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Chapter 68
Oh no, Larry. The scholarship. A fitting.

We had a talk with Amy’s mother about her ancestors. Then called Amy’s grandmother and found that one of Amy’s mother’s cousins in England had done some research on the family. Amy wrote a letter to the cousin asking about the possibility of an Indian ancestor. All this over a dream.

Then a hike on the lake trail had become interesting, very interesting.

We met with our lawyer and financial advisor about the scholarship. And Cathy, our lawyer, met Tom for the first time.

Mom and dad had come back from Hawaii. And now Amy and I were on the way to Kelly and Larry’s apartment to find out what had happened with Kelly’s father and Larry. It didn’t sound good.

Amy and I walked up to the door to Kelly and Larry’s apartment. As we had parked next to their car, we knew that Maria and Mark were already here. I knocked on the door, and Kelly quickly opened it. I hate to say this, but she looked like hell.

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Chapter 67
A letter. A meeting. Kelly and Larry.

We’d had an interesting weekend with Kelly’s family in Indiana. And I think that Kelly’s dad and I came to an understanding. At least I hope we did.

Amy had started having a reoccurring dream about an Indian girl and a sailor. They appeared to be lovers, and it was a long time ago. And Amy felt that she knew them or should know them.

We had gotten in touch with Naainish, and Amy had talked to him about the dream. After they hung up, I asked her, “Well. What were his words of wisdom?”

“It’s interesting.”, Amy said. “He thinks the two people in my dreams maybe ...

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Chapter 66
Church? Mary Beth. The dream.

Saturday had been a crazy day. We’d followed Larry and Kelly to Muncie Indiana to meet Kelly’s family. We met them alright, Mr. O’Brian and I had gotten into, for the lack of better words, a discussion. And I’d finished up by calling him a bigot. We’d left the house followed quickly by Kelly and Larry. Then we’d checked into a local motel and ended up sharing a room.

We’d been given the cooks tour of Muncie by Kelly. The last place we stopped was the church where Kelly and Larry were to be married. We had a nice talk with the priest. Then we found Mrs. O’Brian at the motel when we got back, and we discussed what had happened at lunch.

Then we went star gazing, Did the shooting star that Amy saw mean something?

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Chapter 65
Mr. O’Brian. A priest. Mrs. O’Brian.

Amy and I had gone with Kelly and Larry to Kelly’s hometown to meet her parents, the O’Brians. At first, it was okay, and then it got ugly. Kelly’s father had asked if I was a hippy. And I responded with, “Sir I am not a hippy! And neither is my wife. I’m a Navajo. A proud member of the Navajo Nation.”

Then, Mr. O’Brian had said, “Oh. So, you’re an Indian.”

“Yes sir, I am.”, I’d replied. “And proud of it!”

“You all should be kept on a reservation.”

“Excuse me!”

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Chapter 64
Hi Helen. The pictures. Mr. O’Brian.

We’d found that the ‘dead’ piece of wood that Amy and I had planted in my mother's flower garden had grown. It was now about six inches tall and had some needles on it. My uncle thought that the tree it came from was a Colorado Pinyon Pine. We had also met with the attorney, Cathy Edwards, that we’d met in New Mexico and spoke with her about setting up the scholarship.

Today, being Tuesday, I had an early morning appointment with Helen Taylor, the hairdresser that works at the department store where my mom works. And I had to face the wrath of Helen about my black hair.

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Chapter 63
Spirits? A tree. A meeting.

We’d gone bowling with our friends, and some guy had harassed Amy about being with an Indian, just like what had happened in Taos. The manager of the bowling alley had thrown him out. When the guy had left the bowling alley, we’d heard a car peel out of the parking lot and then a tremendous crash.

We’d run out, and Amy had checked the only occupant. Amy looked at me and said that it didn’t look good. After the cops and fire department where there, we’d come back inside and were talking with our friends.

Then I’d remembered where I knew this guy from, and I said, “Oh my God!”

“What’s wrong, honey.”, Amy asked.

“I just remembered where I knew this guy from.”

“Where?”

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Chapter 62
Ice cream. Frybread tacos. The bowling alley.

Amy and I had just driven home from New Mexico with a detour through the Rocky Mountain National Park. We were home early enough to fix dinner for my parents and tell them the highlights of our trip.

And we had a little over three weeks before classes started. Our senior year.

After dinner, Amy and I were meeting Larry and Kelly, and Mark and Maria for ice cream. And as we sat at a table outside the ice cream parlor, eating ice cream, I asked, “So, guys. What’s new?”

