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Bobby Fix-It Turns Over a New Leaf: The Billy the Kid Saga Continues

Updated on February 3, 2016

Welcome Back, My Friends

We are approaching the end of this series. This was never meant to be an on-going series of short stories. I was just testing a new character and gauging your reaction as the stories unfolded. I now have that reaction, and Bobby Fix-It and Dawn will take their story to the self-publishing arena where they will continue the story. I thank you all for following along. Your comments have been very helpful.

As I begin this final chapter, I’m debating whether this installment will be the end, or if I’ll need one more. I guess we’ll find out when we get there.

So let’s find out!

The Wyoming countryside
The Wyoming countryside | Source

On the Hunt

Sheriff Wyman was not hard to find that Saturday morning. I knew he wouldn’t be. It’s been my experience, on the streets of New York, that people in power believe themselves to be untouchable, above the mundane concerns that trouble most of us. I was counting on it and he didn’t let me down.

It is also my experience that following someone like Wyman is fairly easy. Those among us who are corrupt, who have used their status to intimidate and see nothing wrong with it, never believe for a second it is possible that someone would dare to hunt them. They are the hunters. They are the ones who prey on the weak and defenseless. The possibility of those roles being reversed is a foreign concept to them. It just isn’t done.

And yet I was doing it!

It was a sparkling Wyoming morning as I aimed my Ford F-150 into town. The tourists were out early in garish shirts, armed only with expensive digital cameras, hoping to capture the perfect picture or an elk or bison that would fill their friends with envy when posted on Facebook. For the most part the animals were obliging and patient with the interlopers. I had my camera along as well, but I was after two-legged game.

I found Wyman’s department-issued Ford Explorer parked in front of Delaney’s Grocery on East Broadway Drive near St. John’s Medical Center. I parked four cars down and sat back to enjoy the early morning sunshine and the show as it developed. I was in no hurry. I had all day to spend with the sheriff, and I learned a long time ago to be patient when on a stakeout. I had snacks with me, as well as a thermos of hot coffee and, of course, my Glock. I never leave home without it when on a manhunt.

The sheriff spent the first three hours driving to various businesses. He spent about fifteen minutes at each stop. Appearances can be deceiving, even on a sunny day in a tourist town. Wyman looked, to the untrained eye, like a concerned public servant, checking on his people, making sure all was well in his town. To me, however, he looked like a predator, stalking his prey, feeding on their helplessness, confident of his stature as king of the urban jungle.

Trouble brews behind that door
Trouble brews behind that door | Source

A Chink in His Armor

The break came a little past eleven. Wyman wrapped up his affairs at Highland Outfitters and then drove a half-mile to the Snake River Rest Easy Motel where he parked, got out of his car, hitched up his belt and walked up to Cabin Sixteen. He produced a key from his pocket and entered the cabin. I snapped pictures. Five minutes later a late-model Volkswagen pulled up and parked next to the sheriff’s SUV. A lithe redhead exited the VW. She looked like she was poured into her clothes, her jeans and sweater form-fitting, accentuating a generous body built for action. She strode with purpose to Sixteen, knocked twice and entered. I snapped more pictures. It was all so predictable.

An hour passed. Cars entered and left the parking lot. Birds played tag among the aspen branches overhead. The housekeeping staff cleaned rooms. I munched on a peanut butter cup and drank coffee. Finally the door to Sixteen opened and I was treated to the ultimate gift, the sheriff and the redhead departing together. I snapped more pictures, quite pleased to catch the door number in the shots. The redhead left in the VW, the sheriff in his rig and I decided it was time to do some research.

Fifty minutes past eleven and I entered the door to the Jackson Gazette and walked up to the information desk. Some young gal, leaning on the side of homely, probably an intern from the local high school, asked me if she could help me. I told her I was looking for Max Graber and she told me to walk down a hall to the right until I got to the newsroom. Her instructions led me right to him. I found him staring out the window while eating what looked to be a Big Mac.

