A short story of 10 pages. An 85-year-old Cochiti Pueblo man is dying of cancer, but when his daughter tries to put him into a hospital, he flees to the mountains instead to finish his final days. County Deputy Alec Bluestone remembers the old man from his youth. Worried about him, Bluestone goes up into the mountains to look for the old man and make sure he's all right. What he discovers are timeless truths. This story, told with a light touch of humor, won the 2010 Society of Southwestern Authors Writing Contest and was published in the 2010 issue of Story Teller magazine.
About the Author
Dennis Herrick won the 2004 Tony Hillerman Mystery Writing Contest and the 2010 Society of Southwestern Authors Writing Contest for his stories about Pueblo Indians. He has been published in several magazines for his fiction and articles, mostly about Native Americans. He and his wife live on the west bank of the Rio Grande between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.