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Bobby Fix-It Gathers Intel: The Billy the Kid Chronicles Continue

Updated on March 2, 2016

And Here We Go!!!!!

Something is rotten in Dubois, Wyoming, and Bobby Fix-It is on the case.

If you’ve been following along you know that Bobby (Billy the Kid) is looking into the disappearance of his friend Matt’s sister. Last she was heard from, she belonged to a religious group on a self-sustaining farm near Dubois, but Matt has lost contact with her and he’s worried.

Bobby says he’ll look into it, but after being sent away from the group’s main gate under threat of shotgun, Bobby decides something is definitely stinky and he needs more intel on the compound.

And here we go!

Approaching the compound
Approaching the compound | Source

Night Raid

I’m from the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. What the hell do I know about being sneaky in the woods of Wyoming? And yet that’s what I needed to do if I was going to gather intel and find out what happened to Matt’s sister.

I’m about as sneaky as a bull in a china shop, and I’ll never be mistaken for some modern-day mountain man. Still, I had a reputation to uphold and a friend who needed my help, so when in doubt, fall back on your strengths and forget sneaky.

Luckily, Dubois had a hunting and fishing store, so I spent an hour grabbing some supplies I’d be needing. A stop at the hardware store netted me some more, and one hour on the internet completed my preparations.

I slept until nine then showered and went in search of a meal. I was in no hurry to get to the compound. The more who were asleep inside of there the better. I wanted them sleeping soundly when I arrived, and I wanted them groggy when I woke them up. I found my favorite Dubois waitress working the night shift at the Hungry Moose Café. She approached my table with a tired smile.

“Hey, hon, good to see you again,” she said. “We’re fixing to close up in half an hour, so good timing on your part. What can I getcha? “

“Alice, why don’t you surprise me, just as long as it’s meat, and I’ll take coffee with the mystery meal.”

She winked. “If it’s meat you want, hon, why don’t you follow me home when I get off tonight?”

“Alice, that’s a flattering offer and I thank you, but I’m afraid my wife wouldn’t be happy.” We both laughed and then I was left alone while Alice went in search of a steer to butcher.

My old man was hard-headed. He said he had to be because of the way he approached a problem, head first, ram it with all you’ve got and hope you don’t break your neck in the process. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree with me. I didn’t have time for some elaborate plan. I needed into the compound and that meant the direct approach and most likely that meant a bruised noggin and a headache when I finished.

Into Action

Eleven p.m. in Dubois, Wyoming. Nothing like the Heights and that’s for damned sure, no tweakers, no sniffers, no Ricky V or Sal Overshoes sliding the shuck by ya, just modern-day cowboys looking to down some Buds, kiss some girls and make it home in one piece. The downtown area was still alive, but one mile out of town was another world where predators prowled the shadows looking to feast on the weak of spirit or slow of foot.

On my first trip to the compound I had noticed an old logging road about half a mile short of the main gate. Wyoming is crisscrossed by hundreds of them, used and unused, in various states of disrepair, perfect places for one to park a pickup truck out of the way and out of sight. I did just that, loaded up my supplies in a backpack, put my night-vision goggles on and made my way up the road in search of salvation.

My one hour on the internet earlier in the day had netted me a Google satellite view of the compound. I knew that two-hundred yards inside the main gate was a large lodge, and surrounding that lodge were twenty-two small huts or sheds. There was also a barn and what appeared to be some sort of storage facility. All of the buildings were hugged by forest, and I thanked the gods for the natural cover.

My main goal was to find the girl. I needed to know she was there and she was safe. After that, establish contact and find out if she wanted to leave. Pretty basic stuff, really. All I needed was a distraction large enough to empty the barracks and main house of inhabitants, and I had some experience at being a distraction.

The fence wasn’t electrified so I could either cut my way through it or walk through the main gate. I kinda liked the walking option.

Here We Go

The thing about tranquilizer darts is they are totally unpredictable when used on humans. Body weight, mass, just good old DNA, all transpire to keep you guessing with regards to effective strength. With the muscle-bound freak at the gate I wasn’t taking any chances. My goal was to put him down. Period. If it killed him so be it. He shouldn’t have been so damned rude when I was there earlier.

I was ten feet from the main gate. I could see him. He couldn’t see me. The perfect situation. He was alone as I figured he would be. Guard duty in the woods of Wyoming does not breed caution. Sooner or later you’ll get sloppy and anyone who has grown up on the streets of New York can tell you sloppy can kill you. He was about to learn a valuable lesson from the streets of New York, if he survived it.

