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Trouble in Paradise with Bobby Fix-It: Part One

Updated on January 27, 2016

The Series Continues

This is all great practice for me. I have a plan and this series of short stories is part of that plan. So thank you for supporting me in this new endeavor. I greatly appreciate all of you.

Now let’s see what Bobby Fix-It is up to this week in Wyoming.

Jackson, Wyoming
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Heavy Thoughts

I’m not sure if I believe in God. I’m not sure it’s important one way or another.

My saintly mother, God bless her immortal soul, was a true believer. She tried to influence her only son, but it just didn’t stick. I’ve spent too many days and nights in the bowels of the dark streets. I’ve seen the abused kids, the starving, the festering, the open sores of humanity, shuffling through life, using up good air, barely staking out five minutes of meaningful existence.

I’ve seen the gut-shot, the beaten-to-a-pulp, and the sliced-and-diced. I’ve smelled the urine and shit, all released as life left the earthly vessel, and I’ve stepped over pools of blood in a nursery. My mother would speak endlessly about the good of mankind but to tell the truth, I’ve rarely seen it, and that includes the times I grant myself permission to look in a mirror. It’s a good thing she’s dead. She was spared seeing what became of her baby Billy, little Catholic altar boy turned street mutt, gofer and dispenser of his own brand of justice far-removed from the teachings of Jesus.

So God and I have declared a truce of sorts. I don’t bother him with my shit and he gives me a long leash as I stumble through this blind alley of life. If he does exist he can’t be too damned happy with me. I’ve killed….numerous times….and I can tell you on the memory of my mother that I’ll kill again.

That’s just the way it is.

But there is regret, and there is a woman who keeps asking me to ride the wings of my better angel, so I guess there’s also hope.

I make no promises.

The Fire Pit

Those were my thoughts one afternoon while I killed a beer at the Fire Pit, my favorite watering hole in Jackson, Wyoming. The sign above the bar boasts of one-hundred and twenty brews to choose from, but I was raised on Bud and Bud it will always be for me. The owner of the Fire Pit, Ray Atkins, my friend, thinks I’m a barbarian for drinking “that swine piss,” but he’s always got one waiting for me when I wrap up a day on the Circle T Ranch.

So deep in thought I was, spurred on by a conversation that morning with the lovely Dawn, formerly Genna, and the future mother of my child.

“You can’t keep on killing, Bobby,” she said to me. “You are a good man. I understand why you’ve killed, and I agree, those you’ve killed deserved it, but our child needs to grow up in a safe environment where love is more prevalent than vengeance. We got lucky with you killing Joey Bannon. Nobody ever connected you to that killing, but we can’t count on your luck holding out. My fix-it man needs to keep a lower profile.”

My theological thoughts were interrupted when Ray sat down across from me. He pushed another Bud in my direction.

“How can you drink that shit, O’Dowd? Let me get you a micro-brew from right here in Jackson. You’ll ruin my reputation if you keep drinking that piss and tourists see it.”

Ray is a big guy, a former rodeo star until a bull gored his knee and left him with a permanent limp. He only stands my height, an even six feet, but he’s got me by thirty pounds at two-twenty and it’s all muscle. I’m glad he’s my friend.

Normally Ray is all sunshine and bullshit, but on that day I sensed worries and troubles. I decided to test the waters.

“Save the micro shit for the tourists, Ray. I was raised on Bud by my old man, and I’ll probably die with a Bud in my grip. Now why don’t you quit busting my chops and tell me what’s bothering you.”

“What makes you think anything is bothering me?”

“The first clue was you buying me this beer. You don’t normally do that, so I figure you’re leading up to something, so let’s get to it.”

He ran his fingers through his rapidly-graying hair and blew out a breath.

“I’m getting squeezed, Bobby, and I don’t know what to do about it.”

“Squeezed by whom and for what?”

He looked around the place. He was nervous, and that’s saying a lot for a guy who once rode on the back of thousand-pound monsters with horns.

“What I’m going to tell you can’t leave this room. Promise me that.”

I nodded.

