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Billy the Kid Discovers There is No Rest for the Wicked: A Continuing Short Story

Updated on December 09, 2015

Filling You In

Just in case you missed the first seven episodes in this serial, let me get you up-to-date. Billy and Genna are on the run. A large number of bad guys are looking for them and if found the outcome will not be pleasant.

They both have found jobs in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and they are renting a farmhouse on the outskirts of town, keeping their heads down and silently praying that their luck changes.

But someone has found them.

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The Next Day

The next day was a Saturday and the meat-processing plant was paying me time-and-a-half to work. I didn’t need the cash but I wanted it to appear like I did, so I bundled up for the weather and cursed the cold wooden floor. Genna had the late shift at the Lazy Boots and wasn’t due in until five, so she mumbled goodbye to me and promptly went back to sleep. A north wind announced the arrival of a new storm as ice pellets pounded the hood of the car during the ten minute drive. The landscape matched my mood….bleak. It was colder than a witch’s tit as I pulled into the parking lot at West Liberty Foods at seven-fifty.

I wondered if Genna remembered a guy was coming to unclog the toilet at ten a.m. I called to remind her. No answer. Probably sleeping soundly. I called her again, let it ring ten times. Genna always has her phone on the nightstand next to bed. No way she doesn’t hear ten rings. I stared at my phone as if it could provide the answer. I looked at the clock on the dash….seven-fifty-three. I watched my co-workers file through the front door, their breaths pluming under a gray sky. I calculated the odds Genna simply slept through the ringing phone. They weren’t good odds.

Bob Tillson was just getting out of his car. I yelled over to him and told him I had to run back home, asked him to tell the foreman I’d be in by eight-thirty. He waved and hurried into the warehouse as the sleet changed to snow and I stomped on the gas and fishtailed out of the parking lot. West on Washington Street, left on Jefferson, two miles and cross the bridge over Big Creek then a sharp right into our driveway and slam on the brakes as a black Cadillac Escalade sat in front of our rental and I knew with crystal clarity that our pasts had caught up with us.

My Old Man

I’m known as a crazy Mick bastard and that reputation is attributable in part to me and in part to my old man. Things were tough in Washington Heights growing up with the crack selling like candy and the Sepulveda brothers ruling the streets with blistering retribution, but it was nothing like the childhood my old man had. We may or may not have come a long way in race relations in this country, but during the Forties and Fifties, when my dad walked those same streets, being Irish was nothing to advertise, if you get my drift. His knuckles were permanently scarred from the fistfights of his youth and he carried a four-inch long scar along his left cheek, a badge of honor that got him membership into the O’Reilly gang in nineteen fifty-one.

Some dads play catch with their kids. My dad taught me how to survive on the streets, and those lessons remain with me today. He used to tell me to always have an escape route. He told me to always take it to the bastards, strike first, strike harder and keep striking until all resistance was gone. So sitting at the end of the driveway with the leafless oaks providing a canopy against the snowy sky, I instinctively knew driving up there would be an error. Always have an escape route. I turned the wheel left and advanced two feet, then cranked the wheel right and backed up until my car blocked the driveway. No way out for them. Error on their part, whoever they were; they had no escape route.

Then it was time for me to strike first, strike harder and keep striking.

Preparing for Battle

I checked my Glock and made sure it was locked and loaded, then got out of the car, tugged my collar as high as it would go and started walking towards the house. There was no motion to be seen. The curtains were pulled, something we never did on the first floor. As I pulled even with the Cadillac I felt its hood. Still warm. It had only been there fifteen minutes tops. They must have been watching, waiting for me to leave. Showed up right after I left. I took out my knife and flattened two tires. No escape.

I had no idea how many were in the house, but I didn’t feel like I had time for any fancy reconnaissance. Strike first, strike hard. I flicked the safety off, walked up three steps to the porch, opened the screen door, tested the door knob and found it locked. I backed up for momentum, took one step forward, pivoted my hips and shattered the door jam with a solid kick at the lock. Keep moving. Genna was tied to a kitchen chair straight ahead thirty feet. Her face was bleeding. Two guys in suits were standing over her. At the sound of my entrance they turned. One of them reached instinctively into his pocket. My nine millimeter slug got to him before he could pull the gun from his pocket. He seemed to melt onto the floor after being hit by my hollow point.

