Went Missing

They were the field notes of a man named Dr. Lemuel Carver. Dated 1898-1901, they detailed Dr. Carver's anthropological research there in Alaska, but most particular were seven pages pertaining to his observations at the eastern end of the Kenai Peninsula, along the southern shores of Kings Bay. In those seven pages, Dr. Carver described the matted brown hair, the ambling bi-pedal gait, and the enormous size and girth of a certain ape-like creature as witnessed by he himself for the span of nine days. He described the plants, grasses, roots, and berries that this creature foraged from the valleys and ravines of that area. He concluded the beast to be omnivorous, as a bear, when he observed it gorge on spawning fish from a nearby tributary. And in particular, were Dr. Lemuel Carver's maps and illustrations of this area, and of the hidden cave in which the creature retreated to every day for hours on end. Finally, at the last of these pages was a single sentence identifying the grant of which Dr. Carver would most certainly acquire, in order to pursue further research of his remarkable discovery.

Sam Nolan read through those field notes as if they were the final chapter of all the books he had read that year. He read through them with the same look of astonishment which would fall upon the face of any man who uncovered this mystery. Yet despite the vast depth of all that was there in that binder, the scribble of Dr. Lemuel Carver's observations which Sam found to be most intriguing, the illustrations which captured the absolute weight of his attention, were the ones that didn't exist at all. It was the "incompleteness" of Dr. Carver's research on that creature at the shores of Kings Bay which bent the brows of Sam Nolan. And when he looked up at his friend Henry Fall, his eyes searching for the answers abandoned by that leather binder, old Henry simply returned his stare and mumbled, "People went missing."

The Kenaitze, a Native tribe of which Henry Fall belonged to, called the creature "Nant'ina".  Sam remembered this from one of the books he read that year, along with other names such as Skukum, Hairy Man, Sasquatch, and of course, Bigfoot. He recalled that there were hundreds of sightings stretched over hundreds of years from all around the world. Those that believed in the creature said it stood nine feet tall, weighed close to a thousand pounds, and left a foot-print several times the size of that of an average man. It was a shy animal that kept to itself and avoided contact with human beings, so they also said. As he lay in his bed on the night Henry gave him that binder, Sam remembered these things about the legend of Bigfoot.

But those weren't the only things which crossed the mind of Sam Nolan on that evening.

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The following year Sam showed up in Kenai Harbor carrying quite a bit more than just books and magazines.

"You'll miss the last of the silver run," Henry Fall told him as they sat once again in that bar. This was just Henry making small talk, for he knew Sam was the kind of person who would think well and hard upon anything he chose to do.





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