The Gunfight - A Will Starr Short Story

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The Gunfight



“Oh for Heaven’s sake!”

Millie Ferguson placed her knitting in her lap as she gazed out the window. Hattie Winnow placed her own knitting on the table beside her chair and struggled to her feet to see what was transpiring. She too peered out the window at the town’s main street, but saw nothing.

“What, pray tell, is out there that provoked you to call upon Heaven, Millie?”

Hattie and Millie were sisters. Hattie was the widow of Clarence Winnow, and Millie was a spinster. The house on Main Street had been in the Ferguson family for years, but there were no more heirs, so it had been willed to the town to serve as a library when the sisters passed on. But since they were both in their early forties, neither sister was in any hurry. The books could wait.

“Well look closer! That fool Kirby Willis has two pistols in his belt. He’s no gunman!”

“Oh, Millie! You’ve been put out with poor old Kirby ever since you were in school together. He can’t help it if he’s the most bashful man in the territory.”

Millie sniffed. “He made me look the fool when he bid on Lucy Edwards’ supper box instead of mine. I made all his favorite things, and he ate with Lucy instead. I ended up eating with Joe Barney, for pity’s sake!”

“Well, he said later that he thought it was your box because he saw you carry it into the church.”

“I was just helping Lucy!”

“Kirby didn’t know that.”

Millie sniffed again. “Well, he should have asked.”

Hattie smiled and patted her sister gently on the hand. “Who packed what box is supposed to be a secret. That's the whole idea of a box supper and the fun of it! Kirby was not to blame, and in any case, that was years ago!”

Kirby had gone off to fight in the Great War between the States, but it was ten years before he came back and then it was with his new bride. Millie was devastated, although they never actually had any sort of ‘understanding’. In fact, other than an occasional dance or a box supper now and then, there had been nothing Millie could hang her hat on romantically, but she had her dreams of becoming Mrs. Kirby Willis. She assumed that Kirby would some day muster the courage to ask for her hand. Instead, he asked someone else, and she became an old maid.

It was not that she had no other choice. Several young men came courting, but they weren’t Kirby Willis. Later on, other, more mature men also tried to tempt her, but she had resigned herself to spinsterhood. Finally, the gate to her path saw no more suitors.

Hattie pulled back the curtains and peered out. “Why, he is carrying two pistols.” She glanced back at her sister. “Whatever for?”

“Marshal Dally is out of town for a fortnight, and Kirby volunteered to keep an eye on the town. Yesterday, there was a telegram warning that the Newly brothers might be headed this way. I suppose the fool thinks it’s his duty to arrest them should they appear in town.”

Hattie moved behind her younger sister’s chair and placed her hands gently on her shoulders. She spoke softly.

“He’s not a fool, Millie, and you know it. He’s one of the best men around, and you’re just hurt because he doesn’t have the courage to approach you and ask for your hand. Everyone knows he loves you just as much as you love him, although I don’t know why you do. He’s the homeliest man in the county, and you’re still the most beautiful woman around, even as a forty year old spinster.”

Millie jumped to her feet and angrily faced her sister. “Kirby Willis is not homely! He’s just rugged looking, that’s all.”

She hesitated.

“Well, perhaps he’s not the most handsome of men, but his face has…character. And that is all I have to say on the subject!”

Millie flounced off into the kitchen, and Hattie turned to hide her smile. Kirby Willis had an enormous Adam’s apple, and a beak of a nose to match. He was tall, bone-thin, and gangly, so she’d never understood Millie’s attraction to him, but no matter. Millie loved him and that was that.

Millie’s voice called out from in the kitchen, over the clatter of pans being readied for the day’s baking.

“And you’ve always been prettier than me, Hattie, so I am not the most beautiful girl around, either.”

Hattie smiled again and looked out the window, but the street was deserted except for an old gray dog hopefully looking for scraps.