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Chapter 61
The last bonfire and the journey home.

Tonight was our last night in New Mexico. My two aunts had done Ajie's and my hair. And we were at a bonfire in long skirts and fancy blouses. This would be our last bonfire of this year.

And along with some friends Chief Peshlakai was also here. Why?

Chief Kinlicheeny and Naainish had brought him along to apologize for what he’d done at the dance competition. He tried to apologize, but I wasn’t in the mood to accept it. So, instead, I gave him a piece of my mind.

The three of them, Chief Kinlicheeny, Chief Peshlakai, and Naainish, had talked after Ajie, Uncle Paul, and I had walked away from them. And now the three of them were walking towards us.

Now what?

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Chapter 60
The last day, for now.

It was Sunday morning, our last full day here. I was lying in bed enjoying the feeling of Amy’s naked body cuddled up to my naked body. I’m glad Amy came up with the idea of sleeping in the nude.

Yesterday had been a good and a bad day. A fun time at the dance competition had turned into a bad time thanks to Chief Peshlakai, and I’d almost put an end to the scholarship thanks to him. But thanks to Dibe I hadn’t. And Ajie, Naainish, and I had had a long talk with Dibe’s family.

But today we had to get ready to head home. And this time instead of flying, we’d be driving.

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Chapter 58
The dance competition. Chief Peshlakai.

Last night had been our final barbecue for this trip. It had been fun, but we couldn’t talk with Dee because Ajie and I were with Mr. and Mrs. Fairbrother. And Dee was dancing tomorrow, and the Fairbrothers were some of the judges. We’d also had a pleasant talk with the Fairbrothers and learned why they were so interested in two spirit people. They’re one son was one.

Naainish had also had an interesting talk with us. More with Ajie than with me.

Right now my grandmother, aunt, Ajie and I were getting ready to drive to Taos for the dance competition. And we had to bring back dah díníilghaazh (frybread) for my uncle.

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Chapter 57
Why the interest? And dah díníilghaazh.

This morning, Amy and I had breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Fairbrother and talked with them about my two spirits. And they were unquestionably surprised to hear that Kai was a guy and married to Amy. We talked about what they were writing.

Then Amy and I had taken a drive to Taos to see Mr. Yazzie and found out that the two stones that we’d taken out of the hole in the rock were meteorites. Why meteorites?

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Chapter 56
Sunrise, Taos, and looking good.

We’d met two people, a Mr. and Mrs. Fairbrother, at the bonfire last night. They are members of the Ojibwe Tribe. And they are in town for the dance competition in Taos. They’re judges. They are also researching people with two spirits, and someone in Taos had told them about me. I wonder who told them that? And Amy and I are meeting them for breakfast.

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Chapter 55
Back to the resort and a bonfire.

Yesterday was crazy. Amy and I had followed a bunch of bent trees that led us to the rock outcropping. Then we followed some arrows carved into the rocks that lead us up the rocks to what must have been, no, was a sacred place. Then after we got back to the cabin and had dinner, we had one of the hikers that we’d seen on the trail earlier show up looking for help. His friend had fallen and hurt himself. Then the cabin became the base camp for a mountain rescue crew for a few hours.

Today, Wednesday, we were heading back to the resort.

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Chapter 54
A sacred place. And a rescue.

On our first full day at the cabin, we’d hiked to the fire lookout tower and met Paul Goodfellow, the fire lookout. In talking to him, we found that he had heard of something northeast of the tower. He’d given us a map and shown us the approximate location of where a special place was rumored to be.

After a thunderstorm had rolled through and we’d been visited by a bear, Amy and I had taken a hike. The hike that had proven fruitful, we think we found the trailhead of the trail that might, just might, take us to the sacred place that Naainish had told us about.

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Chapter 53
The cabin. The fire lookout tower. And a hint.

Amy and I were now at a cabin in the mountains. And we were completely alone, except for whoever was in the fire lookout tower that was a mile away. And maybe a bear or two.

Our first night there had been great. In fact, we were awoken by the Sunlight peeking in the window.

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Chapter 52
A Massage. Naainish. And a cabin.

Thursday night into Friday morning had not been good. I couldn’t sleep, I was worried about Amy getting hurt because of me. She came out into the living room with me, and we had a good talk.

Then on Friday morning, my uncle had an idea for us to get away, alone, for a few days. A cabin on a mountain, in a National Forest. At the barbecue that night, Naainish picked up on me being troubled, and we had a talk in which he suggested that we get away alone. He was happy that we had already decided to do it. Then he found out where we were going, and he surprised us with something about the area where Amy and I were going.

