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Billy the Kid Says "No Mas": The Short Story Continues

Updated on December 30, 2015

Welcome Back

I’m grateful that you are back for another chapter in my Billy the Kid series. I suspect we are coming to a close with this long short story. In fact, this will be part one of a two part finale. I suspect Billy will reappear as an extended ebook series in the near future. Anyway, that’s the plan.

So kick back and enter the realm of fiction with me as our anti-hero tries to wiggle out of the trouble he and Genna are in.

Spring arrives in Yellowstone
Spring arrives in Yellowstone | Source

Blending with the Scenery

Winter doesn’t want to loosen its grip in the Rocky Mountains. She grabs on tight in October and shows no mercy through November, December, January and on until April if you’re lucky and the gods are smiling on you. And the gods hadn’t shown any inclination to smile on my Mick ass in quite awhile.

True, nobody had found us in the tourist town of West Yellowstone as April ushered in May, and true, Genna and I had grown closer and greatly enjoyed each other’s company, but the old saying “no rest for the wicked” was true. It’s very hard to completely enjoy life when you eye each stranger as a possible hit man with you as the target.

I brushed the powder snow off my gloves, stomped my boots and opened the front door of our three-room cabin a mile out of town. The temps were rising and that snow would be mud in a matter of days, making getting around a pain in the ass….but still, nobody was shooting at us. Genna was pulling biscuits out of the oven as I walked in. She smiled that smile, white teeth radiating from a dark, full mouth, her black hair braided and long, her full body like a chocolate bar straining against the wrapper.

“Wash up for dinner, Billy, then come open the wine for me.”

“Give me ten, Genna, so I can shower off this stink.” I’d been working for a local rancher, feeding his herd of mustangs, all under-the-table, cash only, for the last four months. It was honest work, work not likely to get me shot, but man alive, at the end of the day, all I smelled was horse shit.

I kept my promise about the shower and ten minutes later I joined Genna. I grabbed the corkscrew and performed the task requested.

“What’s the occasion? We rarely have wine with dinner?”

She looked at me and smiled again. “It’s the last wine I can have for six months.”

I’m called a crazy Mick bastard by those who know me, but no one calls me stupid.

A Whole New Ballgame

She nodded at me.

“Three months according to the doctor at the clinic.”

She put the casserole on the table then entered my beckoning arms. God she was beautiful. Her chocolate skin looked more maple than chocolate in the candlelight, as smooth as ever, as enticing as ever. Her muscles, taut at first touch, relaxed and melted as I held her. Pregnant? That changed everything. I was going to be a father. Wanted by the Russian mob, the Mexican drug cartel and probably the entire police force of Miami and southeast Iowa, my life expectancy could be measured in weeks rather than years, and I was going to be a father. Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?

“What are we going to do, Billy?”

I so wished she would quit asking that question.

My old man never ran in his life. When he died he had the scars to prove it, but he lived, and died, on his terms, and I always respected him for that. He was the original crazy Mick bastard, but he was basically a good man who just happened to believe a man should never give up ground gained, and if that meant you bled then that’s just the way it is.

I looked at Genna. She was my responsibility. I accidently dragged her into this mess and I needed to get her out of it, and by God no son, or daughter, of mine would grow up on the run.

“What we aren’t going to do, darlin’, is keep running. Enough is enough. We either take it to them here or we go to their homes and do it, but our child is not going to come into this world afraid of shadows.”

“Billy, what do you mean? We can’t fight the cops, the Russians and the Mexicans. There are too many of them and one of you. How can you expect to do that and be alive to father this child of ours?”

Damn good question!

Kicking It Around over Dinner

Fight or flight. That’s what it always came down to. Genna was correct, of course. There were too many of the bad guys. No way could I take the fight to them all.

