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Bobby Fix-It Does His Civic Duty: The Billy the Kid Chronicles Continue

Updated on April 13, 2016

Welcome Back!

Billy the Kid, also known as Bobby Fix-It, is on the job. His friend Mike is getting the shake-down by ex-con Max Piceen, and not only does Piceen want money but he also wants Mike sweating, so he’s threatened to harm Mike’s wife if the money isn’t paid.

Enter Billy the Kid, a guy who just can’t abide with that kind of behavior. Billy has set up a sting and Max is about to experience some frontier justice.

If you enjoy this chapter you’ll also enjoy the first novella in the Billy the Kid series, “The Blood Red Russian Moon,” and the second in the novella series, “Walking in a Dead Man’s Shoes” is being published this week and will be available on Amazon.

Dubois, Wyoming
Dubois, Wyoming | Source

Hangin’ Outside the Antler Bar

I figured for a long wait and Max didn’t disappoint me. No one goes into a shitkicker bar in Jackson and has just one drink. It’s just not done, especially by a con who has spent the better part of a decade swilling prison moonshine made from apple juice and champagne yeast. I figure, to such a con, Budweiser must taste like the nectar of the gods after that rotgut shit in prison.

I got comfortable in the pickup and thought about my changing life. Genna was literally days from delivery, a fact that scared the shit out of me. Is anyone ever ready for parenthood? Women always seem to be, and men always seem to be at the brink of terror just thinking about it. I won’t lie to you, I was feeling the pressure at that moment. Maybe I needed to back off fixing problems for friends and just shovel cow shit on the ranch and be happy with it. It was honest work, something I had very little experience with but probably needed to embrace. The street rat hustle was fine a year ago when it was just me doing what I did best in the Heights, running scams to put food on the table and trying not to get my damned head shot off, but with a kid on the way and a beautiful black pearl sharing my bed, it just wasn’t going to work for much longer.

But my old man would have said you can put a dress on a pig and it’s still a pig, meaning who the hell did I think I was kidding?

Here’s the thing, and when I’m dead they can tattoo it on my ass before they bury me: I can’t stand by and do nothing while the big dogs of society gnaw on the bones of the meek and mild. It just doesn’t set right with me and never will. Someone needs to stand up for the weak. I may not be some masked crusader with a lily-white resume. Shit, my resume reads like a horror novel compared to most of you all who paint your white picket fences and belong to the Rotary.

But I know what’s right and what sucks hind tit, and unlike many of you who would point a finger while sitting on your judgmental thrones, I do something about the shit storms that rain down on the innocents.

So there you go!

My thoughts were interrupted after two hours by the appearance of Max Piceen.

The game was on! It was time for me to do my thing.

The road to the compound
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Driving down a Wyoming Highway

Wyoming highways and back roads are lonely on any night. That’s just the truth of it. You get the wolves howling on a clear night when the stars compete with the moon for best show, the vastness of this country weighs down on you, and you’ll start to appreciate what lonely really means.

I watched Max pull out of the Antler parking lot, gravel spraying on a few parked cars as he heavy-footed it onto Highway Twenty-Two. His rear-end was dark, thanks to me breaking out the lights, and he showed no hesitation when he got in his car, meaning he never noticed the drugs behind his seat. It was time for the final act on this little drama so I could wrap Genna in my arms and show her my need.

One block down from the Antler was a gas station, closed and silent, its pumps sleeping off a busy day. I knew where Max was going, back to his motel, so I wasn’t too concerned with my little detour. I grabbed the rock next to me on the front seat, slowed up as I drove by the gas station office, and hurled the rock through the office window. Then back on Twenty-Two. Within five minutes Max was back in view.

I pulled out the disposable cell phone I had bought earlier in the day and called 911.

“Nine-one-one, what is your emergency?” I was asked by a velvety voice.

“I was heading home from the Antler on Twenty-Two and I saw this guy try to break into the Arco station. He tossed a rock through the window and then drove off in a 2005 Nissan Altima, dark blue in color. I can’t see his license plate; his brake lights are out and I can’t read them, but I’m behind him now, heading north. If you hurry you might still catch him.”

“Can I have your name, sir, so I……” but that’s all I heard as I ended the call.

