Sal guessed Brother David didn’t share all that he had to say. After many months in camp, the truth came out.
“I lied when you first came to camp, Sal. Now I must confess,” Brother David said. “I told you Father Serra left to start a new Mission. The truth is, our Brothers in the north are starving: The King cut off our supplies. Even worse, Father Serra has taken ill.
I hate to admit it, but we are stranded here in Alta California. We need a miracle.” Their little hunting party followed Paciano, a strong leader and trailblazer among the men. They collected food to replace what they gave the pirates in exchange for Sal’s life. “Those Spanish cargo boxes you planned to steal were our last supplies.” He rolled wooden rosary beads between his fingers.
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