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Billy the Kid Enters the Heartland: A Continuing Short Story

Updated on December 2, 2015

It’s Time to Saddle up Again

Some of you have suggested this series of short stories would make a good book. I have no idea if that will happen. It wasn’t my plan when I started and still isn’t, but my plans have a way of being altered by life, and my writing plans are often altered by my muse. So we shall see. As we used to say as teens, who knows what the nose knows, so speak, beak!

All I know for sure is Billy the Kid is fun to write about and for now that will be enough for me.

When last we saw Billy, he had just visited his good friend, Pete, in Atlanta, and found out that there is a $100,000 bounty on his head. Billy and Genna decided it was a good time to get lost in one of those nondescript states in the Heartland where maybe, just maybe, the Russian mob and the Mexican drug cartel won’t find them.

As they drove away, Pete wrote down their license number and made a phone call.

And here we go!

East Tupelo
East Tupelo | Source

TRUST

The thing about trust is I have very little of it on a normal day. On a day when murderous thugs are looking to spray my brain matter across the landscape, I have absolutely none.

A hundred grand is a mighty incentive to a guy like Pete, a guy who has had to scramble for every buck he has made. It has the ability to warp allegiances and distort realities. We grew up together. We lost our cherries on the same night, to the same girl. And I didn’t trust him any further than I could throw him at that moment. I instructed Genna to find a Lexus dealer. Naturally, she was curious why.

“We need to trade in your car, the sooner the better. Odds are two-to-one against us that Pete has already called the Russians and Mexicans and told them your license number and car description. That gives us about two hours to make this car disappear. You’ll lose money on the trade-in but that’s better than your body being found tomorrow morning in an abandoned lot.”

I had to give her credit. She didn’t hesitate and she didn’t ask any questions. She fiddled with her phone, found an address for the closest Lexus dealer, put the address in the car’s GPS and began following the directions given by some disembodied British trollop.

It took exactly one hour and fifty-two minutes for the salesperson at Lexus of Atlanta to hand us the keys to a 2008 Toyota Camry and wish us well. I told Genna to drive.

“Now do we head to Iowa?” she asked me with more than a little apprehension in her voice.

“Not yet. One more stop and then we’re gone. Go back to the tavern on East Tupelo. I want to properly say goodbye to my childhood friend Pete.”

I could feel her eyes on me.

“Do you think that’s wise?”

“Genna, that horse left the barn a long time ago. When we get there, drop me at the curb and turn right at the first intersection. Park it so it can’t be seen from the tavern and wait for me. I won’t be long.”

East Tupelo

I knew he’d be there. He’d be nursing another beer and waiting for confirmation of my demise. He probably set up his bounty payment for later that night. I’m not sure what happened to loyalty in this country, but it’s sure in short supply. As Genna pulled to the curb and I got out, I thought back to the times my old man took Pete in when Pete’s old man was drunk and in a hittin’ mood. I thought of the meals my saintly mother cooked for Pete, giving him some love that was sorely missing in his own household. I thought about those things as I opened the door, walked in, spotted Pete in the same corner and approached him. I was ten feet from him when he looked up and saw me.

Pete was good but not good enough. For one brief moment I saw the surprise and fear in his eyes, then his features relaxed and a smile began to form. It never materialized. I jammed my gun in his mouth, splitting his lip and knocking two teeth out.

“Unlike you, Petey, the old times mean something to me. That’s why I’m going to let you live. No, no, Petey, please don’t try to deny it. You sold me out, plain and simple. But we were friends so you live….for awhile. Here’s what’s going to happen though, Pete. When I leave here I’m going to call a friend in the business and tell him at the last moment you had an attack of conscience and warned me. Word will spread pretty fast, don’t you think? I figure you’ve got a couple hours, tops, before either the Russians or the Mexicans walk though that front door. In other words, adios, asshole!”

I pulled the gun out of his mouth and clipped him on the side of the head. He was down for the count as I walked out of the tavern, down to the intersection, turned right and found Genna waiting ten feet down the curb.

“Did you kill him?”

“Couldn’t do it. Let’s go. This neighborhood is going to be a busy place soon. I think Iowa is sounding real nice about now.”

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IOWA

I’m from Washington Heights in New York City. When I was a kid, the Heights was the largest distribution center of crack in the northeast. You can look it up. The Wild Cowboys, a drug gang started by the Sepulveda brothers, ran the neighborhood with brutality, and friends of mine lived in a housing complex called Crack City. True story. Cops wouldn’t enter the Hood. Simple as that. So as we passed by the sign on the state highway telling us we were entering Iowa, and the landscape resembled a Norman Rockwell painting, all white-clapboard farmhouses, tractors, combines, Ford pickup trucks and bib overalls, I swear to God I felt misplaced, displaced and out of place.

