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Going Native


Caitlin McGuire


Tammy was tired of theory and wanted to sleep with an Indian. A card-carrying, reservation-born Native American with a drinking problem and a ninth-grade education. Since Michael had decided that long distance wouldn't work out, the thought had become the focus of nightly episodes in which she swayed in the center of Ponderosa's pine-paneled bar to the ghost of Hang Williams and Patsy Cline. She imagined being interrupted by a warrior, like Uncas from Last of the Mohicans or Abel from House Made of Dawn. They'd drink too much, the way they drank in the movies. He'd take her home; she'd let him think it was his idea. She wanted to be conquered and needed a warrior, which is why she found herself in Strychnine.