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Chapter 51
A troubling night and a talk with Naainish.

Thursday was supposed to have been a relaxing day, and it was anything but relaxing. We’d gone to Taos with my aunt and uncle to have our jewelry appraised, and Amy and I had been accosted by two guys who did like her being with an “Injun” and that had ruined a great day.

Thursday night had been relaxing, sitting on the patio enjoying the fire and watching the stars. But my mind started working, why did so many bad things happen to me? There was the time at the university. There was time right here at the resort. And now in Taos. And maybe it was four times if you count the traffic accident.

Amy and I went to bed. My mind was working, and I wasn’t sleeping.

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Chapter 50
Back to Taos. And, OH come on!

Thursday was going to be a laid-back day. Amy and I had planned to sleep in, maybe go on a hike, maybe relax in the thermal pools, maybe get a massage and such things.

To start with, we didn’t sleep in, but we did hike up on the cliff to watch the Sunrise. There were a few guests up there with us. Amy and I noticed that the coyotes were silent this morning and that usually meant that there are wolves in the area. As we watched the Sun come up, we kept watching for the wolves. The Sunrise was a very pretty pink, so we’d probably have storms later today. Not Amys favorite thing.

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Chapter 49
Taos, Naainish, and a trip.

I had been bothered, again, by the power of a full Moon, and Naainish had helped me. I’d met the new chief of our clan, and I’m still not sure about him. We had also met with the two chiefs and others to discuss the possibility of setting up a scholarship. And the new clan chief, Chief Peshlakai, didn’t make any points with Amy or me.

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Chapter 48
Troubling spirits, a ceremony, & a meeting.

As we entered the barbecue area, it looked the same. The barbecues, cooking the meat and other things. The tables. A space for the dancers. There was a singer, a drummer, and a flute player already there playing. I don’t know why, but I felt at home. But something wasn’t right. But what?

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Chapter 47
From Santa Fe to a barbecue.

Friday morning I was lying in bed watching Amy sleep. I just smiled.

Amy finally started to wake up, she rolled over, looked at me, smiled, and said, “Good morning love.”

“Good morning, Mrs. Young.”, I replied.

“Why so formal?”

“I just like the sound of it.” And I kissed her again.

We got up and noticed that it was still dark. I asked, “Do you want to watch a Sunrise this morning?”

“I’d love that.”

We got dressed. Yes, I dressed as Kai. It just felt right. ...

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Chapter 46
A home away from home?

On the first Thursday of August early in the morning, just like the first time we went to New Mexico, Amy and I were on a plane heading back there. Amy’s parents had picked up my parents, Amy, and I, in their van and taken us to the airport. We said a long so long. Promised to be safe and to take care of ourselves. And we told them that we’d see them in a few weeks. Amy and I slept all the way to Dallas and then endured our one-hour layover.

After we left Dallas, Amy started talking about the last Friday of her clinicals. And she finally said, “The ...

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Chapter 45
Amy! Why? And Maria’s wedding.

Amy had spent the first part of this week gathering together copies of our college transcripts and letters of recommendation for herself. And we both had filled out the transient student registration applications.

Then on Friday when Amy and I had gotten together to come home, she was very quiet. She had something on her mind.

She was quiet all the way home, and when we got there, she took my hand, and said, “Tommy. Let's go sit on the porch.”

She led me out onto to porch and to the glider. We sat and cuddled for a little while, then Amy said, “Tommy. Honey. You’re going to hate me.”

“Never.”, I said.

“Yes, you will.”

“Why?”

“I …

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Chapter 44
Can we really do this?

We'd gone to a support group meeting with Patty and Ralph. And we had a surprise, Dr. Whitmeyer, the professor that had tried to disrupt the seminar where Larry's paper was presented, and that Tammy had politely told off, was there dressed as Claire. And the second meeting between Claire, or Dr. Whitmeyer, and I had been interesting.

The girls, Maria, Amy, and Kelly, had started planning for Maria’s wedding this coming summer. They had firmed up a date of the second Saturday in July, July 9, at the local Catholic church.

Then Amy had found out that she could do her clinicals next summer at any teaching hospital that would accept her. This just might make things a little interesting.

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The support group.

Amy, Patty, Ralph, and I had been sitting outside the church where the support group met, watching the membership arrive. I had a bad feeling about this meeting, but so far I hadn’t sensed anything about the people going in. We were about to go in when a car pulled in.

