Jared the Paramedic

Chapter 18: Return to the Path

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They pulled into the dock so Jared and Liam could jump out. The rest went with the boat into the boathouse. It was now about 4:30 pm and the day had been fun for everyone. Jared and Liam went to check the fire and found everything just about ready. Tyler and Troy had heard the boat and came out onto the deck. They had put together some food for after the sweat. They were also carrying a cooler filled with ice and water bottles.

"We may need a second one tonight, Jared," suggested Liam.

"Good idea," replied Jared. "I would like you to conduct some of the ceremonies tonight, Liam."

"You sure? I am new to this."

Jared reached out to Liam and touched the side of his head, cupping Liam's ear. Jared's eyes flashed white, and then Liam's did as well. "You can't use the excuse of not knowing the ceremony anymore."

"That's cheating," laughed Liam. "I understand the ceremony now. The language is different, but my ancestors were similar in what they did." Liam had a surprised look on his face as soon as he finished his sentence.

"Do you realize what you just said," asked Jared.

"Yes, with what you gave me, it unlocked some memory from deep within me," he replied. Liam concentrated for a moment, digging deep into his memories. "Jared, the commonality between the old ways and the people around the world, the beaver tail which was cut into twelve pieces and sent around mother earth to seed the people."

Jared looked surprised at the comment. "You may be right, Liam. Until Tom mentioned it earlier, it's something I hadn't thought of since I was young and Grandfather would tell traditional stories while we sat in front of the fireplace during the winter."

"Let's go and get the sacred objects together," suggested Jared. They suggested a second cooler to Troy then he and Tyler happily went to get one. Before they left, Jared told them there may be a young man, Tom's grandson, coming for a visit tonight.

"The cute one with dark straight hair?" asked Tyler. Troy smacked him in the back of the head.

"Well, he is cute. But nowhere near as cute as you," Tyler replied.

"Good recovery," said Troy as he tried to grab Tyler's nuts. The two of them ran back up to the cabin and when they were out of sight an exaggerated scream of agony was heard from Tyler.

"We better get up there," suggested Liam.

By the time they entered the cabin, Troy and Tyler were filling the second cooler with ice and water bottles. Tyler slipped some ice down the back of Troy's loincloth which caused a scream. The wrestling started again.

Jared heard a truck pull into the yard. "Would you check the sacred objects for me? I'll go meet Adam in the yard."

Jared walked out the back door as Adam was getting out of the truck. "Adam, I didn't get a chance to say this earlier, but you've grown since last summer. How are you doing?" he asked as he hugged him.

"I am doing ok Jared, and it was a nice surprise to see you guys today. I enjoyed talking with Conner and Mark as well," Adam said.

"Your grandfather showed me what was going on with you. I am more than happy to talk with you and you will find everyone else here will be too," said Jared.

"I know you are said to be a Shaman, but what do you mean by showed?" asked Adam.

Jared reached out and touched the side of Adam's head. Adam's eyes opened wide as he learned what Jared had meant.

"It's true; you are a great man of medicine. Grandfather was right," said Adam.

"I am a medicine man, Adam. You tried to commit suicide after your boyfriend broke up with you because you were broken by his mental abuse and the control he had over you. Suicide is never the answer, Adam; there are so many people and agencies out there that will help. Come with us tonight into the sweat lodge and we will begin the healing. My soulmate Liam will be doing most of the ceremony, but I will work with you myself."

"Thank you, Masqua. I think you will be more successful than all the people my parents sent me to see before they dumped me on Grandfather," he said with a tear slipping down one cheek.

Jared reached out and gently wiped the tear away from his cheek and then took him into his arms. Holding Adam tightly, Jared said, "Adam, I am always here, little cousin, and all you need for me to come to you is a prayer to the Creator from your heart. Never forget there are many good people and agencies who help with depression and suicide... seek them out and find the one you feel comfortable with."

Adam returned Jared's hug with enthusiasm. "I will remember what you've said to me, big cousin."

They separated. "We all wear loincloths or less around here. Do you have a problem with that, Adam?" asked Jared.

"Can I get a loincloth? They are so cool and you should have heard the girls talking about you guys after you left. They were pretty consistent with what I was thinking about all you guys too," he laughed nervously.

"We will do it right away," said Jared. "Come on in and meet the guys."

The guys were all in the kitchen when Jared and Adam came in. Conner and Mark greeted him right away and made sure he knew everyone else. Jared went over to a cupboard where he kept his leather and pulled out a loincloth and belt which he had already been made for Adam.