I asked Genna if she was hungry; she said yes. She pulled off of 34 and took us into Mount Pleasant, a city of eight-seven hundred, brick storefronts, two traffic lights, honest-to-God barber poles, a meat-processing plant and a prison, and we saw it all during a five minute drive through town. Something about it appealed to us because Genna turned around, took us back into the downtown center and pulled into the Lazy Boots Café parking lot. Her Toyota was the only foreign-made car in the lot. I was pretty certain the Lazy Boots didn’t cater to vegetarians or vegans.

Mary Louise with the teased blond hair, ample butt and bosom welcomed us to the Lazy Boots, told us the chicken fried steak was to die for, took our orders and left us to ponder our present situation. I figured we were safe for awhile. No self-respecting Russian or Mexican gangbanger would be caught dead in Mount Pleasant and I shared that with Genna. She seemed relieved but still shell-shocked. Hell of a change for her. She was putting her trust in a crazy Mick bastard who had a price on his head, and that’s never a good recipe for success in life. Her dark eyes searched mine for reassurance. I don’t know what they found, but whatever it was, it didn’t ruin her appetite. She wolfed down the meal like a condemned woman on death row, which quite possibly she was.

She sopped up the last of the country gravy with her roll and asked me the question I knew was coming.

“What do we do now, Billy?”

Hell of a question.

“I don’t have much choice, Genna. I can’t go back, now or ever. There’s no debate of that fact. You, you might have some options, but they aren’t great and they all require relocation. The Mexicans know your name by now but I don’t know how hard they’ll look for you. If you’ve got relatives in some other state you would probably be safe going to them, but then there’s your ex-husband. He can find you through relatives, so that option sucks too. You can’t use your credit cards. They can be traced. Same with your cell phone. Toss it away and buy a pre-paid phone if you really need one. Right now that’s about the best I can tell you.”

She took a drink of her coffee. “What if I decided to stay with you?”

“It’s six of one, half dozen of the other. If you’re looking for guarantees of safety I’ve got none. With me or without me there are risks. Welcome to the giant crapshoot of life. I’m thinking Mount Pleasant is as good a hole to disappear in as any. Find a job, blend in with the populace, come up with a cover story and see what happens. We can hide in plain sight and hope for the best. After a few months I can drive up to Chicago and get us new identities. The paperwork won’t be perfect but it will serve our purposes. We become someone else and hopefully that will be enough to keep us alive.”

Home sweet home????
Home sweet home???? | Source

And so We Did

The days became weeks in Mount Pleasant. I found a job at the meat-processing plant, a dirty-assed job where management didn’t care enough to check references on a job app. Genna found work alongside Mary Louise at the Lazy Boots. We rented a foreclosed farmhouse two miles out of town. Mary Louise had a brother who worked at Mount Pleasant Bank, so we got the rental without too much hassle or background check, five-hundred a month including utilities. Evidently the real estate market was less-than-stellar in Mount Pleasant in December. Go figure!

The first snow fell on the tenth, a foot of white that muffled sounds and gave the illusion of safety. Our days became comforters of routine, off to work by eight, back home by dinner, eat together, watch some television, go to sleep and do it again the next day, and the next, and the next. We had remained platonic, perhaps both worried about the entanglements of emotional involvement, but as Christmas approached I was sorely tempted to toss platonic out the window and find comfort in her soft chocolate body.

Christmas Eve arrived under another fresh snowfall. We had bought each other presents so after dinner, by candlelight, we opened our gifts and pretended that all was right in the world and there truly was peace among men. I thanked her for the sweater and new work boots. She thanked me for the necklace, asked me to put it around her neck and then thanked me more with a kiss that halted time and left my knees like jelly.

Outside of our Currier and Ives scene, while we discovered the secrets of each other’s flesh, a black Cadillac Escalade passed slowly by.

To Be Continued

Just when you think our heroes (???) might catch a break and find some normalcy, up pops the devil. The only question is, which devil just popped up?

I guess we’ll just have to wait until next week to find out.

Thanks for stopping by, and if you’re ever in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, stop by and say howdy to Genna and that crazy Mick bastard…..hopefully they’ll be alive to return your greeting.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shanmarie, I look like a nice guy, but there's a devil deep inside. LOL Thanks for following along and catching up.

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Which devil? I say you're muse is the little devil here. Leaving me hanging like that. . .shame on you. Now I must go find the next chapter.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Smythe! I appreciate the kind words and the music.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm working on it, Missy, and I thank you for your enthusiasm.

