Short Story, J. P. Wentworth

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J. P. Wentworth


“Well now, I do believe I have discovered a diamond in a coal bucket! What is a beautiful woman like you doing in a cow town hardware store? ”

He was the most handsome man she had ever seen, and he was currently flashing a dazzling smile with perfect white teeth. He was tall, expensively dressed, and his mannerisms spoke of money.

Katherine Peabody concealed her sudden interest, and gave him a cool reply.

“I will have you know that I am a lady, sir, and a married one at that. I also happen to own this establishment. My husband is the manager and currently gathering your order.”

His smile did not falter, as he tipped his bowler hat to her, and spoke again.

“Nor would I ever presume to knowingly approach a married lady, madam, no matter how beautiful she might be. I saw no ring. Please accept my apologies.”

He replaced his hat, as Adam Peabody returned to the counter with his goods. He paid Adam, and strolled to the door, where he paused and looked back at the counter. Adam Peabody was busy with the books, but his wife, Katherine, was still watching the stranger. He smiled again, and then gave her a slow wink. She felt her heart jump, and despite herself, she felt a smile came to her lips. He nodded and left.

Less than a minute later, Jeremiah Lewis, the local newspaper owner and editor, burst through the door. He was a small, somewhat educated man, but he seemed permanently breathless and excited. However, his well known ability to make mountains from molehills had proved to be a valuable newsman’s asset, in a small town where matters of any real significance seldom occurred.

“Do you folks know who that was that just left here?” Without waiting for an answer, he went on. “That there was J. P. Wentworth, the financier!” He leaned back out of the door, watching something further up the street with great interest.

Adam Peabody looked up from his books. “The railroad man out of San Francisco?”

Lewis left the door and approached the counter, nodding rapidly. “Yes, that’s right! You know of him? I had never heard of him until today.”

He stopped and regained his breath. “He stopped by the newspaper office, asking questions, and told me who he was. He’s planning on bringing the railroad through here.” He paused and looked thoughtful. “I reckon I just spoke out of turn, since that was told to me in confidence. I will have to ask you folks to keep that under your hat.” He looked at Adam and Katherine hopefully.

“Of course,” Adam replied. Katherine nodded absently, her mind already on other things.

The Campbellsburg hardware had been established by Katherine’s father, when the town was nothing more than a cattle crossroads with two taverns, a jail, a church and a dozen scattered homes. He had built it into the town’s most prosperous business and had married Katherine’s mother, a beautiful and gracious woman. A year later, Katherine was born, an only child. When Katherine was nine, both she and her mother contracted influenza. Her mother passed away after five days, and it was a month before the doctor became hopeful that Katherine might survive. After that, her father doted on her, and she, in turn, worshipped him.

As she developed into a stunning young woman, Katherine became aware that she was the center of young male attention, a position she relished. At the same time, she also became aware of the jealousies of other young women, and she discovered that she enjoyed that too. But none of the local males interested her for more than a short time, so she played one off the other for amusement. There were several fistfights and bloody noses, but that too soon bored her. She had no female friends, a fact that bothered her father.

When Adam Peabody came to town, he approached Katherine’s father, looking for employment. Adam’s family had also been in the hardware business back East, so he impressed the owner with his knowledge of the business, and was promptly hired. He was handsome, dapper, and a stranger, which immediately drew the attentions of the town’s young lady population, including Katherine. But to Katherine’s shock, he all but ignored her. She never once realized that he did it out of respect for his employer and her father.

When she discovered him having dinner in the company of Miss Mary Peterson, she was immediately livid with jealousy, so she began making her plans and spinning her web. None of the town’s available young men had ever ignored her or been able to resist her, once she decided that she wanted their attentions, at least until she was tired of them. So the more Adam Peabody persisted in keeping his distance, the more determined she was to snare him. But no matter what charms she tried, it took a full six months to make any headway with him. And in the end, it was neither charm nor seductive beauty that finally succeeded. It was instead, a blatant and desperate appeal to his sense of chivalry.

