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Bobby Fix-It Sets A Trap: The Billy the Kid Chronicles Continues

Updated on April 6, 2016

What’s Happening

So Bobby has just kidnapped a real estate agent and left her with his girlfriend Genna. He had to get a little rough with the woman, didn’t want to, but sometimes it’s the only way to get the information you need.

And now he has that information. Max Piceen is holed up in a motel just outside of Jackson and it’s time to take care of that dastardly fellow…..

As only Bobby Fix-It can do!

Shall we?

All is not peaceful in Jackson, Wyoming
All is not peaceful in Jackson, Wyoming | Source

Read more in the first Billy the Kid novella

On the Hunt

Human predators never consider for a moment that they are the prey. It’s not in their DNA. They have devoted their whole lives to stalking the jungle and taking what they want. They have taken advantage of the weak, ignored the suffering of their victims and continue to do what predators do until a bigger predator comes along and flicks the switch on their lights.

Max Piceen may have done his time in the state pen, but there was no way he was reformed, and there was no way he would ever be reformed.

It’s in his DNA, pure and simple.

I dropped the Porsche off at Matt Stair’s house and drove my pickup truck back towards town. It was six o’clock and I needed a couple things before I finished this once and for all. Max was not going to go quietly into the night and Genna didn’t want me to use violence. That meant I needed to be creative and a bit lucky.

In the belly of the beast
In the belly of the beast | Source

Drugs, Anyone?

If you’re in my old stomping grounds, the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, making a drug buy is as easy as buying tomatoes at the local market. The sellers work certain areas and they’re consistent. They set up shop shortly after darkness falls and proceed to sell their own darkness until the inventory runs out, so it’s just a matter of knowing where they are, establishing trust and having the cash.

That’s in New York City, but what about the tourist mecca of Jackson, Wyoming?

Don’t kid yourself! Buying drugs is buying drugs is buying drugs. Find the market, establish trust and have the cash. Jackson may be a tourist town but that didn’t mean there wasn’t a healthy drug trade, and I knew from my months in this town that the market for such things was behind the A & P Grocery on Denver Boulevard.

I went into the A & P, bought some fried chicken and a soda, drove around to the back of the store and settled in for some fine cuisine and patient waiting. Never underestimate the value of patience when you’re doing a fix-it job. When you rub shoulders with the people I know, haste not only means waste but also could mean death, and I was in no hurry to die, not with my first child days away from arriving.

My patience was rewarded at eight p.m. A tall drink of water came strolling down the alleyway. He had the walk going for him, the prison yard shuffle, the one gained from countless hours of having leg shackles on. His mannerisms were relaxed but there was nothing relaxed about him. It was the eyes that needed watching. They never rested, looking left, right, straight ahead, always vigilant, always categorizing the normal around him and then potential for danger.

He got to the loading dock, boosted himself up on it, pulled out a cigarette and lit it with cupped hands providing a windbreak. He was open for business. I was about to be his first, and last, customer of the night.

Strike Hard, Strike Fast

I had my Glock tucked in my waistband but I wouldn’t be needing it. An acquaintance of mine from back in the Heights once gave me a custom-made expandable blackjack. It’s really a beautiful thing, perfect in its simplicity, admirable in its stopping power, six ounces of lead weight at the tip of a strong shaft. It’s small enough to conceal in your pocket but when opened with a swift flick of the wrist, it can deliver a blow from two feet away, and that blow will scramble the grits of whomever it hits.

I got out of my truck and slowly walked towards the loading dock. I had my hands at my sides, non-threatening, just a local ranch bum looking to dance with the white goddess. I was ten feet from him when he held up his hand.

“Don’t know you, fool,” he said. “What you want?”

His black hair was slicked back into a ducktail in the back, not a good look on him. He was trying for black street tough but it’s hard to carry off when you’re white and one-forty soaking wet with acne. This guy was not going to last long in this business despite the revolver I knew he had in his right pocket.

“I’m looking to fly with the angel tonight. Looking for a dime bag.”

“Don’t know you, fool. You just some white bread out for a stroll, could be a cop, could be damned near anything. What you coming into my alleyway talking about angels and such?”

This conversation had grown tiresome. I rehearsed the move in my mind. One step forward, extend blackjack, whip right to left, a matter of three seconds start to finish, and that’s exactly how it went down. The six ounces of lead caught him just below his left eye, right on the cheekbone. I heard it crunch and saw his left eye droop as it lost its supporting bone. He was out before he hit the cement.

He had fifty bags in his jacket pockets. Probably a street value of five-thousand, maybe a little more, depending on the local market prices. I took them all except for one. Figured he’d need it when he woke up.

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Darkness Falls

The Beaver Creek Motel was two miles north of the city center on Highway Twenty-two, right where Patty said it would be. According to Patty, Max Piceen was in Room Nine, so I parked across the street with a good view of Nine and enjoyed the last piece of chicken while I waited. Darkness is predator time and I knew Piceen wasn’t the type to watch network television once the sun was down and the lambs were walking the streets.

