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Bobby Fix-It Delivers a Sermon: The Billy the Kid Chronicles Continue

Updated on March 9, 2016

And the Legend Continues

Well, maybe not a legend, but it’s at least a pretty enjoyable story. I know, I’m the creator of that story, I shouldn’t be saying that, but really, Bobby/Billy is telling the story, so I consider myself a bit removed from the process….so there!

If you were here last week then you know that Bobby has found the girl he sought for a friend at the cult’s compound and now all he has to do is get her, and himself, out alive. Let’s see how he does.

And before I forget, the first “Billy the Kid Chronicles” novella/pulp fiction is now available on Amazon as an eBook and paperback….the full title is “The Billy the Kid Chronicles: A Blood Red Russian Moon.” The link is to the right of this text.

Thank you!

The sun sets for the cult members and Brother Gabriel
The sun sets for the cult members and Brother Gabriel | Source

Out of the Fire

She was raped!

Repeatedly!

By a man of God!

I’ve got my problems. I’m the first to admit that. I’ve skirted the law on many occasions, worked for some pretty bad men and yes, killed, but man, I’ve never stooped so low as to hold a woman against her will and rape her, all under the bullshit banner of salvation. Someone needed to pay for that shit, and as I opened the door of the hut, that man was standing fifty feet in front of me, shouting out directions to his followers as they frantically tried to douse the shed fire I had started.

First things first. Get the girl to safety. Take care of priorities and then satisfy needs.

She was standing next to me in her nightgown, the flames of the fire reflecting off her red hair, reminding me of the phoenix of Greek mythology.

“Marie, we need to leave. With any luck they’ll be too busy with the fire to pay attention to us. Just stay by my side and we’re going to walk right out of here, okay?”

A slight nod was all the answer I was going to get. I took her hand in mine and led her out the door, onto the porch and around the side of her hut. As I suspected, and hoped, the cult members were far too busy keeping the fire in check to notice who we were or what we were doing. There was just too much frantic activity happening and we were just a small part of it.

My mind flashed to another fire earlier in the year, one I had set in Washington Heights, killing a mob boss and setting in motion our move to Wyoming. You’d never know it but I don’t like fire. Scared the shit out of me as a kid. As an adult let’s just say I have a healthy respect for it. We will never be friends, but in certain situations, fire is a handy acquaintance.

Safety for One, Unfinished Business for the Other

I got her to the main gate. The guard was still sleeping off the horse tranquilizer I shot him with. No way of knowing how long he’d be out. My biggest concern was fire personnel from the town of Dubois showing up at any moment. I didn’t hear any sirens but that gave me little comfort.

I let go of her hand and looked her in the eyes.

“Marie, look at me. I have to go back to the compound for a few minutes. I won’t be gone more than ten minutes, okay? I need you to hide behind the guard hut here. Do not get up while I’m gone. If firemen get here just watch them drive through the gate, but don’t do anything until I get back. Do you hear me, Marie?”

“You can’t leave me!”

“I’ll be gone for ten minutes tops. Gabriel must be stopped. We can’t let him continue to rape women, can we? This is where it ends, right now, right here. Give me ten minutes and then I’m going to take you home to your brother. I got you this far. Trust me, I won’t let you down.”

She nodded and allowed me to guide her around the guard hut. I had her sit on the cold ground at the back corner, out of sight of anyone approaching the main gate. One squeeze of her hand and then I turned and jogged back towards the compound.

This One’s for Marie

My saintly mother raised me to respect women. My barroom brawler father taught me to defend their honor. I thought of my mother as I approached the activity around the burning shed. I thought of my former lover, Anna, and I thought of the whores I knew on a personal basis, Paula and Mindi, and Sister Sarah and Genna, the mother of our soon-to-be-born child. I thought of them all, good women, nurturing, loving women, and I thought of the predators in the night, four-legged and two, created only to destroy the weak and vulnerable.

“You can’t defend everyone, Billy,” my mother once told me. “But I’d be disappointed if you didn’t try.”

They were getting the fire under control with persistence and a relentless bucket-brigade as I approached the clearing. Brother Gabriel was still shouting out orders, his face streaked with dirt and sweat, distorted by the dancing flames.

Dust to dust.

Ashes to ashes.

I lit another of my arrows, pulled back on the bowstring and released it. The flaming message of retribution struck between Gabriel’s shoulder blades with a barely noticeable thunk. For a two count he froze until the receptors in his brain signaled a problem. Then his right hand reached around behind, searching for the invader. His legs went stiff and then just as suddenly lost their muscle control and he dropped to his knees as the flames singed his hair and a young woman ten feet from him screamed. The scream died in the breeze as I slid back into the cover of darkness.