“Our main concern is the Russian mob. The Mexicans may have our names on some list, but they won’t actively pursue us. They recovered their drugs and most of the money. Same with the cops. We’ll remain persons of interest to them, but there isn’t some massive manhunt for us. No, the Russians are our problem. In fact, I suspect your husband was tied to the Russians and that’s why they showed up at the same time. Makes no difference, really. Two things: we need to become new people, with complete new histories and identification that will hold up under scrutiny, and we need to get the Russians off our asses for good.”

“How do we do that, Billy?

“The new identities we pay for. I’ve got contacts back in Washington Heights who can do the job for us. As for the Russians, we make them an offer they can’t refuse.”

“Are we going to survive this plan of yours, Billy?”

“We have to, Genna. We’ve got a kid who’s depending on us. Let me make a phone call and get some information I need. You might as well start packing. We need to head back to New York where this really all began for me.”

Heading east where it all began
Heading east where it all began | Source

From West Yellowstone to Washington Heights

Once we left the Rockies, heading east, the flat landscape warmed and snow was replaced by wild flowers and hectic farm activity.

My phone call to Lorenzo in Washington Heights had netted me the information I needed. With Ivan dead (thanks to me), his first lieutenant had taken over the Russian enterprise. His name was Sergei Andropov and he lived on Pinehurst, near one-eighty-third, with a wife and two teenagers. My buddy informed me there was still a price on my head and I would be wise to never return to the Heights. I thanked him and promptly ignored his warning.

We were on no schedule as we drove east, so we took our time and enjoyed the trip, as a dying man most likely savors his last meal.

And That’s Where We Leave off As 2015 Comes to an End

I suspect the grand finale will take two more chapters. I’ll wrap up the story then for the time being, but, as I mentioned earlier, Billy the Kid will most likely resurface in a series of novellas later in 2016. Anyway, that’s the plan.

Thanks for following along. I wish you all a very Happy New Year, and thank you so much for your loyal following and friendship.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Shanmarie and thanks again. Have a great Thursday!

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      shanmarie 16 months ago

      Point taken. LOL

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shanmarie, you should know by now that Billy can take care of her....no problem, my friend.

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      shanmarie 16 months ago

      What will we d? Such a futile question. Brave man to go hunt them down. I'm kind of surprised he's bringing her along for the trip, considering it could likely end badly.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Just what every fugitive from the Russian mob needs...a baby! LOL I'm having fun and I'm glad you are too, Missy!

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      So now a baby. Gesh! What in the world will they do? I just don't foresee them getting out alive. I mean, can they? I am so stressed, and feel like Billy when Genna asks that same-old question again! Woman, please shut up!! lol... Just kidding, she can't help it.

      I think the next installment I have read, but I probably will read it over even if I have. It seems it took me a while to catch up.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I suspect Billy is going to end up being a very good, and protective, father. Stay tuned!

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      Mary Craig 20 months ago from New York

      And we love to roam with your characters! Take us where you will, you know we will follow wherever you take us! Of course we're pulling for Billy and Genna, but now we have a baby to worry about.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Lawrence! It's fun to suspend reality and allow your characters to roam free without fear. :)

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 20 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      The story has a new twist, and Billy and Genna both have a reason (one more reason) to fight back, and it sounds as if his plan might just be crazy enough to be the last thing their enemies might expect!

      Great build up to the finale

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Besarien, you just named one of my favorite actors.....I can see that too. Thank you so much. I have to look up Zoe...I am not familiar with her.

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      Besarien 20 months ago

      I can totally see this as a movie with Matt Damon and Zoe Saldana.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, thank you so much, and Happy New Year to you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 20 months ago from Hawaii

      This is an amazing story, Bill! Happy new year!

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I suspect their lives together will always be interesting at the very least.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Perhaps not, Zulma! The final chapter has been written....soon, my friend, we'll find out.

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      Linda Crampton 20 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Genna and Billy have developed such a wonderful relationship. I hope they find lasting happiness, but I know that fate may have something else in store!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 20 months ago from United Kingdom

      No. No it should not end.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, it warms my heart to know so many of you have enjoyed this story. Maybe we shouldn't end it? Eh???