I watched as the man got out of his car, remove a suitcase from his trunk, and walk into the church. I had a bad feeling about this guy. And, Ralph had gotten out of our car saying, “You three wait here, and I’ll be back.”

We watched as Ralph followed the guy into the church.

Amy then asked, “What were you feeling?”

“It was almost like what I felt with Ralph when I first met him. There was something, but it was different in some way.”

“So you’re concerned about that guy that Ralph followed into the church.”, Patty asked.

“Yeah. It may be nothing. But then … “

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Chapter 42
Back to normal? A support group?

Amy and I were sound asleep when the phone rang. Sometimes when someone is in the hospital and the phone rings here’s an air of foreboding. ...

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Chapter 41
A girls get together. Daddy, you’re going!

Somehow my Dad and I found time to make the frames for the certificates and the pictures of Grandpa Nez. It was interesting, but in working with the branches of the tree, I felt something. Maybe it was the spirit of the tree. Both Amy and Mom liked what Dad and I did. Dad put one of the pictures of grandpa up in the den, along with the certificates. The other picture I put on the wall in our room.

Amy and I kept going to the karate classes twice a week, and the instructor spent time teaching moves to use in self defense. We also did regular walks in the park. And Mom started on our Navajo language lessons.

At the next full Moon, something unusual happened. ...

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The aftermath and Kelly finds out.

Amy and I had said so long to Kelly and walked out of the lecture hall. As we walked out of the door, we found Dr. Whitmeyer and a couple of the people who’d left with him standing there. I froze.

We just looked at each other, then he finally said, “Young lady. Can I speak to you?"

“No sir.”, I said. “I have nothing to say to you.”

“Young lady. Please. ...

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Chapter 39
The Seminar.

My friend Larry had told us about a seminar at the university, to be hosted by Dr. Grunewald, that dealt with cross-dressers and homosexual people. It was going to be held this Friday and Saturday. And the paper that Larry, who is an undergraduate student, had written for a psychology class was so good that it was going to be presented. This paper was about me.

Dr. Grunewald was the psychologist that had helped me when I was attacked on campus. When she had hypnotized me, she had a big surprise, she met Tammy and talked with her through me.

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Chapter 38
Not again. Back home again.

We had arrived at the airport and checked in at the airline’s desk, given them our suitcases, and then the five of us went to the gate to wait for boarding. We were early, so we found a place to sit and talk.

After we’d been sitting there for a few minutes, I looked over at the gate and saw something. I whispered to my uncle, “Uncle Paul. Am I being a little paranoid or ...

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Chapter 37
A decision? Maybe.

We’d just had dinner with my grandmother, aunt, and uncle, and we talked about our trip to Taos and everything that had happened. Then the five of us headed towards the hotel and the bonfire.

As we walked, I said, “You know. I think I just want to enjoy the fire and the singers tonight. It’s like everything is as it should be.”

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Chapter 36
A cuddle. And a trip to Taos.

As we walked into our suite, I looked at the couch, and said, “You know what?”

“What?”, Amy replied.

“I’d love to build a fire in the fireplace, and cuddle naked with you on that couch in front of the fire.”

“Lover, I like your thinking. But one of two things would happen.”

“What?”

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Chapter 35
More Aunts and a massage.

As we walked down the trail from the cliff, we saw that the bonfire was just beginning. And Amy asked, “Are we going to the bonfire tonight?”

“Since we’re spending tomorrow night at the airport hotel, we’d better.”, I said. “Besides I have a feeling that I should.”

“You know, I feel a need to sit with you at the fire.”

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Chapter 34
Again. Why me?

When Amy and I returned to the resort, we stopped at my aunt and uncle’s house and found my aunt and grandmother there. As we walked in, my grandmother said, “Kai. Ajie. How was your meeting with the Chiefs?”

Amy and I looked at each other. Then Amy looked at my grandmother, put her hands on her hips, and said, ...

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Chapter 33
A talk. Breakfast. And a meeting.

At the bonfire tonight Naainish and I had sat on a blanket together. He had chanted, and I had meditated. What I’d felt had confused me to the point where I couldn’t talk to anyone about it. I wanted to speak with Naainish, but couldn't. I wanted to talk to Chief Todachine, and I couldn’t. I wanted to talk to my grandmother, and I couldn’t. And worst of all I wanted to talk to Amy, and I just couldn’t do it right now.

