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Over by the saguaro, Charity's donkeys suddenly stamped their feet, snorting down their noses and wagging their ears. Old woman had her gun in her hand on the instant, was off the steps and standing. "I got me a gun. Who goes there?"
Molly was up and standing too, trying to see everywhere at once.
"Why now, lookit that. Not too often you see somethin' like that."
Charity was pointing at the cook stove. Bobcat on the griddle, dancing on the cooling metal. Bobcat was licking up the last of the old woman's supper. Licks, shakes its head from the heat, licks, shakes its head. Old woman put her gun away, sat down again—but Molly walked forward a few feet, the better to see the cat.
Never seen a bobcat before, got to see the cat. Cat sees you too. Cat's turning your way. Forward another two steps, holding out her hand, palm up. Aunt Evelyn taught you that. Like you've got something to feed them, Molly—the other way they think you might hurt them. Don't look in their eyes. If you look in their eyes, you're challenging them.
Smiling now, one more step.
The report of a small gun rang out behind her, small bullet whizzing past on her left. Followed by a big ping of the bullet hitting metal and a bobcat hissing in alarm. Cat sprang off the griddle to bound away into the night.
Molly spun on her heel. "Why'd you do that?"
Old woman still sitting there, gun in her hand. "Ever had a cat attached to your face? Sooner you get out of this desert, angel, better for all concerned."
— Walks Away Woman, Ki Longfellow, page 69


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