The other guy looked at his buddy, looked at me, did some quick calculations and raised his arms in the air. He smiled. I smiled. Just two friendly guys standing over a dead body, a spreading pool of blood and a woman tied to a kitchen chair.

“No need for the gun,” he said to me. “We’re all civilized people, right?”

“Is that what we are?” I asked. “So you’re saying civilized people beat women after breaking into a house? Who are you and what the fuck are you doing in my home? And be very careful how you answer that question. If I sense a lie you’ll join your buddy on the floor. I’ve pretty much run out of patience this morning.”

Genna hadn’t said a word but she was conscious, listening and obviously scared-shitless.

“My name is Jake Petrovich. I work out of the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney, and Genna here is my wife. I’ve come to take her home with me, and you need to put that gun down before you get into more trouble than you already own.”

“Jake, I’ve heard of you. It seems you like to hit women. Genna tells me you’re abusive. I’m guessing Miami-Dade hasn’t authorized this little journey of yours. As fucked up as that office is, there is no way they give sanction to you and your buddy kidnapping your wife. So you’re here on your own, aren’t you Jake, a quick snatch and grab, back in Miami by tomorrow, no one the wiser?”

The truth was in his eyes but being a political animal, he had to try.

“As a state official I’m authorized to be here. Now put your gun down now.” His bluster was ridiculous considering his predicament.

“Bullshit, Jake! I’m guessing no one knows you’re here in Iowa, but I’m a reasonable sort. If Genna wants to go with you then she goes with my blessings. What about it, Genna, do you want to reunite with Jake?”

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The Answer

The blood had dried and crusted on her beautiful lips. They were starting to swell and she slowly shook her head. Her dark eyes shifted from fear to hatred.

“I’m not going anywhere with this monster, Billy. I’ll end up floating in the bay six months from now and he’ll get off clean as a whistle. His kind always walk away clean.”

“Not this time, Genna.”

The nice thing about a farmhouse in the country is no one hears a gunshot, especially in the muffled atmosphere of a strengthening snowstorm. Jake was dead before he hit the floor. The smell of cordite hung heavy in the kitchen. Discharged bowels fouled the floor. A spray pattern of Jakes blood decorated the refrigerator.

Strike first. Strike hard. No escape. Dad would be proud.

I untied Genna and she leaned into my arms, her tears falling silently against my chest.

“What are we going to do, Billy?”

“Always with the questions, like I have answers just waiting for you. Shit, Genna, let me think for thirty seconds before you hit me with the heavy inquisition, okay?”

She rubbed her wrists and wiped her eyes. “That’s the second time you saved my life.”

“Let’s not make a habit of it, okay?”

I released her from my embrace and walked to the front door. I looked out to confirm no one had heard the shots. Visibility was already greatly reduced. Not a soul was out there. I turned back to Genna.

“Nobody knows they were here. I think we skate on this one. We dump the bodies and keep on living our lives here in scenic Iowa.”

“But what if someone else knows they were coming here? What if they kept records somewhere of this trip?”

“Enough with the what ifs, Genna. We roll the dice until they come up snake eyes. Clean yourself up while I move these two out to their car. When you’re ready I’ll drive them somewhere, you’ll follow and we dump them and their car. Let’s get moving. I want this trash out of our home as soon as possible.”

Of Course This Will Be Continued

I’m having too much fun driving the bus for Billy and Genna, so we can’t stop now. Check in next week and we’ll find out how Billy’s plan works out. Until then, thanks for following along.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 15 months ago from New York, New York

      Great continuation and definitely love that you are indeed having so much fun with the story of Billy the Kid still. Happy Wednesday and hoping you are having a wonderful day so far!! ;)

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Wednesday, Janine, and thank you for again being the first one here.

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      Ann Carr 15 months ago from SW England

      I am so enjoying this adventure of theirs, bill! You maintain the atmosphere, the suspense and the fun of the chase. Quick pace, quick-fire dialogue and action (literally!). No time for any chin-wags in this story, eh?

