught Liam a chant to repeat while he was releasing the energy and to continue after while Mother Earth was refilling him with good energy. He told Liam to place the palms of hands directly onto the ground as he chanted. He could feel his hands begin to warm, and it soon began to travel up his arms and into the core of his body. After what seemed to be an eternity in time, it was done. Liam felt refreshed and full of energy.
"You have done very well, Grandson. Many people have been saved and you have learned to control the healing energy quickly."
"Thank you, Grandfather, for teaching me as well as you did."
They left the hut and walked towards a group of people near the center of the camp. As they were approaching, screams of agony were heard. Liam broke through the crowd and saw a nude young man tied to a travois in a spread-eagle position. He was being tortured by two warriors.
"Stop!" said Liam.
The two warriors looked at him and laughed. "Who are you to give us orders?"
Grandfather broke through the crowd and stood next to Liam.
A woman spoke from the crowd and said, "They are spirits who healed the wounded."
"You have no business here now spirits, be gone!" said one of the warriors. He had a knife in his hand which he had been using to cut the skin of the young man in long lines over his chest. The warrior grasped the young man's genitals and moved the knife towards them to remove them.
Liam was thinking about what to do when memories again came from deep within him. Liam raised his right hand and made a grabbing motion. The warrior could no longer move his hand. He tried hard to move his hand, but it felt like someone had grabbed his wrist and was preventing it from moving. Liam then quickly threw his hand to the right, and the warrior moved to the right like he had been dragged and thrown by someone. The crowd was silent, and staring at Liam. Liam's eyes were pure white, and a glow emanated from his entire body.
"Grandfather, more of the old knowledge has been awakened within me."
"So, I see Grandson."
The other warrior had his knife out and was moving towards Liam. Liam brought his right hand up with the palm facing the warrior and pushed away from his body. The warrior flew backward twenty feet, landing flat on his back.
The crowd fell to their knees and bowed their heads. Some called Liam the Creator. Liam moved to the wounded man and faced the crowd.
"I am not the Creator; I am merely one of his servants who do his will. The Creator understands the use of violence to combat the dark one and the dark servants to but to fight another group of the people is wrong. You are all children of the Creator, even this man you are torturing. You are torturing one of your brothers. This must not continue," demanded Liam.
"But they were on our hunting grounds," said a man in the crowd.
"Since when do the children of the Creator believe they own a part of Mother Earth?" said Liam with a voice which shook the ground. In a normal voice, Liam continued, "Mother Earth and everything which lives on her is for all the people to use and share. There is enough for everyone and all of the Creator's children."
The crowd was silent.
"The evil one has darkened your thinking. We must fight it," added Liam.
Liam turned to the tied warrior and released him with the bonds disappearing as he waved his hand. He fell to the ground in a heap. Liam reached over and placed his hands on the man's chest. The entire tribe watched as the man was healed before their eyes.
"Grandfather, this is the son of the other tribe's chief. How may I create peace between the tribes?"
"You're handling this very well on your own Grandson, reach out for guidance and think hard. I believe your second-grade teacher used to say, 'put your thinking cap on.'"
Liam smiled at the old man and thought for a moment. An idea suddenly was created in his mind using the old teachings.
"You will let this man go back to his home and tell them of what has been said here today. He shall tell his people the words of the Creator about sharing Mother Earth. The leaders of his tribe and this tribe will meet within two days and make peace. My Grandfather and I will come to the meeting to make sure the will of the Creator is being followed and peace has begun. Do the children of the Creator understand his words?"
A big man who had been silent stepped forward. "Your words shall be followed. The warrior may use my horse to go home and I will meet the leaders of his tribe as you said."
"Very good. Our time here is ending, but we shall meet in two days."
Liam walked to Grandfather and stood beside him. They both disappeared and immediately reappeared in front of the gathered tribes at the meeting. There were many chiefs present at the meeting discussing the Creators words. All conversation stopped when the two appeared.
"It's true," said one of the Chiefs. "The messengers of the Creator are here."
"Have you made peace?" asked Liam.
"It is close Grandson," said the young man who Liam had healed.
"What's stopping it?"
"We have a gift, and we need your help to finish the peace," he replied.
"How may I help?" asked Liam.
