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Bobby Fix-It Solves His First Problem: A Sequel to the Billy the Kid Series

Updated on January 20, 2016

The Story Continues

No way was I ending the story of Billy the Kid. I was enjoying his character too much, so I couldn’t just end it with Billy and Genna in Jackson, Wyoming, with a kid on the way. Billy has a new identity now, Bobby O’Dowd, and Genna is Dawn Paisley, and their child is due in three months and, well, let’s see what’s happening with our reluctant heroes.

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Summer in Jackson

The Snake River winds its way through the Kelly-green valley on a perfect summer morning as I drive my Ford F-150 to work. You can’t live in Wyoming and not own a pickup. It’s some kind of law, or so says my boss, Matt Stairs, foreman on the Circle T Ranch six miles southeast of Jackson. He’s been my foreman for the past few months, ever since Genna (I can’t get used to calling her Dawn) and I arrived here from New York.

So I’m driving my four-by-four to work, and for eight hours I’ll toss hay bales and mend fences, which is pretty damned funny considering I’m just a third-generation bog-trotter from the dirty streets of Washington Heights in New York City.

But only Genna and I know that, and that’s just the way it has to remain. We haven’t sniffed a whiff of the Russians or the Mexicans, either of whom would love to cut our throats, since we left a burning warehouse in the Heights with our Russian tormenters barbecued. Now we are now Bobby O’Dowd and Dawn Paisley, married couple with child on the way.

The Teton Range salutes me from the left; the Gros Ventre from the right; and depending on your angle, one or the other is reflected in the sparkling waters of the Snake. It’s a good place to lick our emotional wounds. We may not stay here, but for now it’s home, and it feels right.

The state highway is crowded with tourists from all over the States and abroad, making their way from Jackson to Yellowstone, seventy-five miles to the north. Just as I turn onto the access road that will lead me to the Circle T my cell phone rings. It’s Genna. I can see her in my mind’s eye, sitting on the front porch of our log cabin, sipping a mocha the same color as her skin, smiling as she watches hawks ride the thermals above. I pull off to the side of the road and flip open my phone.

“What’s up, beautiful?”

“Bobby, I just got off the phone with Ginger.” Genna is much better about using our new names than I am. Ginger is Genna’s co-worker at the Perfect Cup coffee stand where she works. “Her boyfriend just beat her up again, Bobby. That sonofabitch hurt her bad this time. I’m going to take her to the clinic and get her patched up. Can we talk about it when you get home tonight?”

“You got it, babe. See you at six. Give Ginger my love.”

I hung up and thought about Ginger. Sweet kid, nineteen, blond, cute as a button and about as sweet as you could ever hope to meet. I liked her. Why good women get mixed up with assholes is beyond me, but it happens more often than you might think. Best-case scenario, the boyfriend just has too much to drink at the local watering hole and loses his temper; worst case, he’s born and bred to hit women, and he won’t stop until he’s being handcuffed and taken away for murder.

Ginger was on my mind all day long, so by the time I returned home, dust-streaked and bone-assed tired, I was on a slow boil and ready to break some bones.

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The Story

Dawn must have heard the pickup because she was waiting for me on the porch when I pulled up. The sun was already behind the Tetons at six-thirty. It had been a hot one and the mosquitoes were looking for victims as I stepped up on the porch and took her in my arms. I had the same reaction I always have as I felt her press against me…instant lust. Her skin was damp with sweat, her dark hair clung to her cheeks and forehead, her stomach protruded with child and she smelled musky. I reached down and touched her stomach. Our daughter kicked my hand in greeting and I smiled.

I’ve killed before. I’m not proud of it; just stating fact. Every guy I’ve killed deserved it, and most nights I slept well with that knowledge, but feeling our unborn daughter kicking my hand, I said a silent prayer to the blessed Mary to help me be a better man. I doubt prayer does much good but it takes so little effort I figure why not?

Genna pulled away slightly and looked up at me.