“It’s Sheriff Wyman,” he continued. “He’s charging me five-hundred per month for protection. He probably does it to every business. Normally I can pay the charge but we’ve had expenses at home with my wife’s surgery and a few other things. I don’t know how I’m going to keep paying the freight and if I don’t, you can bet your bottom dollar he’ll make it hard on me.”

“So tell someone, Ray. Go above the Sheriff and tell the district attorney. This isn’t Philly for God’s sake. The mob doesn’t own Jackson, Wyoming.”

“Bobby, you’re fairly new here so you don’t understand. Jackson is a family town. The D.A. is the Sheriff’s cousin, and the top judge in town is his uncle. The Wyman family has been running this town for decades. If Wyman wants to put the squeeze on me there ain’t no one can stop him.”

It was an old story, as old as the country it was told in. Pioneering families laid down roots, power was accumulated, and sooner or later that power corrupted. I was mildly surprised it was happening in Jackson, but not exactly floored by the news. I tossed back the rest of my beer and stood.

“I’m sorry to hear that, Ray. I’m not sure what can be done about it, but let me think on it a few days and see if any ideas come to me. When’s your next payment due?”

“The end of the month. Ten days!”

Back home
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Receiving Counsel

I slapped him on the shoulder and headed home to Dawn. She was pulling a pie out of the oven when I walked in. Sweat had formed on her chocolate skin. She was moving slowly around the kitchen, the weight of our unborn child slowing her down and robbing her of her athletic grace, but damn she was beautiful. I gave her a kiss, poured us both a glass of lemonade and motioned for her to join me at the table. I told her about Ray and his problems. She listened without saying a word, one of her many appreciated talents.

“I know you, Bobby. You want to splash the sheriff’s grits across the landscape and I don’t blame you, but please remember our talk from earlier. I don’t want our child growing up with death as part of her heritage. If you’re going to get involved, and I just know you are, then please find a way to fix this problem without killing anyone.”

My love had spoken, and she was right. I kissed her, kissed her belly and went for a walk around the property to do some thinking on the matter. It was a warm afternoon. The cottonwoods were whispering in the breeze and dust trailed me as I walked the path to the stream. Twenty feet in front of me a deer broke cover and bounded away while a blue jay screeched.

Ray is my friend. Friends help friends. Those were truths and could not be denied. It was a truth on the streets of Washington Heights when I was growing up and it’s a truth now in Wyoming. There is no wiggle-room in that truth. I was bound by it, but I was also bound by my promise to Dawn not to kill again unless it was a matter of life or death. So I had a problem.

My old man was a hard-ass, but a good man all the same. He rubbed shoulders with violence from time to time, was not a man to back down from a fight, and believed the strong were meant to help the weak. He told me one day that when faced with an impossible choice, the best a man can do is the action he can live with. I couldn’t live with walking away from Ray’s problem. I also couldn’t live with disappointing Dawn and by extension our daughter.

Thanks a lot, Dad!

Where will Bobby's road lead him?
Where will Bobby's road lead him? | Source

A Plan of Sorts

I decided it wouldn’t hurt anything if I did a little surveillance on the Sheriff. He wouldn’t be hard to follow and, like most people in power, he would never in a million years think someone would dare to hunt him. I needed some leverage on the sheriff. If I couldn’t kill him I needed to give him a concrete reason why his actions could not continue. Not an easy task, but the only option I had.

The next day was Saturday and, as I climbed out of bed that morning to the sounds of rain on the thatched roof, I decided there was no better time than the present to see what the sheriff was up to. Despite my best efforts I managed to wake Dawn up.

“Be careful, Bobby and please, no violence.”

I kissed her and fought back the temptation to climb back in bed with her. I also kissed our unborn.

“Unless they bring a fight to me, Dawn, this will just be information-gathering. Go back to sleep. I promise I’ll be back in a few hours an unwanted man.”

I hoped like hell I could deliver on that promise.

We’ll Be Back Next Week

See, Bobby and I are reforming. No one died this week. Aren’t you proud of us both?

We will all return next week to Jackson, Wyoming. I suspect this series will end either next week or the week after that. I’ve done what I set out to do with these characters, and the time is approaching when they will take their story to the eBook arena.

