The Circuit Judge - A Short Story

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The Circuit Judge


The lace curtains and comfortable bed were far better than she was accustomed to, and it sure didn’t feel like a prison, but it served the purpose. Sheriff Dolan had ordered her and Julie to stay with Ma Baker until the new circuit judge came to town and she could go to trial.

Julie was thirteen, and as beautiful as she herself had been at that age. She had married Sam at fourteen, and by the time she was sixteen, she had a broken nose, scars on her cheeks, and two teeth knocked out. By the time she was twenty two, she walked with a limp, and her eight year old son had disappeared. When she asked Sam about it, he beat her savagely, and warned her never to ask about or mention her son again. Not ever.

To her utter astonishment, her frail body conceived again at thirty five, and her beloved Julie had been born. Now, at forty eight, she awaited trial for first degree murder. Since there were no lawyers in the territory, she would have to defend herself. But Tillie Wright had done what she had to do, and now she was ready to pay the price.

Sheriff Dolan was a decent sort, so he fetched what little clothing she had from the farm, and his good wife washed and ironed it before bringing it to town. Ma Baker gave her a bolt of cloth, and she made herself and Julie a new dress apiece. Most of the town’s ladies wouldn’t acknowledge her presence, but Molly Davis visited at least twice a week, and she was facing Tillie over tea.

“The word is that Sam’s brother Tom Wright will testify against you, Tillie, and he plans to pack the jury with his friends, so you may have to throw yourself on the mercy of the court.”

Tillie nodded silently, sipping her tea. Outside, the afternoon stagecoach rolled past, the driver whooping and shouting, amidst the clanking of chains and steel rims. Tillie rose and absentmindedly closed the front window against the dust.

“I hold no hope for myself, Molly. I did what I did, and I’m ready to pay, but what of Julie? She’s an innocent child and what is to become of her? Do you have it in your heart to care for her, Molly? I trust you with more than my life.”

Molly pulled a handkerchief from her sleeve and dabbed at her eyes. “Of course I would look after her if it came to that Tillie, but she needs her mother, so let us hope for the best. This new judge is supposed to be hard nosed, but fair, so let’s pray for mercy.”

Tillie patted her friend’s hand. “As long as Julie is in good hands, I’ll be content with my fate, Molly. I’ll get by.”

The knock on the door was Sheriff Dolan, hat in hand. He nodded at Molly Steele, and spoke quietly to Tillie.

“The circuit judge is here. He’ll be holding Court at the school house in the morning. He grinned. “Most courts are held in Mort’s saloon, but this feller insists on the school. Mort is some mad, because business is always great after a trial, especially if it results in a hangin’!”

He instantly realized his mistake, and began to stutter an apology, but Tillie simply patted him on the shoulder. “You are a good man, Sheriff Dolan, and I thank you for all you’ve done for me and Julie. Your wife is a lucky woman.”

Blushing furiously, the sheriff backed out of the door and down the walk. Tillie softly closed the door and looked at Molly.

“Maybe this judge will be different. Maybe I’ll have a chance.”

The schoolhouse was packed and noisy as Tillie took her seat in the front row. Tom Wright grinned at her from across the aisle where he sat with a group of friends in the second row. The judge’s clerk stood behind the teacher’s desk, glancing now and then through the back door window. Suddenly, he turned to the court.

“All rise!”

Judge James Parker entered through the back door. He was a splendid figure in his flowing robes and coal black beard. He walked to the desk and sat. The clerk addressed the room.

“The Circuit Court for the Territory of Arizona is now in session and open for business, Judge James Parker presiding. You may be seated.”

The rustling of people being seated was followed by a hush, as the Judge silently read the papers. He looked up and his eyes focused on Tillie.

“You are the defendant?”

Tillie nodded.

“When the court addresses you ma’am, you must answer with your voice. Do you understand?”

His voice was surprising gentle, and Tillie nodded again. Realizing her mistake, she spoke up.

“Yes, your honor. I understand.”

“Do you have counsel?”

“No, your honor. There are no lawyers in the county.”

