[Vfw-times] Adventures In Chattahoochee Hollar - On Eagle's Wings - PART 1 (5/?)
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Quickly, Cloudchaser righted his plane, and brought it in for a landing
barn. Pastor Frye, Mr. Parker, and the Foxleyâs went out to greet him, along
with countless of adoring fans. After shaking hands with some of the
Cloud joined the Foxleyâs for a picnic lunch underneath a shady oak tree.
After lunch was eaten and the leftovers were packed away, Mr. Foxley took out
his fiddle and Johnny took out his guitar. Both men started playing a few
and patriotic songs. Before long, the men were joined by Jabe Parker with
banjo. Mr. Don Chavis, the beaver who pulled Travis out of the Chattahoochee
showed up with his fiddle as well as Mr. Gary Smith with his. Note that Mr.
Smith is Wadell and Strogieâs father. After a while, folks begin to crowd
the shady oak tree and started listening to the music. Songs such as 'Americ
The Beautiful' and 'Onward Christian Soldiers' were played as well as 'Amazin
Grace', and 'Under His Wings'. Then, with a sly grin on their faces, the men
into hillbilly favorites such as 'Cripple Creek', 'Boil The Cabbages', 'Old
and 'Orange Blossom Special'. Cloudchaser looked to Stephanie, who was
clapping her hands, and asked her to dance with him. Full of jubilation, the
vixen immediately accepted the red wolfâs offer. Other folks joined right
the hootenanny, and danced to the country reels.
When the last song finished, Cloud asked Stephanie, âDoes your father have an
âDo you know how to play?â
The wolf nodded his head.
âMy little brother has one, itâs a small one, but I donât know if he brought
has just started taking lessons from Daddy. Letâs go see!â Stephanie
After searching the back of the truck, the vixen pulled out the small fiddle,
gave it to Cloud. Stephanie went and stood by her mother, while Cloud went
to Mr. Foxley and the other musicians. Mr. Foxley and the other men looked
âFollow me,â Cloud said. âLetâs see if you know this tune!â
Cloudchaser started the first chords of 'Millionaireâs Hoedown'. The men
caught on, and all played in unison.
âThatâs my favorite song!â Stephanie told her mother. Mrs. Foxley looked
daughter, who was still a few inches shorter than her. The two vixens
âLetâs dance!â Mrs. Foxley told her daughter. Both vixens held up the
their dresses and danced the hillbilly hoedown. The dance was a unique dance
that only the two shared. No one else in the small town knew this dance.
Mother and daughter danced into a breathless hoedown, until the song ended
and both vixens laughed and drew applause from the other folks in the hollar.
Completely out of breath, Stephanie sat underneath the oak tree to watch the
men play more of the merry country songs. Cloudchaser approached her and
sat down beside the exhausted vixen.
âThat was some dance you did with your mother!â
âH-huh? That was some show you put on out there,â the vixen said, trying to
catch her breath. âI didnât know you could play the fiddle too! I bet
nothing you canât do!â The vixen gave him a warm smile.
Cloudchaser blushed and looked out towards his plane and checked his
pocketwatch. âCome on!â
âHuh? Where are we going?â Stephanie asked wearily.
Cloud stood up and held out his hand. âIâve got to get my plane ready for
âOkay!â Stephanie took his hand, and he pulled her up. The two walked
together towards the little golden biplane. Cloud walked towards the barn
fetched his toolbox. The wolf then checked his oil and fuel levels and went
around the back of the barn and retrieved two gas cans. Taking out a chamois
cloth from his toolbox, he strained the gasoline as he was pouring it into
of his plane. Stephanie watched in complete awe.
âWhy do you do that?â
âDo what? Use this cloth? Itâs to filter any water that might be mixed in
gas. I donât want to get any water into my tank.â
âOh!â Stephanie said, then added, âDo you know how to repair your own plane?â
âYep, we pretty much have to be our own mechanic. Sometimes when things
break down, I have to find something to fix it with and jury-rig it to get it
again. Thatâs why most of the time when Iâm traveling, Iâll try to find a
land nearby.â Cloudchaser inspected his engine. âCould you look into
toolbox and hand me that wrench?â Stephanie looked down at the toolbox and
grabbed the tool.
