John as he passes. She is supported by two young Cherokee women.
John turns to look. He sees it is Moon and smiles. John turns and gets on the nearest wagon bed to makes a speech.
He looks around the beaten crowd.
Cherokee, you survived a perilous
"Trail of Tears". Orphans of our
soldiers and the unfortunate of
this trail are among us. Take them
and the old into your homes. They
are the seeds of a new nation. The
greed of politicians has driven us
to this new land and killed half of
our people. I say never again will
we allow the discrete execution of
our tribe. I have discovered the
regal spirit of our people through
this horrible rein of terror and
with the power of that spirit we
will survive and prosper.
The Cherokee weakly cheer. John gets down from the bed of the wagon and helps unload it. He feels a chill and looks toward the forest.
John sees a shadow ripple past a tree in the forest.
He hesitates then walks past his people, blind to their
existence. John walks on.
He turns into the forest toward a small grassy opening. John steps into the opening. He relaxes slightly and looks around. John is uneasy. He speaks to himself.
I feel you, Quatie. I miss You.
John's eyes are filled with tears. He hears a faint roll of
thunder. The sky is brighter. John looks into the sky.
He sees a beautiful white cloud roll across the sky above