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Chapter 32
A hike. A hairdo. A barbecue and bonfire.

Amy and I were going hiking, so it was back to the room to change into the appropriate clothes. Shorts, loose blouses, wool socks, hiking boot, and our new cowboy hats. I had Amy do my hair in a ponytail, and then we walked over to my aunt and uncle’s house, and my uncle loaned us a couple of canteens and hiking staffs.

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Chapter 31
No! It can't be.

It was Thursday morning. Where has this week gone?

We were in bed, and I was propped up on one elbow, watching Amy sleep. And thinking about how much I love her.

She eventually stirred, looked over at me, smiled, and said, “You’re staring at me again.”

“Do you mind?”, I replied.

“No.”

“Good. Because I’m never going to stop.”

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Chapter 30
A shopping trip. And Amy to the rescue.

Both Amy and I had been made honorary members of my grandmother’s clan. And I'd also been made a member of the Navajo Nation. We’d also just met the girl, Dee, that I had donated the money to, from when I did the photo shoot for the resort’s brochure. And Dee and her three friends were meeting us at the bonfire.

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An airport and a surprise or two.

It was the Friday after Amy had finished her clinicals, and we were met at the airport by someone that I hadn’t expected to see there. It was ...

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Chapter 28
An apartment and a birthday.

I had been able to be Kai this evening. I did it to show off what Helen had done with my wig. And it had been fun being Kai again. My dad had started an interesting discussion, which at first had me worried as to his acceptance of my feminine spirit, but it showed me how he thinks and that he has accepted it. But for some reason in being Kai, I had felt a little uncomfortable. A little out of place.

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Chapter 27
A girl’s day. Kai’s new hair.

When we were home, and as I was making Amy something to eat, she was looking at the contents of the box. She read the letter, and said, “They were going to pay you two-hundred and fifty dollars for doing that photo shoot. You should have paid them.”

“I should have paid them!”, I said. “Why?”

“You had fun doing it. Didn’t you?”

“Yeah. I guess I did.”

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A little more wine. And a delivery.

Today, Monday, Amy started her third week of clinicals, and it was going to be from four to midnight in the emergency room. So this morning I let her sleep, and I worked my way out of bed without waking her. I got ready for work. And she was still sleeping when I left. I had arranged with my uncle to leave work early this week so that I could take Amy to the hospital.

Tommy - The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl? - Chapter 25


Tommy
The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl?

A Novel By Teddie S.

Copyright © 2017 Teddie S.
All Rights Reserved.

Chapter 25
Everyone meets Kai and mom’s home.

Sunday morning, Amy and I didn’t sleep in, I don’t know why, but we were up early. After breakfast, we unpacked. I was going to hang the two Biil dress in the spare room’s closet. But since I was going to show my father and my in-laws the way I dressed while I was Kai, I only hung the red one there. After we’d finished unpacking, we went shopping for the food for tonight.

We were also going to make a quick stop at the uniform shop. Amy wanted to purchase an inexpensive Sigma Theta Tau pin to wear on her uniform. But they were closed.

When we were back home, we went to work on putting dinner together. Amy took a little time out from cooking to get her things ready to start her clinicals tomorrow. I'm a good cook and didn’t worry too much about being alone in the kitchen. When Amy came back into the kitchen, I went and became Kai.

Tommy - The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl? - Chapter 24


Tommy
The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl?

A Novel By Teddie S.

Copyright © 2017 Teddie S.
All Rights Reserved.

Chapter 24
Chief Todachine. A barbecue. And back home.

Friday, as we were sitting down to breakfast with my mother, aunt, and uncle. My mother asked, “Why are you two so quiet this morning?”

“I guess it’s because it’s our last day here.”, I replied.

“That’s right. What are you going to do today?”

“Amy wants to see some more of Santa Fe. So I figured we’d run down, see grandma for a little while. Then go to Santa Fe for a while. Then go back and say so long to grandma.”

“Kids.”, Aunt Ruth said. “We have a great Southwestern barbecue every Friday evening. And since it’s your last night here, I thought it would be a good way to say goodbye.”

Tommy - The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl? - Chapter 23


Tommy
The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl?

A Novel By Teddie S.

Copyright © 2017 Teddie S.
All Rights Reserved.

Chapter 23
Another photo shoot.

Thursday morning Amy and I were up very early. We knew that the hotel’s restaurant served a continental breakfast starting at five. But we wanted to take showers before breakfast. No, not together. If we did that, we’d never make it out of the room.