Kirby Willis saw to his guns one more time, assuring himself that they were fully loaded and ready. He hadn’t been this afraid since he led the charge against the Rebel forces that ended when he was shot down. He crept into the brush, where he was found the following morning by the Townsend boys and nursed back to health by Rebecca Townsend on the family farm.

The Newly brothers had also fought in the Big War, but for the other side. After the war, they kept on killing and marauding, but this time for their own gains. Now they may be headed here. He rose and peered out the window at the deserted street. It was the nooning hour, and most folks were eating.

His healing took a long time, and then he stayed on out of gratitude to help rebuild the war damaged farm. Rebecca made it plain she was interested, and Millie by then had probably wed, so they were married.

He took a Winchester out of the rack, and considered carrying it, but decided his two pistols were enough. He had twelve shots, and if it took more than that, he would be dead anyway. He smiled ruefully at himself as he replaced the rifle. The Newly boys probably wouldn’t even pass through this little town, and here he was thinking about dying in a blazing gunfight.

He brought Becky back home, where after ten more years, she took sick suddenly and died within two days. There was no town doctor, so no one knew what had taken her life. She was buried up on the knoll among the town’s other dead. There were no children.

Millie had first been visibly angry that he had married another, but after Becky’s death, she patted his shoulder as she passed by during the funeral. It was a small thing, but he was grateful for her understanding. He often wondered if she would still consider having him, but she gave no sign, so he decided to leave it alone. Besides, he was too bashful to ask her anyway.

He walked out the door and stood on the boardwalk for a moment. A rooster crowed from somewhere, disturbing the silence. Nothing was moving but a pesky fly buzzing around his hat as he stepped out into the dust of the street.

“I’m off to the church, Millie. Sarah Burnside is expecting me to sing with her Sunday, so we’re going to practice. If the cows hear us, they’ll probably deliver sour milk.”

Millie smiled. Hattie had a beautiful voice, but she always claimed it was akin to a tomcat midnight serenading on a backyard fence. The screen door slammed, and she was gone.

Millie was opening the oven door to check on her loaves of bread when she first heard the loud voices. One of them sounded like Hattie, so she walked to the parlor window and peered out.

There were two grinning men on horseback, and they were blocking the path Hattie was walking. Both were strangers to Millie.

“I’ll thank you kindly to give me the way, gentlemen.”

Hattie spat out the last word with a great show of contempt. The larger man laughed and was starting a reply when something caught the corner of Millie’s eye. It was Kirby Willis, and he was striding purposefully down the street toward the strangers.

“You men cease molesting that woman at once.” Kirby had a revolver in each hand. “I’m thinking you would be Sam and Tom Newly, the two curs we've been waiting for.”

He kept walking quickly toward them as he spoke, and they sidestepped the horses away from Hattie, who ran behind a big oak.

What happened next was the topic of many a conversation for months. No one saw who fired the first shot, but suddenly the air was filled with the blue of powder smoke and the roar of constant firing. Hattie watched in horror as Kirby Willis stood calmly in the street while the two men on horseback shot down at him. But both of Kirby’s guns were also firing rapidly, and she watched in astonishment as first one, and then the other brother simply rolled off their frightened and bucking horses, stone dead.

For a moment, Kirby stood there silently, automatically reloading his guns as he watched the two men lying on the ground. Then he walked up to the brothers and toed each of them. Satisfied that they were dead, he turned and walked rapidly down the street to the Ferguson house, where he slammed open the gate and then rapped loudly on the door. An ashen faced Millie opened it and stared up at Kirby.

“I thought you would surely have married while I was gone all those years off to war, so I married Becky. After she died, I never had the fortitude to speak up, so now, while I do have some temporary courage, I’m asking if you will have me. Will you, Millie?”

Millie nodded up at him silently, as he stood there, his big Adam’s apple jerking up and down.

“Then it’s settled? We are to be married?”

She nodded again, and he abruptly spun on his heel and strode away, leaving a stunned Millie with her mouth open.