She became aware of his evening strolls around town, so she excused herself after dinner, late one afternoon, telling her father she wanted to get some night air. She waited until she saw Adam approaching, and then stumbled on the boardwalk, falling to the ground. Immediately, Adam Peabody was at her side, and when she complained of a pain in her ankle, he picked her up lightly, and carried her womanly softness home in his arms, her carefully selected perfume wafting silently and seductively in the warm evening breeze.

Her plan to turn the head of Adam Peabody was in the end, a great success, but, unlike her other beaus, she unwillingly found herself making plans for a future with Adam, at her father’s insistence. He had grown quite fond of Adam Peabody, and he had grown quite tired of his daughter’s fickle treatment of her many beaus. Even worse, at eighteen, she was on the verge of becoming too old to be considered an eligible bride, and he wanted her married off before that happened. After all, he was nearly an old man himself, and he did not want to leave behind a spinster.

Even so, Katherine planned to eventually find a way out, somehow, as she always had in the past, but suddenly, six months later, and to her everlasting dismay, she found herself trapped, unable to escape. The plans were made, the dress was bought, and invitations were printed and delivered. Then, one warm Saturday morning, to her utter horror, she found herself walking the aisle out of the Methodist Church as Mrs. Adam Peabody. Two weeks later, her father died without warning.

Almost immediately, Katherine was engulfed in a deep sense of remorse mixed with anger and a seething resentment. Her father had always been her shelter and protector, but now he was gone, replaced by her stranger of a husband. On top of that, she knew almost nothing about the hardware business, and would have to rely on Adam Peabody’s expertise and support. The one saving grace was her father’s will. He had left her the sole owner of the hardware store, and had not had time to change the will to include Adam. So at least she had a lever with which to manipulate her unwanted husband.

Over the next few months, her resentments grew, and Adam Peabody became unhappily familiar with her wrath. She suddenly ceased making meals, demanding that he take them at Trimble’s café. She also refused to wash his clothes, so he took them to the Chinese laundry. One evening, she picked a quarrel, and slept in her father’s old room. After that, she never returned to her husband’s bed, and he found her wedding band tossed in a drawer.

Then one night, she failed to come home at all, returning the next morning, claiming she had developed a headache and had taken a room in the hotel. But there was an ugly rumor going around town about a certain curly haired cowboy, and a married town woman. Through it all, Adam Peabody kept his peace, and was found daily behind the counter of the Campbellsburg Hardware. Katherine still stopped by now and then, because it was after all, her store. She was now determined to rid herself of Adam, by making life so miserable that he would grant her a divorce.

Katherine Peabody was reaching in to her Post Office box when she felt a presence close behind her and caught a whiff of expensive male cologne.

“Hello Diamond lady.”

She turned to face him, and he moved even closer, looking down at her with coal black eyes. She felt both vulnerable and protected at the same time. He smiled again and for the first time, she noticed a handsome dimple in his chin.

“I am going on a small picnic tomorrow at noon, under the apple orchard on the old Cashman place. Will you join me? I can pick you up in my carriage.”

Curly Dan Brasswell had been just a passing thrill, and her physical betrayal with him had bothered her not at all, so her hesitation was not based on loyalty to Adam. She simply did not want to appear too brazen to the town where she grew up, or possibly cause her usually docile husband to finally rise up in anger. She looked up at him.

“I will be there,” she whispered, “but I will walk through Brown’s pasture and then along the creek. It is not far, and I sometimes walk out that way. It will make for better appearances.”

Once again, he gave her a slow wink, and she smiled up at him.

Two nights later, Katherine once again took a room at the hotel, but this time, she did not return home. Her association with J. P. Wentworth became brazen in spite of herself, and they were openly seen together, although his nightly visits to her room were somewhat more discrete. Then one day, J. P. Wentworth abruptly left town, telling newsman Jeremiah Lewis that his business in Campbellsburg was concluded.

Two weeks later, Adam Peabody looked up from his books to see Katherine standing before him, a sheaf of papers in her hand.

“I suppose you already know about J.P. and me.” She lifted her chin in defiance, and he nodded slowly, carefully watching her.

“I had Lawyer Griffin draw these up. They are divorce papers, and I think you will find that I have been quite generous. I know you can refuse me, but if you will grant me the divorce, the hardware store and the house are yours. I have signed papers to that effect. J.P. is a wealthy man, and I am giving you the house and hardware on his advice. He is right, because that way, I will have no ties to this horrible town or to you. Do you agree?”