"First accept this gift as a symbol from all the chiefs." An old man dressed as healer stepped forward with a seven-foot staff made from diamond willow. The bark had been removed, exposing the white wood and the dark diamonds of the knots. The wood was forked on the top and from it hung five eagle feathers and five fox tails.
The old healer explained, "Each of the tribes has given a feather and a fox tail to show their commitment to peace. We need you to use this staff to banish the evil ones who create the wars between us."
The old man stepped forward and then knelt with his head down. He held the staff with his hands up above his head, parallel to the ground.
"Healer of the people, you honor me with your gift," said Liam.
Liam also knelt on the ground in the same position except he used his hand to raise the old man's head up. "I wish you to see me humbled as I accept your gift of peace and love."
Liam lowered his head and accepted the gift into his hands. He stood with the staff and bowed first to the old man, and then each of the chiefs. They were impressed with the respect shown to them by a powerful spirit and bowed back to him.
Grandfather spoke up, "We shall now honor your request, Chiefs of the Council, and banish the evil servants. Please, follow us outside."
The group went to the edge of the forest. Grandfather raised his hands and the earth before him separated into a deep trench. He began to chant and Liam joined with him. The old medicine man had his drum with him and started to use it. Soon the whole group was chanting.
More old memories came from deep within Liam and he raised the staff into the air, speaking Gaelic. He commanded the evil ones to leave the people and never return. He brought the staff down onto the ground which caused the earth to vibrate. Shadows began to leave the chiefs and warriors in the circle. Liam slammed the staff down again causing a larger vibration through the earth. More shadows left the people present. Liam yelled in Gaelic at the top of his lungs and brought the staff down one more time causing the people to shift their weight to remain steady on their feet from the vibrations. The final shadows left the people. Liam walked to trench and tapped it with his staff.
The shadows had been collecting like a cloud over the people. The cloud was churning and faces showing agony were seen. When Liam tapped the open trench, the shadows were drawn into it. They fought the pull into the trench, screaming and painful cries came from the cloud as it disappeared into mother earth. Grandfather closed the ground with a wave of his hand. He then reached into the forest and brought a large sapling spruce tree and planted it over the spot.
Grandfather spoke to the group. "This is the tree of peace. It shall grow and flourish, keeping the peace between you. The roots shall form the cage to keep the shadows safely inside Mother Earth's womb so they will not return to possess you. Continue to plant trees here for many generations to replace this tree before it dies so the cage is always in place."
"I thank you for your gift of the staff and I will use it to help me do the work of the Creator," said Liam to the group. "It's time for us to leave. May you all receive the blessing of the Creator for long, healthy life with many grandchildren.
Liam and Grandfather turned into orbs of light and disappeared into the sky. When they reappeared, they were standing next to Jared.
Jared was surprised by the sudden appearance of his Grandfather and Liam. The boys Jared had been confronted and taken to their leaders for punishment disappeared and a buffalo appeared. "You have done well Jared. You saw your anger and experienced hatred. You now know how it can undo all the good of everything else you have done. You learned to control it and give fair justice in your decision. I am proud," the buffalo said. "Your soulmate Liam has learned a lot today as well. Much of the old knowledge has surfaced and Liam is able to heal and use some of his gifts. You two are both powerful in your own right, but so much more so together."
Grandfather stepped forward and said, "I too am proud of both of you. You two did well especially for someone of young ages. The Creator chose well. Jared, Liam, we will meet again for more teaching to you and your soul mate. Enough has been learned today."
With that, the two of them were back on the rock outcropping standing there looking over the lake.
"Was that a dream?" asked Liam.
"No, it wasn't. Look at our clothing," said Jared. The two of them looked at the clothing. It looked as if it had been rinsed and dried, definitely less mud than when they started whatever happened to them.
"Nice staff," said Jared looking at it.
Liam replied, "A gift to help do the work of the Creator. It is a staff of peace between the people, brotherhood, respect, goodness, and love."
"Liam, you have the power to turn that staff into the energy of the spirit of the wood. It will always be with you but in an energy form. When you need it, you will it into your hand."
Liam thought for a moment. "You mean it becomes the same form of energy when I leave my body for a trip."
"Exactly," replied Jared with a smile. "The student is going to surpass the teacher soon."
"It will never happen, Jared. Our powers together will do the work, not separately. As soulmates, we are one," replied Liam.