I had a fifteen minute wait until he needed a smoke break. He stepped out of the guard shack, approached the gate and lit up his cancer stick. He was enjoying the first inhale when he heard the CO2-powered dart being fired. A cloud of smoke blew from his mouth as he first felt, then looked at, the six-inch dart sticking out of his thigh. One second, two seconds, three seconds, curiosity and surprise end as he reaches for the dart, yanks it free and then slowly collapses to the ground, right next to the gate, right within my reach.

It took two more minutes to reach through the gate, grab the keys, open the gate and pull my patient into the guard shack. I closed the shack door, closed the gate but didn’t lock it, and listened to the sounds of the forest tell me all was well. I was in and nobody was the wiser.

I jogged up the trail with night goggles on until I came to the clearing where the residences stood. There were no other guards. I didn’t expect any. Overconfidence and ego are killers, man, they breed complacency. I was counting on both and both I received.

For months Matt Stairs had been teaching me the fine art of bow-hunting. It was time for some practical application. I got within twenty yards of the storage shed and knelt down behind a pine tree. There was no moon, a night black as a viper’s eyes. I was a shadow among shadows. I pulled out an arrow and wrapped the head with a strip of cloth. Next I pulled out a flask of kerosene and soaked the cloth. I was no expert but this was easy even for me. I lit the cloth, pulled back on the bow and fired a perfect strike onto the roof of the shed. Then it was just a matter of waiting.

Five minutes….six….the shed was fully-engulfed in flame when the first of the “angels” noticed the glare from the fire. A chorus of shouts alerted the troops and before you could say “praise be to God” the entire population was out on the grounds running for hoses, running for buckets and just standing around not sure what the hell to do.

And There She Was

Off to my left, maybe fifty feet away, standing in the doorway of one of the huts, was Matt’s sister Marie. Curly red hair, petite, matched her picture, in a flannel nightgown, confused like all the others. By that time the entire area was lit up good so I didn’t need the goggles. I made my way under cover of foliage to her hut. No one noticed me. They were all too busy trying to keep the fire in check. There was one guy standing in the center of the compound shouting out orders. I figured him for Brother Gabriel, a big guy, easily six-six, broad shoulders, hair flowing in the breeze, the colors of the blaze reflecting off his crazed face. A good man to stay away from and I had no intention of introducing myself.

It had been pretty easy to that point. Now things were complicated. There was no back door to Marie’s hut and she was standing in plain sight on the small porch. There comes a time when you just have to say “to hell with it” and make the obvious move. This was one of those times.

See your moves before you make them. Etch them on your mind and then let muscle-memory take over.

I broke cover and strolled up to her hut like I belonged there, one step up on the porch, one more step to her, turn her around, clamp a hand over her mouth and walk her into the hut. No one else was inside. She struggled in my arms for a second or two and then gave up.

“Marie, I need you to stay quiet. Your brother Matt sent me. I’m not going to hurt you. I just need to know if you are all right and if you want to leave this place. Now I’m going to remove my hand, okay?”

She nodded her head. I took my hand away and turned her around to face me.

“We have no time to chat, Marie. Answer one question. Do you want to go home or stay here?”

Tears formed in her eyes and she was shaking despite the heat from the fire.

“Please take me home. They’ve been holding me here and wouldn’t let me leave. Brother Gabriel is a monster. He raped me and, and, he does it every day, oh God, please, don’t let him touch me again.”

I could feel the darkness settle over me. It was a physical entity, or so it seemed at the time. He raped her. In the name of God?

I’ve known men like Gabriel all my life. I’ve seen them devour the weak, snack on the suffering, draw strength from the misery they cause, and they do so with a sense of entitlement.

“I need to get you out of here, Marie. Then I’ll take care of Brother Gabriel.” I grabbed her hand and led her to the front door.

Then things got real interesting.

To Be Continued

You’ll just have to hang in for one more installment to see if Billy/Bobby and the girl make it out alive. My money is always on Mr. Fix-It, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

And just so you know, Billy/Bobby will be making his eBook and paperback debut next week. His first novella/pulp fiction, “Blood Red Russian Moon,” will be available through Amazon in a matter of days.

As they say in the business, stay tuned!

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great song, great version. As for Clint Black, I guess that kind of money can buy you solitude.

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      shanmarie 17 months ago

      I have a sneaking.suspicion Gabriel is going to wind up dead.

      You know, I wonder what would happen if good I'm Bobby ever gets mixed up in a national news story. . .

      Oh, by the way, that version of "Desperado" has always been one of my favorites. My husband said he once delivered pizza to Clint Black's home, but he had a fence and a guard no one was getting by, too. LOL

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Two words any writer would love to hear, entertaining and compelling. Thank you Larry!