Max Graber knows Jackson. He’s lived here all his life, written about it for thirty years and he’s a casual friend, a friend of a friend, a have a drink together and shoot the shit friend. He saw me coming, stood up and shook my hand. He’s shorter than I am but solidly built, built like a brick shithouse, my old man would have said. His handshake was firm. His smile welcoming.

“Bobby O’Dowd, good to see you. Sit down and take a load off your feet while I finish up this heart-attack-in-a-bun. What brings you down to the hallowed halls of journalism?”

“I’m just looking for a little information, Max. All I need to know is if Sheriff Wyman is married and if so, to whom?” I was pretty damned sure he was. Men in power always are. It’s good for the image if you’re hooked up with some eye-candy.

“I’ll answer your question, Bobby, and I’ll toss in a warning for free. Keep your distance from the good sheriff. Rumor has it he steps outside of the law on occasion, and he sure as shit don’t like being asked about. He is married, to the former Jill McClatchen. Her daddy is Peter McClatchen, CEO of McClatchen Industries, just about the biggest mining operation in Wyoming, Colorado and Idaho. In other words, she comes from money and shits money for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Good lookin’ woman, ten years the sheriff’s junior, she’s a brunette with tits to die for and an attitude that says look all you want, boys, but you’ll never be good enough to have it.”

“So what’s’ in it for her, Max? If she’s got money and family power, why marry a sheriff, especially one ten years older and not what one would call handsome? And please don’t tell me it was love at first sight.”

“The oldest story in the book, Bobby. She’s after the power of the position. The sheriff, Jill and Jill’s daddy are all looking for a bigger share of the pond. Word has it he’s going to run for county judge next year and after that the state legislature. They see him on the fast track to the state capitol in Cheyenne. This sheriff gig is just a stepping stone to bigger and better.”

I stood up and shook his hand.

“You’ve been a big help, Max. I owe you a beer next week at the watering hole.”

“Bobby, I meant what I said. Whatever you’re up to, make sure you keep your head down and your nose clean. The sheriff does not take kindly to scrutiny of any sort.”

The next four hours were spent tracking down the sheriff’s wife, snapping a few pictures of her and thinking about the origins of power, the distortions it brings and the lengths one will go to in order to keep it.

Back Home

For years now I’ve heard about this special glow that pregnant women give off. I always thought it was bullshit until I walked in our cabin that afternoon and took a look at Dawn. I couldn’t think of anywhere I’d rather be than in that cabin, with that woman at that moment. She smiled when I entered. Her smile always softened my hardened Irish heart. I kissed her then bent and kissed our unborn child.

“I didn’t kill anyone today,” I told her.

“Well that’s proof positive that there is a God, Bobby, and he answers my prayers. What did you find out?

I told her about the motel, the secret tryst, and my conversation with Max.

“What are you going to do with this new information?”

“I’m going to make the sheriff an offer he can’t refuse, darlin’. Now what’s for dinner? All I’ve eaten today are peanut butter cups and I’m hungrier that a grizzly in April.”

“You can have anything you want cuz you’re taking me out to dinner. Go clean up. I won’t be sharing a table with a crazy Mick who dresses like an uncouth cowboy. I’ve got standards, you know.”

That’s the problem, I thought. We’ve all got standards to live by, but sometimes my standards clash with someone else’s standards, or theirs with mine, and then we’ve got a problem.

The sun is about to set on Bobby Fix-It and Dawn
The sun is about to set on Bobby Fix-It and Dawn | Source

The Final Chapter Next Week

I can tell you one thing with complete certainty….I would not want to be the sheriff right about now. When Bobby Fix-It decides to get involved in a matter, someone is not going to like the outcome.