Once we were ready, we walked to the restaurant and had breakfast. We had told my aunt, uncle, and mother what we were going to do for breakfast. And just as we were finishing our breakfast, they joined us. We talked while Amy and I finished our meal. Then as we were getting ready to leave Uncle Paul asked, “Are you ready for today?”

“I guess I’m as ready as I will ever be.”, I replied.

Tommy - The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl? - Chapter 22


Tommy
The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl?

A Novel By Teddie S.

Copyright © 2017 Teddie S.
All Rights Reserved.

Chapter 22
A meeting. Why me? Another dress.

We had met with the Medicine Man, Naainish, and it had been interesting. When we were back at my aunt and uncle’s house, my mother and aunt were back from Albuquerque. We sat with them and told them about our meeting with Naainish. When we finished telling our story, my aunt said, “I knew that you would find your meeting with Naainish interesting. He’s a fascinating person. And I knew that he was interested in meeting you.”

“Thank you for setting it up Aunt Ruth.”, I said. “I think that both Amy and I learned a lot and I now understand what being a person with two spirits means. But now I want to get back to our room, take a shower, and start getting back to being a blond Tammy.”

“Ah. Tammy.”, my Uncle Paul said. “Can I ask you something first?”

Tommy - The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl? - Chapter 21


Tommy
The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl?

A Novel By Teddie S.

Copyright © 2017 Teddie S.
All Rights Reserved.


Chapter 21

Kai, the bonfire, and the Medicine Man.

There I was looking like a Navajo girl dressed in her finest clothes and jewelry, and sitting by the bonfire. My hair was no longer blond, it was black. There were maybe thirty or forty people there, all guests of the resort. Everyone was enjoying the fire, and I was feeling the same thing that I've felt every time I’ve been to the bonfire. Something that I can’t explain. But tonight it was stronger.

Tommy - The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl? - Chapter 20


Tommy
The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl?

A Novel By Teddie S.

Copyright © 2017 Teddie S.
All Rights Reserved.


Chapter 20

New Mexico, and who is this?

After a week of exams, and early on a Saturday morning, and I mean early, mom, Amy, and I were boarding our flight. All three of us kissed daddy so long, and Amy and I told him that we’d see him next Saturday. He told us to kiss grandma for him. The three of us girls were all dressed very nicely, summer dresses, heels, and nylons. Our first stop would be in Dallas to change planes, and that included a one-hour layover. Then it would be off to Albuquerque.

We arrived in Albuquerque in the early afternoon, mid-afternoon our time, and were met by Aunt Ruth. She gave us a very warm welcome. And she didn’t seem surprised to see Tammy. She told us that she’d been with grandma for a while this morning, and she appeared to be doing a little better. But they were still very concerned about her. And that if we'd like we’d stop and see her before going to the resort. Was there any doubt.

Tommy - The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl? - Chapter 19


Tommy
The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl?

A Novel By Teddie S.

Copyright © 2017 Teddie S.
All Rights Reserved.


Chapter 19

More of the visit, Amy’s recognized, and Oh no!

We were spending the weekend with Amy's parents so that her dad might get to know Tammy better. Friday evening was interesting. Amy’s dad treated me just like a daughter. And on Saturday evening Amy's parents were hosting their small bridge club.

As we usually did on Saturday, Amy and I slept in. Amy’s dad had gone to play golf and we were up just before he came back home. And we ate lunch with her mom and dad. Then her mother put us to work. With their bridge club coming this evening, the house needed to be cleaned. They usually played bridge in the basement rec room, so we spent time cleaning in there. Then we helped give the rest of the house a cleaning, and since it wasn't very dirty, so it didn't take long.

When we'd finished, Amy's mother said, “You girls have been a big help. I would have been at it all day without your help. It's gotten warm, so why don't you go for a swim?”

Tommy - The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl? - Chapter 18


Tommy
The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl?

A Novel By Teddie S.

Copyright © 2017 Teddie S.
All Rights Reserved.


Chapter 18

It’s tight and a weekend visit.

Just before spring quarter started, Amy and I stopped in to see Mrs. Taylor and have our hair done. As she was doing my hair, she asked me if I'd like to come in the next time as Tammy. And, if I did, we'd see what we could do about putting my hair into a girl's style. I'd asked her if we could do it on a Saturday, she told me that it was their busiest day, but she'd be willing to come in early to work on me. So, I made an appointment with her for three weeks, at nine in the morning on a Saturday.

As we were leaving the beauty shop, Amy took my hand, and said, “Come on lover.”

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