So far so good. I had one more thing to do and then I could head home.

Helping Fate

Why leave matters to chance when you can manipulate them and force an outcome you can live with?

I hit the gas, caught up with Max and then passed him on that lonely highway. I continued to put pedal to metal for a quarter mile and then I stopped, did a U-turn and slowly approached my prey from the opposite direction. I rolled down the window, barely moving as Max’s headlight illuminated the woods in front of me. I turned my headlights off, then on, off, then on, hoping to signify an emergency. It worked and he slowed, and as he was slowing the wolves howled and I pulled my Glock and coming abreast of him I shot out his front tire.

Then it was time for me to go home. Max was an ex-con with fifty bags of dust in his car and suspected of attempted burglary of a filling station. You could bet the farm he was over the legal limit on drinks and probably had a revolver on him.

In other words, Max was about to experience the bitter taste of karma.

In other words, he was screwed and tattooed by yours truly.

The white hats from Jackson passed me, lights flashing and sirens drowning out the wolves, going in the opposite direction by the time I got back to the Antler. Pretty fast response time; I was impressed. Your tax dollars at work, keeping us all safe from the likes of Max Piceen. I knew I’d sleep well knowing I was so protected from harm.

Home sweet home!
Home sweet home! | Source

Genna Sweet Genna

You should all be so lucky as to have a Genna waiting for you after a hard night of righteous behavior. I walked into the cabin and she was on the couch, watching television, the light from the screen dancing over her features, her chocolate skin glowing and her face settling on a smile that made me horny as hell. Patti was in a chair, still tied up, still blindfolded.

“Job done, Billy?”

I kissed her and tasted strawberries.

“Job done, lover, and nobody died. Mike and his wife can breathe easy. Max is about to ship upriver and probably never return. Let me drop this young lady off near her home and I'll be right back.”

And that's what I did. I informed Patti it would be in her best interests to just imagine this evening as one would a nightmare. She could now wake up, Max was out of her life, and she could go on selling homes. I untied her hands, wished her a good life and left her two blocks from her home, safe and wiser.

Back home to my lover.

I started to take off my jacket.

“You might as well leave it on, Billy, we have to leave.”

“Where are we going this late at night, hon?”

“The contractions have started. I think, Billy, you need to drive this woman into Jackson. Your child is about to enter this world and it feels like she’s in a hurry.”

To Be Continued

Well my goodness gracious, as my grandma was fond of saying. It appears that Billy is about to experience responsibility in a way he never imagined one year ago.

I hope you join me, Genna and Billy next week. Look for us in the delivery room.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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    • louise-barraco profile image

      Louise Barraco 15 months ago from Ontario

      I always love reading your hubs they are always interesting and fun to read

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      Janine Huldie 15 months ago from New York, New York

      The pig comment is so true and have used it a few times myself in the past. But still loved how Booby got justice with Max and now can't wait to read about the birth of his child hopefully soon. Have a wonderful Wednesday now, Bill!! :)

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      Patricia Scott 15 months ago from sunny Florida

      Yahoo...that's it!! You know how to keep me wanting to come back!!! Any Angels are once again on the way...ps

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      Buildreps 15 months ago from Europe

      Love to read this series, Billy. Thanks for publishing again one great chapter, my friend.

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      Kristen Howe 15 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Bill, you're such a great storyteller. You have such a vivid imagination. Congrats and kudos on publishing your novellas on Amazon my friend. I hope it sells well. :-)

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      DreamerMeg 15 months ago from Northern Ireland

      Enjoyed that but what about the girlfriend (Max's) wasn't she left with Genna? Do they drop her off on the way to the hospital?

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Louise, thank you so much. I'm so glad people are enjoying this series.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, Jade is being pushed out as we speak. I'll introduce you to her next week. In the meantime, have a wonderful Hump Day, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you PS. This series is great fun to write. There are no rules and I can suspend reality....who wouldn't want to do that?

      hugs and blessings, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm so glad to hear that, Buildreps...thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kristen. I think the imagination comes from many nights alone as a child....stories grew in my mind, and some of those characters are alive now because of those lonely nights.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahh, Meg, you found a hole I missed.....darn it. Thanks for pointing that out. I'm on it.