The Judge smiled. “I’m sure some folks will say that’s a good thing. My clerk here is a lawyer. If you want, he can represent you. His name is Harley Thompson”

“Now see here! That ain’t fair at all. I ain’t got no lawyer!”

The speaker was Tom Wright, and the Judge peered at him over his nose.

“And just who the hell are you sir?”

“I’m brother to the man this woman murdered in cold blood!”

“Why do you need a lawyer?”

“Because I’m going to speak agin’ her! I’m doing the accusin’.”

“Did you witness the death of Sam Wright?”

Tom Wright hesitated a moment. “Well, no, but…”

“Then I will say this once to you and the rest of the room. You will sit down and remain silent unless you are called on to testify. Any more outbursts will be rewarded with a stay in jail for contempt. Is that clear?”

Tom Wright started to speak, but then caught himself and nodded. He sat down.

“Sheriff Dolan, as the officer of record, will speak for the territory in this matter.” The judge turned to Tillie, who was conferring with her new lawyer. “This is a capital offense ma’am, so you are entitled to a jury of your peers.” Tom Wright glanced at his group of friends and smiled.

Tillie rose and spoke to the Judge. “I don’t think I can get a fair trial from a jury of men who hate me.” She glanced at Tom Wright, who gave her a broad wink and a grin. “Lawyer Thompson says I can also just let you decide, so I think that’s what I will do.”

Tom Wright jumped to his feet. “What the hell is she trying to pull? I got a jury all picked out!”

The judge turned to the Sheriff. “Sheriff Dolan…when this trial has concluded, I want you to arrest that man and lock him up for thirty days. Contempt of court.” He slammed the desktop with his gavel, and the sheriff nodded.

Tom Wright started to protest, but stopped when he saw the judge raise his eyebrows expectantly. He sat down, scowling.

“Sheriff Dolan, take the chair next to my desk and tell the court what happened that day.”

The sheriff stepped up to the desk, where he took the oath and sat down, facing the crowd. He cleared his throat and began.

“I was in my office sweeping up when young Julie Wright came in, pale as milk and some scared. She told me her mother sent her to fetch me out to their farm because Sam Wright had been shot. My deputy was gone to Payson, so I rode out there by myself.

I found Tillie Wright seated on a stump in front of the house, holding a shotgun. When I asked her what happened, she just pointed at the barn. I went in and when my eyes got used to the dark, I seen Sam Wright layin’ on the barn floor, or what was left of him.”

The sheriff turned to the judge. “Do you want me to tell about the wounds? It ain’t gonna be pretty talk.”

The judge nodded. “Tell us everything you remember, Sheriff.”

“There was blood splattered everywhere, and I could see with a glance that Sam was dead. If it was Sam, that is. He had a big hole in his chest, and the top half of his head was gone. His brains and blood were all over the muddy floor, and what was left of his face was sort of sagging, so it was hard to tell if it was him. Then I seen that his right thumb was missing from a roping accident he had, and I knew it was Sam.

He wasn’t armed, and all I saw around him was a pitchfork, which ain’t no defense against a shotgun. I went outside, and asked Tillie what had happened. She said she killed Sam, but when I asked her why, she wouldn’t say no more. To this day, she ain’t said why.” The sheriff turned to the judge. “That’s about the size of it, your honor.”

“Very well, Sheriff. You may be seated. Any more witnesses for the Territory?”

Tom Wright stood. “I’m a witness as to how she was to my brother. That ought to hold for something.”

The judge sighed and waved him to the chair, where he was sworn.

“She never was one to obey her man. I seen the time when Sam had to slap her just to make her fetch him a glass of whiskey. A man has a right to make his woman mind, but she never would see the straight of it. Before she died, my old woman did as she was told, or I’d fetch her a good one, and she knew it. But that woman there had it in her mind to buck Sam all the way, so’s he had to beat on her almost every day. She was a disgrace. Then she up and killed him for no reason. I’ll be there when they hang her. I’ll even bring the damn rope!”