      Ann :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Boy oh boy, this was so chilling and vividly written. Billy has killed so many people. ( All bad to the bone. ) I don't see how he can go on without getting caught. Somehow I hope he and Genna can settle down and just live, but I know better. I love this episode! See you next week.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...no chin-wags at all, Ann! Too funny! I'm so glad you're enjoying the story. I'll keep it going for awhile longer and then let it simmer on a back burner while I work on other things.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I don't think people like Billy ever outrun their past...or themselves. :) I'm glad you liked it....more next week for sure.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 15 months ago from United Kingdom

      I KNEW IT!!!!! Way to go, Billy.

      Of course, eventually somebody is going to notice these guys are missing. But I'm sure Billy will have a plan it place by then. Or maybe Genna will come up with something. After all, she knew her deceased husband and his cronies better than Billy did and must have some valuable inside info.

      So now we've got the Russians, the Mexicans and the DA's office after Billy. Which one of them will pop up next? Or does Billy plan on making a new friend?

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      manatita44 15 months ago from london

      Awesome stuff, Bro.

      In fact incredible pace in this one. Fast and furious like this car dude. Van Diesel, I think. This is some serious story. Continue ...continue.

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      Venkatachari M 15 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Great going. It is very interesting and thrilling. Billy the kid is something funny to hear. But, he is so fierce and aggressive in his deeds. Will be waiting for next episode.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I'm not sure Billy is into plans. He seems to wander from problem to problem without a clue. We shall see. You called it perfectly last time. I suspect the Russians but what do I know? LOL

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I will indeed, Manatita. I can't slow this story down, my friend.

      Thank you and peace always!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M. I'll try not to disappoint with the next installment.

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      Marlene Bertrand 15 months ago from Northern California, USA

      My hero!

      Billy saves the day. But, my goodness, can a brother get a break? Don't even think about it! :)

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      June Parker 15 months ago from New York

      After flattening their tires, he's gonna have to change their damn tires before he can roll the bodies out in that Cadillac Escalade. I am so loving this story. The suspense it keeping me on the edge of my seat!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 15 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Getting more and more exciting all the time. Hope they find a ditch large enough to hold the car and its contents or perhaps like the scene from Psycho where Norman watches the car sinking into the swamp. ...

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      breakfastpop 15 months ago

      I am loving this.......

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I just don't see a break heading his way...but one can always hope, right? :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Darn, Kona, I hadn't even thought of that. LOL Seriously....thanks for the chuckle at my own lack of planning.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, the complications just keep piling up, don't they? :) Thank you for riding along.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, Pop! There are no gray areas with Billy, are there?

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      breakfastpop 15 months ago

      No, there certainly aren't. I hate to say this, but I find it refreshing that he just shoots the bad guys without wasting time!

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      William Leverne Smith 15 months ago from Hollister, MO

      ... me too... a bit worried about two slashed tires... but have confidence in Billy the Kid (as well as billybuc!) to 'get the job done!' ;-)

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, he lives in a world I wouldn't necessarily enjoy but like you, I love his "justice system."

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, maybe he called AAA before the shooting began. LOL I really had not thought of that at the time. I've got some scrambling to do for sure.

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      Linda Lum 15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Well shucks Bill, you can always rewrite that paragraph. It's called editorial license. I love how you develop a story. Thanks for another great installment.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Linda! I'm on a roll now. No re-writing. I'll adjust on the fly. Thanks and I'm so glad you are enjoying this.

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      Clive Williams 15 months ago from Nibiru

      ahhhhhhhh....my kinda story billy. But those goons i sent were stupid. I told them to kill the braud and dump the body into the trash, then sit and wait for you to come and slam shells into you.....better luck next time billy boy!

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 15 months ago from Taos, NM

      I was completely absorbed in your story and I can't wait for the next installment. I love that Billy doesn't think he just reacts when he finds those guys in the house and Genna tied up. How will he move the Escalade with slashed tires, though. Tow truck around?

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      Buildreps 15 months ago from Europe

      It's getting an awesome story by now, billybuc! I like the credo of his dad - strike first, strike hardest. If he didn't get this law of the jungle it was quickly done for this Irish dude... Is it getting a kind of love story by now?:)

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      Ruchira Khanna 15 months ago

      Hey Billy the kid is on a roll :)

      Good for him to put down the bad guys !!