I’m not sure if my mother would approve. I was positive my father would.

Back Home

There was no light on at Matt Stair’s house as I drove us up his driveway, but by the time I shut off the engine his front door had opened and Matt was standing on the porch. It was four a.m. just outside of Jackson, another day opening its eyes and stretching out the kinks. I got out of the car, walked around to the passenger side, opened the door for Marie and helped her out.

When he saw his kid sister Matt came running, and five long strides had him in her arms, and she in his, a family once again united. I felt a little awkward standing there. No reason for me to stay. I started to walk around to the driver’s side when Marie grabbed my hand.

“Thank you!” That was all. Tears were flowing freely at that point. My eyes might have been a bit wet too.

Matt grabbed my shoulder.

“Anything you need, Bobby Fix-It. Anytime, anything, all you have to do is ask.”

What’s a man supposed to say? What could I possibly say? I don’t like praise. I suspect I don’t feel I deserve it. All I can hope for, on my last day of shuffling this earth, is to be one more on the plus side of God’s ledger than on the negative. This one worked out okay and for that I was grateful.

I was as quiet as I could be when I got home, but it takes the quiet of a church mouse to not awaken Genna, and that’s not my kind of quiet. I had just wrestled my coat off when she shuffled out of the bedroom rubbing sleep from her eyes.

“Are you hurt, Billy?”

“No, not that you’d notice. What ails me you can’t see, Genna.”

“Did you kill him?”

I nodded my head, perhaps hoping that by not saying it out loud, the realness of it would be lessened.

“Did he deserve to die, Billy?”

“He raped her. He was raping other women there and keeping them against their will.”

“Then I’m glad he’s dead. Come to bed with me, lover. Our child has missed her daddy.”

And so I did, and as the daylight filtered through our curtains, I found what I needed in her arms.

We’ll Be Back Next Week

Thanks so much for joining me again. Our anti-hero will be back next week with another installment in the life of Billy the Kid.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bravo for both the writer and the kid. Cut off the head of the snake and watch it wiggle until it dies -- I suspect no more cult. Fitting that the demon bastard died in flames. OK I admit I was a bit teary eyed at the homecoming. Thank you buddy

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      Old Poolman 16 months ago

      Well done and justice was served again. I'm looking forward to the next chapter and can't even imagine what you next have in store for Billy. I'm sure you will come up with something good.

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      Janine Huldie 16 months ago from New York, New York

      Aw, yay to the newest book being available and loved how this installment ended here today. Happy Wednesday Bill!!! :)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eric! There is a bit of the biblical in this one....and I doubt we'll hear anymore from that cult. :)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I'll wait patiently until Billy talks to me. When he does we'll both know what comes next. :) Until then, have a great week and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Janine, and Happy Wednesday to you, too. Spring is on the way, my friend.

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      breakfastpop 16 months ago

      This world needs more Billys!

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      Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago from Texas

      Wow! Bill, this is awesome.

      As saint Gabe went down in flames

      Retribution for those he shames

      No time for him to turn around

      He finds himself upon the ground

      As Bobby fixed it without a sound

      The sister of his friend he has found

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      Blessings to you and Bobby

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, we are in total agreement. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Big smiles, Shyron, over your poetic comment. Thank you so much, and blessings to you always.

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      manatita44 16 months ago from london

      Truly awesome! I'm taking a break from Hub Pages. I do the odd Q's and A's and respond when someone visits my Hubs, but I wanted to return for this one from you.

      I find that when the first line of a poem comes straight to me, I do much better. While I can do most things, I'm also better at certain themes.

      I say this as I feel that this Bobby saga is made for you, and it's - for me at least - more gripping, blood-rushing and emotive than some of your other pieces. You're actually getting better at it too. Another thing is that you've learnt the art of making the good and bad balance themselves out. And so now Bobby has become likeable, a hero. No easy feat.

      I like the part where you digressed just a touch, to say something about the fire. That was cool! A piece of genius there, and we do this a lot in open mic. But again you're heading that way, aren't you?

      A truly excellent, spell-binding and thrilling piece of mighty fine writing. Keep it up, Bro.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, thank you so much, my friend. It is so nice to receive affirmations like this which speak to specific details....as a writer, hearing from another excellent writer, this was very helpful.

      Peace always

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      manatita44 16 months ago

      You're very kind. I'm actually a writer first and a poet second. We speak of flow - like a river - movement, consistency, pace, interest (the ability to hold or engage the reader) themes, detail ... you know all that, and also display them better and better. Much Love, Bro.