Adam studied her for a moment. “Are you sure this is what you want Katherine? Perhaps you should take some time to consider?”

“I need no time. I know what I want, and it certainly is not you or Campbellsburg. I’m leaving for San Francisco on the afternoon stage. J.P. has sent for me!”

Adam sighed and stood up, taking the papers. Glancing at them briefly, he put them on his roll top. “All right Katherine. I will sign the papers and you will be free. You can have your divorce and your J.P. Wentworth too. Do you have money for the stagecoach?”

“J. P. bought the ticket for me before he left. I don’t want your money or your help. I just want to be rid of you.”

Two months later, Adam Peabody was nursing a beer in the dim coolness of Jake’s saloon as he took his noon lunch. Big Carl, the bartender, polished a glass as he quietly watched Adam. At last, he approached, and leaned his massive forearms on the bar top in front of Adam Peabody.

“Ever hear from Katherine, Adam?”

“No, and I do not expect to hear from her.”

Carl nodded and stood up. He shook his great head sadly.

“Well sir, that there J. P. Wentworth feller was a real bastard to steal another man’s wife like that.”

The murmuring poker players at a nearby table overheard, and nodded their agreement.

Adam Peabody bit the end off a cigar and spat it on the floor. He scratched a match to life and held it to the tip of his cigar. After a few puffs, a red ember glowed warmly. He held out his glass and the bartender filled it at the tap.

For a long moment, there was no sound except the ticking of the clock over the back bar and the whisper of cards being dealt. Finally, Adam spoke.

“There is no J. P. Wentworth.”

The bartender blinked and the poker players twisted in their chairs, staring at Adam.

“What did you say?”

“There is no J. P. Wentworth, and there was no one waiting for Katherine in San Francisco.”

Big Carl and the poker players exchanged questioning glances. The bartender shrugged his shoulders, lifting his palms in silent bewilderment. Outside, a dog barked listlessly, mostly out of boredom.

Adam paused and took a swallow of beer.

“No sir, the man you saw was Junior Bascomb. Junior and I grew up in the same Philadelphia neighborhood. I took up the family hardware business and Junior took up the theater. He’s an actor.”

Adam Peabody puffed on his cigar, and took another swallow of beer. He glanced around the room at the incredulous listeners and smiled happily.

“Yes sir, he’s an actor, and a damned fine one at that.”



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Hyphenbird profile image

Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Oh this is SO good. The dialogue is intriguing and the plot unique. WillStarr, you are a writing star!


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I love you...er...I mean the story WillStar. You are a master at this and always a twist at the end. Poor Katherine...teaches her a lesson!


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Frannie Dee 5 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

WillStarr...she should a known better!!! Gee whiz give us some credit! We aint dumb!! Well just HOW HANDSOME WAS HE???


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

Ah-ha-ha-ha .... Will, this is fantastic.

You've oh-so-done-it-again!!!

I LOVE your stories!!!


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FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

So he's an actor, and all the world's his stage?


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

What a great ending! I really like this story. It was masterful.


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gailalovesbijou 5 years ago from Wyomissing, PA

What an interesting story with a great little twist at the end. I love the unpredictable! You have a such a gift. Keep 'em coming! Voted up and interesting.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

"And a damn fine one at that!" as you are a writer, sir!" I salute your insatiable desire to puzzle and confuse all in the name of a great tale! WB


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SubRon7 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Dang good story, Will, you never let us admirers down.


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

WillStarr, this is without a doubt one of your finest stories. The twist at the end is beautiful and was totally unexpected. I truly loved this story and even made my wife read it.


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Fabulous! Couldn't have happened to a nicer woman.

We never hear from old Kathy again. Turns out that while in San Francisco, she met some liberal Buddists and became very active at the temple. Then she ran into some liberal activists and thought she'd found her nitch, but there wasn't enough money to support her lavish taste in clothes and the sort.

After only a few months she became a prostitute down by the wharfs. Word has it her pimp treats her pretty badly, but old Kathy hangs in there. It's a tough life, but she gets the badly needed attention from men she's always lived for.

