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barnburner
01-08-2011, 04:06 AM
Mariska and Dover had reason to worry about Sean.
When he left the camp, he had ridden west down the trail, then up into the hills.
There, he tied his horse, and proceeded up the hill on foot. As he passed a big rock, Sean saw a bear cub on his left. A warning bell went off in his head, as he recognized immediately that he might be in trouble.
The cubs mother would be around close, and if she saw him near her baby, her attack would come without warning.
As he tried to take a step backwards, he was met by an explosion of teeth, claws, and unbelievable strength.
Before he could do anything to protect himself, a swipe of her big paw tore open the flesh of his chest, ripped his rifle from his hands, sending it flying far out of his reach. Another swipe of her massive claws ripped open Sean's scalp, to be followed by his left arm being torn open in several places as he tried to use it as a shield against her teeth and claws.
Sean realized that his only hope of surviving this attack was to convince the bear that he was dead.
The mother had attacked him out of instinct, wanting only to protect her baby. If he could convince her
that he was dead and was no longer a danger to her cub, perhaps she would move on.
Laying still and remaining completely quiet, as a bear's teeth dig into your shoulder, and her claws tear your face and arm, is not a job for the faint of heart.
Somehow, Sean managed to withstand the pain while he played dead. After she tested him with a
few more bites and swipes from her claws, the Mother bear finally left with her cub.
Sean lay totally still for what he judged to be at least an hour, just in case she was still around watching.
If she saw him moving, she would surely finish the job.
Thankfully, she had indeed moved on.
Sean's first instinct was to try and crawl to his rifle, but quickly he realized that he was hurt too badly to move anywhere.
He blinked his eyes, and realized that he had passed out for some time, because night had fallen.
Sean cursed, thinking of his horse tied at the bottom of the hill. Standing free, he could defend himself against anything smaller than a bear.
Because Sean had left him tied to a tree, he wouldn't stand much of a chance against a pack of hungry wolves or coyotes, should they come along.
Summoning all his determination, he made one more attempt to crawl, but to no avail.
“Well Dover” he said aloud, “right here is where I will be when you come for me tomorrow."
That Dover would come, was as certain as the sun rising. Sean recognized that Dover was one of the breed often found on the frontier. These men were often rough around the edges, out of place in cities and towns, but always the first to step forward when large amounts of courage were required.
Question was, would Sean still be alive when Dover found him?
Whatever fears Sean may have had about dying,were overshadowed by his concerns for Mariska, and his fears for her safety.
“Mariska, what have I led you into? What will happen to you if you are left alone in this country?”
Then, he remembered Dover, and his obvious attraction to her. Staring into the darkness in the direction of their camp, Sean reminded himself, “Dover will protect her and make sure she is ok.
He's not a man to stay with her long, but he will make sure she gets to safety at the very least.
Mariska is a strong woman. Once taken to safety, she will do well, I have no doubt about that.”
With his fears for Mariska somewhat calmed, Sean was ready to face whatever fate had in store for him.
All he knew now, was that he was totally exhausted, and desperately wanted to sleep.
Sean knew the dangers of falling asleep in his condition, and fought with determination to stay awake.
Unfortunately, having lost so much blood in the attack, he was too weak to continue the fight against sleep for very long.
The same Mother bear and her cub came by later in the night. She stopped and looked Sean over, but he never knew it.
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Done totally in AR 2.5. Brush, Felt Marker, Glitter Tool, Tube Tool, Pencil, and Knife. The one dead tree in the middle background, was done with a stencil I found somewhere .

javier
01-08-2011, 05:08 AM
An awesome story, good job

eighty+
01-08-2011, 08:05 AM
Blimey. BB. All. I can say is. Corrblimey

:D:D:mad::D:D:D:D----E/S

barnburner
01-08-2011, 03:21 PM
An awesome story, good job

Many thanks Javier. I sure do appreciate it. :)

barnburner
01-08-2011, 03:22 PM
Blimey. BB. All. I can say is. Corrblimey

:D:D:mad::D:D:D:D----E/S

LOL.. Not sure what Corrblimey means, but I'll take it as good..:D Thanks Eighty! :)