They turned to each other, hugging, and kissing passionately. Together, they walked down the path and back to the bikes.
"It's late in the day. We should get back before they get worried about us and get lost trying to search for us," said Jared.
"I agree" responded Liam. "But, there is something important I have to do first."
"And what would that be, lover?" asked Jared.
"This!" said Liam as he shoved Jared backward into a large gooey mud hole. Liam ran and put his helmet on, started his bike and took off down the trail.
Jared got up and was laughing. "Darren is right, he is getting bad," he thought to himself as ran for his bike.
Jared caught up to Liam, and by the time they were back at the cabin, Liam again had more mud on him than Jared did by a long-shot. The two of them pulled up to the Quonset and used the pressure washer to clean the bikes. They parked them inside and stripped off their clothing, spraying it down gently. The boys hung their clothing on the clothesline to dry.
When they entered the kitchen, the rest were sitting at the supper table with the meal ready to eat. Liam and Jared quickly found their seats and thanked the others for their thoughtfulness. Jared and Liam cleaned up the kitchen after the meal. Liam ran for the shower while Jared talked to the others on the deck.
"So, what's on for tonight?" asked Jared.
"Since we must go back to the city tomorrow, we thought we could have a campfire and possibly get Josh to play his guitar a bit," replied Tyler. "We actually got all the wood split and stacked too. It became a real contest between Darren and Troy and they weren't using the splitter either. It was done all by hand. They are already feeling it," laughed Tyler.
"I'm not, but he is!" said Darren.
"Am not," replied Troy.
"Are so," said Darren
"Am not," replied Troy.
"Oh my God, they've been reduced to a monosyllabic argument," cried Tyler.
"Enough," said Jared as the two continued saying 'are so, am not' to each other. They looked at him and both had fake pouts on their faces, their heads tucked down and their arms crossed tightly across their chests.
"Both of you stand up, bend over asses facing me." The two complied. Jared gave them both a playful smack and then said, "No more fighting or pouting children. Play nice." He then gave them a good smack each, leaving a nice pink hand mark on each ass.
They both stood up and grabbed their asses. "OK daddy, we'll play nice." Then they stuck their tongues out at each other.
Jared stepped towards them, "Don't make me get the hairbrush!" and then started to laugh.
Liam came onto the porch, smelling all clean and looking beautiful. "What the hell is going on out here?"
The two boys looked at each and ran over and hugged Liam tightly. Darren said, "Daddy, our other mean daddy slapped our asses for doing nothing."
Jared was laughing by now and said to Liam, "They're your kids; I'm going for a shower!" He was leaving the deck when he heard two slaps on bare asses. He could hear Darren saying, "Daaaadddddiiiieeeeeeeeee!"
A short time later, Jared returned and found them all in the hot tub. Liam was sitting alone in a corner with his arms stretched out along the top of the tub.
"Coming in, daddy?" Liam said.
"You continue along that line and you will get a spanking you will never forget!" said Jared.
Jared stepped into the tub and snuggled up to Liam. Tyler and Darren admitted they were stiff, and for once they didn't mean their cocks. The hot tub felt good to everyone. It was getting dark by the time they got out and dried off. They split up with Darren and Josh going to light the fire, Tyler and Troy getting the drinks with Jared and Liam looking for marshmallows and snacks.
The guys sat around the fire telling jokes, swapping stories, and listened to Josh play the guitar. They were now roasting marshmallows and drinking some beer, wine, or tea. Life was good, for all of them.
Jared was roasting another marshmallow when he felt something tickling his scrotum. He looked down and saw Liam's hand underneath of his chair and a finger poking through the webbing. Jared turned to him and smiled. He held his hand to Liam and brought him into the chair sideways, sitting on his lap.
"You're a little frisky Liam," said Jared.
"Only with you, my soul mate," said Liam as he leaned in and kissed Jared. Liam could feel Jared's big cock under his ass begin to get more solid. He also realized he was getting harder too. Liam reached and started to play with Jared's nipples, circling them with a finger playfully and they began to respond. Liam leaned down and blew over a nipple. Jared moaned aloud and threw his head backward. Liam could feel Jared's big cock getting real solid under him now. Liam slid off Jared's lap, and the cock he had been sitting on flipped up and was sticking straight up now. Jared had brought his head back up and was looking at Liam. Liam crawled up Jared's body to kiss him. Liam's flat muscular stomach was pressing onto Jared's cock as he kissed him. Liam also brought a hand up and began to play with Jared's nipple again, especially since he knew it worked him up so much. He broke the kiss and started to kiss around Jared's neck and down to his chest.