“Bobby, we have to help her. That bastard broke two of her ribs. She needed ten stitches on her forehead. The crazy kid wouldn’t tell the truth. She told them at the clinic she fell down the stairs. Hell, everyone knows what happened, but the cops won’t do a damned thing without Ginger telling the truth. We can’t let that Joe Bannon hurt her again.”

Joseph Bannon, Joey to his friends, a twenty-two year old punk with a rich daddy and an attitude that says you’re dirt and I wipe my feet on you. You know the kind, good-looking guy in a feral sort of way, ex-Homecoming King, ex-star quarterback, the local girls all swooned when he walked by, and more than a few of them have felt the lash of his temper. Word has it he was arrested once, but the arrest went away when daddy made a contribution to the county district attorney’s reelection campaign. Now Ginger was the object of his affection and resentments and Dawn was correct, something needed to be done. I knew him vaguely, having met him a time or two in town. We had mutual acquaintances, so I knew him just well enough to say hello, and I knew him just well enough to know you don’t turn your back on him.

“We can’t get involved with the police, Dawn. I think our new identities are safe, but I sure don’t want to give the cops a reason to do an extensive background check on us. If I’m going to help with this, it will have to be under a black flag, no mercy and no witnesses. Can you live with that?”

She kissed me. “As long as you come home, safe and sound, when it’s over, then I can live with it. Our baby needs her daddy, so you be safe for all of us, okay? How are you going to handle it? He can’t see you or you’ll be cooked.”

“Don’t you worry about me. I’ve killed two Russian crime bosses. I think I can handle some shit-kicker pissant in Wyoming.”

Into Action

What I didn’t tell Dawn was it made no difference if Joey Bannon saw me or not. He wasn’t going to survive the encounter. I can’t abide with women-beaters. My old man was a tough bastard, and he was in more fights than you could count, but hitting a woman was completely out-of-bounds in his mind. Men could do whatever the hell they wanted to do to each other, but you don’t take your fists to a woman, and if a guy does, then you unfurl the black flag and stomp his grits. End of story!

We held each other in love that night, gently, as the shadows from the clouds and full moon danced across our hardwood floors and the wolves serenaded.

The next morning was a Saturday, my day off. We ate breakfast on the porch and watched a herd of elk make their way to the stream that borders our property on the east. The sunlight filtered through the pines and flashed across Dawn’s face, dark shadows on dark skin, and she smiled at me and for just an instant I was able to forget the things I had done in the past and the man I have been.

We spent the day together, doing chores around the cabin, taking walks in the woods, doing a little shopping in Jackson, and watching the tourists push and shove as they jostled through their authentic wild west experience in search of the perfect t-shirt. Small town in Wyoming or Washington Heights in New York City, people are people and only the circumstances and the settings change. Jackson has its share of whores and addicts, white-collared crooks and Bible-thumping bigamists. It’s all just camouflaged a bit better than on the streets of the Big Apple.

I put Dawn to bed at nine, promised her once again I would be safe, and hopped in the truck and headed to the Lonely Antler Bar & Grill, the favorite watering hole for locals in these parts. Word had it that Joey Boy loved his brew and was also fond of a waitress at the Antler named Terri Pritchard. The parking lot was full at nine-thirty as I pulled in and shut off the engine. There really was no reason for me to go inside but I wanted to watch Joey do his thing for awhile before I hooked up with him.

I spotted his Dodge Ram off to my right. No one was in the parking lot to see me walk over to the Ram and insert my buck knife in the tread. As the truck slowly listed to the left I walked under the welcome sign and was greeted by Garth Brooks singing about friends in low places, and about twenty people shit-kicking to the music on the dance floor. Typical bar arrangement, long oak bar to the left, dance floor in the center, tables and booths to the right; I found an empty table, sat down and ordered a Bud with a Jack back from Terri Pritchard herself. She was good-looking in a hard way, like rutted highway on a scenic route, she’d experienced far too much of life in two decades.