I’ll see you all next week with the final chapter. Thanks for riding along.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 17 months ago from New York, New York

      Definitely wouldn't want to be the sheriff either as I know from previous installments that Bobby Fix-It is not someone to take lightly at all. That said looking froward to the final chapter next week. Now wishing you a wonderful Wednesday ahead now, Bill! :)

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      manatita44 17 months ago from london

      Yes, Bro. Still awesome. No killing this time, but strangely, at times it appeared even better! I think the trick lies in the story-telling, or the plot; or the putting the dirt on the Sheriff together .... or pregnant Dawn. Next time, give her a bit more of the action, add some sugar and spice (chuckle)

      Another well-written ... wonderful Saga my Friend. Roll on, next week. We're waiting.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for following along each week, Janine. I'm ready to wrap up this story and move on to the next project. I appreciate you!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Manatita! I have plans for Dawn, but they will have to wait until the eBook series. :) Have a great day and blessings always!

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      Buildreps 17 months ago from Europe

      The sheriff is going to have serious troubles, that's for sure. I already feel pity for the sheriff what's waiting for him. I enjoy this series very much. I'm going to sit for it and read with great pleasure. It ended much too soon. :) You feel there's something hanging in the air, but aren't sure exactly what. That's a great gift for a writer, my friend. I admire that.

      To be honest, I don't want this series to end already next week!

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      breakfastpop 17 months ago

      I would love Bobby to go after Hillary!

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      Marlene Bertrand 17 months ago from Northern California, USA

      I definitely would not want to be the sheriff right now. His whole world is about to be blown up and I'll be right here reading about it. Enjoying this series, Bill.

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      Maria Jordan 17 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      You are a wonderful story weaver, Bill.

      I will look forward to catching up on your fine fiction once this hectic semester eases...looking forward to "Spring Break" from this winter...:)

      Happy Wednesday. Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, that is very kind of you to say...thank you! I have so many things I want to work on that I can't allow myself to get bogged down with one series....but I love writing it, too, so I know what you are saying.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Pop, you and me both. You and me both!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Marlene. It's fun to suspend reality and just write with reckless abandon. I'm sure glad you are enjoying it.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Maria. This was a fun story to tell. Take care, rest up, and I'll see you down the road.

      love,

      bill

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      breakfastpop 17 months ago

      I love it when we agree!!!!

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      Venkatachari M 17 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting story. You are an amazing crafter of stories. Waiting for the next episode eagerly.

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      Kristen Howe 17 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Bill, I do love your hubs and your short stories. Great job with excellent story-telling.

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      Michael-Milec 17 months ago

      Hello Bill.

      Determination is a virtue prooven by one's knowing his business. " Before you start, know what are you doing"- as I would understand. . Some deeds are good, the others just te opposite. ... A controversial alternatives known at every level of social life, performed by the individuals. 'Bobby O’Dowd' was good in his doing, prooving once again , the universal truth, written in the Book of all wisdom:

      “And his master praised the unrighteous steward because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light.'

      ( Sorry my friend, this is one of my 'thinking outloud'.)

      Blessings an peace.

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      Old Poolman 17 months ago

      Bill my friend, I would ask that we don't see a final chapter on this for at least a while. I am old enough to know that all good things come to an end, but sometimes we can make them last a little longer. Being that you are in total control of this situation how about doing us a favor and add a few more chapters?

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      For sure, Pop! Mark this one down on the calendar. :)

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M...I do love telling stories, and I'm very grateful you are enjoying it.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Kristen.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Think out loud all you want, Michael my friend. I'm just appreciative of you and your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, Mike, you really know how to pull my strings. Okay, just for you, but only a couple more, okay?

      Thank you so much for your support.

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      Linda Lum 17 months ago from Washington State, USA

      You DO know how to weave a story, and once in a while you toss in a biting comment that makes me laugh (...Some young gal, leaning on the side of homely....). You have definitely developed a style and use it well.

      Now, I do have one question--when you began to write this series did you know where it was headed, or are you making it up as you go along? (It's OK, you can tell me. I won't share your secret with anyone {{wink}}).

