Jessie Grace Weston is a mountain girl from the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and she never faints at the first sign of trouble. Instead, she picks up her rifle. She needs a friend and Luke 'River' LaRiviere fits perfectly into her life but River is Shawnee and French, trying to... read more
““It is not proper for an unmarried woman to stay alone,” Mrs. Jones informed her. “I was married,” Jessie said. Her eyes began to cloud with tears. She felt her heart aching but she kept her voice clear. “I no longer care about what is proper.””Mrs. Jones and Jessie
““I thought...I thought you were going to scalp him,” Jessie said, shaken.“The Shawnee do not scalp people,” River told her.“They don't?”“No,” he said. “Scalping is done by marauders who hunt my people for bounty. Some tribes return the same to the whites. I never scalped anyone.”“Good to know,” Jessie whispered.”Jessie Grace and River
“After her family and everyone she knew were gone, she was overcome with grief. In deep mourning she prayed, asking why terrible things happened to her. My mother was a good person and she didn't understand why she'd been given so much sorrow in her life.”“Did she get an answer to her prayer?” Jessie asked.“Yes,” he said. “The answer was, only the river goes on forever.””River and Jessie Grace
“When he saw the uprooted plants on the porch he nearly wept because he felt a kinship to them, taken from the ground and tossed about without a care. He was grateful to be able to put them back into the ground but for him, he did not know where that place of return was. “My mother never spoke of the village. She told me it is gone but the river is still there. That is all she said.””River
““If he's got my rifle,” Jessie said, “he's going to pay for it or bring it back to me.””Jessie
“She knew she was improper. No one had to tell her but she was improper out of necessity and in her mind that made it right.”Jessie
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