      Happy Wednesday, Bill

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      DreamerMeg 15 months ago from Northern Ireland

      I like his old man's life lessons but glad I don't need them. Great continuation. Looking forward to the next instalment but he has to change two slashed tyres before he can dump them. He'll hardly be at work by 8.30! Or will he? Waiting eagerly.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Clive, I knew it was you. Billy is heading your way. He doesn't like being set up for an ambush. Thank God your goons were stupid. :)

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, unfortunately, Billy doesn't think ahead when he acts....now he definitely has a problem. :) I'm glad you're enjoying it.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, I think there is some love sprinkled in....I'll probably toss in some descriptions soon. I'm not much of a "love scene" kind of writer so it will take some work on my part.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Wednesday, Ruchira! Billy does leave a trail of bodies behind him, doesn't he?

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Meg, I think that job is history but let's wait and see. I don't know what Billy will do.

      Thanks for being here.

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      drbj and sherry 15 months ago from south Florida

      Just as exciting as the previous chapters, Bill. Just one word of caution. Don't drive through a red light if you visit Miami-Dade County. After this unflattering reference, the State Attorney's office will be happy to lock up your a.. and throw away the key. ;)

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      Clive Williams 15 months ago from Nibiru

      LOL@billy

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, warning received. I'll scratch Miami off my list of vacation destinations. :) Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again, Clive!

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Love this story, Billy is sort of an anti-hero but you got to love him. First thing that hit me was that he slashed there tyres so it would be difficult to move the car...so interesting to see what happens there. Lucky he only did two tyres and not all four. Keep it going, can't wait.

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      Devika Primić 15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great writing and an interesting story. I enjoyed reading.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 15 months ago from United Kingdom

      So Billy has to deal with the slashed tyres, dispose of the bodies and be back at work by 8:30!? This I gotta see.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks John! Billy even surprised me by slashing those two tires. I sure hope he figured out a solution.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you enjoyed it, DDE! Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I suspect the job might be a problem. :) This I gotta see too!

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      Shauna L Bowling 15 months ago from Central Florida

      My adrenaline pumps and a smile slaps itself on my face when I see another episode of Billy the Kid hit my inbox.

      Guess he won't be making it back to work by 8:30, or will he? Billy's got to cover his tracks and don't leave any dangling questions to muddle things up.

      Where will he and Genna dump the bodies and car? Will they burn them first? Will Miami miss the asshole and try to look for him? And who was the stooge that helped Genna's husband find her? Will anyone be looking for him?

      You've set us up good, Billy - er, Bill. Can't wait to see what happens next.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, so many questions. I sure hope Billy and Genna have some answers soon. Something tells me that life in Mount Pleasant is never going to be idyllic for our heroes. :) Thanks for finding the time to read along.

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      Larry Rankin 15 months ago from Oklahoma

      Another great series for you.

      Great work!

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      Audrey Howitt 15 months ago from California

      I've picked up bits and pieces of this series--Glad Genna is ok!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a lot, Larry!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, thanks for picking up bits and pieces...one thing is constant....trouble! :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 15 months ago from The Caribbean

      I like Billy, but I hate murder. I know; I know. It goes with this territory and I'm going along for the ride. Great story-teller you are.

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      Mary Norton 15 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't imagine the twist. I was so sure they were the people looking for Billy. What a surprise. Enjoyed it.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora! I understand what you are saying, and I appreciate your kind support.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Aesta....there are more twists ahead. Stay tuned.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Strike hard and fast no prisoners and no witnesses. Grrrr! But how did they find 'em -- could be a trail they overlooked. And if the bad guys were getting the info, they left a trail. Tough decision riding this one out until snake eyes. Oh we await next week -- reminds me of the Reader's digest continuing stories. I can smell your pages.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Eric. You think just like a mystery writer. Hey, Reader's Digest.....I can live with that comparison. Thank you, buddy, and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Aliswell 15 months ago from Iowa

      No problem with disposing of the Caddy! A quick call to "Dick Zwinger's Salvage Yard", and with a small $50 (for towing) deduction from their normal $225 payment to you... The Caddy is reduced to a flattened heap of former GMC pride of production.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Al, why didn't I think of that....I'll keep Dick Zwinger in mind, though.