"Liam, you are getting really good at this real fast," groaned Jared.
Liam looked up and smiled at Jared, then dove back down on his nipples alternating between them. While doing this, Liam had brought his hand up under Jared's balls and began to play with them. Rolling and massaging them in his hand. He then moved under Jared a little further, tickling the perineum. Jared gasped and rolled his eyes. Liam was working his way down Jared's chest, kissing and giving little nips at the skin. Liam's hand under Jared began to tickle and move around the rosebud. Jared's cock was so hard now it was dripping precum like a fountain. Liam noticed that when a wave of ecstasy rolled through Jared, his cock bounced.
"Liam, you have become my best student ever!" cried Jared.
Liam used both hands to reposition Jared's legs so they were spread and the knees over the arms of the chairs. Jared's rock hard cock, hanging balls, and asshole were on full display now. Liam moved in and using one hand, he steadied Jared's cock, beginning to lick from the ball sack to the now exposed and oozing head. Time after time, Liam did this much to Jared's delight.
Liam let go of Jared's cock and then went lower. He took Jared's balls into his mouth and used his tongue to play with them while one hand was using the precum as a lube to slowly jack up and down on Jared's dick. Jared was holding onto the arms of the chair in a vice-like grip that even a pry bar couldn't break. Liam let the balls fall out of his mouth, and then reached his objective, Jared's exposed rosebud. He began to lick it and play with it using his tongue.
Jared was moaning loudly and slid down on the chair a little further to give Liam easier access to his asshole.
"Please Liam, keep doing that, and get a finger into me," he pleaded.
Liam tongued Jared's asshole with vigor, beginning to penetrate it. Liam slid a finger up and spit on it. The finger slid into Jared easily. He began to move it in and out slowly, then he went in deep. He wiggled his fingertip deep inside and he could feel the prostate love button. He massaged it gently causing Jared to squirm and gasp out loud.
"Liam, I am relaxed. Put your dick into me. I must have your essence deposited into me," said Jared.
Liam got up onto his knees and produced a tube of lube and started to coat his dick as well as Jared's asshole.
"Someone planned this," said Jared.
"Maybe…" replied Liam. He was making the facial expression of total innocence to Jared.
"Innocent my ass," laughed Jared.
Liam grabbed his dick and put it up against Jared's asshole. He gently pushed in but felt it slip in easily. Both Jared and Liam groaned as the dick penetrated deeper into Jared's ass. Slowly, Liam moved in deeper and deeper until he was buried as deep as could go. Liam lifted his head and kissed Jared.
"I love you, Jared," said Liam.
"I love you more, Liam. Especially when that big hard long dick of yours is buried in my ass."
"Jared, you are so tight and warm inside. I could stay here forever," he said, looking into Jared's eyes.
"To have you buried in me is the most fantastic feeling. I would let you stay in there forever," said Jared looking back into Liam's eyes.
Liam started to move in and out of Jared, slowly at first. Jared reached around and grabbed Liam's ass cheeks.
Liam started to move faster and deeper into Jared. Liam's dick was rubbing Jared's prostate with each movement, causing Jared to moan louder. Jared loved the feel of the hard little muscle deep within as it came in contact with Liam's dick.
"Do it harder Liam. Harder," moaned Jared. "Slam that cock into me."
Jared asshole was so tight and slippery, giving Liam an incredible feeling as he moved in and out it. Jared's internal passage was so warm, and the feeling of the slippery tissue on Liam's cock as it gave way to allow passage was the best thing he had ever felt in his life.
Liam was moving faster and harder with his thrusts into Jared by now. Jared was moaning continually and Liam could sense his body getting more rigid. Jared's arms reached up above his head and grabbed the back of his chair. Liam looked at the muscles in Jared's arms, fully tensed while grabbing the chair. They were so hot.
Jared called out to Liam, "I am going to shoot. You are driving the cum out of me!"
