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gypsies fire1Part 3: Of Myth, Magic and Medicine:  This part deals with how the central characters meet and how the relationship develops between the Eagle and the Dove.  It also explains how the eagles and Gypsies are entwined by past events and how the destiny of both is unavoidable. 

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2. The sound of omens.

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'The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion, all in one.'
- John Ruskin -

MissionExtract from Chapter 2. The Sound of Omens.

Mañana's father Habby, sacked for saving Remera, returns to the camp to talk with Paco the chief elder. Paco also tells Habby a legend about an Eagle who once took the form of a human, and how the destinies of Eagles and Gypsies became entwined

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3: Torches in the valley

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'The paths of destiny are not always straight. We go down the wrong path, we get lost, we turn back. It doesn't matter which path you start on, all that matters is that you have made a start.'
- Unknown -

SCA campfireExtract from Chapter 3: Torches in the valley

Returning home Habby finds that Manana is still missing. Troubled by the day’s events, he wastes no time in deciding to start a search. Habby asks his fellow Gypsies for help to find his daughter. Tired and wary as they are, everyone is eager to assist.

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4. Moonlight Medicine

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'Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.'
- Orison Swett Marden -

herbsExtract from Chapter 4: Moonlight Medicine.

Mañana now fully recovered realises that the young eagle needs help. Somehow she discovers she possess an amazing skill at healing and in darkness begins to heal the eaglet. Fatigued and near to hypothermia from the cold, she notices torches and familiar voices heading her way. Climbing out of the ravine she runs towards the approaching torches and explains what has happened

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5. Return to camp

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'Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.'
- Native American Indian saying -

farshoreExtract from Chapter 5:  Return to camp

Carrying both Mañana and the wounded eaglet back to the camp, Habby realises that despite the late hour he must call a meeting of the elders to discuss this new situation.

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6. Midnight Meeting

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'Those things that nature denied to human sight, she revealed to the eyes of the soul.'
- Publius Ovidius Naso:  Roman poet -

whccfireopExtract from Chapter 6. Midnight Meeting:

When the day’s events had been told the elders debate until the early hours of morning. Finally, it was decided that their duty is to heal the eagle as they are honour bound by history. They also stressed the need to keep it a tightly guarded secret because of the possible threat from the valleys inhabitants.

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7. Harvest Healing

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'There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow'
- Orison Swett Marden -

caravan2Extract from Chapter 7: Harvest Healing. Mañana and a few selected helpers have placed the eaglet in one of the provision wagons which made available. Habby meanwhile sets out to find work outside the valley. At the camp, Manana continues to heal the eaglet that is slowly but definitely growing stronger. As she continues her healing, a growing bond of trust and affection starts to develop between the bird and human.

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8. Departure

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'There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.'
- Tennessee Williams: American Writer -

partyExtract from Chapter 7. Departure

12 weeks after their arrival, the harvest has now finished.  The Gypsies prepare to leave the valley following ancient roads to avoid patrols and bandits. In the valley, summer is coming. Remera has taken a few chances while hunting to ensure that her remaining offspring will grow strong quickly, A messenger from Gwyl the lord of all birds arrive and informs them that the Eagles have found a new home a great distance away, and that he has been sent to guide them there. Shortly afterwards the great Eagles leave the valley never to return.

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