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      Old Poolman 15 months ago

      What a great solution to this problem, and he didn't even have to shoot anybody.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This was better than a cliff-hanger, we know we'll all be at the hospital next week, such a great story! I loved your daring escapade as only you can write it...

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      William Leverne Smith 15 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Well done. Hope the next chapter ends as well. ;-)

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, I think this is the best chapter yet. I love Joe Billy dealt with Max, and no bloodshed in sight. Well done.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 15 months ago from United Kingdom

      Ha, ha, ha...oh Max how are you going to talk yourself out of this one? Oh wait, you can't.

      Let's hope that bullet exited the opposite side of the tire into the woods or somewhere it will never be found. I'm not sure about Real-Estate Girl. She might decide to get indignant and call the police anyway. And that means Billy and family are on the run again.

      Never mind. I'm looking forward to meeting the latest addition. I imagine her having Mom's looks and Dad's street smarts.

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      manatita44 15 months ago from london

      Nice, real nice. I mean so much achievements in this one. Expected and unexpected. I like it. Cool

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Amazing, right, Mike? Somehow I don't think that's a habit he'll form. He still has bullets left to use up. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, we'll take a little break from the action to deliver the baby Jade, and then we'll dive back into it big time. :) Thanks, as always, for your loyal following.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Bill, it will end well for our hero....I can't say the same for the next bad guy.

      Happy Wednesday to you and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks John! I'm having a blast writing this story and I'm so happy all of you enjoy it.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, me thinks the cops in Jackson aren't smart enough to look for that bullet, or not motivated enough....either way, Billy skates on this one for the better good.

      Have a great Thursday, my friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Never a dull moment in Billy's life, Manatita, and we all benefit from that fact.

      Thanks my friend and blessings always.

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

      Wonderful. Shooting out tire one minute and having a baby the next. Action packed and fun. Thanks

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      Bill De Giulio 15 months ago from Massachusetts

      Gee Bill, how do you come up with this stuff? Are you sure you're not writing about yourself in a prior life? You have such a creative mind, I'm impressed.

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      Nell Rose 15 months ago from England

      Ooh that baby is coming! lol! love your stories Bill, and congrats on the book!

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      Michael-Milec 15 months ago

      In an expectation to become more informed and wiser by the righteous Billy's dealings within scrutinized society, you my friend come out by a profound watchword to live by: "I can’t stand by and do nothing while the big dogs of society gnaw on the bones of the meek and mild." ( Are the brave called to a holy indignation ?) My humble presuppose.

      Peace and blessing.

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      Venkatachari M 15 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting story. You keep it action-packed always. Hitting a stone at gas station window, dialling 911, puncturing the tyre!!! Very brilliant ideas.

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      Mary Norton 15 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Smart move by Billy. Like that very much. The baby coming is perfect timing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago from Texas

      Great goinhttps://hubpages.com/literature/Bobby-Fix-It-Does-... Bill, we can all rest well tonight knowing that Max Piceen is up ships creek without a paddle or toilet paper. What if Genna has twins? I am so glad you decided not to end Bobby and Genna’s adventure.

      Blessings always my friend

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      Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

      I just love the feel.. and your descriptions as you carry these chronicles through our computers and lap tops.. Once again I am caught up.. and caught up..LOL

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      Devika Primić 15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great write here and you surprised me! You know how to keep each chapter at its peak!

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      Linda Lum 15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Billy/Bobby kept his promise to his friend and to Genna and Max is enjoying the sweet taste of Karma. Gotta love it. By the way, you did mention, in just one sentence, that Patti was released so you don't have that problem to attend to in the next episode.

      Will Bev be guest-writing the next chapter? In the words of Hattie McDaniel "You ain't never birthed no babies."

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 15 months ago from United Kingdom

      Good point, Bill. I keep forgetting these are not big city cops who do that kind of thing by rote.

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      Linda Crampton 15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the creative ways in which Bobby solves problems without the violence he would have used in the past. I'm looking forward to meeting his daughter.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Never a dull moment with our friend, Eric. More coming, so rest up this weekend.