“Well, I must say, that your Kirby is a man among men, Millie. I was terrified, but he just stood there calmly and shot both of them down, as cool as you please.”

Hattie nodded inquiringly at her sister’s cup.

“More tea?”

“Yes, please.”

As Hattie rose, she stepped on something. When she bent to pick up the small object, she spotted a second one just under her chair. She slowly gathered them up and then held the two shiny brass cartridges out to Millie, staring at her sister. By the fresh smell of burned gunpowder, both had been recently fired.

Millie shrugged her shoulders and then rose, lifting the Winchester rifle from its hiding place behind the curtain.

“I told you Kirby was no gunman. He can manage a rifle fairly well, but with a pistol, he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn if he was standing inside it.”

She looked at her older sister. “This will be our solemn secret, Hattie.”

She turned, put the rifle back on the wall rack, and sat back down.

“Yes, I would like some more tea, if you please.”

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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I totally loved this. I was totally taken in by your final twist. But then I started laughing. I live down here with y'all now. I am down in Hereford and would welcome you if you wanted to visit.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Awesome story, Will. From first word to last it was great. I know you usually end with a twist, but still this really surprised me. What a gal !


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

I loved this ending Will! I made me think of arsenic and old lace somehow!


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carrie Lee Night 2 years ago from Northeast United States

Great story :). Always enjoy your hubs. Have a great week.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

WillStarr - I had begin to think your "story well" had gone dry, but I should have known better.

Once again, you got me with the ending twist. I tried like heck to see one coming but never had a clue.

Does this mean the famous WillStarr is going to be showing up a little more often?


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Will. Good to see you back doing what you do. You are a spinner of tales of high caliber that is for sure. I am not sure Kirby is getting a bargain .


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

We will accept your kind invitation Becky, and maybe talk Old Poolman and his lovely wife Sue into coming with us!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Phyllis! Are you near the ranching dispute?


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

I never thought about Arsenic and Old Lace as I was writing this Audrey, but yes, it does have that flavor!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Carrie, and you have a great week as well!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Mike, and I really enjoyed our phone conversation tonight! Thank you so much for calling. It made my day!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Mike!

Maybe we'll revisit Kirby and Millie, just to see how how it all worked out!


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resspenser 2 years ago from South Carolina

Loved it Willstar! Put me in mind of a movie about Liberty Valance? Great job as usual! Keep them coming.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Ronnie!

Audrey Howitt said this story reminded her of Arsenic and Old Lace, and now you mention The Man who Shot Liberty Valance, one of my all time favorites. That puts me in some great company, so thank you my friend!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

I just saw something about the ranching dispute on facebook. It is in southern Nevada, I am up north. I want to go read about it. There are always disputes between the BLM, Wild Horse Preservation, and the Ranchers. Is that what the dispute is about?


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Wow ! The dispute is worse than I realized -- Bundy and his cows illegally grazing and the BLM rounding up his cattle. Seems the dispute may very well escalate.

I had to read your story again as long as I was here. I love it.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

What a great story! Amazing what 'old' spinsters can do! This kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through and the ending was superb. Two gentle sisters talking then 'Pow!' It made me smile. Ann


Ghaelach 2 years ago

Morning Will.

There's no better way to start a Sunday than to boot up my L/T and see "Will Starr has published a new hub." That's when the blood starts pumping and I look over my shoulder to see if there's some dude with a colt in his hand pointing at me.

With that sorted, I can sit back and wander back a couple hundred years and read your story.

You never spoil my imagination. I felt as though I was across the street peeping from behind the curtains watching Kirby.

Wunderfully written story Will, hooked from start to finish and I got hit on the nose with your twist at the end.

Have a great Sunday.

Ghaelach


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Your story holds the reader from beginning to end. And a clever ending it is. You are the master story-teller Will! As a female reader and fan, I appreciate the way you weave just the right amount of romance into your plot. Please start on another short story soon ~


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Great stuff Will, and that great twist at the end which we love. Voted up.