At nine-eighteen the door opened at Nine and Piceen exited the room. I’d seen a picture of him from earlier research, but the picture didn’t do him justice. He was big. He was hard. Wide-shoulders, prison yard wide, wide from days of lifting free weights during rec time, so damned wide his neck seemed to shrink into them, giving him the appearance of head on shoulders, no in-between to support it. He had feral good looks, that hard look that some women like, or at least they like until they realize his looks aren’t the only thing hard about him, and his fist is disfiguring their faces, causing them pain because his mother abused him or his stepfather beat him or one of a hundred other manufactured reasons for his hate.

He lit a cigarette, looked around the way ex-cons do, got into his beat-up Nissan Altima and steered it back towards town.

I followed.

He led me to the Antler Bar on Sacramento Street. He parked in the lot. I followed suit. He walked into the bar. I took a look around and walked to his car. Worked it out in my mind as I approached, efficiency of motion, see it, do it, sap out, break left taillight, break right taillight, open door I knew would be unlocked, drop bags of drugs behind driver’s seat on floor, close door and back in my truck in ninety seconds.

Then I just had to wait for the fun to begin.

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And You’ll Have to Wait As Well

We will finish this up next week and when we do I suspect Max Piceen is going to have a very rough evening.

Thanks so much for following along. I’m getting close to wrapping up this series and then, if you want your Billy the Kid fix, you’ll have to purchase my novellas as they come out. I’ll keep you posted on their release dates.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shannon, I'll never understand Google and thank God I'm not expected to. LOL....the key phrase in your comment is "at least no one is dead yet"....stay tuned.

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      shanmarie 16 months ago

      Get this. Google has decided to place an ad for me on this page for a preacher named Max out of Ft Worth that says "If preacher's could bet, I'd bet life is still worth living." Funny how Google makes connections sometimes. LOL. I bet Billy might be needing that preacher. Hahaha He's not totally reformed either. But at least no one is dead yet this go round.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I do believe you are correct. Evidently Billy is capable of solving a problem without killing someone. LOL

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      Shauna L Bowling 16 months ago from Central Florida

      Me thinks Mr. Piceen is on his way back to the joint. I'm guessing he'll get stopped for no tail lights. He may or may not be drunk, but he'll give the cop reason to search his car. Or maybe he'll just happen to notice all the little dime bags behind the seat when he flashes his light on Moose.

      Either way, I see Piceen enjoying free room and board for the next several years.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Larry! I'm really enjoying this character.

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      Larry Rankin 17 months ago from Oklahoma

      Great read!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate that, Frank. I love the description "seedy." That's what I shoot for.

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      Frank Atanacio 17 months ago from Shelton

      Love the plan, this seedy pulls you into the heart of darkness, drugs.. and mayhem will eventually hold stunning surprises in chapters to come love it Billybuc :)

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's always a good thing, Lawrence. I'll try not to kill any in the future, too. :)

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 17 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      At least 'no innocents' got hurt! :-)

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It does and it did, Deb, and good riddance to Max Viceen. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Lawrence Hebb 17 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I might have missed the last episode but it looks like Billy's got things 'under wraps'.

      Keep us posted on the novellas coming out.

      Loved this story but I thought it might be the dealer so sorting out two problems like this was awesome.

      Lawrence

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      Deb Hirt 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like the shit is going to hit the fan pretty soon with a setup story.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate it Rajan! Have a wonderful week and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Missy! 90% of the thrill is in the anticipation, I believe. :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 17 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Another suspenseful chapter to wait for. Looking forward to it...

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      Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

      Great set up for the fun to begin. I'll be in anticipation until then. See you soon! :)

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, you'd be surprised...I write these cold when I sit down...no idea where I'm going, most of the time. :)

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, DDE!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you tireless.....I appreciate it very much.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kona, I thank you kindly, my friend. It means a lot to me.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, me thinks Max is about to be in a world of hurt. Thanks for always being here.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you, Bill. I'll tell Bobby you said so. I'm sure he'll be pleased.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 17 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Simply awesome. I just know your brain must always be one chapter ahead.

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      Devika Primić 17 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome! Your chapters are falling into place and greatly written.

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      Judy Specht 17 months ago from California

      This is great!

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      June Parker 17 months ago from New York

      I seriously freaking love how this is working out! Another great chapter in the saga of brawn, brains, and guts when it comes to Bobby Fix It.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I sure like it. A true pleasure to read. Let us hope Max is real drunk and carrying a piece when he gets popped for the drugs.

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      Bill De Giulio 17 months ago from Massachusetts

      Another great chapter Bill. Looking forward to how this problem gets taken care of. Bobby isn't all brawn, he certainly knows how to use his brain when taking care of business. Great job.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm always trying, Zulma....thank you. :)

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I would think so, Linda, but probably no more than British citizens who live over here.....and there are a lot of transplanted New Yorkers among us, so I didn't feel too bad about that fact. Nice catch, though.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm so glad to hear it, Alicia. Thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, in the end he will be a hero we love to hate....or hate to love. I'm not sure which. :) Thank you always, and blessings to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad you approve, Meg! Thanks for returning for another chapter. Stay tuned to this station, same time next week. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 17 months ago from United Kingdom

      Well, Bill, if you're trying to do them proud: Mission Accomplished.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I knew none of this either while growing up in Tacoma...amazing what you can learn when you have friends in low places. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, your praise is wonderful. Thank you! I'll try to always keep you entertained.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate that, Venkatachari M. Thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita! Your praise is music to my ears, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Ann! I have had a ton of fun writing this series and creating these characters, and I'm so glad all of you have enjoyed them as well.