"I am going to come too. I want you to come first."
Jared pushed his ass onto Liam as he thrust in and arched his back up. Jared's cock started to spew cum out in great squirts, the first landing on his chest and the second landing on his face. The rest of the spurts left a trail down Jared's chest and stomach, ending at his dick.
Liam felt his point of no return as well. He thrust deep and let loose a loud moan. He felt his dick throbbing to deliver its load deep into Jared. He didn't think it would ever end, contraction after contraction. Liam was on top of the world. He crashed onto Jared's chest. Jared leaned down, grabbed Liam's head gently with his hands, and kissed the top of it.
After a couple minutes, Liam stood up after pulling out of Jared.
"Liam, I feel so empty with your cock gone."
Liam climbed onto Jared in the chair, curling like a child sideways. Jared reached his arms around Liam and held him. They had totally forgotten about the other men at the campfire and only remembered when they looked around the fire.
What they saw was Darren bent over the log and Josh plowing into him hard. It was the same log Darren had made love to Josh the night before.
Troy was sitting on a log with his legs spread and Tyler was sitting on his lap bouncing up and down on Troy's massive hard cock.
Liam and Jared heard Josh say he was coming and then froze his movements, impaling Darren deep. Troy was jacking Tyler as he bounced on his dick, and they both started cumming at the same time. When they looked back at Darren and Josh, Darren was laying on his back, his hard dick straight up in the air. Josh was sucking the head while jacking him hard. Darren suddenly sat up and pulled Josh's head into his groin. He straightened his legs and pulled his toes upwards letting his head fall backwards. It was obvious he was cumming in Josh's mouth who was swallowing as fast as he could to keep up. Josh then stood up and leaned into Darren and kissed him.
Darren suddenly realized everyone was sitting and watching them and said, "What? Is there nothing on TV you couldn't be watching?"
They all started to laugh as the couples snuggled together and watched the fire.
"Liam, do you remember you worried about being naked in front of everyone and being embarrassed if you had a hard-on when you first got here?" asked Jared.
"Hmmmm. No, I don't remember that," Liam said, and he laughed. "You brought me out of my shell Jared, which makes me only love you more."
Jared made a movement to signal Liam to stand up. They both stood up. "Guys, I have a new gift from the Creator I found out about this afternoon and I would like to try something with us as a group. The Creator would not object to us a family doing this. I am still learning the skill and I need feedback from you guys after it is done," said Jared.
"What is it?" asked Josh.
"I think I am able to project emotions from person to person. What I would like to do, is have everyone think of each other and what we enjoyed the most about this weekend… besides the sex, Darren."
"Damn," said Darren.
"Let's move towards the fire ring and I want everyone to hold hands," said Jared. When they had done this, Jared took his hand from Liam and Josh for a moment. He looked up to the sky and held his arms up and palms upwards.
"Creator, I stand here with my family of brothers and my soul mate before you. I am asking for your permission to use the gift to share what we have for each other."
Jared's eyes flashed a bright white, contrasted by the night surrounding them. He lowered his hands and took Josh's and Liam's hand back into his.
The feeling started slowly as if a low voltage electrical charge was running through everyone in waves. The speed of the waves slowly increased as each man began to feel warmth in their chest building. The warmth in their chest continued to grow until it suddenly spread out to the ends of their fingers and toes; engulfing their entire bodies in a very comfortable level of temperature. It wasn't just the physical temperature, the warmth was also giving everyone an inner sense of peace, contentment, and most importantly – belonging.
Jared sensed the warmth and love from each of the couples, but especially from Liam. Suddenly, they all began to have shared visions of the volleyball game, the wood gathering, the hot tub, and even the meals where they were chatting as friends. They saw the group swimming and the water skiing as if they were watching television including some of the spectacular wipe-outs. They shared a common bond after the wipeouts, waiting for the person to resurface and acknowledge they were ok and they all felt the relief as well. The group also saw people running by Darren and slapping his ass, the ticking of Troy and the sweat lodge ceremony. The final vision they saw was not from their memories, but it was of a bear with an eagle on its shoulder with two wolves on each side sitting in a line and facing them. From one side, a large fox with a muscular coyote walked in playfully, nipping at each other. A very large moose walked in and almost passed the playful duo, standing next to the bear. The fox and coyote settled in and sat in front of the moose while a couple of cougars padded in side-by-side from the other side, followed closely by a lynx and then another wolf. The lynx walked up and sat on the other side of the bear as the moose. The cougars took their place in front of the group, while the five wolves surrounded it. The treeline behind the seated animals had movement as well. Although no one could specifically identify what was hiding beyond their vision, they came to the realization there were more spirit guides looking to be joined with the people they needed to help. The animals in the vision let loose a thunderous cry into the air, and then they vanished.