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FitnezzJim 2 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Great Story. What an ending. How do we talk you into writing more often here on HubPages? Or better yet, where do we go to get a book full of these stories?


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica

The ending blew me away as usual Will! I thought the climax was Kirby gaining the courage to propose but you did it again, totally shocked me. Always loved your stories.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Phyllis,

The BLM's 'authority' is based on a desert tortoise that is not endangered at all, and now it looks like Harry Reid may be behind all this because his son wants to use the ranch land for a business venture with a Chinese solar power company. When that was uncovered, the BLM backed off and left the ranch.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Ann from across the pond, and than you!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Ghaelach, and thank you for your always faithful following of Will Starr!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Audrey June, and I wove a little tribute to Vocal Coach in there with Hattie's dislike of her own voice. Did you catch it?


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you to Jodah from down under!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Jim!

Thank you, and my books are here:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/WillStarr


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks to Carolee, my Jamaican beauty!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Hi Will.

I read that about the tortoise -- odd, since the tortoise is just fine. After reading more and talking with my brother, I agree with you. I did not know the whole story based o the one article I read. I know Harry Reid is behind a lot of problems in our country. The media sure knows how to avoid the real issues. It is high time people wake up and see the real reasons for problems like this.

Thanks, Will.


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Really great story, Will. I like the ending especially.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

What a great story, Will! Millie's quite the woman! She finally got her man and he's none the wiser that it was her skill that gunned those rascals down. Awesome ending. I certainly didn't see it coming!


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The Frog Prince 2 years ago from Arlington, TX

You my friend are the master of the short story. Nice work.

TFP


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

That seems to be the real story, Phyllis.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Don, and I miss your work.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Shauna!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Jim!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

What a great story. Poor Millie, i was feeling sorry for her, then you made me laugh with the switch. What a woman! I loved your fun filled story and voted it awesome and downright funny, Ha....


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Ruby Jean!


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

What a delightful, surprising end! Brilliant!

Oh, those were the days. If a police officer dare to shoot a criminal today, even when his life is at stake, he will surely be dispelled....

Law enforcement has no more power, and understandable when you know about all the corruption behind the curtains.

Excellent fiction. Again, the end was an awesome surprise.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Martie, all the way from South Africa!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh yes - loved it and caught your clever way of writing this into your story :)


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W1totalk 2 years ago

Great story and interesting twist.


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Oh, wow! What a superb story. Loved it, especially the twist at the end.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago

She's one hell of a woman! I loved this, Will. Voted up, interesting, funny and awesome!


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apache13 2 years ago from Belleville AR.

Will Starr, My best friend Apache died night before last, he made his way out to the Highway and got hit, totaled a car but no one got hurt except my little buddy and my heart. I'm very sad, 15 years he was my best friend. I know you liked my stories of his and my adventures, so I thought I should let you know he is traveling the Blue Road now, with his daughter Lightfoot.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, W1totalk!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Blossom and thank you!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks Pop!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

That is just devastating news, Apache, since I know how much you loved that horse, and after reading your stuff, I too feel a sense of loss. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

When you are up to it, I think you should write a final Hub about Apache in your own unique way, because you are an excellent writer. If you do, I'll share it with all my friends..


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apache13 2 years ago from Belleville AR.

Thank you for your sympathies Will Starr you have helped me a lot on here and I started a new hub and will finish part two soon. Thank you for everything, I feed off of your stories they helped me to form my words better and express my emotions better. I love your work and have found much help from your stories.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

I always enjoy seeing a new story from you out here, Will. This one is among my favorites of your great Western tales. The spinsters were quite likeable and the one really knew how to inspire courage in a man.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Fantastic story. That man really deserves a great woman like Millie she'll keep him in line and chin up. Passing this on.


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diogenes 2 years ago from UK and Mexico

A Golden Dagger Award, Will. Super ending and no one saw it coming! (Much less the two baddies!).

Your tales grab and hold us to the end.

