"We are going to kill them all," he said, glaring at me. "What do you say?"
"I wouldn't have thought it to be any other way."
That was the truth. Two Comanches were dead and vengeance was inevitable, if not against the hunters on the mesa, then against the first two whites the Quahadi found, and I figured they might as well get the right ones.
"Good," he said. "You shoot at them from here with your long gun and we will circle the mesa and attack them from behind."
"Begging your pardon, old friend," I said. "Not that I would presume to tell a great warrior how to...."
"No speeches now," he said.
"They think we're chasing buffaloes. I suggest we ride down this wash and get them without warning."
"You are right," he said. "They are that stupid."
We set off down the wash with Charlie Otter mounted behind a warrior called Curly who had curly chestnut hair, the result of dubious breeding. We came up out of the wash into a mesquite thicket full of horseflies. The far side of the mesa had an easy slope. We left our horses with a young warrior who was not pleased by the duty and crept up the slope. I am a quiet mover, which knack has been most helpful in my survival to date, but beside those Antelope people I sounded like a pregnant hog. Our stealth was not entirely necessary. We could hear the hunters from 70 yards away. They were cursing and banging pots and pans and tossing gear into a wagon that we came across the track of. Creeping near and lying on my stomach I parted a mesquite bush and could see the wagon. My, it was a grand one. It had spring seats—which experienced hunters would have discarded in Indian country so as to sit on the bed of the wagon for the protection of its sideboards—and water barrels and skillets and coffeepots tied all over it.
There were five men rather than four. One was clearly a skinner they had hired. He was a man of the plains and he was afraid. He kept looking in our direction and begging the others to hurry. A tall, paunchy fellow with sideburns told him in an English accent to shut up.