OK, quick recap:
"Benjamin, would आप and Emmett please gather the remains of the भेड़ and put them in the small खलिहान until after lunch?" He कहा as he lead the way into the house.
We made our way to the first animal that the children had found. I picked the poor beast up in my arms, attempting to keep the blood from getting on my clothing. I made my way over to the smaller of the barns as Ben turned to go to the field in खोजिए of other casualties.
We managed to collected all 3 sheep, and made our way back to the house without ruining our clothing, and hopefully before all the lunch was gone.
Benjamin and I walked into the house as my father and mother had a quick quiet conversation.
"I don't want those boys going out looking for trouble." My mother कहा with a hint of fear in her voice.
"Dear, I have raised the boys to fend for their selves. They will not go looking for danger, but we can not allow our livestock to be killed." My father कहा as he took my mothers face in his rough hands and gently kissed her cheeks.
I sighed as Ben and I sat at the end तालिका, टेबल and began to wonder if I would ever find that "someone" that was supposedly out there for me. I'm sure that when I did that she would be a common, farm raised, hard working woman. I shook my head of those foolish thoughts, I mean I was in NO hurry to find that woman.
Benjamin kicked the edge of the table, and laughed as I flinched.
"Daydreaming Emmett? Who are आप thinking about this time, the girl at the market again?" Ben started laughing as I blushed at the thought of the brunette woman I had met a few weeks ago.
"No, I was thinking about getting this animal before आप have the chance." I कहा as I took the chicken off of his plate and took a bite of it before he could say anything.
We were still laughing when my father motioned for all of us to follow him outside. I took the chicken with me as I headed for the door, turning once to smile at my mother.
She nodded, sighing at the man child that was walking out of her kitchen. I knew that when she looked at any of the boys, that she remembered the troubles that we all caused, and also the joy that the future held for all of us.
I walked out the door, joining all of my brothers and father at the edge of the small खलिहान which was closest to the woods.
"Now, I think it would be best if we all विभाजित करें, विभक्त करें into smaller groups in hope of finding whatever it is that is killing our animals." My father कहा as he looked around at the sons that he loved dearly.
"I don't want any of आप going looking for trouble, I figure 3 groups of 3 या 4 should be enough. I would like आप all to take a gun, only to be used in emergency." He looked us all in the eyes making sure that we all understood.
"I would like James, David and Michael to take the Northeast end of the woods. Phillip, Benjamin and Robert will take the Southeast corner, and finally John, Emmett, and Aaron will take the West side. I will be going with the first group and if there are any problems at all please आग the gun and we will all come to investigate." The last part was कहा with the slightest shake in my fathers voice.
We all broke into our smaller groups and waved/smacked the others as we made our way into the woods.
"All right Emmett, 1 weeks worth of mucking the stalls is the bet that I find the beast before you." Aaron कहा as he walked into the woods.
"Oh, that's a bet that I want a part of." John laughed as he followed Aaron in.
"OK, but remember that आप are the one who made the bet Aaron. No whining when I win." I कहा as I passed them both and began follow the animal trails deeper into the woods.
We all विभाजित करें, विभक्त करें up following our own trails when I hear something breaking the branches off to my west. I turned my head towards the sound and slowly began to quietly walk near the sound.
"RROOOOWWWWRRR" Aaron laughed as he came out of the wood to my west.
"Aaron आप are going to get shot, या smacked soon." I कहा as I turned back to the trail that I was following.
We all continued our separate ways and didn't hear anything for about an hour. I was sitting on a rock trying to hear anything out of the normal when I heard a gun shot just off to my south.