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      Missy Smith 

      2 years ago from Florida

      So, I think I'm almost caught up. This was another good installment and as always left a great cliffhanger to go into the next. I agree with everyone you know...this should become a book!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. That's what I was hoping for....interesting characters.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I liked Genna right from the start, and I'm starting to like Billy, too, despite his violent hstory. He's an interesting character. Thanks for sharing the engaging story, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lawrence. I'll try not to disappoint you. See you Wednesday and Happy New Year!

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      My guess, ex hubby was in the Mexicans pockets! But we'll see. Either way I'm looking forward to the next installment.

      Lawrence

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Mel, isn't it great. I can sip my mocha and kill of the bad guys without breaking a sweat. How great it is to be a writer. LOL

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 years ago from San Diego California

      I lost track of Billy somewhere on the road somewhere. I can't help but notice the similarity between the names of the writer and the protagonist. Could this be your subdued alter-ego acting out your suppressed dreams? I won't get all Freudian on you, but the beauty of being a writer is that we can live out our fantasies on paper without really being shot at. Great story, I look forward to more!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, those two are destined for a never-ending rollercoaster ride of emotions. Thank God I don't live like they do, but it sure is fun writing about them. :) Thank you for following along so faithfully.

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      The Kid in the Heartland; now there's a situation pregnant with possibilities. I couldn't help but smile, wondering what he would find there, his reactions and culture shock. And how will Billy and Genna "blend in" the surrounding landscape of a small Iowa town? His stop-off to see Pete was understandable for our bad penny; but he handled it well, with smarts and Billy-like character. I thought (hoped) for a moment that our two would fall in love and find a safe haven in MP; and then, the outside world came calling: "Outside of our Currier and Ives scene, while we discovered the secrets of each other’s flesh, a black Cadillac Escalade passed slowly by..." Here we go...it seems that violence and Karma just won't let our hero and Genna go. Can't wait for the next installment!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, we shall see on Wednesday, but I can tell you that's a great guess.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Too funny, Deb! I'll try to get things cleaned up by that time.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      2 years ago from United Kingdom

      OMG! It's her husband in that Caddy, isn't it. Isn't it?

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I don't like snow spoiled with the color of crimson, so you'd better be alive when I roll into town.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...good one, Rasma! Thanks for the laugh.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I don't know what to tell you. I showed no signs of creativity when I was younger. I'm glad it finally surfaced. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I just couldn't kill him off. He's too lovable a rogue. :) Thanks for taking the journey with us all.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Now I simply have to know who was in that car. You know what came to mind when you mentioned devil? Cruella de Ville lol

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Bill, you've got quite a few in the queue! You're crazy creative!

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      drbj and sherry 

      2 years ago from south Florida

      That Billy the Kid is lucky to have you as his amanuensis, Bill. If someone else were writing this, Billy would be chopped up dogmeat by now. In the meantime, all of us lovable fans are being charmed by yours (and his) winning ways.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, Happy Saturday my friend. I don't think life with Billy would ever be boring, do you? I'll have another installment ready for you next Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      You gotta love a guy with balls of brass who keeps on tickin' just like the Energizer bunny. Which of the bad guys is strolling by in that Caddy wagon? I won't even try to guess. I'm sure it's not anyone we'd expect at this point.

      I'm glad Billy and Genna are having a nice Christmas. It may be the last peaceful moment for a while. Looks like the new year is fixin' to come in with a bang!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo! I'll try to sprinkle some romance in soon just for you.

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      Tobusiness 

      2 years ago

      Bill, I'm loving it! You are a born storyteller, bring on the romance.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aesta, your words are music to my heart. Thank you!

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Billybuc, you've got me hooked now I can hardly wait for the next episode. It is very engaging.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bless you too, sparrow...and thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hear ya on the snow, Shyron! Thanks for following along.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I appreciate it, Kona! Have a great weekend!

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      rdsparrowriter 

      2 years ago

      Interesting :) Waiting to read the next chapter as well :) Bless you!!

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      No Mount Pleasant, Iowa for me, hope I never see snow again.

      I hope Billy and Genna get out of their situation unscathed.

      Can't wait for the next episode.

      Blessings

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      June Parker 

      2 years ago from New York

      It is my pleasure and only due to your talented way with words!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I wouldn't think of leaving you hanging, Kona....well, maybe for another week. LOL Thanks for being here again.

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      June Parker 

      2 years ago from New York

      Everybody else has said it all; and yes, what are you waiting for? Write a book. However, not before finishing this chapter story! LOL. You cannot leave us Billy fans hanging!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you enjoyed it, Besarien, and it's nice to see you again. Thank you!

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      Besarien 

      2 years ago

      This was a brilliant teaser. Can't wait for more! I loved how Billy ended things with Pete.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Pop, right? It's so much easier taking it one chapter, one week at a time. Thank you for following along.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, now you know how I feel. Who do you think wrote this damn thing? LOL

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, John. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, up until now, Billy has been too busy killing people to find romance. LOL I'll see if I can't add some more along the way. Thanks my friend.

