A new peek at the novel HAVENWOOD TALES Beginnings by Author, D.J. Houston
Continued from Havenwood Tales Surprise – Gabriel White Cloud Walling
“I like all your names, Mister Walling,” I assured him, and that pleased him very much.
Then he told me the story of a loyal Irish setter named Buddy. And how, when he was a boy, Buddy laid down one day and never got up.
He told how his father had lumbered off on a spotted mule with Buddy’s body draped behind him over the mule’s rump. And for seven years after, a bright orange butterfly flitted and danced above the cornfields where Buddy and he used to race the sun together.
Mister Walling never said life goes on. And all I did was listen . . .
But I walked back to my family through that waning afternoon restored with a great sense of comfort and respect for life. And for the spirit of the still-born pup my daddy and I had wrapped in the arm of a soft, flannel shirt and buried beneath the lone oak in the corn field, just that morning . . .
I don’t remember how I got to bed — only the warmth of my daddy’s arms when he carried me in from the car and a luminous glow on Mama’s face when she kissed me goodnight with my eyes closed. And the extraordinary feeling of loving them, both, very much.
An excerpt from the novel HAVENWOOD Tales Beginnings
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