This is beautiful. Your word choice, such as wounded knee, feathered warrior...paint a picture for us. Indian summer...very telling, that he was still there to go on the ridge again and ponder and gaze. Just great imagery and word choice!
Bill and Cathy profess their love to each other under a willow tree in Tennessee before he leaves her. The year is 1964. Enlisted in the United States Air Force, he will be stationed in Texas, then Florida, before leading a Commando unit in Vietnam. The future for them remains uncertain.