Until next week, then, thank you and have a great writing experience.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Only someone with bad taste and that's not you, Shanmarie. LOL

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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      Well now, who could pass that up!?

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      They are demanding it, Shanmarie....email me your mailing address and I'll send you the new novella when it comes out in June...a reward for being so faithful.

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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      You can't end it. LOL. These characters want to tell their story.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, this guy is not someone I would want in my life. I'd be constantly worried I'd get hit with "friendly fire." LOL Thanks for being here.

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      Mel Carriere 18 months ago from San Diego California

      I can't even sneeze without the Mick bastard heaping trouble on his head as high as the Tetons that frown down upon him. Can't wait to see what happens next.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, I'm not sure Bobby will ever be totally reformed, but I do think he's trying real hard. :) A good woman will do that to a man.

      Thanks my friend.

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      Lawrence Hebb 18 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Wow! I'm glad Bobby and Dawn are getting on with their lives. It"s also great to see they're making friends, as they say "A friend in need is a friend in deed"

      I'm also glad he did it without even breaking a law!

      Great story

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Monkey! Bobby is responding to my readers...a kinder, gentler fix-it man. :)

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      RoadMonkey 18 months ago

      Great story again and I like that he is trying to move away from violence.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting question, Flourish. I guess it's because he saved her life early on. She is one trusting soul, though.

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      FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

      Gosh, how does she possibly trust that such a violent man won't one day turn on her?

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Frank! I just wish I had started earlier.

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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      Billy you are indeed a great story teller...like this Bobby fix it series

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, by the way, the woman Genna is named after you...thank you for letting me use your name, even though I didn't ask. :) As long as I'm in control of this story, our little family is safe. Thank you!

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      Genna East 18 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ohhhh...I can't believe I missed this one, Bill. I'm sorry to be late. So...the sheriff is a money bag man, but for whom? Just himself or are his cousin and uncle in on the action? Billy is going to take this one on as well for his friend, Ray. He is an avenger of sorts after seeing so much cruelty and abuse in his life. But he's made a promise to Genna as well. There is hope, but part of me worries his luck can't continue for too much longer. I worry about them both and the unborn child. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I love how you bring your characters to life, Bill. :-)

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's a fine line he's walking, Sha! He does love Dawn, and his future responsibilities with the baby weigh heavily on him...still, he can't stand to see people taken advantage of....quite the dilemma!

      Thanks for always being here. See you soon with another chapter.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I'm just riding this wave as far as it will take me. There will come a day when the words don't flow as easily, so I have a lot of work to do before that day arrives. Thank you for the kind compliment. Now, I'm off to tell another story. Have a terrific evening.

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 18 months ago from Central Florida

      Hmmm. Seeing what the sheriff is up to will prove to be interesting. What Bobby decides to do about it while keeping his promise to Dawn will be even more so. He doesn't really have a posse he can bring in; even his friends from back east want nothing to do with him, except collect the bounty if he's discovered alive.

      Real curious to see how this goes. Dawn's right. Their baby should not be raised in a vigilante atmosphere. Bobby really needs to think hard about that.

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      Ann Carr 18 months ago from SW England

      Glad Bobby is coming round to alternative ways of solving his and others' problems. I agree with Paula; you are so good at telling a story and the characters come alive with a vengeance.

      A literary bone in your body? Your whole skeleton must be literary and fortunately your brain is too!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shush I shall, Sis....thank you! Have a great Sunday....we will be hauling loads to the Goodwill and the dump today. Life in the fast lane. LOL

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      Paula 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh SHUSH , you! The reviews, analysis & criticism comes from your readers! They are obviously your fans and audience. We will be the judge, Thank you Sir.

      Of course we are all super critical of our own work...especially someone with your enormous talent. In some ways this is good because striving for more and better can be positive.

      Bottom line. You have nailed it, Sir Bill. I may not know much, but I know stories and what pulls me in!

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, you are so kind. Thank you very much. I have a long way to go to reach the level I want to stand on, but I'm getting closer. Affirmation like this helps me when I'm questioning whether I have a literary bone in my body. :) Long-winded way of saying thanks, Sis!

