River Otter and Old Young Deer Part 2
When the young man got to the house he went to the opening and he called out “Osiya, Osiya” but no one answered he stepped inside and looked around and no one was there. He thought that maybe they had gone into the village or went to get water, so he found an empty corner and laid down to sleep. It was not very long until he heard a Raven’s cry from outside, caw caw, just then the little old man walked into the long house and sat down by the fire pit. The young man stayed very still and quiet because the old man had not seen him. In a short time he heard another raven cry from outside the long house caw, caw,. The old man said “hummm that must be my wife coming.” It wasn’t very long until the little old woman came in and sat down beside the old man. The little old man asked his wife “Well, did you have any luck tonight?”“Nothing, none there were too many doctors with osdv nvwoti watching tonight. How about you did you have any luck” she asked.“I always get what I go for, I never fail but you it seems you never have any luck. Here take this and cook it so that we at lest have something to eat” he said as he handed something to her in the dark. She stoked the fire, and the young man smelled meat roasting, he thought this smells sweater than any meat he had smelled or tasted. Now the young man’s curiosity was getting the better of him so he slowly peeped through one eye, the old woman was roasting a man’s heart on a stick over the fire.
Suddenly the old woman yelled to her husband “Who is that over in the corner?”“Nobody old woman finish cooking that, I am getting hungry” said the old man.“Yes there is, I can hear him snoring.” Then she put some more wood on the fire and stirred it until the long house lit up like daylight and they saw the young man curled up in the corner. The young hunter kept very quiet and pretended to be asleep. The old man stamped and made a noise at the fire, but the young man pretended not to hear because he was asleep. The old man then went over an shook him, and said “Wake up boy, wake up.” The young hunter then sat up and rubbed his eyes, just as if he had been asleep all this time.
It was almost daylight when the old woman went to the other house to make breakfast but the hunter could hear her crying.“What is wrong with your wife, why is she crying” the young man asked.“oh she is just lonesome, many of her friends have died lately and she feels alone” said the old man, but the young man knew why she was crying. The old woman put a bowl of corn mush in front of him and said “ this is all we have, we haven’t had meat for a long time but we hope this will fill you.” The young man ate his breakfast, said goodbye and started on his journey home. A little ways down the road the young man heard someone running up from behind him, he turned around and the old man had followed him. The old man was holding a very fine pelt and piece of bead work he gave it to the young man and said “Please take this and do not tell anyone that you heard my wife and I fighting last night, do not speak a word of what you heard.” The young hunter took the gift and went on his way but the first river he came to he threw it into the water.