“Is that all Mister Wright?”

“I reckon. I just want the court to know what sort of woman she is.”

“Very well. You may be seated.”

“Any more witnesses for the Territory?” No one rose, so the judge turned to Tillie and her lawyer. “Are you ready?”

Harley Thompson rose. “Yes, your honor. Tillie Wright will testify in her own defense.”

The judge’s eyebrows went up. “You think that’s wise, Harley?”

“Yes sir, I do.”

“Very well. Tillie Wright, will you please be sworn and take the stand?”

Tillie sat in the chair next to the Judge, her hands in her lap and her head bowed. The crowd grew silent, and after a long moment, she raised her head and looked around.

“The day I met Sam Wright, he raped me.”

The crowd gasped, and looked at one another in astonishment. Tom Wright snorted.

“I was visiting his sister on their farm, and while she and her mother were baking, I went to the barn to gather a few eggs. Sam grabbed me and took me to the loft where he had his way with me. He said if I told, he would find me and kill me.”

She paused, looking around blankly.

“I soon realized that I was pregnant, but when my mother suggested sending me to my aunt to have the baby, my father wouldn’t hear of it. He paid a visit to Sam’s father and we were married. I was married to Sam for thirty four years, and he beat me almost every day. Our son disappeared when he was eight, and I thought perhaps Sam had killed him, because he beat Jimmy too. I never saw him again, and Sam said he would kill me if I ever asked about him again. All I could do was pray he had run away.

For all that time, I took the beatings, but that day in the barn was too much to bear.”

She looked to the judge. “I will now tell what happened, and may God forgive me.”

She found Tom Wright and looked him in the eye. “I went to the barn to fetch a milk bucket, and it took a minute to see what was happening in the gloom. There was Sam, holding my Julie down on the hay, and he was trying to have his way with her…his own daughter. She looked at me and said, ‘Help me, Mama!’

The shotgun was standing in the corner where it always was, and I eared back both hammers and told Sam to let her be. He told me to mind my own business, so I took aim at him. That’s when he got up and grabbed the pitchfork. I shot him in the chest with one barrel, but when he went down, he was still alive, so I put the gun to his forehead and killed him for sure with the other barrel. Then I sent Julie to town to fetch Sheriff Dolan.”

She looked down at her hands, and spoke in such a low voice that they had to strain to hear her.

“I took it from that son of a bitch for all those years, but I was not going to let him hurt my Julie. Never my Julie!”

Except for the ticking of the clock on the back wall, the court was silent for a long moment.

“Now you all can hang me, if that’s what you want.”

The judge gazed at her and then gently told her to take her seat. The room erupted in talk, and he banged his gavel for silence.

“There’s no need to retire and consider my decision. It’s clear that Tillie Wright did deliberately and intentionally kill Sam Wright. It is also clear that she did it to defend her daughter, so I find her not guilty of murder. Case dismissed.”

Tom Wright jumped to his feet, pointing a bony finger at Tillie Wright. “You will not see the light of next week, for I will kill you myself.”

The judge nodded to the sheriff. “Arrest that man, and lock him up. That last outburst cost him another sixty days. I will not have threats in my courtroom!“

“Sure thing, Your Honor, but if I have to keep him that long, I’ll need some subsistence. My wherewithal is mighty slim, and I can’t afford to feed a prisoner for three months.”

“You will only have him for about a week, Sheriff. I’ll send a Federal Marshal to take him to the Territorial Prison at Yuma.

“What! You can’t do that! I got a farm to tend.” Tom Wright's face was blood red with fury.

“Make that one year in Yuma," the judge roared, "and if you open your mouth again, I shall oblige you to spend two years there!”

Tom Wright’s eyes bulged out, and his mouth worked like a fish out of water, but he wisely said nothing.

“Court is over, so kindly clear the room.” The judge motioned to Tillie Wright. “I’d like a private word with you, ma’am, if you please. Let us wait until the others are gone.”

The judge took out pen and paper, and wrote rapidly, first one document, and then another. Then he reached into his jacket pocket and retrieved a wallet. He handed her the documents.