Alexandra
01-08-2011, 05:05 PM
Oh my gosh!!! Good thing it wasn't fall and almost time for hibernation and protein cravings. Mike, I am on the edge of my seat here!:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

barnburner
01-08-2011, 05:09 PM
Oh my gosh!!! Good thing it wasn't fall and almost time for hibernation and protein cravings. Mike, I am on the edge of my seat here!:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

:):) Yeah, I have to get to work on the next chapter, because I'm anxious to find out what happens myself! :)
Thanks Sandy. Much appreciated! :)

Alexandra
01-08-2011, 05:11 PM
Oh my gosh, I can't wait!!! Great story Mike. Have a good night dear friend.

semd74
01-08-2011, 10:54 PM
Outstanding story and paintings

barnburner
01-09-2011, 01:39 AM
Outstanding story and paintings

Thanks Steve. Very much appreciated. :)

mannafig
01-09-2011, 09:00 AM
WOW what an addition dear Barn totally riveting:):)

AT-TA
01-09-2011, 09:26 AM
Life is not only beautiful but sometimes downright ugly... interesting reading Barney, and i love the picture....a bear how he is peeking out from behind the tree and feeling guilty...Very good work, Barney.

barnburner
01-09-2011, 12:42 PM
WOW what an addition dear Barn totally riveting:):)

Thank you my dear Amanda. I'm delighted that you liked it. :)

barnburner
01-09-2011, 12:43 PM
Life is not only beautiful but sometimes downright ugly... interesting reading Barney, and i love the picture....a bear how he is peeking out from behind the tree and feeling guilty...Very good work, Barney.

The expression on the bear cub behind the tree was something I just stumbled into, but, I had sense enough to leave it alone. :)
Thank you so much AT. Much appreciated. :)

Caesar
01-10-2011, 11:15 PM
Now the problem, if Sean gets to survive this accident, will become to be found and avoid to die because of possible infections, I presume, but I'm quite sure Mariska has some experience from his tribe knowledge of how to heal bear wounds too.
I think that step by step Mariska is becoming the real star in this novel and after Sean, Dover (and yourself I feel), many of us will get more and more enchanted or in love with her and You will have to possibly get more sensual on the prose about her when the episode has a situation requiring a more lyrical and passionate description of her charms (beyond her coffee superior recipe which makes me think of her as a Neapolitan coffee maker and mom) :D
I must confess that I almost felt the idea to paint Mariska myself too. :p
This means You're a really good effective narrator, dear BB!;):)

barnburner
01-11-2011, 05:57 AM
Caesar, I'd be delighted should you decide to paint Mariska. Love to see how you would do her....well, perhaps I should rephrase that... love to see how you would paint her in a painting....:D:o;)

Thanks for your very kind comments. :)

Caesar
01-11-2011, 08:24 AM
I sincerely thank You for Your permission, dear BB!
Since Sean is missing and would not object, I would really like to proceed soon to do her :p:o .... ops ... to paint my image of Mariska, also according to credible native features and attire (since it would be presumably a pity to have her in the After 9 section ...:D)

barnburner
01-11-2011, 09:02 AM
I sincerely thank You for Your permission, dear BB!
Since Sean is missing and would not object, I would really like to proceed soon to do her :p:o .... ops ... to paint my image of Mariska, also according to credible native features and attire (since it would be presumably a pity to have her in the After 9 section ...:D)

I consulted with Mariska and Sean, and they both agree that they would feel fine should you wish to put her in the after 9 section also...:):)

Lima
01-11-2011, 10:26 AM
Just wonderful:eek: Barn.

barnburner
01-11-2011, 11:18 AM
Just wonderful:eek: Barn.

Thank you so very much. I truly appreciate it! :)