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      Genna East 20 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ohhhh...a child is on the way. Now we are hoping, wishing, praying that all works out of our beloved duo. Billy's "old man" sure sounded like a pretty tough guy, but with a "shoot from the hip" character and a simple but admirable code -- all of which didn't fall too far from the tree. So Jake might have been tied to the Ruskies. "Make them an offer they can't refuse." Hmmm. Can't wait to see what our clever Billy has up his sleeve for Sergei. And I'm off to the next chapter. (Loove this story.)

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I don't think Billy is dumb enough to take on the whole Russian mob, but one crime boss is doable....hint, hint. :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 20 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Seriously? Billy the Kid is thinking of taking on the Russians? Oh well... to each his own! Thank you, Bill for keeping Billy alive this long. I am enjoying this series and look forward to Part 2.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, I have it on good authority that our lovers will survive. :) Thanks for riding along.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 20 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Hope they will be safe and looking forward to more.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, only time will tell. You won't believe what Billy has planned. :) Happy New Year my friend.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It would indeed, Deb. I am pretty sure Billy will survive the story. :) Thanks for riding along.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 20 months ago from United Kingdom

      Life is funny. Sometimes to go forward, you have to go backwards from where you started from. Oh, Billy. What are we to do with you? lol Good luck to you, mate. You're going to need it. Oh, and congratulations.

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      Deb Hirt 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like another plan, but don't get knocked off before the kid is born. That would be mighty rude.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Vellur! I hope you enjoy the ending. I promise it will be a dandy.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Larry! I have to get busy on that final chapter. I'm curious how it will end.

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      Nithya Venkat 21 months ago from Dubai

      The story is steering towards a happy ending, I guess. Waiting for the next two chapters. Great write.

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      Larry Rankin 21 months ago from Oklahoma

      I am so glad to have been around for the series. I know it's coming to an end, but some of the best things don't necessarily have a long arch.

      I'm looking forward to the finale.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kona and Happy New Year to you as well.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks John. I'm very grateful that you followed along.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mel. It's just changing venue to the ebook format. :) Happy New Year to you!

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      June Parker 21 months ago from New York

      Happy New Year to you too!

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Looks like there is something in the water Bill...with Billy the Kid and William Dale both going to be fathers soon :) Glad to hear you are going to continue this as a series of eBook novellas. Starting the series here on HP was a good introduction. Well done, a great read as always.

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      Mel Carriere 21 months ago from San Diego California

      Sorry this is coming to an end. I have enjoyed it. Happy New Year!

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari...and Happy New Year to you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy New Year Aesta. May your new year be filled with blessings.

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      Venkatachari M 21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      An interesting turning point here. The news of pregnancy and Billy the kid turning out to be a father in the offing.

      Wish you a happy New Year 2016 and all my best wishes.

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      Mary Norton 21 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Exciting...am looking forward to the turn...how it will be, we will know in the next one. Hope 2016 will be better for Billy and Genna and of course, for their creator. Have a really blessed new year.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, DDE! Happy New Year to you!

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      Devika Primić 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Best wishes for 2016! Continue entertaining us with your writing.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Shyron. It will live on in another form, provided I find the time for that ebook series. :) Happy New Year to you and yours!

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      Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago from Texas

      Wow, Bill, I do hope Billy and Genna survive this. I hate to see this adventure come to an end.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Pop! I always need a good dose of luck.

      Happy New Year my friend.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      O course it's real, Manatita....at least in my head it is. :) Loved the line about the ravers. he he indeed.

      Thanks my friend and Happy New Year to you.

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      breakfastpop 21 months ago

      Good luck Billy into 2016.....

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      manatita44 21 months ago from london

      More mangoes, Bill. Getting sweeter but still awesome. I kind of like the winding down, albeit temporary. A replenishing and strengthening ain't no bad thing. Like waking up on New Year's morning. He he (just made that one up) Actually I think it's great for some but don't ask the ravers.