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      Larry Rankin 19 months ago from Oklahoma

      Always entertaining and compelling.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A late Happy Easter, Sha, and of course thank you! I love doing this series in this way. When I convert it to a novella I can take all suggestions, like yours, and make the book more readable and believable...so in a way, you are helping to write it...so thanks again. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 20 months ago from Central Florida

      I'm hoping Billy and Marie get out alive. I was a little surprised that he lit fire to that shed without checking it out first. There could have been animals in there, but I guess you have to pick your poison when you choose to battle an entire commune with no backup.

      I'm looking forward to the next chapter, Bill.

      I know I'm late in reading (just now getting up to March), but it's now Easter Sunday and I'm between things that need to go into the oven, so I'm trying to make the best of my spare time.

      Happy Easter to you, Bev, the kids, and all the critters on the Holland property.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Lawrence, and Billy says thank you too.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No chatting necessary, John. I'm grateful you took the time to catch up.

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      Lawrence Hebb 20 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Way to go Billy! He's learning new tricks too! Awesome.

      Lawrence

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Won't stop to chat Bill, as I am late reading this one. Now I am heading straight over to the next chapter. Thumbs up.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the best wishes, Mel. One more chapter for you and we'll wrap up this adventure in religion. :)

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      Mel Carriere 20 months ago from San Diego California

      Best of luck with your ebook endeavor. I am enjoying Mr. Fix-it's quiet life of retirement in Wyoming.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, thank you! Good over evil indeed....just consider this series of chapters a metaphor for individual struggles in real life.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Michael-Milec 20 months ago

      Mr. Holland, your passion for rightness and prevailing good over evil are being justified even at the price of bloodshed. Thank you my friend for letting me at a close distance witnessing history of rising a famous writer.

      Blessing and peace with us.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Frank. I feel the same way about you and your fiction.

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      Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton

      Billybuc I enjoy the realistic feel in your fiction.. it so absorbing and the story just flies by... sign of a good writer my friend :)

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kona, I love comments like that. Makes me so happy I'm a writer. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb! The first in the published series is now available on Amazon.

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      June Parker 20 months ago from New York

      The story just keeps getting better and better. I can hardly wait to find out what happens!

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad to hear the you'll be publishing. You definitely have a winner with that one. Onward and upward.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I totally agree with you, Zulma, about the escapism. There is a very real appeal to that sort of approach to life. Of course, it might be a mess if we all lived by Billy's code. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 20 months ago from United Kingdom

      You know, I do believe that is why this series is so popular. You write about how we wish life would be, not the way it is. Escapism at its finest.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, you are so kind. Thank you, my friend. I have fallen in love with this character and look forward to creating many more adventures for him.

      blessings always, Genna

      bill

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      Genna East 20 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What an exciting installment, Bill. And I look forward to Gabrielle coming face-to-face with Billy-Bob's version of Karma. I'm so relieved that Marie is close to escaping his clutches. "And just so you know, Billy/Bobby will be making his eBook and paperback debut next week. His first novella/pulp fiction, “Blood Red Russian Moon,” will be available through Amazon in a matter of days." I will purchase this with delight!

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear it, Rasma! Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Missy, I believe Gabriel's days on this planet are numbered. I'm very glad you are enjoying this. Have a wonderful weekend in Florida.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, that's music to my ears. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, that's a good bet. I can't have the hero die off now, can I? :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I think it's safe to assume Gabriel has given his last sermon and raped his last girl. :) In my stories the bad guy always pays the price.....just the way I wish it was in the real world.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! Another day of work in the real world for me, so I'm slow again answering. Have a wonderful weekend as this Friday afternoon inches into evening.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, that is a technique I learned from some very good mystery writers...always leave your readers wanting more. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mona, that's exactly why I stopped. :) Thank you and I'll see you next week.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, I'm so glad you are enjoying the story. Thank you sir!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 20 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Nothing like a real hot story and looking forward to more.

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      I will be patiently waiting to read the next installment. Another intense one here. That Gabriel sounds so ugly!! Poor girl!!

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      Linda Crampton 20 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This story is becoming very exciting! I'm eager to read the next installment.

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      Marlene Bertrand 20 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Man, Bill, I'm totally dangling off this cliff, overly anxious to find out what happens next. It's going to be a long week of waiting, but I'll be back. My money's on Billy the Kid every time.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 20 months ago from United Kingdom

      Bobby's getting awfully good at this. He should think about going pro and charging a consultancy fee. So Brother Gabriel is next? Excellent. Can't wait for that meeting.

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      Ann Carr 20 months ago from SW England

      Wow, he certainly doesn't hang about does he? Great sequence and more to come!