“One is a letter of introduction. The other is my address in San Francisco. When you get there, give the introduction letter to my butler.” He opened the wallet and took out several bills, handing them to her. “You and Julie take the morning stage to Flagstaff, and then the train to San Francisco. I’ll be along in about a month.”

He looked at her. “Do you know who I am?”

She nodded and smiled. “You’re much older, with a beard, and you’ve changed your last name, but a mother always knows her son, Jimmy.”


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Wonderful story, justice was served. You might want to change the word secession to session when the judge enters. I do so enjoy your stories. I am glad that he did not kill her son.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks for pointing that out! Oops!

And thanks too for the nice comments.


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

I'm totally blown away with this story, Will. If there was ever a master at plots and endings it is you. Definitely time to gather these wonderful stories and call them a book -- it'll definitely be on the best seller list. Congratulations, my friend. Best, Sis


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McMason 4 years ago from Wauseon, Ohio 43567

I do not say this to too many short stories, Will, but this is very well written. An enjoyable experiance throughout the whole reading. I too have recently posted a short story and thought if you would take a time to read it soon. I would greatly appreciate it. I am new to Hubpages by the way.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

The was delightful..it held my interest to the end...a tale well told.

Is there a sequel???


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Great story Will.Glad she found her son.


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LABrashear 4 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! I wish one could vote up more than once. This was fantastic. Going back to the screenplay issue...this would make one heck of a movie! Another one written by the uber-talented WillStarr.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

It's good to see you're with us again. Love this story as always. You are a great writer. Voted up and awesome, my friend, Joyce.


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suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

This is definitely one of my favorites (oh wait, don't I say that about all your stories?) Really good and I never guessed that the judge was her son. Rated up and shared.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Loved this story, especially the twist at the end. Another masterful tale. Voted up, awesome and interesting.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

WillStarr, I promised myself when I started reading this story I would not get surprised by the twist at the end. You got me again my friend, awesome story.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I thought I knew your twist but was wrong. you are a sly dog Mr. Starr and a mighty fine writer of Western literature.


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momster 4 years ago

Very catchy story. This would make a great movie. I would watch it. Great job.


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

OMG, Will, I did not see that ending coming. How perfect!


Dr Sheha 4 years ago

Hi,

It is a perfect story. Just keep on!


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Another fabulous story, Will Star. You have a superb gift and I'm so glad you share it with us. Your characters are very real. I too can see a book from your excellent stories.

Congratulations.

PS: 2 small additions "She told me her mother sent her to fetch me out(to)their farm . . ." Do you require a "to" in that part of the sentence? And: "To this day, she ain’t said why.” The sheriff turned (to) the judge." Do you require another "to" here as well?


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Excellent as always, Will, but you already know that. And the twist at the end is worthy of O. Henry.


diogenes 4 years ago

I guessed the judge was either a famous name in US history, or the missing son. But that didn't spoil the moment.

This story is almost a parable of how women have been mistreated when men could get away with it.

You can do it, Will!


Ghaelach 4 years ago

Morning Will.

You never let me down and I'm so amazed each time you turn out one of your western short stories. I'm at a point where I can't wait for your next story.

As Tillie told her story to the court I found myself cursing her dead husband. I felt as though I was in the school room at the trial.

Super story Will.

Take care.

LOL Ghaelach


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Angela, and thanks for always reading me! You're the best!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi McMason, and thank you. I'll try to get over there!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi pstraubie48, and thank you. No sequel planned, but who knows?


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Don!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, LABrashear! I'll let Hollywood know!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Joyce, and thank you for the kind words!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi suziecat7! Thanks for sharing!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Gail, and thank you!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Gotcha again, Mike!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Brenda! Happy to fool you!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi momster, and thanks for reading me!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Dr Sheha, and thanks for the visit!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Maralexa, and thanks for pointing out the errors! I corrected both.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi drbj, and thanks for the compliment. I love O. Henry!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Can't fool English Bob!

