Thunder on the Plains

  • Chapter 1

  • The One-Two Punch

  • Daniel Wind

    I sometimes wonder what goes on in my room before I wake up or when I’m not there.

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  • Do my books and CDs move from one place to another so I can’t ever find them?

  • Does my soccer ball roll across the floor so I’ll trip on it when I come in the door?

  • These are mysteries I may never solve.

  • The first thing I remember hearing on this particular morning was the opening words of Road Warriors’ hit song “Don’t Hate Me” blasting at full volume.

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    Song

    “Don’t hate me ’cause I live on Native land.

  • Don’t hate me ’cause I am who I am.”

  • Daniel Wind

    I stuck my arm out from under the covers and searched for the snooze button to quiet the bass drum throbbing in my ears.

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  • The pounding stopped.

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    Mom

    “Daniel Nathan Wind!”

  • Daniel Wind

    My mother’s voice came from down the hall.

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    Mom

    “You’d better not push that snooze button.

  • You’ve got to get up and finish your report for school!”

  • Daniel Wind

    A moan escaped from somewhere deep inside me.

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  • Dragging myself upright, I flung the star quilt off me.

  • My grandmother made this quilt for me years ago when I was little.

  • We lived on the reservation then.

  • I tried to make my eyes focus.