âYes, thatâs it.â
Stephanie handed the tool to Cloud and sat on the grass. She listened to him
tinkering with the engine.
âSo where are you going next?â
âAtlanta...if I leave here early Monday morning, I should make it around
lunchtime. Okay, hand me that screwdriver.â
Stephanie looked into the toolbox and retrieved the tool. Stephanie gave
Cloud, who was busy looking in the engine. She sat in the grass beside the
toolbox once more.
âOkay, I think that will do it,â Cloudchaser said, rubbing his hands. âLet
that old blue shirt in that toolbox.â Stephanie handed him the article of
and he wiped his greasy hands on it. âThereâs one thing Iâve been meaning
ask you Steph.â
Stephanie looked at the red wolf, whose face was serious, full of concern.
âAre you a born-again Christian?â
âYes, I got saved when I was ten years old. All of my family are
Travis came a little over a month ago.â
âThatâs great. I just wanted to be sure. Itâs part of my job, I guess.â
âNo, it shows that you are a true Christian, someone who truly cares,â
corrected him. âThank you.â
âWell, let me check the wings and the landing gear," the wolf said, wiping
his brow. "I always check my plane out before taking off.â Cloudchaser
took his wrench and screwdriver and walked around the plane. Stephanie rose
and walked around with Cloudchaser as he was inspecting his plane. After
about ten minutes, the red wolf seemed satisfied. The vixen stood admiring
the plane as the rufine pilot went back
inside the barn. This time, the man came out with a short rope ladder.
âWhatâs that for?â Stephanie asked, cocking her head to one side.
âItâs a trapeze. Itâs for the next act.â
âYou donât mean....â
Cloudchaser was already lying on his back in the grass, attaching the small
ladder to the landing gear.
âDonât worry, Iâve done this at least a dozen times! Besides, the crowds
âB-but whoâs going to fly your plane?â
âNo one,â Cloudchaser looked at her and smiled.
Surprised at Cloudâs answer, Stephanie turned and looked back over to where
her family was.
âHavenât you ever seen an air show before?â
Stephanie shook her head. âIâve lived in the hollar all my life, and
first stunt pilot weâve had. Iâve seen photographs, though.â
âWell, relax. Youâll enjoy the show.â
âBut, arenât you afraid youâre going to get killed doing that?â
Cloudchaser finished hooking both sides of the trapeze to the landing gear.
âI canât say that I havenât had premonitions of getting killed in a plane
Iâve had plenty of them. But, flying is my life. So is my missionary
Stephanie looked down to the ground. She didnât want to discourage him from
his work, but she was afraid for his safety. Cloudchaser took her hands.
âStephanie, Iâm not going to kid myself and say that nothing is ever going to
happen, but as a child of God, I have to put my faith and trust in the Lord.
God holds the future in His hands.
âIn thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in
righteousness.â Psalm 31:1
âFor thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy nameâs sake lead me,
and guide me.â Psalm 31:3
I have committed these verses as my lifeâs verses, Stephanie. I live by
Remember the words of Simon Peter to our Lord in John 6:68...
âThen Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the
words of eternal life.â
Stephanie already knew these verses by heart. She had committed them to her
remembrance a few weeks ago during Bible study. âI know,â she replied.
âSmile for me. Be happy for me. Iâm trying to win people to Jesus, and Iâm
hoping that by performing these acts, I can draw them into church, and finally
into the saving knowledge of our Lord. â Cloudchaser took the vixenâs hands
once more. âEven if I did have an accident and was physically unable to fly
anymore, I know without a doubt Jesus loves me. Only my faith in Him keeps
Stephanie gave Cloud a warm smile.
âGood,â Cloudchaser said, checking his pocketwatch. âNow, Iâve got a show
do! Go back to your family and enjoy yourself! If I see you in the
wave at you!â
Stephanie said her goodbye and walked towards her family.
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