      Take care...sunny and warm here, thank God!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eldon, if they sell that well I will be one happy writer. Oh, wait, I'm already a happy writer. LOL

      Thanks, Cooley!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sorry about that, Zulma! Not really! LOL I learned from the masters of mystery and I'm trying to do them proud.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Pop! I'm really enjoying this series and the reaction to it.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, Bobby has been on the streets a long time. He has a sense about the bad guys....or at least he does in my stories. :)

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope I do, Janine. The surprises are most of the fun in mystery/thrillers, so I don't want to be too predictable.

      Happy Wednesday, Janine. Stay warm!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, I think we can get that kid born before we turn off the light on this series of online short stores...just for you. :)

      blessings always

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mike. If I left it up to my brain, these stories would never get done. My subconscious and muse handle all the heavy work. :) Thanks, buddy!

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      Linda Lum 17 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Did not see that one coming. I'm glad that Bobby kept his promise to Genna (well, kinda. Breaking someone's eye socket is pretty gruesome, but it's not a life-threatening injury. And the Glock didn't come into play.

      I have a question about Bobby/Billy, and hope you won't mind. Since he's from New York, I would assume that he sounds like a New Yorker. Doesn't he stick out like a sore thumb in Wyoming?

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      Linda Crampton 17 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What an interesting chapter! I'm looking forward to the next installment very much.

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      Michael-Milec 17 months ago

      Better than good. In his business Bobbi Fix-it is. You know him well , actually you know each other from long time I suppose, which undoubtedly authorizes you to be correct in all your details writing about him.(Extatic admiration!) You would make him a hero at the end, my friend, wouldn't you?!

      Peace with us.

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      DreamerMeg 17 months ago from Northern Ireland

      Great way of getting at that Max Piceen without breaking his promise to Genna

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      William Leverne Smith 17 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Amazing how many street smarts we've all learned in this one little series... didn't learn any of that stuff on the Iowa farm where I grew up. Think I'll let Billy the Kid carry it out though... thanks for taking us on the journey!! ;-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 17 months ago from Southern Illinois

      And it's coming to the end, but we get one more fix it before Bobby settles down and raises that sweet child. I sure do enjoy everything you write. You have that rare ability to make your character's visible to the reader. See you next time....

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      Venkatachari M 17 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting and engaging story. Your narrative style is much wonderful. It flows so beautifully. Enjoying very much.

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      manatita44 17 months ago from london

      A brilliant plan! Just a few more steps, perhaps? Flowed well, good action. Great Piece!

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      Ann Carr 17 months ago from SW England

      Billy is so good at planning all this revenge and giving the miscreants what they deserve. I like the range of pace in these stories and I like the way we know how Billy thinks.

      This will end well for Billy and his family, I know, and it will end not-so-well for Max; that's just as it should be! Even when we expect an ending, we still want to know 'How'. Great stuff!

      Ann

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      Eldon Arsenaux 17 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      The King of Action! You write it well. An inspiration to us with your constant output. Also, I'm taking notes on your marketing 'strat', fortunately, it's not copyrighted yet. These "Billy The Kid" novellas should sell like microwavable cakes.

      Have a splendid week Bill,

      -E.G.A.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 17 months ago from United Kingdom

      Oh, Bill you really understand how this works. On the one hand, it's clever how you stop at just the right moment to keep us coming back for more. On the other, it's sheer deviltry how you stop at just the right moment to keep us coming back for more.

      Guess I'll just have to wait along with everyone else. (impatient sigh)

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      breakfastpop 17 months ago

      I love it!!!!

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      Buildreps 17 months ago from Europe

      Good morning, Billy! That was fun to read, as always. I was confused in the chapter "Strike Hard, Strike Fast" in the last two paragraphs. I thought Bobby struck down this big m#$%&^f%$ker, but than I read in the next chapter "Darkness Falls" he was following him. How did he knew he had fifty bags in his jacket pockets?

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      Janine Huldie 17 months ago from New York, New York

      I think I have a an idea how this is ending up, but still sure you will probably surprise me. Happy Wednesday now, Bill :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 17 months ago from Texas

      Oh wow, I can just imagine what is about to happen. I was in hopes of reading about Billy/Bobby, Genna and their little girl being born and growing up.

      I loved the line: "a bigger predator comes along and flicks the switch on their lights."

      Blessings always my friend.

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      Old Poolman 17 months ago

      I have been waiting to see how Bobby was going to handle this with no violence. Now I see a plan coming together that should handle this situation just fine.

      Your writers brain must have had to work hard on this one. Job well done my friend.