Adam was holding it in his hands, looking at Jared, "How did you know I would be here tonight?"

"I was meditating earlier when I received a message from the Creator. Your grandfather had asked him for help. He was worried about you for the last few days and you seemed to be heading down the wrong path again," said Jared. "Remember what I said about a prayer with your heart? Your grandfather hadn't forgotten how to do that. He has different gifts than I do, but we complement each other's abilities."

"Grandfather has gifts? I had no clue," replied a shocked Adam.

"You will learn more about them in the future, but now we are here tonight for you and the path you have chosen once again."

Adam looked at him, and then the rest of the group. "I was getting close again. I had collected enough prescriptions and over the counter medications to do it right this time and finish the job." His eyes were watering now.

Tyler stepped forward and wrapped his big arms around Adam. "Jared knew I was going to commit suicide on Christmas Eve and like you, stepped in to stop it. He helped heal me," said Tyler.

Adam was looking in the eyes of the big police officer. Conner said, "Let's get you into your loincloth, Adam, and then we can do the sweat."

Liam was ready with the sacred bundle and the guys were ready with the cooler of water as the three young men came back into the kitchen. Adam was very cute in his loincloth. Jared knew he was nineteen and he had naturally black hair with olive skin which was both an indicator of his First Nation heritage. There were sparse hairs on his lip giving a shadow of a mustache, another indicator of his heritage. He had beautiful chocolate brown eyes and black eyebrows, distinct cheekbones and a solid nose. He stood 5'8" and was about 145 pounds. There was some hair under his arms, but none on his chest. There were very few on his abs indicating a slight treasure trail. His legs had fine black hairs on the calves but nothing above that point. He was definitely cute, but he projected so much pain through his eyes.

"You haven't done this for a while, Adam," said Jared.

"Not since Grandfather's dad did it," he replied. "I was very young."

"Are we ready?" asked Liam. Everyone nodded and they headed down to the sweat lodge.

Liam gathered the group at the sacred fire. He explained the ceremony to everyone, for the benefit of Conner, Mark, and Adam. He explained the four directions and the sacred four Kingdoms of mineral, plant, animal, and mankind. Jared would be getting the rocks tonight and then he led into the explanation of the rock spirits and the process. Everyone was impressed with Liam's explanation. Liam looked at Jared for approval and found a face full of love and pride for Liam.

At this time, Liam reminded everyone that jewelry and manmade objects be removed before going into the lodge. A couple of watches came off and a necklace which were all placed on the table. The men started to remove their loincloths as well. Adam followed along. He was uncut and about 4 inches soft. The pubic hair was similar to Jared's as it was very straight and sparse. When he had turned around to toss his cloth over a log, he showed a nice little butt. He was definitely more tanned on his upper body.

Liam smudged each of them before they bowed and entered the lodge after assigning them seating.

Liam had the pipe with him as he entered and took a seat. He placed the pipe on his leg and opened one of the birch bark bundles. It contained tobacco which he packed into the pipe. Liam lit the pipe and puffed on it. He then chanted out loud for a moment as he held the pipe in front of him and upwards. He handed the pipe to Jared.

Jared took the pipe, held it up, brought it to his lips and puffed on it. He held it up again and said clearly, "Creator, we your children are before you tonight with new brothers who are in pain. One has suffered physical pain and all three have suffered the worst pain of all, the unseen pain of mental abuse. They came freely to me for help as you foresaw. We as a family are here to do whatever we can to support them and help in their healing. I am your beacon of light, Creator," finished Jared as he handed the pipe to Darren.

Darren took a couple of puffs and then said, "Creator, I am here as your servant, forever grateful for the light you put into my life." He handed it to Josh.

They continued through Josh, Tyler, and Troy. Troy gave it to Conner who was absolutely shaking. Troy helped him light it and take a couple of puffs. He choked on the smoke but no one said anything when he did. "Creator, I am here because of you sending two of your servants to find and help me. I have been hated for so long I didn't know if anyone could love me. This group of men has shown me how to begin loving people again, without fear." He handed it to Mark.

Mark took a couple of puffs and then said, "Creator, I was also brought here by Liam and Jared, my new friends. I am not sure what to say but I need help to get my life back on track." He handed it to Adam.

Adam took it and relit the pipe. "Creator, I am loved by people but I do not love myself. The lack of love for myself has caused my grandfather much pain. I have introduced drugs into my body to try and hide my anger and to make things better without changing. I have hidden behind anything I could to avoid the truth. I even allowed a man to dominate me mentally and physically with so much control I became numb to my feelings and for a while, it felt better to be numb. I wish to find what I once had as a child which was health, happiness, love for the people and love for myself." He handed the pipe to Liam, who smoked the last of the tobacco and then placed the pipe in front of him on a special holder.