She was back shortly with my order, thanked me for the tip and left me to scan the room looking for Joey. I found him thirty feet to my right, lording over a table of four other good old boys, all laughing their asses off at something Joey had said. Well, Joey, laugh it up, I thought.

I nursed my beer for an hour or so, watching Joey, going over it in my head, debating other options with my gentler self. Rarely are we in a situation where other options aren’t available. Between fight and flight lay a whole array of alternatives. I think the choices we make say a great deal about our character. I could drive home and hold Dawn. I could forget all about Joey and let nature take its course. I could kick his ass and warn him. Or I could kill him. The self-debate was entertaining but I had already made my choice when I flattened his tire.

I was in the truck waiting when Joey left the bar at midnight. He had that stiff-legged, slow walk of someone trying real damn hard not to be drunk. For my plan to work he had to be by himself, and he was. He found his key, opened his truck door and then noticed the flat tire and cussed loud enough for me to hear. That was my signal to start my engine and slowly drive to his position.

The sun sets on Joey Bannon
The sun sets on Joey Bannon | Source

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“Looks like you’ve got a problem,” I said as I pulled up even with him.

“Hey, O’Dowd, how ya doing? Hell yes I’ve got a problem. Brand new tire and it’s flat. Can you give me a ride? I only live a mile or so down Highway 18. I’ll leave the truck here and fix the flat tomorrow. What do you say?”

I say it couldn’t work out better.

“Hell yes! Hop in and I’ll take you home for sure.”

Sometimes it’s just too easy.

I did a quick scan of the parking lot as we were pulling out. Nobody saw us leave. It just kept getting better and better.

I knew where he lived so I steered in that direction under a cloudless night. I also knew there was a logging road off to the left about a half-mile before Joey’s driveway. I made the turn onto the logging road to the sounds of wolves in the distance.

“Hey, O’Dowd, you took the wrong turn. I’m a good half-mile further down. Turn it around, buddy.”

“Shit, I don’t know what I was thinking. I’ll pull a u-turn up ahead.”

I made the u-turn and then shut off the engine. Dropped my hand from the key, reached under the seat and pulled out my Glock….stuck it in Joey’s face. His night had gone from bad to worse.

His eyes were as big as donuts.

“What the hell, O’Dowd? Why the hell are you pointing a gun at me? Settle down, dude, and tell me what the problem is.”

“Get out of the truck, Joey, and do it slowly.”

He followed my instructions. The beers at the tavern had made him slow and sloppy, and he realized he was in no shape to try taking the gun away from me.

“I hear you’ve been hitting Ginger lately, Joey. Is that true?”

“Shit, is that what this is about? What the hell do you care, O’Dowd? So I slapped the little bitch a few times….what’s it to you?”

Even drunk he was a smug bastard, convinced he was within his rights to pound on a woman by virtue of his family name.

“I work at a ranch, Joey. Did you know that? But what you probably didn’t know is I also fix problems for friends. They call me Bobby Fix-it, and right now you’re a problem that needs fixing. I don’t like women-beaters. My old man hated them, I hate them and Joey, that means I hate you. Nothing personal, mind you. But we can’t have you pounding on Ginger. And as much as I despise your ass, my girlfriend, she really can’t stand you, so she asked me to fix the situation and that’s what I’m doing.”

Fear was on his face.

“Listen, O’Dowd, we can……”

The gunshot was loud but not unusual for a Wyoming valley where predators were a way of life and every Tom, Dick and Harry had a gun. Joey dropped at my feet, his sightless eyes staring at the moon, remnants of his brains leaking on the ground and spray-painting a nearby tree.

Bobby Fix-it to the rescue!

Later That Night

Dawn’s body gave me comfort that night. Her firm hips interlocked with mine, her caramel skin blanketed my body and covered my sins….at least for one night. I held her completely, hoping to inhale her innocence. I asked forgiveness from any gods listening and Dawn promised salvation through the night.

