Margaret knew that staying on the claim alone was not going to be easy, however, her father needed her to stay behind and take care of the homestead while he made the arduous trip back to the city to replenish their supplies. While collecting water at the nearby creek, Margaret is forcefully abducted by a savage. Only after freeing herself and eventually helping her abductor does Margaret learn that the savage, Avonaco, had actually had saved her from a certain death.
It is only through the course of time that Margaret learns about the tragedy that has befallen the Indian and his tribe, and she finds herself becoming attracted to him. She also finds that she was willing to defy territorial law in order to be with him. Margaret realizes she loves the Indian and asks him to stay with her forever.
She started to panic. As if sensing that she was about to scream, her captor placed a large, calloused hand over her mouth. Though she was terrified beyond all reason, she marveled at this savage’s ability to hold her mid-air next to him with one hand and cover her mouth with the other. Margaret caught herself wondering how he was able to communicate with the horse.
Margaret’s mind was racing. She did not know what this savage wanted with her. However, she had heard all the horror stories while she was working in her grandfather’s store. She had heard stories of thievery, destruction, and slaughter. These possibilities did not worry her. She reasoned that if this savage wanted to slaughter her, he could have easily done so as she was getting the water from the creek. There was no one around to stop him. No, she told herself, the reason had to be something more sinister, something that was not discussed in the company of a lady. This realization prompted her to begin to struggle even harder to get away.
The bucket would be of no use to her, so she let it drop from her grasp. The newfound freedom in her arm was short-lived. Her captor deftly swung her face down across his lap. She became keenly aware of the small piece of cloth worn by her captor. As her waist moved up and down with the rhythmic gallop of the horse, she felt his strong hands holding her in place. Had she not feared the outcome of this ride, she would have been angry at the indignity of her predicament. However, as frightened as she was, she had decided that she would not go without a fight. That is something she had learned from her father. You must be willing to fight for what is important to you.
The thought of her father spurred her into a fervor. Her mind hurriedly turned to escape. How could she loose the iron-like grasp this savage had on her? She saw her opportunity in the shape of his muscular, brown calf. She noticed how starkly it compared to the white of the horse they were riding. His skin reminded her of the color of tanned leather. She knew that Indians were naturally dark skinned. However, she also knew that every inch of her captor’s skin had been exposed to the sun since the day he was born.
With her target in sight, she leaned toward his calf and bit it as hard as she could. She felt the muscles of the calf tense with the assault, and she heard a loud scream. The satisfaction she received from knowing she had inflicted pain prompted her to bite harder. The sound of the savage’s cries of agony were the fuel to the fire that Margaret needed to intensify her assault. She dug her teeth in deeper. She could taste blood, but she did not care. She was determined to make it out of this situation alive and with as much of her modesty in place as possible.
Images of her father kept running through her mind. She knew that if anything happened to her, her father would blame himself. She knew that she was the main reason he was still alive after her mother had died. He lived for her. An assault on her was an assault on her father, too. This thought provoked her even further. She could not stand the thought of anything hurting her beloved Dada. She could hear him encouraging her to survive, “Fight, Maggie me love! Give ’em hell!” She was determined to do just that. She was going to “give ’em hell,” or she was going to die trying. She was prepared to fight to the bitter end. However, what she was not prepared for was to have the savage unceremoniously shove her from her perch on his lap to the unforgiving ground below. Winded from the impact, Margaret was taken aback by the savage’s response to her attack. In fact, it took her a moment to realize that she was free. Every muscle in her body ached. Her head, which had taken quite a bit of the impact, throbbed. However, she was relieved to be free.
Margaret pressed her palms onto the table to gain leverage so that she could match his movement, moving her hips back and forth, arching her back, and matching his rhythm. This obviously pleased him as he began to move harder and faster. He started slamming into her with such vigor that the dishes started falling on the floor. This instilled into Margaret a reckless abandon. She began moving against him faster and faster, moaning with sheer pleasure. She had never felt such reckless abandon, and she felt the need to give him as much pleasure as he was giving her.
Margaret’s legs were shaking out of control, and she found herself screaming the words, “More! More! Oh, please, more!” This obviously pleased Avonaco because he eagerly acquiesced.
“Yes! Hehpėstoha!” Avonaco called out.
Margaret had never felt such pleasure as she was experiencing at that moment. The moment that Avonaco climaxed was like an explosion. He cried out in a deep, primal cry that intrigued Margaret and helped her reach her own climax. He collapsed on top of her, sweating and out of breath. Margaret thrilled at having his bare skin touching hers, feeling his heartbeat on her back, feeling his breath on the back of her neck. It was the most exhilarating thing she had ever experienced. She could think of no other place she would rather be than right here with this man.
Avonaco slowly lifted himself off of her, and he gently pulled her off of the table and scooped her up in his arms. He carried her into her father’s room and gently laid her on the bed. He lay down beside her and pulled her head over onto his chest. She marveled at how gentle he was with her. She had heard the stories about how brutal and savage Indians were, and she had even shamefacedly believed all Indians to be savages, less than human, and incapable of human feelings or emotions. She realized how very wrong she had been. This beautiful, gentle man was no savage.
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