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Billy the Kid Returns Home: Part One of the Finale

Updated on January 6, 2016

Note to My Readers

The end is near for Billy and Genna. If you’ve been keeping up with the story you know that Genna just informed Billy that she is pregnant. Billy has decided this whole messy affair needs to come to an end, so they are heading back east to New York City to end it once and for all.

Billy has a plan.

Let’s find out what the crazy Mick bastard is going to do.

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Springtime in New York

It began here. It should end here.

Here is Washington Heights, the neighborhood of my youth and the place I shot and killed Ivan, the Russian crime boss who wasn’t too fond of me for screwing his darling daughter. Since then I’ve had a price on my head, and until I take care of that little matter, Genna and I, and our unborn child, won’t have a moment’s peace.

Fight or flight, and I’m tired of running.

The Russians have had a stranglehold on the Heights since the early 90’s. You want to run whores, run numbers, do a little loan-sharking, deal some coke or black tar, then you do it with the blessings of the Russians, and kickbacks are expected, and may the Lord Almighty have mercy on the soul of any fool who thinks he can cut out the Russians and go independent.

“Do you really think this is the right thing to do, Billy?” Genna asked me as we wound our way through the Heights.

“The right thing to do? Genna, I know we can’t beat the Russians. There are too many of them no matter how many we kill. They have tentacles reaching every corner of this country, so running is out of the question. That only leaves us one choice: we have to let them kill us.”

She turned her head and looked at the storefronts and brownstones we passed. On the radio some weather gal with more body than brains told us the day would be unseasonably hot for late April. We moved into Pinehurst on our way to 183rd.

“Why are we driving by the Russian’s home?”

“I just want to see where the enemy lives, Genna. Call it motivation.”

“He has family, right? We can’t hurt his kids, Billy. That’s not right.”

“I promise, Genna. Family is sacred.”

The “he” Genna was talking about was Sergei Andropov, the current Russian crime boss in New York and the man who put a price on my head. He lived comfortably in Pinehurst, free from fear with his wife and two teens, unaware that his worst enemy was slowly driving by his modest two-story with the flower pots on the stoop and the morning paper on the brick pathway. There was really no reason to see his home other than morbid curiosity. I just wanted to see where the enemy lived.

We passed his home and then I took a left at the corner and headed for the meeting with Pappi.

The Bronx

Pappi had been a fixture in the Bronx for as long as I could remember. Hell, he had done a couple favors for my old man, so that put him here for at least forty years that I knew of. Pappi is a fixer. He’s made a comfortable living fixing problems for people. He has no allegiances other than to money, none to friends (he has none), none to family (no favoritism for Greeks) and none to the law-abiding or the criminal-minded. He answers only to money. If you’ve got the green and a problem to be solved, Pappi is safe, neutral ground where problems go away. He’s lasted this long by practicing neutrality.

We found him in his favorite watering hole, The Keyhole, nursing a Bud with a Jack back, at nine-thirty that morning. He raised his beer in salute, took a healthy swig and smiled his gap-toothed smile. His thick, gray hair flowed to his shoulders. He’s a stout man, a former fisherman in the Greek islands as a lad, thick shoulders, thick forearms and a permanent smirk sitting on a pale face lined with wrinkles and scars.

“Well if it isn’t Billy the Kid. Billy, you truly are a crazy Mick bastard. I knew your old man, God rest his soul, but you might be crazier than he was and that’s saying something. You do know the price has increased on your ass, right? One-hundred large for anyone willing to dime you. You should be on a tropical island somewhere, kid, anywhere but here.”

“But here’s where it started, Pappi, and here’s where it will end. Genna and me need to disappear forever. I need foolproof identities for us both, and I need them fast, and then I need you to develop amnesia.”

Pappi only needed one question answered.

“Twenty grand is what I need. Five now, the rest when I deliver in three days. As for amnesia, I wouldn’t have lasted this long with loose lips. If we have a deal then be back here, same time, in three days with fifteen large. Slide the five my way and then smile for the camera.”

I gave him the cash. He pulled a Nikon from a backpack at his feet, took my picture, then Genna’s, toasted us once more with his beer and the meeting was over. As we were walking out I’m pretty sure I heard “crazy Mick bastard” tossed in our direction.

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Two Days to Plan and Then Execution

We needed a place to stay. New York is one damned big-assed city, but it’s not that easy to hide in if you’re known and wanted. I was both, so I took the Holland Tunnel to Jersey City, then threaded my way west to Newark and some semblance of anonymity. It wasn’t perfect but it would have to do.