“It had to be, Bobby,” she whispered.

I fell asleep to the sounds of the wolves howling blame in my direction.

THANK YOU!

I hope you enjoyed the adventures of Bobby Fix-it and Dawn. They will return next week.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 16 months ago from New York, New York

      Wow, what an introduction to Booby Fix-It and Dawn and sill reeling from that ending to this first chapter. can't wait to see where next week's takes them and as always have a great day now, Bill! :)

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      Shaloo Walia 16 months ago

      You are so good at telling stories!

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      manatita44 16 months ago from london

      Beautifully written but brutal in its ferocity. That kind of story, all right, but now more renegade, more Charles Bronson in nature. Bobby is not defending himself anymore, but going for the attack. Vigilante like. Still, fits well with the nature of the piece. Excellently written Hub!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Janine, and Bobby and Dawn want me to pass along their gratitude as well. Happy Hump Day, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Swalia!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, I've always been fascinated with the vigilante element. Glad you like it and yes, Charles Bronson in nature for sure. Thanks my friend and blessings always.

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      Ann Carr 16 months ago from SW England

      Such a great story, bill. It's side-swiped to different circumstances but there's still danger and uncertainty to spice it up. He's trying so hard to change but I get the feeling it's not going to be that easy!

      I'm not sure how you get the scenery in but it's so clear - that's a talent for sure.

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, in this case, I've been to that area, so it was a little easier. When I was writing about New York I was tested seriously. :) Thank you so much, my friend, and Happy Wednesday to you.

      bill

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      Linda Lum 16 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Holy poop Bill, your Billy/Bobby sure seems to attract trouble. I hope there was no surveillance camera in that parking lot. I hope the local cops aren't smart enough to analyze tire tread. Joey's papa isn't going to take kindly to his perfect little snowflake being killed is he? Thanks for another wild ride. I can't wait for the next chapter.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, all good observations. Fortunately for Bobby, we're talking about Wyoming. :) The local law isn't too high tech....but we'll see. One never knows what trouble lies right around the bend. :) Thanks for being here.

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      Clive Williams 16 months ago from Nibiru

      bobby fix it....good one bill

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Clive. Everyone needs a friend like Bobby Fix-It

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

      Wonderful job keeping the saga alive and well. I don't think that guy will be missed really.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nah, not much at all, except by his daddy, of course. :) Thanks, buddy! See you down the road of life.

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      Old Poolman 16 months ago

      Bill, I can see why you love these two characters. The story possibilities are as endless as the universe. My vote is to keep these stories coming.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 16 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Well I suppose Joey got what he deserved, but the killing scene was really brutal. I hope Bobby settles down But I doubt it. See you next time. Be good.

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      breakfastpop 16 months ago

      Perhaps he ought to go to Washington D.C.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mike. I'm just allowing my muse to run free and enjoying the trip. I'm glad you are as well. Thank you again.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't see that happening, Ruby, but I guess we can always hope. Thank you and yes, I will be good.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, I think that's a fine idea. He could do some great good there. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      RoadMonkey 16 months ago

      Woooo, he has gone a different way and now he will have a 3rd person on his trail. Time to get moving again, I think.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 16 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bobby Fix-it is getting too good at this kind of solution. Hope he can find other ways to fix things. Hoping the baby will call out his compassionate side.

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      FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

      Infants have a way of making us all more vulnerable. I wonder what changes that will bring?

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      William Leverne Smith 16 months ago from Hollister, MO

      The fine story-telling continues...

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      Audrey Hunt 16 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Bill - Your fascinating story takes me from a cold, un-easy place to one where I can escape, going to another place and time. I'd love to be able to describe scenery as well as you. Reading your stories are both entertaining and a lesson in writing.

      Thank you dear Bill!