Liam looked at each man individually and nodded his head towards Jared. Jared made five trips and placed each rock within the ring inside the lodge.

The inside of the lodge glowed from the red-hot stones. Liam reached and pulled the full ladle out of the bucket, pouring it on the rock representing the west, repeating the procedure for the rocks representing the north, east, and south. He poured two more full ladles on the rock in the center representing the grandfather. The lodge filled with steam rapidly and completely.

Liam spoke aloud, but could barely see the others in the lodge. "I will chant prayers. The first round of the four we will complete is for the west. Each direction will be a different focus on spirituality."

Liam began to chant and pray. The men in the tent felt the heat of the steam and from the rocks and were sweating profusely. It felt good to them as the sweat poured down their bodies and into the ground. Jared was thinking to himself Liam's memories were coming to the surface more and more. He was a Shaman.

Liam poured more water on the rocks and the steam returned, filling the lodge like it had the first time. He then continued to chant and pray. Suddenly, the lodge shook violently. It wasn't like last time they had a sweat, it was like something was trying to tear its way into the lodge.

Liam began to chant again except louder. He asked everyone to hold hands in the circle. Once they had done this, they all chanted with Liam. Even the three young people chanted as if they had known the words before by heart.

Jared broke the grip on his hands and grabbed the talking stick. He shook it. "The evil one has tried to come into the lodge. He says he has a claim on two of the young men in this lodge and wants them. Liam my soulmate, if I may help you at this time, it would be an honor to me."

Liam looked at him and replied, "Masqua, Sacred Medicine Man of the people, please let us work together in the name of the Creator."

Jared put the talking stick back on its holder and indicated to Liam to put more water on the stones. As the steam built up, the shaking of the lodge intensified. "Everyone hold hands again and do not let go, no matter what is said by anyone but me," stated Jared. They did so.

The lodge was filled with steam, but the outline of each person was still there from the glow of the rocks.

Jared looked up and chanted loudly, almost yelling the words of prayer. When he lowered his head, his eyes were a solid glowing white light. Everyone in the lodge could see them cutting through the steam. The chants of Jared were growing faster and louder. Liam's eyes had also turned a bright white and they also cut through the steam. The lodge shifted as if someone had smacked it with a large baseball bat. Jared repeated the chant louder. Conner and Adam began to try and get their hands free from the men holding them. Mark was fighting with all his strength to keep holding onto them.

They were beginning to cry out as well with voices which sounded like unearthly screams of agony. Jared and the rest of the men in the lodge were yelling the chants as loud as they could. Adam and Conner's bodies were writhing but Mark wouldn't let go of either one of them. Suddenly Jared's eyes flashed even brighter and his entire body started to glow. The glow spread to each of the men on Jared's right side and Liam on his left. The glow was slowly traveling up Conner's left arm and Adam's right arm. They were screaming as loud as they humanly could as the glow penetrated their bodies. Jared lifted his chin up and chanted something they had never heard before. A glowing pulse came from his body in a circular shape and grew until it touched the walls of the lodge. He chanted again as the lodge began to glow a bright yellow, building in intensity until it was almost blinding. By this time, Adam and Conner were no longer screaming and had settled down. The glow spread rapidly through them and into Mark. Now the entire circle of men was glowing. They heard in their heads a message from Jared, "Share your love with one another like we did before."

Everyone's head felt like a radio channel with too many people talking at the same time. There were visions of people loving, parents, beautiful places, friends, pets, all forms of love they were sharing with each other. "Continue chanting brothers," yelled Jared in their heads.

Suddenly, Jared's grandfather was in the lodge wearing the clothes of the Most Sacred Medicine Man of the People. His fur headdress was similar to Jared's having the horns of a buffalo on the sides. The big difference was the number of eagle feathers Jared's grandfather had, which were in the hundreds.

Grandfather's voice was heard in everyone's head. "Masqua, I am here to help you all. Liam, call for your ancestors to come forward as well. Dig deep and call for your SeanairSeanair ("&#160;Scottish Gaelic for Grandfather")."

As Liam concentrated, an old man dressed in furs, leather and a very full, thick beard was standing in front of them with a walking stick. He bowed to Grandfather who returned the gesture with a bow of his own. The two old men held hands and touched their foreheads together. After separating, the old druid raised his walking stick and thumped it into the ground. The vibration could be felt like an earthquake by the men sitting in the circle.