      Congratulations on the pregnancy. I mean, this is real, no?

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mama and Happy New Year to you!

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, there is no such thing as idealistic in fiction. We writers can alter reality any old time we feel like it. :) Thus the beauty of fiction.

      Thank you and Happy New Year, my friend. Stay warm today!

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I suspect it will not be a tidy resolution to his problems, but it will be permanent.. :) Thank you and Happy New Year to you and your family.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eric. I think Billy has some work ahead, and it will probably be very messy work. :) Happy New Year!

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      Karen Szklany Gault 21 months ago from New England

      Looking forward to reading the wrap-up. Happy New Year, Bill!

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      Linda Lum 21 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, would love to see you put this in print--it's simply too good to keep from the rest of the world. I'm looking forward to a happy ending for these two. Am I too idealistic?

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      William Leverne Smith 21 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Love the "going east" image with the two barns... Looking forward to how he "resolves" his issues!

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      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      At least the chill has left my bones at bit as they head East. Calling off the hit is their only chance. Hmm. Great place to leave us. Thank you for a great series to look forward to every week.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I don't think there is a chance in hell that the ending will be happy for the Russians. :) Thank you and to tell the truth, I'll be sorry to see this story end as well. I've grown fond of Billy and Genna.

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      drbj and sherry 21 months ago from south Florida

      I will hate to see an end to these suspenseful chapters in Billy's life, but he and Genna do need to find a safe place to raise their progeny. So you know I am waiting impatiently to learn the details of Billy's plan with a happy ending of course. Happy for the Russians? Not so much!

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Word, and Happy New Year to you as well.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you Ann! I do love this reprobate, as you call him. I plan on developing him more in the ebook. :) Have a superb day and thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Colin, I suspect no matter where Billy goes, trouble will follow. And I thank you for following...Happy New Year to you!

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      Word 21 months ago from Chicago

      Very interesting story here BillyBuc. Of course, you usually do a great job at fictional stories. Have a Happy New Year!

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      I'm sure there will be yet more surprises for us, bill! You never disappoint. How come we love this reprobate so much? Strange how anti-heroes can be so likeable isn't it? Come to think of it, not so strange when you're the author.

      Looking forward to the next part, just like all those who are reading it.

      Ann :)

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      Colin Garrow 21 months ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Excellent stuff, Bill, though I hope the lovers ain't heading into a heap o' trouble!

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I don't know where the pregnancy came from. It certainly surprised me. :) Happy New Year and I'm so glad you loved Shadows. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do too, Suzette. I suspect they will live since I have plans for them. :) Thanks for reading and Happy New Year.

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      Shauna L Bowling 21 months ago from Central Florida

      Genna being pregnant certainly changes things. She's a very brave woman to bring a child into the mess that is her and Billy'l life. I'm real curious to see how this pans out.

      BTW, I finished Shadows Kill yesterday. Loved it. I'll send you an email later today.

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      Suzette Walker 21 months ago from Taos, NM

      Surprise, surprise. Billy is a father. Hope he makes it out alive. Genna too.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I'll try not to let you down. :) Happy New Year, Ruby, and thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      aha, a baby, I love it. You know how I love happy endings? Just sayin'

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, that's just one of many "goals" I have for 2016. I hope I've kept them realistic. :) Happy New Year and endless thanks to you, Janine!

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      Janine Huldie 21 months ago from New York, New York

      Aw, cannot wait for the grand finale and love you are also going to make this an ebook. Awesome, my friend and Happy Wednesday and New Year again! ;)

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Buildreps. You are early yourself and I appreciate it. Happy New Year to you and thank you for your friendship.

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      Buildreps 21 months ago from Europe

      Good morning, billybuc. You were early today. I so much enjoyed the story. Thanks, my dear friend. Sounds like a good plan to add two more chapters :)

      Wish you a great day!