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      Marlene Bertrand 16 months ago from Northern California, USA

      I am applauding Bobby Fix-it and the person who created him. It's hard not to love Bobby when he makes adjustments to the ledger of life. Fantastic episode. Very satisfying. Exactly the ending I was hoping to read.

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      Buildreps 16 months ago from Europe

      Wonderful story, and congratulations with the actual publishing of your book. I'll wait for the ebook version. I hope for you you'll sell many millions of these series. :) Have a great day, billybuc!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Manatita! Kindness begets kindness. :)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, thank you so much. You are so loyal and I greatly appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, thanks you. I'd settle for thousands but I like the way you think. :) Enjoy the rest of your week, my friend.

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      Venkatachari M 16 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting and marvelous saga of Bobby Fix-It. He turns out to be very wonderful character. I appreciate your creation. Waiting for the next episode eagerly.

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      Ann Carr 16 months ago from SW England

      Superb! That's what I call a 'rip roaring' tale. There should be many more like that. Congrats on the new volume and I hope it sells well; can't see why it wouldn't.

      Looking forward, as always, to the next.

      Windy Wednesday continues!

      Ann:)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M. That is music to my ears, knowing people look forward to my chapters.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, as I look outside, I'm surprised to find no wind or rain at the moment....but it is coming, as surely as the arrival of Daylight Savings Time this weekend, and it all happens without my permission. LOL

      Happy Wednesday and thank you!

      bill

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      Shaloo Walia 16 months ago

      You are such a gifted story-teller. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 16 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I loved this installment. Murder is bad but maybe this time the preacher's sin was too much. See you next time.

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      Linda Crampton 16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another great installment in your story, Bill. As another commenter said, you balance good and evil very well in your Bobby Fix-It stories.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Swalia! I do love writing fiction.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Okay, Ruby! Considering how you feel about violence, I'm grateful you loved this installment. Thanks my friend. On Friday we return to the farm in Iowa.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. That was my goal in making this character.

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      RoadMonkey 16 months ago

      Great ending to this instalment. Looks like he's going to have to be called Super Bob!

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      RoadMonkey 16 months ago

      Bought your book - it is also available on Amazon UK, along with your book on writing because I get free postage if I buy over £10 worth (about $14) and I would rather buy more books than pay for the postage!

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      William Leverne Smith 16 months ago from Hollister, MO

      This is your wheel-house! You know how to tell these stories and we all love them. The comments you invoke tell the story, as well! Congratulations, on several levels! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Road, thank you for the kind words. I'm so happy you are enjoying the story.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Road. That is so kind of you to buy those books....I hope you enjoy them greatly and I'm with you on the paying for postage thing. :)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Bill. I just wish I had discovered this story-telling ability a few years earlier. Now I feel like I'm in a hurry. :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 16 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks to Billy for rescuing Marie, and I'm glad he was not hurt. A victorious chapter.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora! Let's hope Billy can take a breath and enjoy life for awhile...but how boring would that be? LOL

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      Bill De Giulio 16 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. So glad to see that Billy got Marie out of there safely. Love the method he used to deal with Gabriel, a burning arrow between the shoulder blades. Looking forward to his next adventure.

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      June Parker 16 months ago from New York

      Hey Bill, Love the way this installment ended. Brother Gabriel's karma was the justification for taking down a very bad man. You and Bobby Fix It are my new heroes. Grin.

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      Missy Smith 16 months ago from Florida

      I was actually thinking the same way as Manatita as I read this installment. What do you know, Billy has become a hero over the bad-guy beginnings. You have turned this character around brilliantly. Although, I always knew from the start he was a good fellow. I'm not defending killing of course, but let's face it, sometimes that's the only way to get rid of the demons of the world.

      This had some emotion running through it that just touches the heart. Billy is an old softie. Lol.

      I would just like to mention how I like your introduction paragraphs as well. You set us back up in the story as if we never left, so please pat yourself on the back for being brilliant. Do it for me!! ;)

      Peace and Love.... ~Missy

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill. I was going for some sort of Biblical payback, a little Old Testament metaphor...glad you liked it.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Kona! I'm very happy you liked the ending.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Missy, I'm patting my back as we speak. Thank you for the kind words and thoughtful comment. You are appreciated.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Eldon Arsenaux 16 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      I'm late. I know. I was going to leave you fan mail, but decided I considered myself part of the Bobby-Fix-It fan club already, neigh! part of the Bill Holland fan club (moose-headed insignia coming soon). This story is frightfully fast-paced, and I'm afraid Bobby won't live for an eternity. Days like that day give me hope, he will. But it's fiction, so any scenario's possible, I suppose. My Favorite Line: "We will never be friends, but in certain situations, fire is a handy acquaintance." Very funny, and I'm not just shooting an arrow out into the breeze, so-we-say.