      Audrey

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      RoadMonkey, it's hard to predict what this young man is going to do, but one thing is certain: he's never boring. :)

      Thanks for sticking with the story.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      We can always hope, Dora. We shall see soon. Thanks and I'll pass on your suggestion to Bobby when I see him. :)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I wonder too, Flourish. Let's hope this infant mellows our anti-hero a bit. :) Thanks for being here.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. It's fun to write about a character who has no constraints. :)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, thank you my friend. I'm trying to improve in that respect. Your affirmation means a great deal to me.

      love,

      bill

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      Mary Norton 16 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      No end to Bobby's trouble but Joey deserves it. I really enjoyed reading this series and happy that you kept this going.

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      Ruchira 16 months ago

      Keep it coming, Bill :)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Aesta. I've enjoyed writing this very much.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I will for sure, Ruchira. Thank you!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 16 months ago from United Kingdom

      It sounds as if Billy is changing a bit. The fact that he actually considered other options even though he had already made up his mind is intriguing. And although he did kill someone, there seems to be a hint of regret. Perhaps Billy is turning into Bobby. It's a character development that gives food for thought. Well done.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Zulma! It's a pleasure writing for someone who actually sees beneath the surface. Rare these days, my friend. I appreciate you going the extra mile when reading.

      I hope all is well in the UK....same old same old here, which means winter can't end soon enough. :)

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      June Parker 16 months ago from New York

      Whoot! Billy Bob Boy back in the saddle again! Great beginning to the new saga. Glad you decided to continue with it keeping us all hooked. :-)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad you liked it, Kona! I'll keep it going for a little while and then I need to move on to the next project. Thank you so much.

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      Linda Crampton 16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Bobby is certainly an interesting character! I'm glad that you've decided to continue the story. Like Dora, I'm interested in seeing if Bobby finds a way to solve a problem without shooting someone.

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      Venkatachari M 16 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Interesting story. But the ending is very violent. You suppose he is shot dead! But, I was hoping boby to be a transforming, a more gentle than Billy the Kid. But your writing style is very great and I appreciate it.

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      Bill De Giulio 16 months ago from Massachusetts

      Great writing Bill. You leave us all looking forward to the next chapter. So glad you decided to keep the story going.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm curious too, Alicia. We'll find out next week. Thanks for returning.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Change takes time, Venkatachari M, as we all know. I suspect Genna will mellow Billy eventually. Thanks for your input.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill! I admit, I do love this character.

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      Marlene Bertrand 16 months ago from Northern California, USA

      A man's got to do what a man's got to do. Hey, this Bobby sounds like a close relative of Eli. :) Thanks for keeping things riled up.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      He could very well be, Marlene. There you go giving me ideas. LOL Thank you!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 16 months ago from United Kingdom

      You're very welcome, Bill. I suppose it comes from years of hanging out with actors and the like who routinely look past the surface of a character to find his motivation. If a character does something that seems, well...out of character, then you have to understand why. Acting isn't about playing someone, it's about becoming that person. I do this a lot when I'm developing my characters. I have to know why they do what they do and what causes them to do something unexpected. I also do this when I'm talking to people. I don't just listen to their words, I look at their behaviour to understand what they're really saying.

      The UK is going through a cold snap at the moment. I've woken every morning this week to frosted rooftops and lawns. Spring cannot come soon enough. Talk to you soon. :)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Zulma, wherever it comes from, I appreciate it. Thank you again and stay warm. Nothing but wet here and a great deal of it. :)

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      Genna East 16 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      They're back! :-) It's a pleasure to read the opening...how "Bobby and Dawn" have acclimated themselves to life in Beautiful Country, Wyoming, with a daughter on the way. Your description of the scenery is gorgeous...just the place for anyone to "lick emotional wounds." But the phone call from Genna about Ginger was a sign that trouble might be on its way. Sadly, bastards like Joey Bannon don't learn easy, and it's usually at the expense of innocents like Ginger; he came very close to killing her. Billy is not the kind to look the other way, but I was stunned when the gun went off and Bannon collapsed at Billy's feet. Oh nooooo. I'm guessing Joey's rich papa will move heaven and earth to find out who killed his son, like the "the sounds of the wolves howling blame in my direction." This is great writing, Bill! See you next week. :-)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Genna. I love it when readers like you become invested in the story and toss your thoughts my way. It's food for a writer's soul and I'm appreciative.