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, the creative process is fascinating to me. I started with the main character. I just wanted to write one short story, with only one chapter, about walking the mean streets of New York....but as is often the case, I wrote that chapter and enjoyed Billy the Kid so much, I wanted to know more about him...so I just continued writing. Once I wrote three or four chapters, I knew where I was going to lead him....he was going to become a black knight, so to speak, a guy who skirted the boundaries of morality, who probably was a nice guy but who was more than willing to kill if it was necessary, and who took odd jobs that were not morally acceptable....so that's where this is heading. Billy/Bobby is going to be a fix-it man who takes care of problems outside the law....and that direction came to me about four chapters into the story.

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      Ann Carr 17 months ago from SW England

      So you keep us hanging on, waiting for another chapter! That's fine by me because we get to read more of your brilliant writing.

      Hope he manages to make the sheriff squirm; it's so satisfying when such people get their comeuppance.

      Wonderful!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Isn't it, Ann? It's fun to make the top dogs squirm in our literary world. They sure don't do enough squirming in the real world. LOL

      Thanks once again...now get to work on that article of yours.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 17 months ago from SW England

      Yes sir!

      :D

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      Old Poolman 17 months ago

      Thanks Bill, a couple more will be just fine, at least for now my friend.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      At least for now, Mike. LOL

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I really need to visit you. I would suggest halfway, but meeting in the middle of the Atlantic might be problematic. LOL

      bill

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      Linda Crampton 17 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm looking forward to the next installment of this story very much. I don't want the story to end, but I'm interested in seeing what happens to the sheriff!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I'll try not to disappoint you.

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

      Cool bitchin dude. I sure like it and will want it in book form. You rock!

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      Alan R Lancaster 17 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Well Bill, here's to banging on the old keyboard until all hours. (Have you got time for this on top of your temporary job?)

      Interesting little episode, this. Hanky-panky and politics. It's a heady mixture! (That and tourists snapping the local wildlife for their social media).

      Noticed the link for Creedence Clearwater Revival. You're a fan? My younger daughter bought me a couple of CDs of their albums, 'Bayou Country' and 'Willy and the Poor Boys'. I like 'em. Hadn't heard their stuff in ages (radio people don't play them here). Keep on truckin' Bill.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 17 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I do not feel sorry for the sheriff he deserves anything Bobby gives him. I hate to see this end, but now, I'm sure of a happy ending. Like Eric says, " You rock. "

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a ton, Eric! I'll take "cool bitchin dude" any old time. lol

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, good to hear from you. Thank you! Do I have time? What is time, my friend? If I have time for television I have time to write As for CCR yes, I am a fan, have been since college. Fogerty has a timeless voice that is instantly recognizable and really fitting for this type of writing.

      Anyway, back to it...thank you again.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! If Mike gets his way this won't end...I guess we'll see. Tomorrow is a hub just for you.

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      Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

      Hey Bill, I decided I would read the previous installment and then come right here and read this one, and leave just one comment on both. Wonderful, Marvelous, Simply Great Writing!! It's been a pleasure to read this series and rave about your extreme talent with the pen. Well, actually you could go straight to the computer to type it up, or you could type it from a written rough draft. I don't know how you do it, but it's brilliant work!! :)

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Missy, thank you so much. My penmanship skills are sorely lacking, so computer it is. lol

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      Bill De Giulio 17 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Can't wait to see what Bobby has in store for the sheriff. Looking forward to the next chapter. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill! I'm so glad you enjoy this. The response has been amazing.