Encore

Bob


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Best wishes, Apache.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Peg, and thank you!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Gypsy Rose Lee, and all the way from Latvia!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

If I can mislead Bob, I can fool anyone!

Thank you, my friend!


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

Ah, good for Millie! lol

An entertaining story, Will, thank you for sharing!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Beth, and thank you!


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

Adorable kids in the photo, too!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

That's my mother-in-law, Lucille and Uncle Frank, her older brother. Both have passed on now.


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wayne barrett 2 years ago from Clearwater Florida

I was reminded of a scene from "Every Which Way but Loose' when the old lady complained about the bikers taking advantage of her...and then she brought out a double barrel shotgun! Watch out for the innocent lass...cause she's liable to put lead in your ass!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Wayne!

Many of our ancestor ladies learned to shoot and defend themselves out of necessity. They only pretended to be helpless in order to catch a man. That was part of the game.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Aw, shucks, Will ! I did not know you cowboys knew out little secret.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Just the old timers know about those things, Phyllis!


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Just came back for another read! As fresh as the first!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Audrey! A new one is in process.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

OH MY GOODNESS Willstar i am just on hubpages in the right time . I was looking for you yesterday i could not remember your username . All i remember is that there was this guy that wrote wonderful short stories and in your profile had something about billy with your teacher, and your imagination. I just couldn't remember your name i punch in billy but did not find you.

I was trilled when i just saw your name on the home page i shouted out WILLSTAR ha ha ha. Glad to re-unite


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

WOW! So Millie shot they guys i well saying is Kirby when i read over the last part i realized Millie wasn't gonna see her Kirby dirby die like a fool ha ha ha. I guess I am somewhat like Millie a Spinster :)

Very lovely billy "willstar' so glad i found you back .


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, LadyFiddler, and happy to see you again.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

U r welcome Will


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

You've written some excellent short stories


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Joe!


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

you're very welcome


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I don't know what happened, Will, because I know I read this and commented....sigh...well, I'm here again, and it is every bit as good the second time around. Your stories are like putting on my slippers at the end of the day and sitting in my favorite chair. :)


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Bill and thank you!

I sometimes make a comment and then absentmindedly close out the page before submitting the comment.


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snerfu 2 years ago from Madurai, India

Gripping story with the right touch of domesticity, lived it and loved it.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, snerfu!


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Ginn Navarre 2 years ago

Hey you--you sure do make it hard for me to try and pick a favorite of all these great stories, so just keep-em coming.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Ginn, and thank you!


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RonElFran 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

An engrossing story with a nice twist at the end. I've just started thinking about short stories, and this is one of the best story hubs I've read.


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diogenes 2 years ago from UK and Mexico

I saw that end coming, Will, but it didn't detract from your magnetic style, one that could have made you a fortune. Are you sure you're not one of our great Western writers hiding behind a nom de plume!?

If only life's real stories all ended as well as yours!

Bob


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Ron!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Bob, and no, I'm just a pretender to the throne!


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Ginn Navarre 2 years ago

Hey you all above! WillStarr also has some of these great stories in audio with back ground sounds that make these great characters come to real LIFE!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks to you, Ginn! ^-^


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Elsie Hagley 23 months ago from New Zealand

You are a very good short story writer. This is the second one I have read, will be back for more.

I enjoyed reading it, very surprised with the ending. I would never have guessed that would happen.

Hope you had a merry christmas.


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WillStarr 23 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Well thank you, Elsie and thank you for the kind compliment. I guess our fellow writers must agree with you, because they honored me by awarding me the best fiction writer award in 2011 and again in 2014!

http://hubpages.com/community/Hubbers-on-the-Spotl...


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Larry Rankin 20 months ago from Oklahoma

Great twist, and a thoroughly engaging story.


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WillStarr 20 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Larry!


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Akriti Mattu 18 months ago from Shimla, India

This is such a great story. Voted up.


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WillStarr 18 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Akriti Mattu!

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