[Vfw-times] Adventures In Chattahoochee Hollar - On Eagle's Wings - PART 1 (3/?)
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Cloudchaser Shaconage angled the âGolden Eagleâ, his Curtis JN-4D âJennyâ
biplane into a left yaw. He flew over the remnants of the Appalachian
towards the small township of Chattahoochee Hollar. The sunâs position told
him is was ten oâclock. With high spirits and an eager grin, the red wolf
over barns and rooftops to see children of all ages come running outside. He
circled around the small town and flew another pass, this time over the Foxley
home. Travis, who was still in the middle of doing various chores, heard the
plane and bolted for the door.
âHeâs here, heâs here!â the vulpine boy yelled at the top of his lungs and
up and down. Travis ran outside and was soon joined by his family.
âHeâll be heading for Mr. Parkerâs barn,â Mr. Foxley said to his wife, who
shielding the sun from her eyes and was trying to follow the golden biplane.
was supposed to meet him out there with Pastor Frye when he got into town.â
âDo you supposed the pastor is already at Mr. Parkerâs house?â His wife
âYeah, he said he was going over there this morning to help finish with the
âDo you kids want to ride over there with me?â
âHow about you?â the vulpine man asked his wife.
âWell, I donât know, Iâve still got some things to finish up here.â
âYouâve been working hard all week. Put that stuff down, and come on out
with me. Iâm sure that missionary wonât mind if everythingâs not in
said, reaching for her hand.
Mrs. Foxley blushed in front of the children. âWell, give me a few minutes
myself ready! Heavens, I must look a mess! Anna and Stephanie will need to
change their dresses too.â
âYou look more beautiful than the day we first got married,â Mr. Foxley said
deep baritone voice.
Mrs. Foxley took her hands from her husbandâs and placed them on her blushing
face. âOh! You make me blush so!â
The flushed vixen turned to her smiling girls. âCome on, letâs get ready
âOkay Mama!â Both girls giggled at their parents, following their mother
Mr. Foxley looked at himself and Johnny, who had been working in the field
morning. âCome on, letâs get changed too. Travis, just wait for us in
of the pickup. Weâll grab the food, blankets and instruments on the way
Youngsters came up to Jabe Parkerâs field, following Cloudchaser like chicks
following a mother hen. The young red wolf barely landed his biplane when
children came up in droves on their bicycles, mules, and horses. The
Mr. Parker, and the Fryeâs were approaching when the begoggled pilot jumped
out of the golden Jenny. The children crowded in, asking the pilot dozens of
questions, and tried to get near his plane. Travis leaped from among his
to join in, but his mother caught him by his wrist and shook her head at him.
âWoah! Hold on there kids!â Mr. Frye called out loudly to the children as he
approached Mr. Shaconage. The owl had his wings spread to get their
The children quieted down as the great horned owl extended a wing in
to the chuckling pilot.
âItâs quite allright, Pastor Frye,â Cloudchaser smiled, shaking the owlâs
âIn fact, I have a little something for them.â The wolf reached into the
of his plane and retrieved a large bag. He opened it, and passed out candy to
each child. Pastor Frye looked at the biplane and noted 'Shaconageâs Aerial
Ministries' written in small cursive underneath the second cockpit. He also
noticed 'Golden Eagle' in cursive near the nose of the plane.
âHow long have you been in the ministry now?â the owl asked.
âThis will be my fifth year.â the wolf said, tousling the hair atop a
head. âMy next stop will be in Atlanta.â
âDo you ever get a chance to fly with your family in the circus?â
âNot much, unless Iâm visiting with them of course. In that case I may tour
them for two weeks, but I havenât seen my folks for a while.â
âWell, let me introduce you Mr. Jabe Parker, the man who owns this field, and
the Foxleyâs. The Foxleyâs are the folks you will be staying with.â
at Mr. Parker, a badger, and then at the family of foxes.
âSure!â Cloudchaser said, taking off his goggles and aviatorâs cap.
startled when she saw the face of the handsome young wolf in the dark brown
leather jacket, the white silk scarf breezing in the wind, and the black shiny
riding boots. 'How handsome!' Her palms started to sweat and she looked at
the ground. What was going on with her? Why did her heart race? Oh, how
embarrassing! She looked back up to see the wolf shaking hands with
Mr. Parker. She wondered if anyone could hear her heartbeat as it pounded
ears. Butterflies swirled in her stomach, and she felt a little faint.
