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Born the greatest , Eyota did not grow up to know her parents. They were separated from her at a young age, and she has wondered of their whereabouts ever since. All she knows is that her father was a powerful Blackfoot Cherokee warrior, and her mom was said to be beautiful and wise, and almost as powerful as her father. Both of her parents had miraculous powers. Her father controlled fire. Her mother was able to take energy from the Ki'sómma and the Ko'komíki'somma, and turn it into physical strength. That meant that her mother could take energy from the sun and the moon. Ki'sómma and Ko'komíki'somma were Blackfoot words, and translated into sun and moon. Her mother was stronger than an army of men with all of the energy absorbed. Eyota was born with miraculous powers as well. She was able to control the forces of rain and wind to her desire and needs. On the night before her eighteenth birthday, she sat in her teepee in front of the crackling flames planning her quest to find her parents. She stared at her tribal tattoo; slowly mouthing the words she knew would come in handy one day. Those words inscribed into her at birth, would be a chant she knew she could utilize in the future. She thought of the last time she saw them, how her mother was braiding her long black hair, and how her father was sharpening his prodigious tomahawk. As the nostalgia of her childhood flooded her mind, salty tears began to race down her tanned cheeks. She picked up her headdress, the symbol of her power, and placed it on her head. Her plan was set. She grabbed a leather sack, and filled it with necessities. In it she placed her father s prodigious tomahawk, which he left behind for her. She packed grains and her water vessel, and her mother s lucky peace pipe. She also placed a thin blanket, and rocks to sharpen the great tomahawk with. In the morning, she would go up the hill to the river, and there she would ask the gods for assistance. If they agreed to guide her, she would get in a canoe and go wherever they led her.

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After hours of tossing and turning, the morning came. Eyota grabbed her sack, and said goodbye to the teepee she had known for so long. She wasn t planning to return. She made her way through the reserve, being watched by all of the other members. They all wished her a happy eighteenth year, and wished her a safe and successful journey. Eyota started walking up the hill. As she got closer and closer to the river, doubts started to flood her mind. Worries and paranoia suffocated her. What if the gods did not assist her? What if her parents were nowhere to be found? What if they died? What if they forgot about her? What if something were to happen to her during the journey? She began to panic. Hyperventilating, Eyota plopped to the ground. She took off her headdress, and placed it on the ground before her. She realized she was in possession of that headdress because she was powerful. People looked up to her, and she was stronger than the thoughts racing through her mind at the moment. She knew that the journey to find her parents would be worth it in the end. She took a deep breath, and then placed the headdress back onto her head. She continued up the hill, and then she finally had reached the river. She sat at the river, and filled her water vessel. She slid off her muddy moccasins and dipped her feet in the river. Then, she made the sacred chant, which would alert the gods. Then before her, one of the most powerful Cherokee gods, Ocasta, came before her. State your business here. His voice seemed to boom. I require assistance from the gods. Eyota stated confidently, to hide her inner nerves. What would this assistance be? Ocasta questioned. I request help to locate my mother and father, Chief Junaluska and his wife, Jaci. She replied without hesitance.

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Once he heard those names leave her delicate lips, Ocasta had realized who it was he was speaking to. He had realized the resemblance once the names had been spoken. Oh, is this the powerful Eyota? Why of course I can assist you. I was waiting for the day you would ask me of this favor. Eyota s face lit up, realizing she was one step closer to seeing her parents once again. Thank you Ocasta, I appreciate your offer to assist me. Where is it I should travel to? Eyota was anxious for answers. If you get into your canoe, I will direct you towards your parents. You will encounter many things throughout this journey. I warn you now. These trials will see if you are truly a warrior, and if you belong to hold such an honor as your family name. Ocasta explained. Eyota nodded her head, and went back down the river to grab a canoe and oar. She carefully dragged the canoe back to the river, and pushed it into the water. She placed the oar and her sack inside, and then carefully sat herself down into the canoe. Once she was seated, Ocasta blessed her goodbye, and promised to assist her later on. Before she could return with a goodbye, Ocasta had a strong current bringing the canoe upstream. Hours had passed, and the sun was setting. Eyota ate some grains, and undid her long black braid. She slipped her moccasins back onto her feet, and pulled her blanket out of her sack. She wrapped the blanket around her torso, and began to think of possible trials she would have to face. With her paranoia getting the best of her, she automatically thought of the worst possible things. She pictured having to battle an army of men, since her mother was able to do so. She pictured having to battle undefeatable and treacherous monsters. She thought of only the worst scenarios with the absolute worst outcomes. She began to hyperventilate again. This time she couldn t control her 3

