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I pull my brow together as I listen to Weedy explain about his ma and how Addy had been there for him through everything. She would have to give me more details. While Weedy seemed open to talkin' he wasn't going into much detail either. Before I really got to say anything about it we were arriving at the house.
The ride was much shorter than I had anticipated. If I didn't ride a horse again for another year I wouldn't complain! I was so ready to get off of her for a while! I slide off after Weedy and then help Josh who stays right beside me. I tether the horses and to Weedy's offer for water and bread both our eyes light up. We hadn't had something so nice as bread in a long time. I chuckle when he talks about her cooking and Josh and I make our way into the house. "We'll take you up on both offers, Weedy. I'm glad to hear we won't be poisoned." I step inside the house and glance around. I'd been looking forward to seeing my sister for quite some time and now that we were here and waiting on her an idea popped into my head. Josh walked in and sat down in the floor kicking off his shoes. "Hey, Weedy." I follow behind him. "What do ya say that we surprise Addy?" I raise my brows. "She has no idea I'm comin'." I motion towards the horses. "Maybe we could hide those girls somewhere and you could hide me n Josh." I tilt my head a bit. "Or do you reckin' she'd have our hides if we scared the bejesus out of her?" I ask with a light laugh.
As soon as the boy started to answer me I realize I should have just kept my mouth shut and not tried to get into his business. I feel terrible for him that both his ma and his pa were gone...well he thinks his pa is dead.
"I'm sorry to hear that Weedy." We start out on our horses once we are all in place. Josh rides along side me and I head in the direction that Weedy gives me. "I just lost my wife and Josh his ma." Of course I couldn't go long without her coming up in my conversation. Addy didn't even know of course, because neither of us could read nor write...not really. The only communication between us was whenever the other would visit.
Weedy goes on to mention a man in Addy's life named Jay...but he's gone off doing something. "I can't remember the last time I've seen Addy, Weedy." I say as I glance over my shoulder some towards him. "Sounds like you two have quite the story." My sister was always easy to get along with, she loved animals and kids the same and they loved her right back. He was lucky to have run into her; sounds like she's taken him under her wing. "I can't wait to hear more about it." That is if either of them wanted to tell me.
I was taken off guard by the hug, but I managed to lower my hand onto his shoulder and pat it a couple times before he moved back after his offer to take me to Addy's and his home. He seemed a delightful kid which was no surprise given my sisters personality. I was still trying to put all the pieces together with this but I just couldn't.
"Great, then you lead the way." I agree to go with him to Addy's. I reach over and untie my horse from the post and do the same with Josh's. I give Josh, who was still very quite, a lift up onto the saddle and look over at Weedy. "Need a ride?" I ask as I mount my horse. I couldn't help but ask almost immediately after. "Is your Pa at the house?" Maybe I shouldn't have asked. I know very well that there were any number of circumstances that could bring Weedy into my sisters life, but this seemed the most straightforward. She'd gotten married and had a kid!
This kid made me smile and I laughed outright when he said that Addy would deck me had I called her by her full name. I wasn't sure what she was going by in these parts but we too called her Addy back home. "I s'pose you're right about that." I chuckled imagining my sister doing just that....god I have missed her. Yes...yes this trip out west was a good idea. Even just this conversation with the young boy had me thinkin' of other things besides my late wife, Daisy. "Though I doubt she'd want to deck her big brother." I raise my brows as if to question if she would deck me; a smirk playing at my lips, as I let the young boy know who I was to Addy. "I'm Isiah and this is Joshua." I introduce us both.
Then the boy goes on to do the same and reveals that Addy is ....what!? his Ma?? I was normally a straight faced man, keeping a hold on my emotions, but havin' not heard from Addy is so long....had she gone off and got married and had a youngin'?! My mouth dropped open. "Your Ma?!" The shock showed on my face and in my tone. Addy had always been independent, fending for herself...I wasn't sure if I'd ever see her tied down to a man and a child.
I couldn't even respond to his offer for water as I stood there playing over in my head my little sister havin' a kid....that until Josh tugged on my arm. "I'm thirsty, Pa." I shook my head some...oh, right.... "Yea, Weedy...yea, we'll take some water." I nodded, the thought hadn't even crossed my mind of something so fine as lemonade to cross our lips. That would be a real treat, and a fresh cooked meal...it's a wonder Josh and I weren't skin and bones after this two month trek.
It wasn't long that Joshua and I were waiting when a young boy made his way over to us. I could see Josh's eyes light up at the sight of another kid. I inclined my head towards him, touching the brim of my hat as I did, smiling slightly.
"Just waitin' on Adelaid Chappel." I say to the young man, raising my brows as I spoke. "You know her?"
I had no idea that yes, he knew my sister very well, nor did I know that my askin' for her might make him nervous...make him think I might be here to take him away from her.
"I was told by someone inside that she'd be around soon, she was runnin' errands." I reach down and rest my hand on top of Josh's head as he stands beside my looking the boy up and down. I had no doubt he wanted to speak to him, but Josh was always slow to warm up to anybody new.
Mature Content: No
Author: Isiah Chappel
With: Adelaide Chappel
Location: Millegan Stage Co
When: August 1875
Time of Day: Morning
It was almost two months ago that I'd left home, Pigeon Forge, TN, with my 5 year old son Joshua for Montana, in search of my sister Addy. My wife had recently passed from cholera and I was heartbroken. She and Joshua were the reason I got up every single day with no complaints to go out and put in hard work so that I could provide for them. Since the day she died everywhere I looked I could see her. Everything reminded me of her and I felt like I was slowly going crazy. So crazy that I had to get out of there. I couldn't take it anymore. My Pa tried to convince me to stay, saying I was acting on emotion and that I would regret it. Well I'd have to find that out for myself.
Josh and I had set out on our horses. Sure, there were other ways of getting there but this was my preferred method. It would give me some time alone, well besides the boy, to try and clear my head, get myself right. Nature and being outside was always good for my soul. It had taken us longer to get here than if I'd traveled alone, but finally I could tell that we were getting close. Had I known, the night before, that we were so close to Kalispell I would have kept trekking, but Josh was tired and hungry and well so was I. I'd done a pretty fine job of keeping us sheltered, fed and warm on the trip, but he sure was missing his Ma in many ways, and there wasn't much I could do to help him with that....that because I was hurting too.
When the sun rose the next morning we had traveled only about 2 hours when I first caught site of town and Josh and I's excitement couldn't be hidden. He hooped and hollered, waving his hat in the air and I laughed. I laughed. Well that had to be the first time I'd done that in a while.
We made our way into town and finally found Millegan's staging company. Tying our horses up outside I helped Josh down off his and we made our way in. It was bustling inside as I grabbed one of the workers and asked him for Adelaide. He'd informed me that she was out at the moment but would be back before long he supposed and we could just wait for her. After waiting almost two months for this day, waiting a bit for her to get here would be no problem. Josh and I made our way back outside to wait for her with our horses all the while Josh was begging me for something to eat. I had nothing at the moment to offer him and figured maybe we could find some food with Addy.