Liam's grandfather raised his arms above his head and then looked to the sky. He yelled a Gaelic expression louder than anyone thought possible. When he lowered his head, his eyes were emerald green in color. With one hand holding his staff, he raised his free hand, palm out, to the two young men.

Jared looked at his Grandfather and was surprised. He had moved next to the Celtic Shaman and had placed his hand onto the staff over Liam's grandfathers. For the first time ever, Jared witnessed his grandfather's eyes to be glowing emerald green. He also was standing with his free hand, palm out towards the two young men.

From each of their palms shot a green ball of energy which hit Conner and Adam. Both young men screamed as two very dark screaming shadows flew out of them. The shadows were immediately sucked into the ground by their feet with their long fingers trying to grasp anything to stay.

Liam's grandfather raised his stick and thumped the ground again. Another dark shadow from each of the boys, and this time Mark as well were drawn out. Another strong one was fighting to keep control of Adam.

Both Liam's and Jared's grandfather let loose a whooping war cry of battle. The scream of the battle cry sent shivers down the spine of everyone seated in the circle. Each grandfather reached gently to touch their respective grandson. The four of them yelled the war cry together as Liam's grandfather raised the stick one more time and rammed it into the ground hard. There was an intense flash of yellow, followed by red, white and then the lodge went into blackness. Everything was quiet now.

Jared was drowsy as he suspected everyone else was as well. "When you are able, we need to go to the lake to cleanse ourselves," said Jared as he threw the door flaps open. They all crawled out and went to the lake and waded into it. "Put your heads underwater to cleanse your entire body."

Everyone was beginning to come to full consciousness now. Liam said, "We can get out now and stand by the fire."

They had been standing around the fire for a few moments when they noticed they were not alone. Near the dock, were four wolves, a coyote, a fox, a moose, a bear, and an eagle sitting on the bear's shoulder.

Jared got everyone's attention quietly and pointed at the animals. The Bear was sitting in the middle, the eagle on his shoulder and two wolves on each side of him. The coyote and fox were sitting in front of the bear, with the moose behind. Jared raised his hand in greeting and then everyone else did as well. The animals all howled, screeched, and growled at the same time in reply.

The eagle flew up and over the group, dropping two large eagle feathers which landed at Liam's and Jared's feet. He made a second pass, dropping four more medium-sized eagle feathers in front of Troy, Darren, Josh, and Tyler.

The animals all turned and disappeared into the forest as the eagle flew straight up into the sky. Jared picked up one feather as Liam picked up the other feather.

There was silence as all the young men were waiting for something else to happen. Finally, Jared spoke, "Gentlemen, we as a team took on the evil one and defeated him. For the first time in centuries, he has been beaten and he lost his claim on these three young men. We have received the eagle feathers in honor of the battle."

Darren spoke up, "I thought this shit only happened in movies." The sentiment was expressed by the rest of the men.

"The creator chose us to lead an attack on the evil one. He knew us and knew what we could do as a group. Our totems also came to give us strength in this battle. You all saw my Grandfather and Liam's ancestor add their power as well to free these young men from the evil one. It was worth the battle," explained Jared.

Josh had got his watch and commented, "We were in there three hours."

Jared collapsed to the ground. The men carried him up to the cabin and laid him on the floor in the living room. Liam ran and grabbed the medic kit he knew Jared had in the closet. He started two IV's flowing and squeezed in some glucose.

"I got this. You guys start drinking some water and eating some food. Move it... NOW!," barked Liam.

He had put about half of both bags of the glucose into Jared when his eyes fluttered, finally opening fully. "Have I ever told you that to open my eyes and gaze upon your face first is the biggest gift I have ever been given," said Jared.

Liam leaned in to kiss him deeply. Troy took over while Darren picked Jared up and carried him into the kitchen for water and food. "You big lummox," cried Jared.

"Shut up and eat," said Darren.

An hour later, everyone was feeling stronger from the food and water. They were chatting and trying to process what happened earlier.

Later, they were all sitting on the deck. The couples were sitting with each other and the three boys were together, holding hands.

Liam spoke, "Guys, I think we did good tonight. We have three new brothers."

The guys all raised their water bottle in salute.

"You three have not said a thing," said Liam.

"I feel good and am happy to have gone through it. I am sure I will have more to say after a sleep," said Conner. Mark and Adam agreed.

"I think sleep is a good idea, guys. How about mattresses on the floor in the living room and we all sleep together," suggested Josh.