^_^


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Ghaelach! I sometimes get mad at my own villains!


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Nan Mynatt 4 years ago from Illinois

Will I marked you up on this one. I like the twist in the story about her son being the judge. He knew all the time what it was like for his mother. You must have had an inside experience with the court. Me too, and it is the real thing on what goes on in court, the lies, fake testimonies, etc. Keep writing!


SusieQ42 4 years ago

Great story, Will! I don't know how you do it. This should definitely be a book.


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cjv123 4 years ago from Michigan

Spectacular! I love a happy ending - especially in a life so tragic as Tillie's. You do have a gift WillStarr!


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Will - Written with a stroke of genius.

Great story and very riveting.

The Frog


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Always aim to please! I didn't see the last line coming...Jimmy is a judge come to save his mother! I love this WillStar!


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resspenser 4 years ago from South Carolina

Every single time I say: "This is the best story yet!", I'm wrong. It's always the next one! Excellent work, Will.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I loved this story and the ending gave me chills. I absolutely love it when justice is served. Up and awesome, Will. What a great read!


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G-Ma Johnson 4 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Great story and I guessed it ...yaaay for me.:O) first one I ever figured out before the end..I think I have read every one one here too...:O) God Bless Hugs G-Ma


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

This was a great story and I love the fact that justice was served to both brothers.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Nan, and you are right!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi SusieQ42, and thank you!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi cjv123!

Tillie deserved a second chance.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks Jim. Glad you liked it.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Cardisa!

Thanks for the steam bath!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Ronnie and thank you. I'm ready for another good police story!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Pop!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

I can't fool G-Ma Johnson!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi mljdgulley354,

Some people actually do think like the Wright brothers!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Well i never saw that coming. That is what i love about your stories, the total surprise endings. You are such a great story teller, and there is always justice and good will in all of your stories..Thank you for sharing..


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Ruby!

(Did you notice that I used your name in "Henry"?)


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Ginn Navarre 4 years ago

Loved it,your end-twists are what it is all about and they just keep on getting better an better.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Ginn, and thank you for the kind words!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I did notice. I knew you had an aunt by that name too. You don't hear that name much anymore. My name is Ruby Jean, named after a young girl who was helping my Mother before my birth. Her name was Ruby Shane. I loved the name Shane, I asked my Mother why she didn't name me shane, she said because i liked Jean better. Case closed..HaHa


Diane 4 years ago

Brought smile to my face at the end. Good always overcomes evil!

Thanks be to God!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Will,

Loved it.

I didn't know that the judge was Tillie's son until he asked her if she knew who he was and I certainly wasn't expecting her to know.

Voted up and away!

Take Care


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Will, I knew there would be a twist, but I wasn't expecting that.

This has to be your finest work, I loved it - terrific!

Voting up.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Diane, and thank you!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Sueswan!

I think a mother would probably know!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Movie Master!

Wow! Thank you!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

Oh, my goodness, Will. This is the best short story I ever read. I am serious.

As I read along I was thinking to myself, besides being absorbed into the story, how great is this piece of work. Then, when you hit me with the ending—I was flabbergasted! What an ending. I was floored.

If I may point out a few highlights:

The brother of the deceased had the temerity and ignorance to say, ". . . so’s he had to beat on her almost every day. She was a disgrace. . . . I just want the court to know what sort of woman she is.”

Boy, times have changed, my friend.

Then the accused's testimony wrenched at my heart:

“I took it from that son of a bitch for all those years, but I was not going to let him hurt my Julie. Never my Julie!”

"Except for the ticking of the clock on the back wall, the court was silent for a long moment."

I'll bet it was!

Forget HubPages. You need to be a nationally famous writer, period. You are gifted. Thank you.

“You’re older with a beard, and you’ve changed your last name, but a mother always knows her son, Jimmy.”


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

I agree with James on this, you are so very gifted and such a pleasure to read....everytime!

I say these need to be on TV!

As always Will, a great read!

Chris


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Your very kind words put a lump in my throat, James A Watkins.

