Sunday, June 13, 2010

Meet "Dancing Cat" of Harvest Moon

I'm happy to introduce Dancing Cat, from my upcoming ebook, Harvest Moon.

As I sat on the bank of the swallow river, the drums pounding in the distance, I asked myself why the ancestors abandoned me. I had always behaved the way my elders taught me. I worked hard, shared with those around me, and never took more from the Earth than what I needed. I listened to my chief and my elders and respected the wisdom that the Spirits offered them. Why, then, would I be called “Cursed One”, never to be a person again?

The crowd in the distance sang and whooped in excitement, rhythmic drums echoing back to my isolated patch of ground. My job during the Gathering consisted of fetching water from the cold stream. Fearful of my presence polluting the festivities and angering the ancestors, several small children were designated to collect the bladders of water from me and run them back to the celebrating people. I could not even bring the water itself.

I was no longer Dancing Cat, messenger of my people. I was Cursed One. I would not experience the opening of the Sacred Bundle and receive guidance.

I looked out and over the endless field of grass opposite of the river and sighed. Someday, I will find a way to deliver myself. Even if I have to call upon death to rescue me.

For more information on Harvest Moon or any of Krista's other works, check out her blog at On occasion, she even succeeds at being funny.


Lin said...

Excellent. The confusion comes through so clearly as does dancing Cat's determination to once more be a part of the communal whole.

Great job Krista.

Roseanne Dowell said...

This is something I definitely want to read. Very well written. I could feel Dancing Cat's pain at being excluded.

Kevin Hopson said...

A very nice lead-in to your book!

Krista D. Ball said...


Chrystalla Thoma said...

Nice work, Krista!!