(laughing) Excellent job my friend!

jim


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Hyphenbird!

What a sweet thing to say.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Cardisa!

(And I love you more!)

^_*


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Frannie Dee!

Dishonest people are easily fooled!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, femmeflashpoint!

What would I do without you?


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, FitnezzJim,

A good actor can make you forget he's an actor.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Pamela99, and thank you, sweet lady!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, gailalovesbijou, and thank you for reading me!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Wayne Brown! That means a lot, coming from a great writer like you!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, SubRon7!

I treasure your great comments!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hey Mike!

When we meet for lunch, let's take our ladies, since they have something in common...they've both been forced to read my stuff!

^_^


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resspenser 5 years ago from South Carolina

Excellent story, well told. In other words, just what we expect from WillStarr! Voted up!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Jim, and thanks for the epilogue!


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I am laughing over this one. Just who is the cuckold now?


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Will...

Had you written this story ten years ago my friend...I would have used it to get out of my marriage. I would still have the house...

Excellent work, good sir. Beyond what has already been said...anything I would add would be shear superfluousness...other than to say...everyone is right...masterful job!

Thomas


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This was an excellent story and I loved the twist at the end. We all get what we deserve in the end I guess.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

You did it again, Will, and caught me this time. Great ending! There should be that bounty on some of them!

Now pay the penance for your success and reply to all these comments...Bob


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, resspenser,

Now for a new one from you!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Becky Katz,

Things usually work out the way they are supposed to.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Thomas!

First, you'll need a handsome actor friend...


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Rosemay50, and I agree!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Bob,

If I can catch you, I can catch anyone!


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I loved this one Will. There is justice in the wold! Up and awesome.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Hi Will,

I was expecting about half way through that the tables would be turned but you put an additional twist tto it.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

You really are the best at this and I never lie. If someone is no good I pass them on by and I couldn't this, really good! I may even have to come back sometime and read it again!

Polly


Nan Mynatt 5 years ago

Will what a story, women are often deceived. Men too, I guess we need to be more guarded. This would make a good TV story!


marellen 5 years ago

You never disappoint Will....great story of good revenge.......Loved it.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks, Pop!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Gotcha, Don!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Pollyannalana, and thank you for the great compliment!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Lovely story. Some women are so gullible. But it's usually the men who are so easily fooled.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Nan!

It's hard to entrap an innocent person.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, marellen, and thank you!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Lela!

"Some women are so gullible. But it's usually the men who are so easily fooled."

And that was true in this story, but what goes around...!


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Well done Will. Looks like a winner to me.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, mckbirdbks, and we can hope!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

What a great read and a wonderful twist at the end! Voted up across the board except for funny. Good luck in the contest.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks for the good wishes, Happyboomernurse!


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee

LOL Fantastic story - I voted up and am still cheering Adam!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

I was hoping, Will, that Katherine would get her just desserts and you and good ole J.P. didn't disappoint me. Thanks for a rousing story of revenge.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Beth, and thank you!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, drbj!

Everybody loves sweet revenge!


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VendettaVixen 5 years ago from Ireland

Will, I'm still smiling from this one. Your writing is always so clear, it's like watching a TV series.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Will! "Revenge is a dish best served cold." Isn't it great when a man gets one over on a nasty acting woman? You have outdone yourself! Exceptional!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, VendettaVixen, and thank you for the superb comment!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Dex!

I'm an equal opportunity revenge writer! Next time, it might be a gigolo!

^_^


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Yet another great one..."you can say anything you want...but it is what you do that counts" a saying I haved always loved...God Bless...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, G-Ma Johnson, and thank you, sweet lady.


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Clairepeek 5 years ago

Hey Will,

This is so clever as always... considering the little time I have to read all I want to read, I have nonetheless become an addict of your stories ^_^. You made me like Katherine, then dislike her and wonder about Adam. He was so calm that I could not believe him to be resigned to an unhappy life... I suspected he had something up his sleeve but I could not guess... BRILLIANT sir... :D


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Clairepeek!

Katherine wanted it all and ended up with nothing.


