Summer 1993 • Vol. XV No. 3 FictionJuly 1, 1993 |

The Burial Mound

Grandma One Rock's stories had been like mother's milk to Jimmy and his brothers, Roy and Chuckie. Roy and Chuckie were babies when Grandma One Rock, who was their great-grandmother, took them in. Jimmy was five then, but his memories of his parents were incomplete, like patches of torn cloth. So it was to Jimmy as if he had been a baby twice, once suckling on a mother he couldn't remember, once with Grandma One Rock's stories. When Grandma One Rock first told the stories, Jimmy would ask why. Why did the boys get on the turtle's back? Why did they hit the turtle? Why did the turtle go under the water? Was the water cold? Why didn't the boys get off the turtle? Why didn't their grandma dive in and save them? What is an ocean? Couldn't they swim? Why didn't the turtle come up? Where are they now? Grandma One Rock would say, Listen to the story, it will tell you. At first, that would make Jimmy mad. Once after Grandma One Rock said that, said, Listen, he kicked a pot onto the

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