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breathing in time. She had passed out, unconscious for hours. When she woke up, she was in a totally new area. She was unaware of her surroundings, but something was at the end of her canoe. It was a map and extra grains. She figured it was from Ocasta, so she gently folded up the map, and grabbed the grains, and placed them into her sack. The canoe had bumped against ground, so Eyota had figured it was time to get out of the canoe, and start exploring. She pulled out the map from her sack and unfolded it. She realized how far she was from home, and it worried her. She was so far, and she knew there was no turning back now. The area she was in was called Asaksiwa. Since she was a Blackfoot Cherokee tribe member, she understood what that meant. Asaksiwa was a Blackfoot word which translated to leave . She figured with a name like that, the place she had arrived at must have been full of dangers. She knew she would have to stay strong, so she followed the map to ksikkóóhkotoki, which was White Rock. When she reached White Rock, there were pieces of leather with writing on them. The leather had told her that her parents were trapped in a sanctuary of evil, but she must pass through the trials to reach her parents. She took the pieces of leather, folded them up, and placed them into her sack. She continued to follow a path that appeared after White Rock. She came across a giant oak tree, and she noticed a figure behind it. The figure slowly stepped out behind the tree. Eyota had realized that the figure was a human, female, and sort of resembled Eyota. Ocasta sent you? Yes or no? The woman gently questioned. Yes. I am Eyota, on a journey to find my parents. How did you know? Eyota wondered. Peringatan. Ocasta told me. Peringatan, warning. He explained of your desire to find your parents. He explained of your past. You must not remember. I am your cousin. I am a blood relative. My 4

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name is Rivkah. I wish to help you. I feel it is my duty as a blood relative, fellow member of your tribe. Rivkah explained. Prove your relation. Show me your tribal marking. Eyota demanded, full of nerves. Rivkah removed her deerskin arm cuff, to reveal a tribal tattoo similar to Eyota s. Once Eyota s eyes met the tribal tattoo, her mouth dropped. Her sky blue eyes filled with relieving tears, and she embraced Rivkah. She was glad to know she had a blood relative, a tribe member here to guide her along her journey. With two fingers, Rivkah motioned Eyota to follow her. Eyota took a deep breath and eagerly obliged. The two then walked through a hardly visible path, and Eyota was startled when Rivkah started to dart down the path. Saya telah menemukannya! Rivkah screamed. Saya telah menemukannya! Eyota heard her from up the path, and she had known what it meant. I have found her! Eyota then ran after Rivkah, confused about who she was shouting at. Eyota saw a very large teepee, and outside of the teepee, was a warming fire, and a couple of tree stumps. Seated on the tree stumps, were another girl, and a handsome male. Tsi lu gi! They both shouted. Eyota felt nervous for some reason she was not sure of. She kept staring at the male, she felt connected to him in a way she was unsure of. Cousin and friend, Eyota. She is Naylei, another cousin of yours. She is my sister. Rivkah explained.

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Naylei turned her wrist outward, to reveal her tribal tattoo, which looked just like Rivkah s, and very similar to Eyota s. Knowing that proved the relation, Eyota hugged her cousin, embracing yet another blood related tribe member. Eyota kept her eyes locked on the male though, who stood there with a smirk on his face. This is Pallaton. Pallaton is not a blood relative, but he is also a part of our tribe. He has been our friend for many years, and has heard a lot about you, your past, and why you are here now, Eyota. Naylei explained. Hello, I am Pallaton. I have heard of your past, and I have heard of your ambitious journey to find your parents. This is admirable, you seem strong. Pallaton said calmly. Hello. Thank you, but I am not admirable, I am not strong. I worry, I panic, I let fear control me. I am afraid this will interfere with my hopes of finding my parents. I am afraid I will never be a golden warrior, or honor my family name. Eyota confided in him. As soon as Eyota stated her last sentence, Pallaton had her in a warming embrace. In his arms she felt secure. She knew she could trust in him for this journey. She felt strong feelings for him she did not yet understand. Yet she knew those feelings were of positive energy, and gratitude. As he held her in the comforting embrace, Eyota whispered something in his ear. Aya howaayedi nihi. I trust you . She said it gently and slowly in the lowest of tones.

With that, he let go of her, and grabbed onto her hand. He then stated Perjalanan telah dimulai , which meant the journey had begun. She stared into his glistening blue eyes and nodded her head. She had only known him for such a short period of time, yet she felt comfortable confiding in him. She knew she could trust him throughout the journey.