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      breakfastpop 

      2 years ago

      I love reading a good book this way.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Awesome Blossom. I think I am in real trouble - I identify with Billy - time for a shrink.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Billy is a likeable rogue I'll give him that. Pete might not agree, but he's lucky to still be alive..at least for now. Left the story hanging once again..and the readers anxious for the next chapter. Great writing Bill.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Yes, all very nice. Finally a touch of romance at the end too. A most astute description.

      This one read with some more love throughout, and some much needed break in a job and shelter too. carry on, Bro.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, you're in good hands with Billy. I promise you it will never be boring if you hang around him. :) Thank you for reading along.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I like that Billy the Kid is smart; I trust him to get out of any situation. I'm anxious to hear who dropped by, but I'm not frighten.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I've been called worse than a tease, so thank you. :)

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      I'm guessing it's not Santa driving that Caddy, is it? Gosh, just when it got interesting, you pulled the plug on us again. Bill, you are such a tease. Thanks for another great installment.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maybe he's mellowing, Clive. He didn't kill anyone this week. :)

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      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      billy the kid strikes again!!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Bill, I appreciate you hanging in there on this one. I'll see if I can't hook you on the next one for two in a row. :)

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      William Leverne Smith 

      2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Fascinating that I read this one to the end... couldn't read any of the earlier entries... just not interested in those stories... like this one, first sentence to last. Keep them coming. ALWAYS curious what your muse will feed you next!! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Buildreps. I'll be by to read your latest soon. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, what happens next was a mystery for me for several days...then it came to me. I'll share it with you next week.

      Thanks for being here. I'm glad you find this entertaining.

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      Buildreps 

      2 years ago from Europe

      I start to enjoy this series, Bill! I now understand who that guy was who called to pass on the license plate. And I love your music choice to accompany the reading. That makes it something special, and very different than a book. Looking forward to next week.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Clearly Billy's done this before. It never occurred to me to switch cars or devise your own Witness Protection Program. But then I've never been on the run from crime lords. I'm glad they were able to have a nice Christmas together.

      As for that car outside, I'm not even going to try to second guess. Whatever comes next, I probably won't see it coming. I'm really enjoying this series.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll try not to disappoint, Marlene. I thank you and Billy and Genna thank you!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      Suspenseful! I'm rubbing my hands. I can hardly wait for the next episode.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M. I'm so happy you enjoy this continuing story. I'll try to keep the suspense going next week.

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice going. Each break with some suspense. It is going to be a great novel or might be a great TV serial.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Larry! It's on the back-burner waiting its turn...or maybe it isn't waiting since I seem to be writing it right now. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jay! Time is the biggest deterrent right now, but of course that could change in a few months.

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Just chiming in that I think this series would make a wonderful book.

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      Reynold Jay 

      2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I bet it would make a great novel.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Ruby. I'll keep the story going as long as there is interest in it. I gotta do something with my spare time, right? :)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Pete is a lucky man! I figured you would go back and blow him away, but I saw a bit of heart enter that creepy joint. I swear you write in such vivid detail, it's like you've been there, done that? I like everything you write but this is my favorite. Please don't end it soon, it could go on and on.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Meg, I'm so happy to hear that. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Al, I'll be laughing the rest of the day over your comment. Way too funny! I'll tell Billy that he made #2 on the Biggest Thing list in Mount Pleasant. He'll be pleased. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, my day will be dazzling now that I've heard from you. :) How's that for a smooth-talker?

      Thank you! I do love telling stories. I'm so happy you enjoy them.

      Happy Hump Day to you, my friend.

      bill

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      DreamerMeg 

      2 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Wow, you have me on tin tacks, waiting for the next episode!

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      Aliswell 

      2 years ago from Iowa

      Damn Bill, What a Damn Shame if Billy finally 'Bites the Dust' in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Well now, I take that back!! For the folks of Mount Pleasant, the scene of your guts dripping on the sidewalk of the square, would have been the Biggest Thing...Well since that day 14 years prior when Wayne Simmons caught up with his ex-wife's' boyfriend in the parking lot of 'The Chicken Inn" dance hall.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      I like your last liners that speak of impending doom each time!

      His life really is a rollercoaster, in actions and in emotions, isn't it?

      You're such a great story-teller, bill. It's clear that we're all waiting on the edge of our seats for the next instalment.

      Have a dazzling day!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. If it's going to be a book it will just have to wait its turn. There are several in front of it in line. :)

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      Janine Huldie 

      2 years ago from New York, New York

      Can't wait to see who did show up and think this would be a novel book idea and hope you do go for it. Thanks for the great continuation here and Happy Wednesday once again, Bill!! ;)

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