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epigramman 5 years ago

......always a sincere pleasure to read your work Mister Starr - and to hear from you too - I really must post this to my Facebook crowd/page with a direct link back here in order to let them know I hang out with the right bunch of people - lol - lake erie time ontario canada 4:10pm

Ever see a sweet little Western movie called From Noon till Three with Charles Bronson and his wife Jill Ireland


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

I do remember From Noon to Three and all the twists and turns! What a plot!

Thanks for the kind words and Facebook link, Epi!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Another great story! I wanted to read this yesterday but am glad I saved it for today.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Susan!


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Will,

Katherine got her "just deserts."

Voted up, up and away!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Sueswan!

Ah, poor Katherine...no one loves her anymore.

^_^


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anusha15 5 years ago from Delhi, India

As always, a nice story. But I felt, I had some sympathy for Katherine in the end - don't know if that was your intention - I thought it was when you described her less than ideal childhood without her mom.

A girl who grew up to be a self centered person, because nobody ever told her so... And off course, Adam was fed up so you can't blame him :) So in the end there was a certain emptiness. Perhaps that was your intention - to have your readers thinking about the importance of bringing up?


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, anusha15,

As soon as a story is read by others, the ownership of intent belongs to them. The meaning becomes the property of the reader, and I am always awed by the diversity of opinion.

Thank you for your thoughtful reply, and perhaps you see something I missed.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Will, you know I am a devout fan of your short stories; this is now one of my favorites. I'm not entering the contest nor am I familiar with the rules, etc., but I do hope this gem has been entered...it would certainly get my vote, as it does not with Up and Awesome.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Genna East!

If I understood the procedure correctly, it is an entry!

I think.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

WillStarr - I knew it was going to be a good one when it starts with a spoiled female:) I smiled through the whole story. You really know how to whip up a story!! I had a feeling when he offered Katherine one last chance to change her mind - she was going to be sorry! I did not predict that ending at all...!

Up and everything!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, RealHousewife,

Adam gave her every chance, but she still rejected him. I wonder what happened to her? Maybe we'll find out!


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Maggie-May 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

Another hit Will--you are a master creator!!! Greatness!!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Nadine!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Oh my goodness...that was unexpected. But then, you are good at that. Definitely a great read. Forwarding to my husband.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, homesteadbound! I hope he enjoys it.


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phoenixarizona 5 years ago from Australia

up and awesome! That was fantastic!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A brilliant story!!! You are indeed a star,Will Starr!!!

I know I apologise t for that comment ,bad wasn't it-lol-

Thanks for sharing yet another gem and I wish you a great day.

Eidddwen.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, phoenixarizona, and thank you!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Eiddwen,

Thanks for the comments!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Your welcome.


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feenix 5 years ago

Hey, Will,

Terrific story. Absolutely terrific.

Obviously, Mr. Peabody was a man with a plan, and that little small-town "vamp" was no match for a big-city dude like him.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, feenix!

Yes, it would seem that our Katherine outsmarted herself!

^_*


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b. Malin 5 years ago

So once again Justice prevailed. What can I say, excepct, that was another good Read from one fine Writer Will...Really Enjoyed and kinda of wondered if Katherine would get hers, in the end... and she did!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, b. Malin, and thank you!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

LOve this one! I was trying to guess the ending, but you threw me. Well done. ^ and shared


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, PDXKaraokeGuy, and thank you too for sharing.


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KellyPittman 5 years ago from Walker, LA

I absolutely Loved it!!!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Kelly, and thank you!

I read your "Home James". It was great!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, Will, I love your stories! and this one was up there with the best, revenge is very sweet! lol!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Nell Rose, and I'm delighted that you like my stories!

Thank you.


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aslaught 4 years ago from Alabama

I loved this story!!! You are so good!!! You should be very proud of the ability you possess!!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, aslaught, and thank you!


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

Thanks for the great post ..Nice short story


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you htodd!


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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

I finally did it! I mostly predicted the outcome. I guessed that Adam and Junior "J. P." Bascomb were working together to teach Katherine a lesson. It was after he left town that I caught on.

I have been thoroughly entertained by all of your work that I have read and always voted positively. I will be sharing what I have read.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Levertis Steele,

Thank you for sharing!

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