      Today a lawyer offered to be my agent at a reasonable, non-negotiable 50/50. She was very drunk. I don't why I'm telling you this, except that she liked a line I dropped about dandelions. Weird. But not as weird as a transvestite walking a pig on a leash in a custom Armani blanket (coming to swine-retailers near you).

      Hopefully, we've entertained each other equally, here on Hubpages.

      Bill, I thank you, for the confidence that comes through your writing and comments,

      -E.G.A.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eldon, that offer by the lawyer is intriguing at worst. LOL I'll be thinking about the transvestite walking a pig in a custom Armani blanket the rest of the weekend. Thanks for a great visual. :)

      Wishing you the best this weekend and beyond.

      bill

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      Nithya Venkat 16 months ago from Dubai

      Bobby Fix-It has come out as a hero in this installment. Glad Marie was rescued. Bobby did what he felt was right though it is wrong in the eyes of the law. Great write.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Vellur! Bobby is a nasty guy with a sense of fairness....a hard person to like, a hard person to hate.

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      Michael-Milec 16 months ago

      There must be another definition for "sermon" beside the standard "a religious discourse." Bobby's sermon delieverd by powerful action left mainly misterious exhortation, sendng sententious message to religious as well to secular investigating authorities. It was a well executed plan, and you my friend caused me like the stories moral perspective.

      Blessed Sunday, and good night.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I just love your comments. Thank you....the beauty, and the oddity, of the English language is the way words can mean so many different things, or can also be used as metaphors, or in analogies, to mean something completely different. No wonder those from other countries find it to be such a difficult language. :)

      Happy Sunday my friend and blessings always.

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      Deb Hirt 16 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      It only gets better. If you need a reviewer, a little press and the magic that I am good at in order to get the word out, let me know.

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      Michael-Milec 16 months ago

      Bill, dear friend, if I wouldn't be scared of this difficult language I would never publish a sentence. It is only a day after when I realize what is there written(by me) to my amazement , wondering what an experimentation has zoomed through my mind; than I think and think again the option using different words,not found in some other languages ( I know) as to express in its entirety what is ''processing'' in my mind.

      Happy Sunday, blessing and peace.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for that offer, Deb. I'll be in touch.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Peace,and blessings, Michael my friend. You have my admiration. I hate to think what it would be like for me to write in another language. :)

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      John Hansen 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Bobby has solved another problem as only he can. I like his morals, maybe not his ethics..or should that be the other way around. Well done, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm not sure, John, morals or ethics, but I understand your point. Thanks for being here, buddy, and have a great weekend.

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      Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton

      Im getting so use to your style of writing its like eating chips you can't have just one... I'll be continuing to come back week after week for this saga..:)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      So glad to hear that, Frank. Thank you very much.

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      Lawrence Hebb 16 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Awesome, and I agree with Eric's sentiment!

      Loved the story, please keep them coming.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I will try, Lawrence. In the meantime, thank you so very much.

      bill

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      Mel Carriere 16 months ago from San Diego California

      Glad to see Bobby Fix-it is keeping busy in retirement. Great work!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, guys like Bobby never retire. They just fade away in a hail of bullets.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 15 months ago from United Kingdom

      A damsel in distress rescued, the bad guy gets what he deserves and the hero returns to fight another day. What more could you want? Well...I guess more of the same.

      I know you won't let us down.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, you just succinctly outlined 99% of action thrillers. Nice job, student, you get an "A"

      And a big thanks from me.

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      Shauna L Bowling 15 months ago from Central Florida

      Good for Bobby Fix-it! That's one less scumbag on the earth to torment and disrespect women. I wonder what will happen to the commune. Will the remaining members stay and re-build? If so, perhaps they can turn the compound into a self-sustaining farm or something else that can benefit the Earth and the rest of the community.

      I'm getting a little anxious for Baby Fix-it's arrival. I wonder what they'll name her?

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I love where your mind goes. A self-sustaining farm that benefits the Earth! Love it!

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      Genna East 15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      So sorry I'm late Bill, but I've been on an extended work sabbatical from HP. This is the perfect ending to the perfect story. I still love our Billy the Kid. Bravo! :-) :-)

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Genna and welcome back to HP. I'm honored you stopped by after the break to see me. Blessings always!

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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      Hard to like a man prone to violence, but you manage to make us all sympathize with this guy.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That was my goal, Shannon, so thanks for saying that.

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