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Billy Buckhorn: Abnormal

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  • CHAPTER 1

  • Summer’s End

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    The muggy August air clung to Billy Buckhorn’s Cherokee skin like a wet blanket.

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  • He and his best friend, Chigger, were night fishing on Lake Tenkiller in eastern Oklahoma.

  • This region, part of the old Cherokee Nation, was filled with rivers, creeks, and lakes.

  • All nestled between heavily wooded hills.

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    Billy

    “Drop that light down closer to the water,”

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    Billy said in a loud whisper.

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  • Chigger let out a few more inches of rope until the camping lantern almost touched the water’s still surface.

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    Chigger

    “How’s that?”

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    he asked.

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    Billy

    “Just fine,”

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    sixteen-year-old Billy replied.

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  • Chigger, also sixteen, tied off the rope and picked up his fishing pole.

  • Night fishing was one of Billy’s favorite things to do in the summer.

  • Well, really, he liked fishing any time of day or night, any time of year.

  • And hunting, too, for that matter.

  • He liked Cherokee bowhunting the best.

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    Billy had learned these skills from his Cherokee grandfather, Wesley.

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  • From somewhere off in the murky distance along the lake’s shoreline, the boys heard the snap of a breaking branch and a rustling of leaves.