The Soldiers:

I got up the next day & finished putting wood up against the walls. I needed to get more fruit so I grabbed the woven basket I had made & swung it over my shoulder, grabbed my knife & tied it to my ankle--just below the edge of my boots so that the hilt was the only thing visible. I grabbed the bow & arrows, my whale bone spear, & my bag of skinning tools. I moved the door out of the cave entrance & came face to face with another human. This time I knew I was in trouble. The man looked straight at me & the started to speak.

"You must be the Child Matt was telling us about. How'd you like to come with me back to civilization? By the way, my name's Sergeant Tom Stevens. And yours would be Matsouka. We talked to the Coast Guard and they told us to leave you alone, but we're the military. We don't have to listen to them. Our boat's out just yonder," he paused & grabbed my arm tight, "let's go."

"I'm not a child. And I'm not going anywhere with you nor am I leaving. Let go of me."

"Everyone always thought this island was uninhabited, now we know better." the officer...Sergeant had let go & stepped back the way he had come. Six other me came from hiding & started talking to him. The Sergeant looked behind him & drew his gun pointing to something behind me. I turned around and smiled.

Whistling, I moved the wood door against the entrance & the bear came forward till it was facing me. The Sergeant yelled at me to move out of the way, but instead I laid my hand on her head and & started to say something when the bear pushed a cub into my arms. I turned back to the humans.

"You can put your gun away Sergeant. She won't hurt you. She's hungry & so are her cubs. She wants me to feed the cubs while she goes fishing. She promises to bring back enough food for me as well."

"H…how did you know that?"

"Easy. She does it three times a month. She'll be hibernating & she and her cubs need to be fat enough to do it. Besides its only a matter of knowing how to speak to the spirit of the animals. And I've had a lot of practice."

"What'll you feed the cubs while she's fishing?"

"Fruit of course. But she's going to stand guard here while I go get it. I ran out last night."

"So you're just going to trust a wild bear to sit in front of this cave and watch us while you go gallivanting through the jungle for fruit."

"Yeah, she's done it before. Only that was from other predators. Gotta go right now. Go on back to your ship. No need staying here any longer. I'm not going to tell you anything that you don't already know."

"Do you know who the Camden's are?"

"No, should I?"

"Matt's last name is Camden and he could've sworn you looked a lot like his younger sister Lucy."

"Don't really know who I look like and I don't really care. Now leave me alone for good." I left my campsite then and went to get fruit & meat for the food I would be saving for winter storage.