"A sleepover!" yelled Darren as he jumped up and started clapping. Josh smacked him on the ass.

"Adam, are you staying?" asked Liam.

"Absolutely. Not to mention you guys are so fucking hot I am having a problem not getting hard," Adam said with a cute smile.

They laughed and moved into the house and got the bed in the living room ready. Once everyone was lying down on the mattresses and lights were out they started to settle down. Until Darren called out, "Good night, John Boy." A smack of a hand hitting someone's ass was heard.

The sun started to rise at 5:00 am, but no one started to wake up until 7:30. As Jared got up to start coffee he noticed just about everyone had kicked off the sheets as the heat began to build in the sunlight. Including himself, there were 9 very impressive hard-ons poking up into the air. Even Adam was impressive at 7 inches long and as thick as a Red Bull can.

They woke up and headed to the various washrooms to relieve their morning needs. The men all congregated around the table and counter in the kitchen, sipping coffee or water.

Liam spoke, "Well, that was quite a night."

"That is an understatement," said Josh.

"I was brought up in what I thought was a strict religious home. I heard what you guys have said about the spiritualism but I wasn't sure. I mean, I heard it and when I participated in smudging I felt better, but I thought so much of it was like the stories the pastor told in his sermons. He had people coming up the aisles and they fell over when he touched them yelling 'Be gone Satan' but after what I saw last night, it's not that easy."

Liam spoke, "Some of them use a variety of techniques such as planted people in the crowd to make it look good. Some people are also so devoted they react to what they saw previously and believe it will happen to them, so it does."

"There may also be some clergy who can actually do it as well," interjected Jared.

"So, what we saw last night was the classic fight between good and evil," asked Josh.

"Yes," replied Liam.

"I know how different I feel this morning," Adam added. "I feel like I have a new life ahead of me."

"Me too," said Conner. "I realize now what an evil hold my father had over me. He must have made a pact with the evil one at some point and not really understood what he was doing."

"He was probably offered what he wanted in life. Money and power over people not realizing what he was going to have to give in return. He just didn't know the cost of accepting it," commented Liam.

"I do remember him as a loving man when I was younger. When I think about it, it was after the new pastor came to town when he started to change," said Conner pensively. "I was about eight years old or so when he came. Now that I am thinking about it, we had a normal family until then."

"That is what you have to remember," said Darren. "The family before the changes is the memories you must keep alive and let the time after that fade into the blackness."

"I didn't think my anger about my mom dying was so strong," said Mark. "I was pushing everyone away from me, including my dad. He may have been doing the same thing. For many years, we just existed in the same house. We weren't fighting or anything, but we weren't loving each other like family."

"It's official. After last night, we have three new brothers in our family," said Tyler.

"Group hug!" yelled Troy. The men all gathered together in a tight hug. When they broke apart, there were some comments about breakfast. The three young men were volunteered to make breakfast for the group, which they happily did. After cleaning up, the men went water skiing.

Adam sat on the dock with Jared and Liam, their feet in the water watching Conner, Mark, Tyler, and Troy out in the boat. Darren and Josh were laying on the dock to get a better suntan.

"Thank you for helping me," said Adam.

"You're welcome, little brother," replied Jared.

"Adam, what are your plans for your life. I mean, you must have had some at one time before you lost your way," asked Liam.

"I wanted to be a police officer," he said.

"Why can't that still happen?" asked Liam.

"I guess it can. I just have to prove to others I have changed so I will get a chance," he said. "I wanted to get a degree in computer science and use that in the police force."

"Sounds like a plan, Adam. Can you go back to school?" asked Jared.

"Yes, I did well at University. I just took a year off," he replied. "My grandfather and my parents will be happy to hear I want to go back to school."

They continued to chat about life. Adam had been with an older man and entered into a relationship quickly. The man had controlled Adam more like a slave as opposed to a lover. He didn't allow Adam to choose anything, even his clothing, and constantly abused him mentally. One day Adam came home from school and found another young man in their home which turned out to be his replacement. His boyfriend had packed all of his possessions into boxes and they were piled by the door. Adam took his boxes to his old truck and left for home. He had tried suicide after finishing the school year. His parents took him to his grandfather in the hope the simple life in a small community would help Adam get his life together and stay away from drugs.

About noon, hunger drove the group back to the shore and up to the cabin where they ate and prepared to leave for the city. The cabin was cleaned up and Adam was going to take the garbage off for the guys. They all hugged before Adam left with the promise of seeing him during his next set of days off.

End of Chapter Eighteen

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