I wept openly when the crow doctor gave me the amulet. I have been away from the Still Water folk for a long time, but I feel that is still is an appropriate and understandable reaction. I wept for the pain I had caused Takis. I wept for the apology I could not bring myself to give, that I did not think would be accepted anyway. I wept for the tribe I left behind. I wept that Takis gets to return to the tribe. Even though I know that they are no longer Takis.
I wore the amulet today. It makes me feel stronger. But it is a dagger wrapped around my arm. It is sharp and painful at time. But it feels right that it should hurt me to use this strength.
I fear what we may find when we return to Titan’s Reach.