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As they started to walk again, they were discussing strategies, knowledge, and their strengths and abilities. Pallaton had pulled Eyota to the side for a moment. "Your parents are being 'ditahan'. They are being held captive by the most powerful source of evil, Omomo. Omomo has them locked in a cave guarded by his evil subordinates Jecrito and Tirullo, two extremely dangerous and conniving beasts. The cave was in a very treacherous village named Winter. Winter is full of frozen water called snow. Snow is the evil keeping your parents captive. We must defeat the evil and save your parents." He explained with his best intent of helpfulness. This sounds impossible. What if we can t win? What if something bad happens along the way? What if this information isn t true? Eyota began to overanalyze yet again. Her paranoia and doubts started to flood her mind, as always. This time, before she could even begin to hyperventilate, Pallaton had embraced her again. It seemed as if his hugs were charmed. They were able to comfort her, ease her worries, and make her feel secure yet again. While they were embracing, Eyota heard some sort of screech. The screech kept coming, and it was getting louder each time it occurred. Eyota and Pallaton ran over to Naylei and Rivkah. They were the ones making the noises. They called over two humongous ksikkihkíni. Ksikkihkíni were eagles. Naylei and Rivkah both got onto one eagle, grasping feathers for grip. Pallaton and Eyota had gotten onto the other eagle. When everyone was secure, the eagles took off. After a couple of hours, the eagles landed into a new area. They got off of the eagles. Eyota and Naylei followed behind Pallaton and Rivkah for a while, because they seemed to be knowledgeable as to where to go. They reached an abrupt halt, when they

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saw a giant nest in the middle of the path. Nothing was inside of the nest though. They heard stomping, and two very loud screeches. Eyota was the first to turn around. She was the first to see the beast. Next to turn was Naylei, then Pallaton had turned around, and then finally Rivkah turned as well. They were all shocked with the size of this beast, and how ferocious it seemed. It was a three headed, prodigious hawk. It had a razor sharp beak, and its feathers seemed to look like blades. The sound of its screech was so loud and highpitched, that it seemed to be deafening. Eyota had realized that this must have been one of her trials. She needed to defeat this dangerous beast. She kept her eyes fixated on the beast, while one hand wandered to her back, into her sack. Out she pulled her father s wonderful prodigious tomahawk. With three swings she had decapitated all three of the hawk s heads. Feathers and blood droplets splattered to the ground, and she was victorious. She felt proud of herself, extremely proud. She felt brave for once, and she was glad to know she proved her strength to the others. Rivkah and Naylei cheered and embraced Eyota shortly. Then, Pallaton had embraced her. His embrace was the longest, and also the warmest and most congratulating. Eyota felt warm and happy inside, because every second she was embraced with Pallaton, was a second full of blissfulness and serenity. Eyota was at ease. When Pallaton s grip began to loosen, Eyota realized that her serenity was only felt in his embrace. She began to think and overanalyze again. Realizing what had just happened, she realized that all four of them had been in harm s way. She realized if her impulse to take out the tomahawk was even a second delayed, they might have all been killed by the three headed hawk. She began to shake in fear of what lied ahead. She began to whimper, and her eyes swelled with tears. Pallaton had noticed the discomfort in her face, and questioned her about what was upsetting her so much.

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Eyota took a deep breath and began to explain herself to Pallaton, I am afraid, nervous, proud, happy, sad, excited, anxious, and angry, all at one time. The emotions and thoughts racing through me right now are confusing and frightening. I m not sure what I am feeling exactly, which angers me more. I do not know if I am content or if I am upset. I do not know if I am frightened, or if I am comfortable. My mind is at war with itself, Pallaton, and it bothers me greatly. I am sure you must not understand me exactly, but I am doing my best to explain this to you. I trust you so much, I am confiding in you, which I have not done with anything or anyone else before. I just do not know right now, and I think that upsets me the most. I have come so far, yet I feel like this journey is nowhere near over. I have overcome so much, yet I am still afraid. I have gained so much, yet I still long for more. I do not comprehend why this is, but it just is. It causes me great discomfort. Pallaton replied with everything he was thinking and feeling. He said Eyota, listen. Your father and mother were and still are great warriors, great leaders, and overall great people. They gave birth to a strong girl, who is overcoming new things every day. It is okay to be confused. It is okay to be scared. You are still strong, wise, and brave. Throughout this journey I have gotten to know you better, and understand you more. I have seen you destroy a mighty beast all on your own. That is great skill. You deserve to wear that headdress, and you do honor your family s name. I am proud to be in the same tribe as you. I am honored to know you. Tsi ge yu I. Eyota was awestruck with the last words Pallaton muttered out of his glorious mouth. He had proclaimed his love for her. In their native language, he had muttered the words I love you. Eyota gulped. The corners of her mouth raised greatly, so that her cheek bones were prominently showing. She let out a small giggle of relief, before repeating the words. Tsi ge yu I. Tsi ge yu I! Eyota repeated a second time, saying it loudly and confidently.

