February Word Challenge, Day 17

(If you’re wondering what this is about, read this.)

My five random words for today’s exercise are tax, balance sheet, test, mutton, attack.

Chosen word for free association: mutton
sheep, greasy, MLT, Navajo

Mother Begay wrapped her shawl tighter, shielding her body from the cold northern New Mexico wind. The heat from the dried juniper campfire was enough to boil the water for mutton stew, but not useful for much beyond that. Tsé Bitʼaʼí loomed, silhouetted, in the November moonlight, a silent reminder of the journey her ancestors had taken to this world on the back of a great bird.

As she stirred strips of squash into the atoo’, she wondered; would the boys be home for the Night Chant this year?

Would they ever again?