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      Paula 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Love it. I get so entirely sucked into the action of your stories, Bill. I have to sort of "shake it off" when the end comes. I'm telling you bro, it's as though I'm RIGHT THERE. I see the faces of your characters, their mannerisms and hear their voices.

      Your writing is magical to me. You're a damned Writing Magician!

      I had 2 special (favorite) writers before meeting you & reading your book (Tobias). I hang my head in shame I've yet to read your latest, but I have time. I'm not planning on leaving anytime soon.

      You have easily slithered your way to the top of my list, which now totals 3. I'm glad I caught this at Part I. I hate trying to catch up!

      Love, Sis

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Like you, Deb, I was introduced to pulp fiction as a kid, and I've always kept it in the back of my mind, just waiting for the right time to try it myself...so thank you for the encouragement.

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      Deb Hirt 18 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      I definitely like this in pulp fiction and in installments. It is always nice to have to wait on that next chapter to get the adrenaline going.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Larry,and thank you so much for following along.

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      Larry Rankin 18 months ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for another joyous read.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Count on being happy then, Pop! Thanks so much!

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Manatita...thanks a bunch, sir!

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      breakfastpop 18 months ago

      I hate to part with them, but if they end up in a book, I'l be happy.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I suspect you are correct and there are a few skeletons in the Sheriff's closet. I can hardly wait to find out what Bobby is going to do. :0

      Thank you for your loyal following.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 18 months ago from United Kingdom

      Bobby may be reforming but you're not. You left us hanging again, Bill. lol

      I'm really interested in what Bobby's going to dig up. I bet it's loads if this guy has been playing fast and loose with his authority.

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      manatita44 18 months ago from london

      Yes, sure is. Like a bit of respite, really. Cool.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, I doubt violence has completely left Bobby's character, but even a slight bit of reform is improvement, right? :)

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I suspect the Sheriff needs to grow eyes in the back of his head, and quickly. :) Thanks for being here.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Music to my ears, Rasma! Thank you!

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      manatita44 18 months ago from london

      Nice Bill. Looks like that question came my way. I would have settled for you roughing him up a bit, with a balaclava, perhaps, and suggesting he 'cooled' down on his demands.

      Still great without the killngs, and I'm looking forward to the baby. Peace.

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      Marlene Bertrand 18 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Anticipation is mounting. I have a feeling the sheriff needs to keep an eye on his surroundings. Bobby might not lay a hand on the sheriff, but "accidents" do happen... especially in small towns like Jackson, Wyoming. I'm just sayin'...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 18 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A great story that just captures you and holds on till the end and then you wish to know more.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nice to see you, Nell. No, I would say the Sheriff has some major headaches approaching. :) Thanks for visiting and take care of you.

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      Nell Rose 18 months ago from England

      No one died this week....but the poor Sheriff aint looking good! lol! love your stories Bill! I need to catch up a bit, been a bit slow on here for the last few weeks, great to read this as a come back, nell

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora. I don't know any Bobby's either, but he might be a good friend to have. :)

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, the question is, can a leopard change it's spots? :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, DDE! I aim to please.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, John! It was fun to transform him a bit and of course, it took a woman to do it. :)

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, Bobby is kind of like the proverbial bull in a china closet....he will find his way out, but things are going to be shattered in the process. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much Venkatachari M!

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, that's a wonderful compliment. You made my day. Thank you so much!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 18 months ago from The Caribbean

      I don't rub shoulders with any Bobby Fixit in real life, so this one helps keep me abreast of this kind of life. I like the sanity of Dawn to balance him. You've got a great story line here.

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Good luck Bobby. I will be real interested to see if he can keep violence out of his routine. Dawn may be asking just too much.

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You keep on surprising me with another great story. So glad I read this one.

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      John Hansen 18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I thoroughly enjoyed this, Billy's transformation into Bobby and how he's going to cope with turning over the new non-violent leaf. Can't wait for the next episode, but sad it only has a couple more weeks to run.

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      Linda Crampton 18 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another enjoyable story, Bill. I'm very interested in seeing how Bobby solves his new problem!