      Thanks for stopping by again and have a great weekend.

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      Devika Primić 15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You write to teach us lessons that often is not in everyone's mind.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I try, DDE! I hope that is true. Thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 15 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Good work with the dust that traveled quite a distance to end up on your doorstep.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Deb! I don't think the problems have ended quite yet.

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      Reynold Jay 15 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Love the fast pace of this. Your photo of the house reminds me of my grandmother's house in a tiny Michigan town. Looks like it to me!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Reynold Jay. I think a lot of those old farmhouses were built with the same plans. :) It looks a lot like my grandmother's house in Charles City, Iowa, too.

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      Genna East 15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I love your we-are-there sense of imagery. I was in that car with Billy, as he waved at Tillson, then hurried back to the farm house, worried that Genna wasn't answering her phone, in that bleak cold that was as unforgiving as Billy's past. And we learn more about his life growing up, with his Dad's lessons of the street that made him a survivor with his own unique code. My heart skipped a beat as Billy climbed the steps of the farmhouse, Glock ready. And to find poor Genna beaten and bound by her husband ADA Jake -- well, that explains the Cadillac. Such suspense, Bill! Superbly written with whip-smart dialogue, expertly paced, giving us just the right amount of unanswered questions and anticipation of what will happen next.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, what I love about your comments....it is obvious that you've read every line...and I thank you for that, and your support....and your enthusiasm for the story. More coming tomorrow.

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      Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago

      Darn! Bill you shot the SOB before you found out how he found you and Genna - I am guessing Jake did not use his State Attorney office to help him locate Genna, or not with their knowledge if he did.

      I almost read the next chapter before this one and then read that Genna was cleaning her wounds and realized I missed this one so... I will head on over to the next issue.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, I think it's safe to say that Billy doesn't think things through before acting. Probably one reason why he is constantly in trouble. I'm glad you're enjoying the ride. Thank you!

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Trouble seems to find some people.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It does for sure, Flourish! I don't think Billy will ever be able to relax. :) Thank you!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 15 months ago from United Kingdom

      Shyron E Shenko makes a good point. How did he find Billy and Genna? Is he dirty with connections to underworld crime? Where they ones who told him where to find Billy? Or maybe it was his friend. Maybe that who he was calling. Ooo...this series is so much fun.

      Merry Christmas to you and the family, Billy. See you in the New Year.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      So many questions, Zulma, and so few answers. :) Hopefully I'll be able to answer them to everyone's satisfaction. Thank you for following along and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      Mel Carriere 15 months ago from San Diego California

      Two corpses on the kitchen floor is always a lovely way to start off a Christmas morning. Trying to keep up with Billy the Kid, but he runs too fast and you type too fast. Great story!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, Billy has to keep moving. It's too easy to shoot a stationary person. :) Merry Christmas, my friend, and thank you.

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      Lawrence Hebb 15 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

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      Hooray for Billy!! At least one down, quite a few more to go!

      Gonna have to find out what happens next.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, don't blink or you'll miss a few shootings. :) Happy New Year my friend, and thanks.

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      Linda Crampton 14 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing another exciting and interesting installment, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I appreciate you catching up with this story....so glad you like it.

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      Besarien 14 months ago

      Woohoo! I am loving this and can't wait to see the bad guys eat hot lead and potatoes or whatever your noir Irish antihero is serving up for dinner. The pacing, the imagery, the internal and external dialogue- it's all pitch perfect. I'm along for the ride and right there on the edge of my seat.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Besarien, thank you so much. Our antihero will return soon with another episode of potential disaster. :)

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      Missy Smith 14 months ago from Florida

      I mean...come on! I am so glad I've had the time to sit down and catch up with this story. You have got to make it into a book. It's like how I am when I'm reading a good book for sure, I can't seem to let go, I want to keep going. lol... It's a book! Yep, this will be a book one day! :)

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Missy, you can rest comfortably with the knowledge that this will be a book within this year. Thank you so much for following along on this Friday.

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      Shannon 10 months ago from Texas

      If I could write like you. . .The possibilities would be endless. I'm glad this is still around here to catch up on.

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      Bill Holland 10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That is so kind of you, Shanmarie. Thank you so much.

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