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Cole Hornback - "Time for skoolin" Chapter 2

Updated on August 2, 2013

Time for skoolin

Chapter Two

Penny was still somewhat traumatized over the whole deal. My Aunt Susan was due to arrive this afternoon. She would be good for my sister, who was still dealin with the loss of our Ma and then this whole Jim Spencer deal. As much as I loved my little sister, I was not the person she needed at her time of life. I had become short of words, and I was eager to start preparing on how I was to deal with Harlan and his two boys. Skinner, was a family friend who was getting up in his years, but still ornery enough to keep things in order while Pa was gone. He had been the one who got me interested in knowing the law, and how important it was to get more “skoolin” as he called it. He told me this was going to get mighty ugly. He had more than his fair share of dealing with the whole Spencer family over the years. Harlan Spencer was not one to walk away from such an ordeal as the one I created. I suggested that Penny should return back to Sioux City with my Aunt Susan, and Skinner agreed.

If there was one thing I learned from my pa was that if you fail to prepare for a situation, you may as well prepare to fail. Ol’ Skinner was just the person to begin to teach me such things too. He had fought against the Sioux Indians years ago and served in the United States Army. Even though his best years have past already, he was still full of energy and eager to step up for my Pa, and “skool” me on how to survive against bad people. He told me stories of his encounters with the Sioux and some of the battles that he endured with them. He also was a strong believer in negotiating peace first and foremost. He had many conversations with Little Crow, who led many attacks upon settlers in this area.

Even though I was still a teenager, Skinner knew I was plenty mature for my age. He figured I was more than ready to handle some responsibility and insisted I become his deputy. He swore me in, and gave me a beat up old tin star, and pinned it on my shirt. He was becoming concerned about the absence of my Pa. He should have had word from him several weeks ago and though he never said as much, we both were beginning to figure on the worst for him. We knew, once we addressed Harlan Spencer and his boys, we were going to journey out to find the Marshal.


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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Maggie it flatters me that you are taking the time to read this crazy saga....Thank you for doing so.



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      Nadine M AuCoin 6 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      Painting the western ways beautifully!!!! In my mind you've set the stage!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks Becky....I did have fun with this one...

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      Becky 6 years ago

      I am glad you are having fun because I really like your writing and am looking for more. Have fun.

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      Chris Merritt 7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      I'm not sure if I have a knack or not, but I did have some fun with this one.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      Another good chapter in a good read, Chris. I think you have a knack for this genre. WB

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      Chris Merritt 7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      I'm working on it



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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Aye, laying honorable ground for the folks who I feel will have a change of life plans in the coming writings,

      good job, you definitely are gaining skills as a western teller of tale, peace dust

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      Chris Merritt 7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks Cardisa....Ch 3 coming soon.

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      Carolee Samuda 7 years ago from Jamaica

      I like where this is going. Hope to read the next part soon to see what happens with Harlen and his boys. Good job!

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      Chris Merritt 7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks Cogrson. I'm working on Ch. 3....this is really a work in progress. I hope I can continue. I appreciate your kind words.

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      UltimateMovieRankings 7 years ago from Virginia

      Good job CMerritt I really enjoyed reading both chapters...I really like the character O'Skinner you have done an awesome job of painting a picture in my head of him....keep up the great work


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