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Marissa remained alone, a captive in the tipi. As the hours passed, her uncertainty grew. Darkness was claiming the land when she decided to try to escape. Quietly leaving the tipi, Marissa didn’t get far when Laughing Woman confronted her.
“Go back!” she commanded in the Comanche tongue, pointing toward Wind Ryder’s tipi. Her husband had directed that the captive was to stay there until Wind Ryder returned from his raid.
Marissa’s hope of escape was ruined. She went back into the lodge, wondering if she would ever be able to save herself. As she stepped inside, she gasped in shock. There was another woman in the tipi. She was hunched down and visibly shaking, a shawl covering her head.
“Who are you?” Marissa demanded, frightened.
At the sound of her voice, the woman went completely still. Slowly, she lifted her head to stare at the woman before her.
“Who are you?” Crazy One asked in English.
“You speak English?” Marissa was stunned.
“You speak English?” Crazy One repeated, peering up at her. “Why are you in Wind Ryder’s Lodge? It is not good to be here! I must leave—before he returns.” She stood, ready to flee, her expression one of panic and fear.
“Who are you?” Marissa demanded again, shocked as she realized the woman was white.
“They call me Crazy One.”
“No, you are Shining Spirit. Chief Ten Crow said so.”
“No, I’m Marissa Williams and I was taken captive—”
“Doesn’t matter,” she cut Marissa off as she looked nervously toward the doorway. “Wind Ryder may be coming.”
“Who is Wind Ryder? Why are you so afraid of him?”
“You will see,” Crazy One answered slowly. “He is a fierce warrior—an angry warrior. I must go.”
She fled the tipi.
Marissa watched Crazy One run off, then looked around to realize the other villagers were watching her. Her emotions in turmoil, she sank down on the blankets, wondering in fear who the warrior named Wind Ryder was.
About the Author: After working as a department manager for Famous-Barr, and briefly as a clerk at a bookstore, Bobbi gave up on career security and began writing. She sold her first book to Zebra in 1982.
Since then, Bobbi has written over 40 books and 6 novellas. To date, there are more than five million copies of her novels in print. She has been awarded the prestigious Romantic Times Storyteller Award and two Career Achievement Awards. Her books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, the USA Today Best Seller List and the Wal-Mart Best Seller List.
The rights to Ms. Smith’s books have been sold to China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Russia and Sweden. Bobbi has also written two faith-based contemporary novels – Haven and Miracles – using the pseudonym Julie Marshall.
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Lone-Warrior-Bobbi-Smith/dp/1477835091
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