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      Venkatachari M 18 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting story. Excited to see how he solves the problem without violence.

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      Bill De Giulio 18 months ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, you make reading your stories easy. I could have spent the next couple of hours following Billy-Bob as he figures out a way to help Ray. Can't wait for the next chapter.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michael my friend. Perhaps the words of his saintly mothers whisper to him while he sleeps. Let's hope he grows as a man while he's still breathing. :)

      Pax vobiscum!

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I guarantee, Billy/Bobby is not going to die. I don't kill off the "good guys" in my stories. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kona....I always appreciate you stopping by and I'm so happy you are enjoying this story.

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      Michael Milec 18 months ago

      While expecting major surprises, surprises are coming in unexpected form. Enjoyable read my friend, holding us at the edge of real life woven with a fiction without visible dividing line... Consequences of those mother's prayers remain active working in spiritual realm for a very long time. This one is again an amusing outing. Thanks.

      Peace with us.

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      Linda Lum 18 months ago from Washington State, USA

      I don't know how you do it, but you've got us all hooked. Your Billy/Bobby is a wise man. Somehow I know that he (via you--you crafty devil) has a plan that will result on a satisfying ending. Thanks for allowing us to join you in the adventure.

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      June Parker 18 months ago from New York

      Love the descriptive line "festering, open sores of humanity"! Looking forward to the continuation next week to see how Billy handles this cluster of inbreds. :)

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      We shall see, Bill, but I suspect that yes, it will. :) Thanks for another visit, my friend.

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      William Leverne Smith 18 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Your writing certainly has us hooked. Appreciate the effort to hold the violence down... but will it work? ;-)

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, we'll take care of the cop and then leave Bobby and Dawn to their new life. I'll have them reappear in book form, but this story is coming to an end now that Bobby is becoming mellower. :) Thanks for hanging in there with me.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 18 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Dawn is my kind of woman. I have a feeling your little family will thrive and all the bad days will be forgotten as you turn your life around. I like this, so write on and get that D crooked cop.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Swalia, glad you liked it....we need to take a break from the bloodshed. :)

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aesta, thank you so much. That is high praise for a writer and I really appreciate it.

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      Shaloo Walia 18 months ago

      No one died this week! hahaha...that was a good one!

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      Mary Norton 18 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't how you do it but I am totally engaged which is so unusual as I can't concentrate most of the time. I wonder what Billy will do with this problem.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I suspect it still happens in many small towns in this country...."power corrupts' is not just a slogan. :) Thanks for riding along...we're almost done.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm so happy to hear that, Sally! Thank you very much!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Wednesday, Janine! Bobby just might be reforming because of a good woman. Let's hope he lives long enough to actually finish reforming. :) Thank you always!

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eldon, I am flattered, sir! When talented peers tell me I've done something right, I feel pretty good about it. Thank you!

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      MizBejabbers 18 months ago

      I enjoyed this beginning, Bill, and am anxious to see whether or not it ends in violence or if Bobby can craftily fix things. You know, the description of the town where all the officials are siblings and cousins is so familiar, especially in little Ozark towns where everyone is kin to everyone else, so I guess this goes on everywhere. A body just can't get justice and sometimes has to resort to a little underhanded dealings to get shut of the problem. LOL.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 18 months ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy,

      Thoroughly enjoyed this read and look forward to next week.

      Sally

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      Janine Huldie 18 months ago from New York, New York

      Love the bit or reformation here today and definitely enjoyed the continuing story arc here today. Happy Wednesday to you now, Bill! :)

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      Eldon Arsenaux 18 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      The opening reminds me of a quote from Dr. Thompson, 'you better take care of me Lord, or you'll have me on your hands.' You make the story move very well with an easy voice. The mind of Billy (Bobby) arrives in a conversational package that still contains grit. Love it.

      -E.G.A.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so very much, Buildreps. I've had great fun writing this piece of fiction. I'm so glad others enjoyed it.

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      Buildreps 18 months ago from Europe

      How much I enjoyed reading this in the afternoon, while it's just morning at your place. What a great story. You catched me with your great suspense, billybuc! Looking forward to next week!