The Chenango Dragon Tale
Published: August 17th, 2016

By Bonnie Gale

Peter Meets Orenda: Part 2 of a Five Part Series

Peter was shocked. He quickly got to his feet and stared. The person wasn’t really a person. It was a ‘she’, he thought, but there was a shimmering and a transparent feel to her body. The blue light around the mound was equally around her, as well.

She was dressed as a Native American woman with a buckskin dress, leggings, moccasins and an elaborate head-dress with feathers. She had long black hair. She was very beautiful. The more he stared, he realized that she was a girl and not a woman. She was probably around his age. She did

not smile but he did not feel afraid. She seemed to be assessing him, even reading him, if that was possible.

After a while, she moved towards him. Her feet were hardly touching the ground. He approached her as well but his feet felt heavy and noisy as he made his footfalls. Her radiance was magnified as she approached. She stopped about eight feet from him and he likewise halted. She started to speak to him but not in the normal words out loud. The words were in his head and they were in the

English language so he could understand. She said “My name is Orenda, one with magic power. My family and clan lived here a long time ago. I see that you have found my dragon’s egg. The legend is

that, one day, she will rise again in her full glory. You have been chosen to take care of her and see that she teaches humans the lessons that they need to learn. “Her name is Keezheekoni, one of burning fire.”

Peter was shocked and stunned. He did not know what to say. This was the most exciting thing that had ever happened to him. He felt great energy and peace. His next thought was how he, Peter, was going to take care of a dragon! He answered her, in his head “Thank you, great Orenda. I am so honored and humbled with this task. How will I know what to do to take proper care of

Keezheekoni?”

Orenda answered immediately: “You will be guided. You are not alone. You can call on help all the time. You do not realize that you always have help. You just have to ask.”

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