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      Genna East 17 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Jackson needs a new Sheriff and a thorough housecleaning. But my goodness, how do you get rid of them all in one clean sweep? The power families and brokers have become locusts in that community. I'm looking forward to what our clever Billy-Bob and Karma have in store for Sheriff Motel 16 and company. As always, Bill, your phenomenal writing captures us all. :-)

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      Clive Williams 17 months ago from Nibiru

      yes billy...billy sure has a exciting and unique life

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, you are too kind, but thank you! It will, for sure, be interesting to see how Billy handles this all without violence.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      He does for sure, Clive. We all get to live vicariously through him, and none of us gets hurt. :) Thank you sir!

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      Devika Primić 17 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A great impression you made here and always an interesting write from you.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 17 months ago from United Kingdom

      Well, this is a nice change. Instead of killing the mark, Bobby's just going to kill his career. I like it. When you kill someone, that's it. Finito. But when you kill their hopes and aspirations, well that hurt just keeps on going. Clever boy.

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      John Hansen 17 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I can't wait for Bobby's encounter with the sheriff. Should be some fireworks there. A great read as always, Bill.

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      John Hansen 17 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I can't wait for Bobby's encounter with the sheriff. Should be some fireworks there. A great read as always, Bill.

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      Paula 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Your music selections are great! I love CCR & Miranda. But the person I love the best, is Bobby. He's a man after my own heart, besides being a PRO at what he does. IMHO, Bobby is the perfect candidate for a Best friend! Just not for the Sheriff!......I like this series.!!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, DDE!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, remind me never to piss you off. lol You got it right, my friend. Inflict the most pain possible and walk away.

      I hope you're having a superb Thursday as we bask under gray skies.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      John, one thing I think we've learned for sure, things are never boring when Bobby sinks his teeth into something. Thanks for riding along.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you again, John!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, you got that right. I want Bobby living next door to me. I would never need a security system and that's a fact.

      I'm glad you like this, Paula. I enjoy a nice escape from reality now and then, and I'm glad you do as well, Sis!

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      Shyron E Shenko 17 months ago from Texas

      Bill, will we know what happens to the sheriff or will next week be a cliff hanger also? I don't want this to end.

      I am enjoying it that sheriff needs to get his just deserts. Sorry he just sounds like my mayor who is planning to run for the Senate.

      Blessings always

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, in my stories, the bad guys never win. That's your clue as we await next week. :) Thanks for being here...maybe we'll keep this going a bit longer since everyone is enjoying it.

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      Mary Norton 17 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I will miss Billy if you end this. It's a character I have come to love. I wish to know more about his new life with Dawn and their child.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Aesta...I'm afraid the background details will only appear in the ebook to follow, but I appreciate you following along.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 17 months ago from The Caribbean

      Yes, I'm anxious to see how Bobby contributes to the political ambitions of these greedy folks, and of course, I expect Bobby to be standing on his feet when the story ends.

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      Deb Hirt 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, I guess I can't wait...this is definitely a winning series.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 17 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Looking forward to the next with anticipation.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You better believe Bobby will be standing, Dora! He's the Energizer Bunny of the fiction world. lol Thanks for being there through it all.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Deb. I've had a blast writing it. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Rasma! See you next Wednesday!

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      rdsparrowriter 17 months ago

      Wow! Sir Bill, I really enjoy reading your stories :) Keep writing :) God bless you!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sparrow. I really enjoy writing them for you. :) God bless you, my young friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 17 months ago from Central Florida

      I can't imagine what Bobby's offer to the sheriff will be. Guess I'll just have to find out with everyone else.

      I love Miranda's version of "Desperado". Sure glad she didn't change it up; it's perfect the way it was originally written.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you about the song, Sha. I love the original and would probably resent any attempts to change it.

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      Larry Rankin 16 months ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful series.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Appreciate it, Larry! Thank you!

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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      Do you just let this story tell itself as you write? Seems to have a mind of its own. You that no about wrapping it up and it just won't die. LOL Lucky for us.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shanmarie, I really don't have a long-range plan on this story. I do know I want the characters to change a bit, but other than that I just sit down and let the characters tell the story each wee. Anyway, thank you for once again being here.

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