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Daniel was almost not surprised at what happened next. It came gently-without warning. It simply appeared above the fire, softly flapping its wings as the smoke rose around it. An eagle hovered above the flames as if it were suspended on a fine wire strung from the tree above it.
Suddenly, the eagle began to burn. It flapped its wings feebly, but the fire overcame it and its struggles ended as the fire consumed it. They sat, staring at the smoldering body in the flames. The smell of burned feathers was strong on the air. Then, like a blooming flower, the eagle rose from its burned flesh and became whole. Then it was gone.
The scream that came from Saul was bone-chilling. When the eagle had appeared, the children were sleeping. Now they were awake-and they were frightened. Almost instantly, Sara and Julia were on their feet. They grabbed the children and quickly took them into the hotel-away from Saul who was very nearly out of control, now. He screamed himself hoarse, and while Yankee and Santoo held him down, Karen ran for her doctor's bag.
Karen's hypo needle quickly took effect. Saul clutched Daniel's shirt, and with his speech slurred by the drug, he said, "Please, Daniel, tell me what I don't know. Oh God, please tell me."
Roger said, "We'll all go, Daniel. We'll leave you with Saul."
"No, Roger. There's another good hour or two left in the fire. Enjoy it. We'll pack up and go home. I'm sure Saul would be more comfortable there."
"I appreciate this, Daniel," Saul mumbled thickly.
"It's time you know. It's time you dig into your memories."