By Michael Blake
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Timmons stared down at him and started to shake his head. “May as well unload,” the lieutenant said matter-of-factly. “There ain’t nothin’ here,” he croaked. Lieutenant Dunbar glanced around at his post. He spat over the side of the wagon. Perhaps there were survivors, only an hour away, struggling to reach the fort. His heart was set. So his eyes never wavered as he spoke, his voice flat and dispassionate. He laughed. ” The words had come as though from the mouth of a fed-up father. He was wrong.
He took a new horse, a small, strong buckskin named Cisco, and managed to get himself into the saddle without crying out from pain while the whole outfit watched. As he walked the buckskin toward the low stone wall, a few pings of rifle fire came across the field, but otherwise it was dead silent and Lieutenant Dunbar wondered if the silence was real or if it always became this way in the moments before a man died. For a moment the rebels were too shocked to shoot, and the lieutenant covered the first hundred yards in a soundless vacuum.
Surely it would collapse soon. It doesn’t matter, Captain Cargill thought, stifling a yawn. Cargill pursed his lips and fought back a sudden tearing in his eyes. There was nothing to eat. Human waste mixed with whatever else was rotting down there. The soldiers ducked back into their hole as if the sight of their commander had forced them back in, leaving the captain standing alone on top of the bluff. He had felt it was his duty to hope for a wagon. Except for the afternoon hunting trips, the men had stayed close by their holes, not communicating, rarely being seen.
Dances With Wolves: In Honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Academy Award-Winning Film by Michael Blake