The pilot was
now shaking hands with her parents! 'Oh no', she thought! It was
she would have to meet him. A large lump formed in the back of her throat.
Cloudchaser was now bent over and laughing and talking with Travis, who was
acting like an excited puppy, jumping up and down asking a million questions,
Stephanieâs opinion. 'Oh, why am I acting this way? Whatâs wrong with me?
Iâm just being silly!' Stephanie wiped her sweaty palms on the sides her
floral dress when the wolf met with Anna. Then, the dark red eyes of the
met the soft blue ones of Stephanieâs.
âH-h-ello, I-Iâm S-s-tephanie,â the vixen stammered, reaching for his
hand. 'Oh Iâm such a baby!' Whatâs wrong with me? Now Iâve really made a
fool of myself!' The vixenâs heart thundered even louder.
Anna laughed and whispered rather loudly to her mother, âI think Stephâs weak
in the knees over Mr. Cloudchaser!â
Stephanie shot Anna an angry look, then looked nervously at the smiling
Cloudchaser saw the frightened vixen and gently reached for her trembling
hands. The wolf gave her a gentle smile.
âIâm Cloudchaser Shaconage,â he said looking at the vixen, whose bashful eyes
turned away to look at the ground. With her hands in his, he came up with a
cheerful thought to ease her mind.
âLet me introduce you to my Jenny!â
The trembling vixenâs eyes looked up once more to look at Cloudchaser.
âYeah, sheâs a very special girl! I want you to meet her!â Cloudchaser
the Foxleyâs for approval who were busy chatting with Pastor and Mrs. Frye and
Mr. Jabe Parker. Unable to meet their gaze, Cloud led Stephanie to the
biplane. The wolfâs grip was warm, yet firm in hers.
âThis is the 'Golden Eagle'. Sheâs a Curtiss JN-4D, but everyone who knows
calls her Jenny. The military commissioned the production of these little
beauties. Nearly ten thousand were made, but they were never used for war.â
âHeh..they were used as trainers. By the time civilian pilots were trained
combat, the war was over. Kind of funny, isnât it?â
Stephanie reached out to touch the gold plane, fingers lightly caressing the
fuselage. âWell, I think itâs beautiful.â
âWell, Iâll have to agree with you there! Iâve flown her with my brother in
fatherâs flying circus, but now I just fly solo for my work in the
reached inside an inner pocket of his leather jacket and produced a folded
of paper. âLook, my pilotâs certification is even signed by Mr. Orville
himself!â Stephanie watched the red wolf unfold the distinguished document,
and studied the certification in awe.
âDid you get to meet him?â
âYup, shook hands with him when I got this license!â
âOh Mr. Shaconage!â
âYou donât have to call me by my last name, you can call me by my first name
Stephanie was at ends with herself, not knowing what to say or do. The
walked the length of the plane, inspecting the wings, struts, and flying
She unable to take her eyes off the beautiful machine. âI-Iâve never flown
airplane before. Iâve always wondered what itâs like to fly, free as a
The red wolf watched the vixen with a sense of pride at her adoration of his
plane. âWell, maybe I can take you up later today!â
Stephanie turned around quickly to face the wolf. âOh, I canât! Iâm scared
death of heights,â she added, drawing her hands to her face. âBesides, Mama
would never allow it.â
âWell, if Mama says no, then I understand! But maybe one day, youâll get a
âCome on Stephanie,â Mrs. Foxley called to her daughter. Stephanie looked
over at her parents, who were unloading the truck.
âWell, Iâve got to go and help.â
âOkay..Iâve got to get ready for the airshow this afternoon. Iâll see you
Stephanie walked away towards her parents and let out a sigh of relief as her
fluttering heart eased itâs beating wings. Cloudchaser turned to his plane
then turned back around to watch the young vixen walk off with her long auburn
hair and dress blowing gently in the southerly wind. When she was out of
earshot, he whistled and shook his head, smiling as he went towards his craft.
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