Thank you, sir.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

And my loyal friend Chris is always there, just like Mike!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

I love your short stories Will, and I loved the end that was really touching! Both the story and the end have everything one can wish from a short story. Thanks for giving me a great time reading this masterpiece. The people in your stories comes alive as I read

Tina


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Tina! I'm so glad you liked it!


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee

Will, love this story! I think it is probably your best one yet. Voting up.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Beth, and thank you!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

You are indeed a master of story telling.

Thank you for this gem and here's toi so many more.

Take care and enjoy your weekend ;

Eddy.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Eddy, and thank you!


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

This was totally enthralling! I figured the reason she killed him but the end blew me away. I never saw that coming! Will, this is your niche. You have a real insight into the mind of people, a gift for dialog, and a way with tricky endings that I should expect by now but never do. It was so very believable. I stand in awe.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you for your kind words, poetvix! Much appreciated.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

I Loved this Hub Story Will and really was Happily Surprised by the ending...A Happy one at that!...I'm giving it my Vote of UP!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi b. Malin! Haven't seen you around lately. Are you still writing?


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

WillStarr! Another great story from the Master! Justice has been served and I have been gifted with another excellent story! Voted up, up and away!


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KDee411 4 years ago from Bay Area, California

Great story, I'm glad she killed the bastard. Now I want to see a story about Judge James Parker. That was sure a surpris.

Voted up +


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Dex!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi KDee411,

That's a great idea!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Bill, What a wonderful story with a shocker at the end. Perfect ending. I loved it.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Susan!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

That was a dang fine story, Will...just like always. I enjoyed every word of it! Good stuff! WB


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Will, I'm late to the party but I didn't miss out! I'm glad, it bothers me to think how many I may have missed when out ramblin about. I'm enjoying what seems to be the monsoons down here and ready to head for home.

I always read these productions of art in word a line at a time and stay away from the guessing of twists as well as proof reading. I find the endings twist or surprise or both to be better [for me, not tossin rocks] when I stay in the minute working visuals of what a person looks like as you provide the sketch, once again you've bunted for a 80 yard dunk shot and the soccer ball never moved so the grapefruit up side my head totally surprised me. Well worth the price of admission, you need to raise your rates! I suspect you enjoy this writing more than the cash but I guess the cash has it's merits as well, thanks for the entertainment,

dusty


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Wayne!

I have to keep up with the competition of great writers like you!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Have a great trip back, Dusty, and be very careful! In fact, let me know when you get home.


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feenix 4 years ago

Hello, Will,

Well, you've done it again, my friend. This is a terrific, very-well-written story.

And you really do have a knack for the "surprise ending."

I really did enjoy reading this masterpiece.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I know I cannot say just how much I enjoyed this. You are getting so good I forgot where I was or who or what I was reading. It grabbed me and held me right to the end and then gave me a smile from ear to ear! Needless to say, up and across.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi feenix!

I think I'll write a few without a surprise ending.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Jackie,

I'm always trying to improve.


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States

You weave a riveting and clever tale about self-defense and law in the Arizona Territory. Very nice.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Jason! I liked your vampire story!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Finaly, finaly, finaly, I saw one coming. Great story will.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

You saw through me? Way to go, Mike!


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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

Oh, my goodness! I am shocked. The judge is Jimmy, and poor dumb Tom Wright helped the defense! Wow, what a story! I do not know the words to express myself. Your work is brilliant! I will rest now and read more later.

This is in contrast to a real young boy I knew. He wanted to become a lawyer to get his brother out of jail. He was too impatient to let that happen over some years, so he sold drugs to get the money for a lawyer. It landed him in jail with his brother. Too bad he did not use Jimmy's wisdom.

Loved it!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Levertis Steele!

It's sad to see so many young boys and girls in trouble these days.


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wilderness 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

A great story - I can see I've been missing out by not visiting here. No longer, though.


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WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Well, thank you wilderness.

I spent a beautiful summer in Boise when we built a JCPenney store there. That was somewhere in the later 1980's. Caught some great trout too!

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