We found a flophouse on the outskirts that dealt with cash. I was tired from driving all night so we crashed for a four-hour nap. We woke to sunshine filtered by smog and the sounds of a city in full business mode. A diner two blocks north was good enough for eats and plans. Of course Genna had more questions than I had answers.

“Will the new identity do the job, Billy?”

“Pappi makes them perfect, Genna. It’s not our new identities we have to worry about. We have to stage our deaths and we have to do it with all the flair of a Super Bowl halftime show, because if the Russians don’t buy our act we’ll be running for the rest of our lives….and it all begins with a phone call.”

I pulled out a disposable cell phone and called my friend Lorenzo. He gave me the number I needed and two minutes later I was talking to none other than Sergei Andropov, the latest Russian czar in Washington Heights.

“Billy the Kid,” he said with all the warmth of an ice pick. “How is it that I may help you this beautiful spring day?”

“There have been misunderstandings, Sergei, and think we should meet to discuss them.”

“By misunderstandings do you mean you shooting Ivan and then killing more of my men in Iowa? Is this what you call a misunderstanding?” He then laughed for several seconds before continuing.

“You do understand, Billy, that you must die, do you not? It is only way. I tell you what, my friend. I will allow that black bitch of yours to live if you come in today. Kiss her goodbye, turn yourself in and it ends today. Otherwise, I will take black bitch and make whore of her, after she has pleased me. What say you, crazy Mick bastard?”

“Sergei, we were doing pretty well there until you called Genna a bitch. I was going to let you live. Now I’m afraid your two kids will be without their father soon. Here’s how it’s going down. I will meet you in three days at a warehouse located at Eighteen-twenty-four on Sixty-fourth Street in the Heights. Be there at three pm. We’ll work out our differences then.

“And one other thing, Sergei…..Fuck you!”

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Let the Games Begin

We are down to the final chapter. Stay tuned. Next week we’ll find out if Billy and Genna can actually raise that child of theirs together, or if the family-to-be will all die as the cherry blossoms bloom in New York City.

Thanks for following along.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm having great fun writing this, Shanmarie, and your response to it is heartwarming. Thank you!

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      shanmarie 19 months ago

      You can bet I'll be reading the next chapter tonight. Gotta see how this goes down!

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Missy, thank you so very much. I'm trying, my friend. I have a long way to go but I don't lack for willpower. :) It's a pleasure knowing you here at HP...have a wonderful weekend.

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      Missy Smith 22 months ago from Florida

      You have an amazing gift for fiction writing, Bill. When I finally found time to sit down and read a little, I knew I was going to visit this series of yours again. I am extremely glad I did have some time on my hands, or I would have been a neglecting parent; I'm afraid. It was like a good book you try hard to close so you can go about your normal life, but eventually realize the book has consumed your life. lol... An amazing gift you have. You are really a great writer! I'm very proud to have met you here.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I had a blast writing it, Missy. It's fun to suspend reality and the accepted rules of society and just write no-holds-barred fiction. Thank you!

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      Missy Smith 22 months ago from Florida

      Yes, I have indeed read this installment and am so glad I went back and caught myself up. I'm just shocked how many I've missed. I was wrong in my above comment when I said you keep us caught up well in case we miss a chapter. I mean, you do, but, like I said, I was unaware of just how many I had missed. It wouldn't have been the same for me if I didn't go back and read every installment myself. So now, I'm off to read the last installment. :) It's been a great series!

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sorry I'm keeping you awake, Mary....not really. LOL Thank you so much for taking the time to read my musings.

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      Let them kill us! What has Billy got up his sleeve? If I was Genna I think I'd be having a nervous breakdown right about now. How in the world is Billy gonna pull this off? I've got to go now and read the next installment before I fall asleep!

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you once again, Lawrence. Stay tuned...it will be a hot affair.

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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      So the showdown is on! but on who's terms? Both know the location and time, can he pull it off?

      Great story

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Larry! I think I'm going to turn this into a pulp fiction series and self-publish it.

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      Larry Rankin 23 months ago from Oklahoma

      This was a thoroughly engaging series.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, John! My humor just won't disappear, even when I'm writing about wholesale slaughter. :)

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Great stuff Bill, you certainly have plenty of twists and turns in this story. Besarien is right, it is the mix of humor and serious that makes it work.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate that, Besarien. I love that others love this story.

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      Besarien 23 months ago

      “Billy the Kid,” he said with all the warmth of an ice pick.

      I think it is the touches of humor mixed in with the deadly serious bits that make this story a truly a delicious read.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      We can't have a gap in the story, Aesta. :) I'm glad you went back. Thank you!

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      Mary Norton 23 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I missed this earlier so I have to go back after I found it in the final episode. I missed the suspense but glad I've read it. Other wise, there would be a gap.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      We'l find out tomorrow, Vellur. Thanks for riding along with me.