      See you next week for sure. Have a safe and warm weekend.

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      Devika Primić 16 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting story and a great pleasure to read more of this. All my best to you.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE and all my best to you as well.

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      Mel Carriere 16 months ago from San Diego California

      Crazy bog trotter Mick bastard just can't stay out of trouble. Captivating and entertaining from beginning to end. Can't wait to see what happens next!

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      Deb Hirt 16 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Bobby had it easy that time, didn't he? Ready for the next installment.

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      Larry Rankin 16 months ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for the continuation!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, I have the feeling this is just Bobby's thing. Some are born for greatness...and some are born for trouble. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      As easy as any killing can be, Deb. :) More on the way...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you, Larry! It's nice to have loyal readers.

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      Shauna L Bowling 16 months ago from Central Florida

      I think I like Billy aka Bobby better as a vigilante for common folk who need protectin' than I do him hitting on the big guns. The plot and dialogue are more real. However, I think I would have liked Bobby to give a warning that would be forever embedded in Joey's mind than out and out murder. The line will lead to Bobby/Billy somewhere down the ensuing investigation (me thinks).

      Genna is smart to have taken on their new identities and put them into practice. Leave it to a woman to be the protector.

      I hope Billy Bob(by) doesn't get sloppy and think his new identity gives him carte blanche.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, the writer and mystery buff in you is showing. :) Stay tuned...it's real hard to tell which direction Bobby will take, but no doubt it will be interesting. :) Thanks dear friend.

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      drbj and sherry 16 months ago from south Florida

      Whoa, Bill! That Bobby Fix-It is a stunner. No pussy-footing around with that man. Welcome to your new anti-hero, sorta. And this line of yours will be hard to beat: "She was good-looking in a hard way, like rutted highway on a scenic route." Perfection!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, thank you so much. Don't tell anyone, but Bobby is going to mellow soon....sort of. LOL As for that line....I'm so happy to hear you so that...thank you!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 16 months ago from United Kingdom

      I think Billy's reticence in taking on the new identities may be a sign that he's not ready to give up his old life just yet. Compare with Genna who takes to it quite easily. She's clearly done with her old life and ready to embrace her new one. It's taking Billy a little longer to figure out how his new life should be. Baby steps for sure and maybe one day he will get there.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Stay tuned, Genna. He's just about there, as we'll see tomorrow. Thank you for always having valuable input. As you know, this is going to become a series of novellas, and your input and reflections are valuable to me.

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      Michael Milec 16 months ago

      Every exciting story (this one included?) cultivate into unexpected (foreseen?) one hundred eighty degree turn. Perhaps Dawn's intuitive 'salvation' approximate my imagination into realization. We always leave the door open for a hope and restoration. Don't we, my friend?

      Blessings and peace.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, we do indeed. I don't want to think where I would be if others had not left the door open for me....and then, when I was ready, I pushed that door wide-open. :) Thank you for your continued wisdom and friendship.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      I'm really glad to pick back up with these two. You have an exceptional gift for story-telling Bill. I will be reading the next one as soon as I make it home from a few errands I have to run. :)

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Missy! I'm just an old storyteller who is grateful anyone likes his stuff.

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      Lori Colbo 12 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Great story. I love the mix of Bobby's cold ruthless side, his passion for justice, and the tenderness he has for Genna. A multi layered character. You have a way with words.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Lori. He is a fun character to write about.

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      Shannon 12 months ago from Texas

      I'm not sure yet how I feel about this new version of Billy. But I do think that maybe just a warning would've drawn unwanted attention to himself elsewhere around town.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No worries, Shanmarie. The old Billy will be back very soon.

      You are very kind to catch up on this series...thank you very much.

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