      Can't wait for the next, bill.

      Hope your Thursday's a good one.

      Ann

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Your idea at the end gives us lots to think about thank you for this.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 20 months ago from Philippines

      Aw, why did you stop? It was so interesting, now I have to wait until tomorrow. Great story:)

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      Venkatachari M 20 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting story and you have stopped it suddenly at the very edge of suspense. How could they get out from there without facing and knocking down Gabriel? Couldn't wait long for the next part.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish! I appreciate you following along with this story of mine.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That means a lot to me, Dora. Thank you very much.

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      FlourishAnyway 20 months ago from USA

      Good writing! I like this and look forward to the continuation!

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      Dora Weithers 20 months ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations on the book! I haven't yet but I do have to obtain some of your work. Phrases like "snack on the suffering" make me want more. The phrase doesn't have a pretty meaning but the words are put together beautifully. Yes, I'm waiting to see how this incident with Billy the Kid turns out.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I think it's safe to say Brother Gabriel is in for a world of hurt soon. Thanks for being here, buddy, and have a great weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 20 months ago from Massachusetts

      Geez Bill. I am on the edge of my seat about to fall off. Can't wait to see how he gets Marie out of there. And I'm willing to bet that he has something in store for Brother Gabriel. Bobby doesn't seem the kind to let a rapist continue abusing women. Great job.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, you have a good eye for detail....no, she'll have to escape in the nightgown....that's the price of freedom. :) Thanks a lot, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I've known some low-lifes in my time but no mobsters. I just have an over-active imagination....and I saw a lot of Edgar G. Robinson films. LOL

      Thank you as always for your kind words.

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      William Leverne Smith 20 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Did she have time to get out of the nightgown? I always think way to practical... I cannot do what you do. Good thing, right?! What fun! Thanks for sharing. Best wishes on ebook launch!! ;-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 20 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I don't know how you keep the stories apart but you do and you do it with the ability to tell a great story and keep us all coming back for more. your talent shines with this type of story. Are you sure you do not know any mobsters? Hee...Loved this segment...

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mike! I hope the work you've done for me leads to more paying gigs for you. I appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, that makes me happy. Thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, I'm so glad you enjoy this story. More coming so stay tuned, my friend. Thank you and blessings always.

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      mckbirdbks 20 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      You are handling the mail, writing Billy, writing the Depression farmers, working, running an urban farm - must be time to incorporate.

      What a steep hill.

      All the best with:

      The Billy the Kid Chronicles

      The Blood Red Russian Moon

      by William D. Holland

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      breakfastpop 20 months ago

      I love this story and I can't wait to purchase your latest!

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      manatita44 20 months ago from london

      Truly awesome and the plan was a surprise, even for me. Superb! Ended in just the right way, leaving us with unsatisfied hunger, whatever that means. Brilliant stuff!

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm working on it now, Mike! Coming soon my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Linda. The success of this story is a surprise to me but I am grateful.

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      Old Poolman 20 months ago

      Awesome chapter my friend. I'm not a patient person but will wait patiently for the next chapter.

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      Linda Lum 20 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, good stuff. Can't wait for happens with brother Gabriel. And congratulations on your e-book.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Shyron, and I'm almost sorry about it. LOL Let's hope time flies and we get back here quickly.

      Thank you, and blessings to you always.

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      There you go Bill, leaving me hanging until next week. That is a long time to wait to see what happens. Good Luck to Bobby.

      Blessings and hugs

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Monkey! I appreciate that very much.

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      RoadMonkey 20 months ago

      Wow, great going and will look out for the book. Good luck.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Buildreps! Breakthrough or not, I love writing and don't plan on stopping.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aesta, hang in there till next week and I'll wrap up this episode. Thanks and I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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      Buildreps 20 months ago from Europe

      Wonderful Bill, I will be your client for the ebook version. I have the feeling he will have an encounter with angel bro Gabriel. Congratulations with your new book. I hope this one will be your breakthrough. Have a great day.

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      Mary Norton 20 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh no...when will you let us know what happened? This is really getting very engaging. It's a good thing, you didn't end this.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you're reading ahead. LOL Gabriel is in a world of hurt but doesn't know it yet. Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! I have the feeling Gabriel is about to meet his Maker. :) Happy Wednesday my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So cool. I can hardly wait for the book. I have a feeling he is going to disappoint his wife with the Gabriel freak.

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      Janine Huldie 20 months ago from New York, New York

      Congrats on the Billy/Bobby debut next week and this story here though is truly heating up as I cannot wait to see what Bobby has in store for dear, old Gabriel now. Happy Wednesday, Bill :)