The vision of the of the animals was replaced with another shared vision. The new vision in their minds was very clear; it was of the entire group having fun together and working together as a family. They sensed how each of them didn't have a family in their lives and this group had become the family they were all missing. The common love and the strong feeling of protection they all shared for each other were very strong within them.
Their bodies began to tingle as the visions receded like a low electric charge was running out. It wasn't uncomfortable and the sensation continued to decrease until it was gone. As a group, they dropped their hands.
Nobody said a word for a moment until Darren said, "Holy fuck, and I thought the sweat lodge was the best thing I had ever done." The group laughed.
Jared asked them to describe what they saw and felt during the new ceremony. They had seen each other's favorite moments over the weekend, like a news program summary of past events for a headline story. They all described the same thing, and they had experienced the feeling of love from everyone else in the circle. The men also described how they had felt the commitment from each other as family members.
Liam spoke up, "Jared, I have loved others but this is the first time I have ever actually physically experienced feeling someone's love for me. I mean, I actually felt it. Of course, the strongest feeling was from you. "
Troy spoke up, "Our spirit guides are all wolves and wolves are very loyal to their pack as well as protective of all the members as well."
"We all love each other as brothers, actually deeper than that - we are family," said Tyler. "Something we all never had in our lives for one reason or another, we now have together. We have accepted you as a member because of the love you have for Jared and the aura you project while doing it."
Darren had tears rolling down his cheeks and spoke softly, "I agree with everyone. I have yet to tell you guys about myself other than you accepted me into the family as Josh's boyfriend. There were no games or hidden agendas from any of you. You just accepted me for who I am, unconditionally. I have never felt anything like that before in my life and I didn't know anyone could love me. I didn't know anyone like Josh could be so good to me. I lost my brother while he was in the army, and he was the last to ever love me until Josh and you guys…" Darren broke down into tears.
The rest of the guys moved in quickly to hold him tight while he cried. A couple of minutes later, he was back in control.
He sniffed and spoke, "You guys are the first I have ever cried in front of. I was taught that men never cry. The way you rushed in to help me, I'm going to lose it again. Enough said," Darren grabbed Josh into a tight hug, and Josh returned it to Darren.
Jared then spoke, "I would say that experiment went well. We are now aware of and felt each other's love. I wish this was something mankind could experience, true love. We have always said to each other we are a family. Now we are stronger than family."
Liam spoke up. "I saw in the final vision we are about to grow in family members. We have another wolf brother coming as well as a moose, fox, coyote, lynx and two cougars. I didn't see any indication when, but it felt to me like some of them at least would be soon. Jared?"
"I agree, I felt it to be starting soon as well. We must all keep our eyes open for the people who may need to join our families' path in life" said Jared.
The men all murmured their agreement.
Jared looked to the sky and said, "Creator, thank you for allowing us to do this. Although I was learning the skill, I learnt much more about love and commitment. We offer our thanks to you for allowing us to share."
Everyone was still looking up when suddenly a shooting star or debris from space entered their field of vision, streaking across the sky. It exploded into a beautiful burst of light and flaming trails. Then it was gone.
Tyler asked to no one in particular, "A sign saying you're welcome?"
"I don't know about you guys, but I think it is bedtime for Liam and me," said Jared. He then leaned over and smacked Darren's ass a good one.
"You were a bad boy today. You should be put to bed," said Jared.
Then Josh added, "After a good spanking."
Darren laughed and gave us the finger.
"Please make sure the fire is out before you go in to bed. Good night," said Jared.
They all hugged before Jared and Liam left for the cabin, arm in arm. After relieving themselves in the bushes, they climbed the stairs and went into the bedroom. They climbed into bed facing each other and holding hands between them. After a kiss, they stared into each other's eyes until they fell asleep.