      Thank you always!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, it's scary sometimes. Bev looks at me and wonders the same thing. LOL Happy Friday my friend.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Nell! I'll just keep plugging along in hopes of entertaining.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MIchael my friend, I believe, as you know, we all have a responsibility to stand up against the big dogs of this world.

      Blessings and many thanks to you!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Venkatachari M! I'm so happy you are enjoying this story.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Aesta! The baby is about to have a very interesting life, to say the least.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Too funny, Shyron! Without toilet paper! I'll be laughing the rest of the day about that.

      blessings and thanks to you

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank! It's my own little radio serial, coming through the airwaves to your ears every Wednesday...or so I picture it. LOL

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Music to my ears, DDE! Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...too true, Linda! I think we'll gloss over that little detail so I don't embarrass myself.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I think the U.S. has its share of small city rubes who don't have a clue how to investigate a crime bigger than a drunken brawl at the local watering hole. :)

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I can't promise Bobby won't return to violence but by God he's trying hard.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 15 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Another Bobby Fix-It entertaining read here. Your characters and events are so throbbing with life, its never a dull moment. Awaiting the next chapter.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Rajan! I'll try to keep the action and suspense moving along from here. See you next week!

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      If there's one word to describe your style here it is "gritty" and I like it. You've done a mighty fine job.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish! I was shooting for gritty so I'm very happy with your description.

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      Lawrence Hebb 15 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Man, I've got to get a move on and buy those books!

      Billy's what we used to call a lovable rogue and I've known a few of them around!

      Really enjoyed this.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you think so, Lawrence, because that's exactly what I want him to be. Thank you sir!

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      Hey Bill, this chapter was really good, and very enjoyable knowing that Max would just be sent up the creek without a paddle again, and have to live with knowing he'd been had. That's better than putting a bullet in his chest, right? Yep, Billy is really changing, and just in time for the baby. I loved it.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear it, Missy! It's hard to write about Billy without violence. LOL Just my own personal observation.

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      Deb Hirt 15 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      What a great episode. Max is going up the creek again, and a new life is ready to break bag and baggage.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      One thing we know for sure, Deb....Billy can handle any situation. Thanks for being here, my friend.

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      Bill Russo 15 months ago from Cape Cod

      Great work as usual Bill. Is the series going to be available on Kindle as well as in paperback? A few years ago, I swore I would never read anything on a computer or a tablet, but then I discovered that I could make the print larger and reading became easy again and much more fun. Even the large print books are difficult for me to read these days.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. The first two books in the series are already available on Kindle...thanks for asking.

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      Larry Rankin 15 months ago from Oklahoma

      I am enjoying getting caught up on this tale.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's the way to do it, Larry, all in one sitting for the continuity.

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      Ann Carr 15 months ago from SW England

      Billy found a great way to sort out that mean Max. I could never come up with something like that; the action is spot on, bill.

      Sorry for the silence; I haven't been able to access the internet for over a week and it's been very frustrating as I've got a lot to do and much to catch up with. However, time to take advantage of a little time away from the chores of home.

      Now in the heart of the Dordogne and Limousin (in France, as you probably realise!), not that I want to make you jealous of course. Beautiful scenery, some fascinating places and history and a comfortable hotel with good food - what more could one want? Our French friends complete the package so we're having fun.

      So... looking forward to finding out what happens at the hospital with Genna, Billy and the babe and off to read other hubs.

      Hope it's not a manic Monday for you, bill, but more like our meandering Monday in the French countryside.

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Ann, I'm certainly glad you weren't trying to make me jealous. LOL You succeeded nonetheless, my friend.

      Enjoy it! You earned it and I can live vicariously through you.

      Thanks for visiting. I would be frantic away from the internet for a week...way too much work to catch up on if that were to happen.

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 14 months ago from Central Florida

      Bye, Bye Max Piceen! I'm sure your buddies back at The House That Fate Built will be glad to see you!

      And Baby Fix-It is on her way. How exciting! Will Billy and Genna marry?

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you got me laughing...Baby Fix-It...love it!

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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      I'm ready to read on, but first I thought you might want to know I see a link for rain ponchos instead of your novella. Frankly, I'd rather but the novella. LOL

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's too funny, Shannon! I never think to look at the ad links to see if mine are there...thanks for the heads up.

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