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      Nithya Venkat 23 months ago from Dubai

      What a roller coaster ride, reading this chapter! What is going to happen next, I wonder. A lot of possibilities crossing my mind!

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Road, thanks for stopping by. Never fear, the characters will live on...just by new names. :)

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      RoadMonkey 23 months ago

      Hope that neutral Pappi stays neutral, not like his previous "friend"! Getting close to the end, I will be sorry to see it finished but then, maybe that means another one???

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Zulma! I think they are practically everywhere.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Deb, I'm very happy you survived the experience. :) Thanks for being here.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rasma! I'm predicting they will survive. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 23 months ago from United Kingdom

      What makes you think I haven't seen someone like this in London. Or any large city I've been too. ;)

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      Deb Hirt 23 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Ah, Newark...I lived there for a bit as a kid in an Italian neighborhood. My Aunt Marion had a house there, before she died. PS15 was my local school...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 23 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Can hardly wait for the final chapter. Will keep my fingers crossed for them.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, if you ever see a guy named Billy in England, give him some extra space. :) The guy is dangerous to be around.

      We wrap it up on Wednesday....or do we?

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 23 months ago from United Kingdom

      EEEEEEEEEEE...(it's hard to squeal in delight in words)

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Same time next week, Zulma....it's already written. Spoiler alert....a new chapter after this finale is already written too. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 23 months ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, Bill, you really now how to keep us wanting more. Same time next week?

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Missy, thank you! It's hard to do in a series of short stories...summarizing what came before and still finding a flow...so I appreciate your comment.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again, Ann!

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      Ann Carr 23 months ago from SW England

      I hate Pulp Fiction but your story is great - maybe because I don't actually see the blood and gore!!

      Ann :)

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      Missy Smith 23 months ago from Florida

      I'm pretty sure I've missed a chapter, so I'm thankful you catch us up at the beginning. I can say that this story really keeps you on the edge of your seat. And how you present it to us, helps the ones like me that loses some chapters in between, be able to back track when our time permits, and it doesn't confuse us when we do that.

      Very enjoyable read! :)

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! That's what I was hoping to hear...it's like if the director of Pulp Fiction wrote a book, this is what it would be like...totally bloody and likable at the same time. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read the entire story. I hope you'll love the ending.

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      Ann Carr 23 months ago from SW England

      Oh dear! What IS he going to do? Something crazy obviously. It's such a rip-roaring tale, this one, it keeps us on our toes but it also keeps us smiling (despite the violence, which is strange!).

      Can't wait for the final part.

      Ann

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      Linda Crampton 23 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Well, I'm now up to date with my reading of this tale, but I'm kind of sorry about that. I want to see how the story ends! I'm looking forward to the last installment very much.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, thank you so much. Connections? No, I just watched a lot of television as a kid, so my imagination is always on fire.

      blessings and thanks, my friend

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Next week it comes to an explosive end, DDE. Stay tuned!

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, remember, Billy is getting a new identity, so perhaps it won't end.....different name, new stories. :) Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Agusfanani, I won't let you down...nor will Billy. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, rest assured, I only do happy endings in my stories. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, a Jack back is a shot of Jack Daniels. Sorry, I slipped into my drinking days. lol I'm so glad you are enjoying the story...thank you for the kind words.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill! I can tell you this: the story won't end with a final chapter. How's that for a teaser?

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, as you well know, it's a dangerous thing, giving a rat's ass. One might just lose one's identity. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hmmmm? Drbj, you just might be doing what they call a "spoiler alert." Stay tuned. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kona, Billy isn't much for preparations, as you probably suspected. He much prefers jumping right into the fire. :) Hopefully he'll survive this final fire. Thank you for being with him on his adventure.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Buildreps! I'm so glad all of you enjoyed this.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michael my friend. I know you do not normally read stories such as this,and I greatly appreciate you doing so now. One more chapter and it will be over. :) But maybe not permanently. :)

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      manatita44 23 months ago from london

      Wow! Bro, I can hardly wait! It is a delight to read of the way you prepare for this finale. All this identity stuff and finding the right man and language. You have connections, Bro? Ha ha.

      Another masterpiece here and yes, nothing less than a book will do. Peace, my Friend.

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      Devika Primić 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have shared such interesting stories. I hope to read the end soon.

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Oh wow Bill, what is Billy planning? I can't wait to find out.

      This is great, I wish it did not have to end.

      Blessings and Hugs my friend

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      agusfanani 23 months ago from Indonesia

      It is getting more and more interesting and I can't wait to read the last part how Billy The Kid solve the problem with Sergei and find out the climax.

