After I left Emilio outside of Dodge, I didadolatsedi (settled) into a campsite & put on my danuwa galonedi (war paint) for the coming battle at Fort Dodge. Then I agilvdi (ride) back to Dodge & the Longbranch to meet with the irregulars.
While I’m aninvi (sitting) at the bar, a short pale face tries to asgasdi (scare) me off. He adiha (says) he will not gadogv (stand) for red skin treating a holy man the way I did & he challenges me to a ahnatlihvanigatahv (duel) the next iga (day) at noon. He tells me his name is Unser Bellik & I look forward to collecting his atsisdanegalvda (scalp). During this, Boca also wadinvdi (throw) me his danuwa (war) dress. I adanvtesgv (think) it is his nusdviyadvnedi (custom) to wear it into danatlihv (battle). I tell him I will wear it in celebration. I do not adanvtesgv (think) he understands me.
Boca tells us about his being offered money to disdayosdi (shoot) Freemen to end their gvnasdi (strike). He is also awidisgv (carrying) a large strange looking shotgun. The Utsasquidi Asgaya (Crooked Man) also seems to be tsuluquadinvdi (upset) about the “automatons.” He adiha (says) that these are like the one we ayostanv (destroyed) on the digatsanula (train) agilvdi (ride) into Dodge, that unelisvhi (seems) like so long ago.
As we are leaving Dodge, Luke Short adeladisdi (join) us with his own posse. Among this posse is a ageyv (woman). He tells me she is named Mary Carson & she is a gowelisgi (writer) of words & such. She works for the Wichita Eagle.
It takes us 1 ½ hours to get to Fort Dodge. We smell it before we see it. It smells like a barbeque from the plae faces hell. We udadelisdi (sneak) up as close we are able. I take Boca & the Ulvnotisgi Agayvli Asgaya (Crazy Old Man) up to the gates. The Agayvli Asgaya (Old Man) places his dynamite there & then he & Boca pull back to the rest of our group. I then agilvdi (ride) through the asduidv (open) gate to draw out the Wendigo, what I agowadvdi (see) is not what I expected.
I ugohvgi (saw) twelve confederate aniyawisgi (soldiers) crucified all around the inside court yard of the fort. All of them with melted dunakadv (faces), marking them as Wendigo. In the ayeli (center) of the fort’s court yard was a gasvdv (pile) of burning bodies. I agatahvsdi (turn) back & let everyone else know that there are no dinidanuwi (enemies) left here. They asdawadvsdi (follow) me back into the fort.
As soon as I get back into the fort, I start to ayasdi (search) at the tracks to see what happened here. I awadvdi (find) that the “victors” were agilvvsgv (riding) shoeless anisoquili (horses) & probably “Injuns”, I also awadvdi (found) that they ugisvgi (took) survivors with them in a wagon towards the Coyote Confederation.
This is when I notice that Luke Short’s group is looking at me with atsilv (fire) in their eyes. They think that I am somehow unadudalv (responsible) for this slaughter. The irregulars & luke decide that this would be a good time for us to part ways, so we do & we head off asdawadisv (following) the tracks towards the Coyote lands.
Two days later we come into the territories of my people. All along the atlilodvgvgodv (border) we see poles standing guard. Strung up from each of these poles is a pale face. They are of all types; men, women, soldiers, prospectors, thieves, etc… Just after crossing the border, we get approached by a war party. I head out to them to parley.
I explain to them that we are searching for the survivors of Fort Dodge. I also explain that the irregulars are under my protection & that they & I have smoked the peace pipe. The medicine man with the party explains that the survivors have moved on & that they were “culled” for those willing to join the tribes & those not. We’ve already seen those that would not join…
Now to the really tricky part, because the irregulars are pale faces & are on Coyote land, they are trespassing. But because I have vouched for them, they will be allowed to fight an “honor” duel to win their release, champion vs. champion. I tell the medicine man that we’ll be picking our champion & go back to explain to the irregulars.
When I get back to the irregulars, I have to do some ulisda (quick) talking. I ganagvi (lie) to them & tell them that there were only women & children that survived Fort Dodge & that the few men who came with died along the trail. Now I ulisda (hurry) on & explain about the “honor duel” & they decide on Pinkerton to do the ahnatlihvanigatahv (duel). This is a asegi (strange) choice, because this is going to be a knife fight & he does not even carry one. He actually had to atolisdi (borrow) the Utsasquidi Asgaya (Crooked Man) well worn knife!
Pinkerton struggles through the ahnatlihvanigatahv (duel), but he manages to adatlohisdi (beat) the other champion without killing him. I digosisodi (explain) to him that he is allowed to collect the scalp still. He does not have to kill him to do it & that it is considered a huge shame to survive a scalping. This practice is usually held for enemies who act cowardly. He still refuses.
After the ahnatlihvanigatahv (duel), the war party guides us back to the border where we part ways & Pinkerton gets a surprise. The champion he defeated is now honor bound to serve Pinkerton until he releases his debt. He does not look too happy about this.
When we get back to Dodge, I go with Pinkerton to the Marshal’s office to explain about what happened to the survivors. We goluwadvdi (discover) from Luke that the Wichita Eagle has been publishing stories about the pale face deaths along the Coyote borders. They are making the claim that my people have declared war on the white man’s nations. The governor of Kansas has even raised the bounty on “red scalps” to $20.
After this, we head over to the Longbranch, where the Utsasquidi Asgaya (Crooked man) tells me that I still have that ahnatlihvanigatahv (duel) to fight in two hours. I head down to the Mustang to check on things there. I adeloquasdi (learn) that my people living here are now in the practice of only going out in groups to avoid attacks. While I am there, I offer the employees a share of the profits, as long as they are honest & stop watering down the drinks.
Five o’clock comes & I find myself in front of the Longbranch ready to fight. The streets are lined with pale faces eager to see me bleed. Luke Short explains to us that the first one of us to draw will be guilty of attempted murder. He then smiles & says “good luck.”
Unser Bellick then goes on screaming about something concerning me. It is difficult to follow his words because he is so worked up. So I just stand there staring him down. Suddenly something snaps inside him & he goes to draw. Just as we skin leather, some crazy nun comes running out between us & yells “Stop!” We do not.
Unser’s shot goes into the nun’s back, mine hits true & knocks Unser into the dirt, where Luke arrests him. I go back into the Longbranch to eat dinner & find Coyote waiting at the bar for me…