… “You must guard against your propensity to act foolishly, Coyote,” said Death Spirit.
“Yes,yes,” said Coyote, “I will do just as you say, as always.”
“Very well,” said Death Spirit, “you will travel for five days and cross five mountains. Your wife will be with you the whole time but you must not under any circumstances touch her until the fifth mountain has been crossed at end of the fifth day. Do you understand, Coyote?”
“Yes,yes,” said Coyote, “your instructions are perfectly clear.”
When dawn came Coyote and his wife set out.
At first it seemed to Coyote that he was travelling along alone but after crossing the first mountain his wife’s presence by his side became discernible. Like a shadow, she seemed.
The two of them camped each night at the foot of each mountain in a makeshift, portable lodge. Coyote would sit on one side of…
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