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting. It's going to be a thrilling end (and happy one), I hope.

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      Genna East 23 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "That only leaves us one choice: we have to let them kill us.” Huh? Well, that made me do a double take, as in let me read that again. I loved your description of Pappi; I kind of liked him right away, and hope that he's the real deal. By the way, what is a "Jack back"? Sergei's icy, broken English was perfect. I could hear him talking to Billy on the burner. And the tension builds...tantalizing and riveting. :-)

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      Bill De Giulio 23 months ago from Massachusetts

      I'm on the edge of my seat Bill. Can't wait to see how this ends. You are one heck of a writer. Looking forward to the final chapter.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Spectacular my artistic genius friend. What a stage you have set for us. My imagination pales to your deviation. Our boy Billy now gives a rat's ass. Will that be his undoing?

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eldon, thank you for that comment about the distinctive Russian voice. Oddly I find Russian voices to be fairly easy to write and Mexican to be much harder...not sure what that says about me. :) Thanks for the kind words....see you next week for the conclusion.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I'm honored you hung in there this long. Thank you and I'll see you soon.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I think Billy straddles the line between fearless and just not giving a damn. :) Thanks so much for being here.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I hate to give a spoiler, but I suspect our heroes are going to live through this. :) Hang in there one more week, my friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzzy, good to see you and thank you! I'll try not to disappoint.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm afraid you will, Linda, but your comment is music to my ears. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I can't wait until I dream up the ending. LOL No sequel...this will be a series of novellas on Amazon as soon as I can find the time. Thanks for following along.

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      drbj and sherry 23 months ago from south Florida

      This is so damn interesting, Bill, I was thinking ... what if Billy the Kid has some new adventures with his new identity and we are all invited to read along. Hmmmmm? I'll be happy to go along for the ride. Promise!

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      June Parker 23 months ago from New York

      As the usual cliff-hanger ends this chapter, leaving me wanting, as usual, I can't help but think if I were in the same predicament as Billy I might be inclined to make a few more preparations before alerting the Russian of my arrival back in town or of the meet. I think I would wait until I have the new identities in my hand as assurance. After all, anything can go wrong in the interim. Then again, that may be part of your twisted ending to come. LOL.

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      Buildreps 23 months ago from Europe

      That is going to be very exciting, billybuc! What a great story!

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      Michael-Milec 23 months ago

      Hello Bill...

      Interesting story? Definitely . You know my friend these aren't my favor. A headline ..."Returns Home" attracted me to read having ready in advance comment before finished reading.

      "Returning home is most exciting adventure , when one is ready to die..." Yeah, is not about me what I think or know... Each story has its final chapter and the most final, final arrival is without return..

      Eagerly anticipating this series conclusion.

      Have a blessed day.

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      Eldon Arsenaux 23 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      'What say you, crazy Mick bastard?' Great line. Whatever comes next is worth the wait!

      I've enjoyed hearing you give the Russian a distinctive mouthpiece. I work with a Russian and a Mexican who have strange conversations about Nike and Mustangs. Every time you let the Russian speak I am reminded of my portly, bald Russian coworker Alexei. And believe me, he could easily be a mobman.

      Glad to get these installments in my email every week. Sad to see it near completion. But not weepy sad. Just wondering what I will read now,

      -E.G.A.

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      William Leverne Smith 23 months ago from Hollister, MO

      You have the touch! Looking forward to the 'finish,' for sure! ;-)

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      Marlene Bertrand 23 months ago from Northern California, USA

      OMG! I could feel the attitude, especially when Billy said, "Sergei, we were doing pretty well there until you called Genna a bitch." He's fearless! I can hardly wait to read how this ends.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This is another great episode. I can not imagine how this is going to pan out, but my fingers are crossed.

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      Susan Britton 23 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Interesting read Bill. You kept my interest and I can't wait for the twist ending that is in their future or not?

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      Linda Lum 23 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, how DO you do it? You've got me hanging by fingernails. Will we have to wait an entire week to find out how this ends?

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      Shauna L Bowling 23 months ago from Central Florida

      I suspected Billy and Genna may have to fake their deaths in order to get out from under this mess. I'm curious about the call to the reigning Russian lord, though. Will he "kill" them? What kind of armor will they wear to avoid annihilation while making it look as if they truly are dead?

      Can't wait to see how this ends. Will there be a sequel?

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you like it, Janine. I'm very appreciative that you followed along. Thank you and enjoy your day.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Swalia!

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      Janine Huldie 23 months ago from New York, New York

      This is getting so good now and also cannot wait for your final installment!! Happy Wednesday, Bill ;)

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      Shaloo Walia 23 months ago

      Interesting...Looking forward to the final chapter!