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Eyota and Pallaton embraced, as Naylei and Rivkah sighed in relief. They knew the journey was not over yet. They still had to go to Winter, enter the cave, defeat the evil Omomo, Tirullo and Jecrito, and rescue Chief Junaluska and his wife, Jaci. That way, everything could be restored, and it would all be okay. After three long and tiring days of walking through paths, fields, and mucky forests, the four of them had arrived at Winter. Winter was unpleasant, and it did not seem comforting at all. The further into the village they stepped, the more prominent their breaths were in the icy air. Their bodies quivered and chilled breezes startled them. They walked a little more, and finally arrived near the cave. Tirullo and Jecrito were outside of the cave guarding it from intruders. Since they were not too far away, Eyota tried to put her miraculous powers to use. She conjured up super strong winds and blew Tirullo and Jecrito far away from the cave. Eyota, Rivkah, Naylei, and Pallaton then marched through the snow and ice into the dark and eerie cave. They saw a light further in the cave, so they ran down towards it. The further they ran, the brighter the light seemed to get. Before they could run any farther, they heard a huge banging noise, and growling. The four of them slowly turned around, all astonished and frightened by what they were looking at. It was Omomo. Omomo was a horrid, fowl, ugly beast. It had four eyes, brown fur, and crooked, creepy teeth. Omomo was so humongous. If it was to have someone in its unfortunate grip for more than five seconds, or if it was to step on someone, that person would be crushed to death. Eyota knew her prodigious tomahawk, wind, and rain were not enough to fight the beast. She would need Naylei, Pallaton, and Rivkah s help. She quietly ordered Rivkah and Naylei to run to the end

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of the cave, and see what the light was. If the light turned out to be her parents, she explained to them to try and break them free. Eyota told Pallaton to stay by her side. She handed him her tomahawk, and decided to use her powers while he used the weapon. She took a deep breath, and with all of her might she conjured so much wind, there were tornadoes. She conjured so much rain there were storm clouds. She attacked Omomo with her forces, while Pallaton swung mercilessly with the large tomahawk. Their attempts were indeed injuring and slowing Omomo down, but their combined efforts still were not enough to destroy the beast. In all of the commotion, one of Omomo s claws scratched Eyota s arm in defense. It was then that Eyota glanced at her tribal tattoo, and read aloud the inscribed tribal writing. Melawan Kejahatan! Melawan Kejahatan! Melawan Kejahatan! Fight the evil! She repeated

the first line with such power in her voice, such determination. It was not enough, she continued to read the tattoo aloud. Membiarkan jahat mati! Membiarkan jahat mati! Membiarkan jahat mati! Let the evil die!

She shouted out loud, repeating the phrase, with more power in her voice each time she shouted it. This ancient Blackfoot Cherokee chant, started by her ancestors, is what was hopefully going to help save everyone and finally defeat that beast. After she finished chanting the tribal tattoo, something fantastical occurred. A huge flash of light overcame everything. Eyota, Pallaton and everyone else was blinded by it, but it quickly faded. On the floor lay Omomo, unconscious for a while. Eyota and Pallaton clasped each other s hands, and darted towards the end of the cave. The light had been coming from her imprisoned parents. Her father was using his fire abilities to keep them warm and use it for a light source and signal for anyone in hopes of being rescued.

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When Eyota laid eyes on her parents, tears yet again swelled in her sky blue eyes. She refused to let them fall. She refused to show any signs of weakness in front of her great mother and father. Pallaton handed Eyota the prodigious tomahawk, which she then used to dismember the bars that were restricting her parents. A wonderful family embrace was then given, after years and years of absence from one another. Eyota looked at her cousins and Pallaton, and she could not be more grateful. She was so appreciative of everything they had done for her, and helped her accomplish. She embraced both of her cousins with a heartfelt hug, and then she went over to Pallaton. She yet again muttered Tsi ge yu I . Once Pallaton replied the same, Eyota gave him a strong, warming, and secure embrace, and they shared a kiss. She finally understood what she had felt towards him. Gvgeyu, love. Eyota and her parents combined their powers to make a permanent sun and warm temperature that would end Winter for a period of time. They kept it as a cycle. They decided to call their combined powers Summer. Eyota, Naylei, Rivkah, Pallaton, Chief Junaluska, and Jaci returned to their home village. Eyota and Pallaton had shared their Gvgeyu together, and got married. They became the new Chief and high woman in power for their wonderful Blackfoot tribe.

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