Kiamichi Voices: Chapter 3

Updated on February 13, 2019
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Kiamichi Voices: Chapter 3


Chapter 3

From somewhere behind her she could hear Jasper trying to catch up with her, she could hear the surprise in he voice as he hollered after her. “Stormy, Wait for me! On the way back we can pick some Poha Berries.”

Suddenly a warm sensation went through her body as Jasper got closer to her. Suddenly Stormy stopped, swung around and faced him. “Can I eat them? I’m really getting hungry”

“Yes, you can eat them. I can’t believe you haven’t before. Where are you from?!” Arching his eyebrows, he just starred at Stormy.

“I’ve never heard of Poha Berries, so no I have never eaten one.” Swiveling around, Stormy took off walking again, talking to the animals that she passed. “Why are things so different here? Why don’t I know what he is talking about?” But all she heard was the birds chirping and crunching leaves from Jasper trying to catch up with her.

“Stormy, please stop walking. Look here is some Willow Herb. See it by the Big Weeping Willow tree. You fill this pouch up and I will show you what you can do with it. While we are here we should gather several things that you will need. You pick the willow and I will gather the Poha Berries and Bleeding Mushrooms. Then I will show you where to find the Dragon Fruit and Prickly Pears are. Then you will have something to eat.”

“I don’t know if I’m in the mood to try too many new things at one time.” Stormy took the pouch anyway and set about picking the plants he had told her to. Once again she wondered how she knew what Willow Herb looked like, but she just shrugged it off and kept picking away.

“When we get done, I will show you what to do with all of these plants we are gathering. We will need some Tundra Rose too, but that is by the cabin. Stormy, are you listening? Is your pouch filled yet?”

“Almost, Jassssppper,” swaying she leaned up against the tree, “I’m starting to feel strange. Is that natural?” Teetering back and forth, she pushed herself forward, tripped and tumbled into him, giggling.

“Oh, Stormy, where are your gloves?” Shaking his head, he steadied her back on her feet.

Sitting down, she looked up at him, giggling she stated, “What gloves?” grinning from ear to ear she held out the pouch. “It’s full, just like you wanted.” Giggling she once again got to her feet and took off stumbling down the trail. Hoping she was headed in the right direction.

“Where are you going now?” She could hear the leaves crunching behind her, but she didn’t care, she just kept on wobbling through the forest.

“Home” She shouted over her shoulder as she drew her cloak tighter around her shoulders, she continued stumbling through the trees and gorges.


“But we haven’t picked any Dragon Fruit or Prickly Pears yet.”

“I’m not feeling well. I’m going home, now!” She had made it halfway through the forest when he caught up to her.

“Stormy! Stop! Look! Here is the fruit!”

Wheeling around Stormy locked eyes with Jasper and a wonderful warmth flooded through her. Impulsively she looked away. Whispering to the trees, “What is happening to me? Why does he have this influence on me? Just tell me already.”

Dropping to the ground, giggling again, she blurted out, “Where? Everything is blurry and it all looks the same to me.”

Shaking his head, Jasper pointed his long hairy finger right past her nose to a pink and green cactus plant, that was next to a big Blue Oak Tree. “There.” his voice softer as he spoke to her this time. “That is a Dragon Fruit. Now look over there, see that red flower on that cactus? Under that flower is a Prickly Pear.” Leaning over Stormy, “Stay here and I will pick us some.”

“When can we go to the cabin, I’m getting really hungry and sleepy?”

Jasper stared at her, “Are you okay? Here take my hand and I’ll lead you home.”

“What about the Tundra Rose? Where is it?” Stormy followed him but refused to hold on to him. “I can walk on my own! Now, which way do we go? I’m lost.”

Impatiently Jasper snapped, “Just follow me.” As he trudged through the tree line next to the cabin, he stopped. “Look there on the ground. See those bright yellow flowers with fuzzy leaves. Do not touch them without your gloves on!” He grabbed a handful and shoved it in his pouch.

“I don’t have gloves, so there!” She shouted at him as she stomped off toward the cabin.

Once out of his earshot she continued, “Why are you talking to me about plants? I have no purpose for them, but I guess as long as your showing me, I won’t be alone. Even though I really should be reading that journal my Grandmother gave me, not out playing with the plants.”

Stormy went straight through the cabin to the fridge. The bright light from the empty fridge made her heart sink. Now what. Finally, she went back out to the porch and there sat Jasper waiting.

“Well, Starla didn’t leave me any food! I’m really hungry, do you have anything to eat at your house?”

Jasper just looked at her, “Seriously! Were you not listening to me at all. We just picked up a bunch of food.”

“Oh, I thought you were just messing with me. So how do we cook all that stuff?”

“You don’t. Come with me and I will show you. Did they not teach you anything?”

Stormy watched as Jasper easily walked through the cabin to the kitchen, glancing back once and grinning. She followed behind him, stumbling from the warm sensation that shot through her as his eyes connected with hers.

“Here take this Poha Berry, peel off the waxy orange skin, like this.” Stormy copied every move he made. Then he popped it in his mouth. So she did the same.

“Wow, that’s juicy and tangy. So what should I know about this fruit?” As she waited for his reply she starred at the strange markings on his forehead. Wandering if they have some kind of special meaning? Should she ask him?

“For tonight, it's just food. It seems you have a lot to learn yet. Maybe you should read that journal your Grandmother gave you! I’m going home now and you need to explore this cabin and read that journal!” Jasper walked out the back door and headed down a path.

“Where are you going? I thought you might want to look around with me.”

Laughing Jasper turned around, “No I’ve had enough of you today, My house is right there.”

Stormy followed where his hairy finger pointed, it was to a big hill in the backyard. “There! You live in a hill in my backyard? Really, you are messing with me again.”

“No really, that is where I live. Stormy, it has been a long day and I would love to explain everything to you. But not tonight. I will see you in the morning.” She watched as he just disappeared into the hill.

The garden was almost silent the only sound was the fountain. Starred at the door he had disappeared through and whispered, “Why does Jasper live in a hill and why does he intrigue me so?”


Questions & Answers

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        Liz Westwood 

        16 months ago from UK

        I read it soon after I read chapter 3. Thanks.

      • JoannaBlackburn profile imageAUTHOR

        Joanna Blackburn 

        16 months ago from South Texas

        Chapter 4 is ready to be read.

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        Liz Westwood 

        16 months ago from UK

        This is an interesting story. Look forward to the next installment.

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        Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

        16 months ago from United Kingdom

        Cool. I'm looking forward to it. :)

      • JoannaBlackburn profile imageAUTHOR

        Joanna Blackburn 

        16 months ago from South Texas

        Wow, It hasn't been up very long. I am trying to get Chapter 4 done as we speak. I hope to have it out today or tomorrow.

      • phoenix2327 profile image

        Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

        16 months ago from United Kingdom

        Sound like Stormy really needs to buckle down and start reading that journal. lol

        This is so intriguing. I've got so many questions going through my head. I'm anxious to read the rest of this story so I can get some answers.


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