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  1. The two of them could hear the "NO!" coming from upstairs, but Jess had no idea that it was directed at him and that he was about to be met with a myriad of physical blows from his younger sister. But there she was, rushing towards him and before he knew it he was doing his best to protect his face from those nails of her, however she connected a couple of times, leaving small red welts in their place. "Zenobia, what the hell!?" He yelled at her as he deflected her blows best he could. He couldn't dare raise a hand back at her or he'd be dead at the hands of their father. But then the words cut him like a knife, hurt him more than any of those physical blows ever could. They opened his chest, stabbed him in the heart and ripped it out. Zenobia in all her glory had confirmed to him that his mother had indeed passed. But all the while she made sure to let him know that it was his fault. And as if to add insult to injury she referred to him as a THING and wanted him gone. He watched in astonishment as she stamped away from him. Then to be replaced by his quite and coy self, Raymond made his way in. "You'd better go." he said firmly to his big brother "Ma died yesterday morning. She's... if you want to see her she's at the funeral Parlour. Not the old one, Mr Jolly's, opposite the saloon." he flicked his eyes between the two men, this was no time for introductions. Jess's mouth nearly fell open, well it did for a split second before he closed it back and he blinked unbelievingly at his brother. Were they this angry with him? Even the little brother that, before he had left anyway, had been more than a brother but a friend. "You kiddin' me right now, Ray?" The reality setting in more the more his little brother talked. She had died just yesterday. Jess had been late by less than 24 hours. Dammit! He knew he needed to be a man right now but the emotions welled up in his throat, causing a lump and his eyes started to water, but no tears fell. His looked towards the stairs then back at him. Where was Pa? But if these two, if Zenobia and Raymond wanted him gone, what was his father thinking of him. "Where's Pa?" He finally asked but hearing his friend confirming that they should get out of there Jess did take a step towards the door. He wouldn't stay no place he won't welcome.....even if that was home. @Javia
  2. Josh's eyes lit up as he heard the pie options and that there might also be some cookies and cake! "Mmmm, I want cake, Pa!" He said to his Daddy as he squirmed to get down from his Pa's arms so he could walk with Weedy like a big kid. Isiah sat him down on his feet, ruffling his hair as he did. "You best wait and get there to decide what you want." He chided. As they walked into the Millegan Stage barn, Isiah whistled in delight at the sight of it. It was something nice, they didn't have anything like this back in Pigeon Forge. "Well ain't this somethin' nice?" He remarked to his sister and led his horse and Josh's to the closest empty stalls. "I'm glad they're treatin' ya so well, sis." Isiah knew he'd normally have something smart to say, something to make her laugh, pick on her in a big brother kind of way, but he just hadn't found himself yet since Daisy had left him, but he knew sure enough he'd find himself again. As she introduced him to Aberesque he walked over to her stroking her down the front of her nose. "Well ain't you a beauty?" He spoke to the horse and as Weedy set into action to get the hay and Addy the grain he looked over his shoulder at them. "Can I lend you a hand with that?" He asked them both, knowing full well they were capable of it themselves, had been before he'd come along so of course they were now, but it would be unmannerly of him not to ask and offer. Josh set out to follow Weedy and help with the hay, especially 'cause he heard Aunt Addy say something about going into a loft and he sure loved to climb! @Bongo
  3. It sounded something awful to Isiah to not even have a desire to want to swim in the lake, climb tree, go fishing.....sleep under the stars at night by said lake! Addy knew that Isiah agreed with her, that her description of the best day was also his. "Oh Miss Orr!.....I already know the answer, that you've never even slept under the stars. In all of God's creation there ain't nothing more beautiful than to stretch out by the lake after a long day and stare up at His creation." It was one of Isiah's favorite things to do. "You stick with us Chappell's and we'll show you a good time." He motioned between the four of them, himself, Addy, Weedy and Josh. He chuckled at the words knowing good and well there won't know way they were getting this dainty young lady behind a fishing pole and sleeping on a dirt ground. @Javia @Bongo
  4. Jess was happy his friend was thinking clearly, more clearly than he could because his mind was certainly consumed with worry over his Ma. I guess the term "Mama's Boy" applied to him whether he would admit it or not! And the fact that Scrappy was willing to go along on the ride with him, was something special to him, to not have to ride alone and not have to say goodbye to a good friend, not knowing where or if they'd meet up again. His plan had been perfect. Though their boss had been intolerable and crude he hadn't minded cutting them a deal on the horses. And off they were, the town of Dodge City eating their dust as they hit the trail. Thankfully the weather had cooperated and while it had been hot ride the further north they got, towards Montana, it was cooling off a good deal and the temperature difference was most welcomed by the men. Even though the weather had been nice it took longer than Jess wanted to arrive back home. It was a week since he'd gotten the telegram in Dodge City, so 3 weeks since his Ma had fallen ill. Certainly by now she was getting better. Though he hadn't been able to kick that nagging feeling that he won't getting the results he wanted when he arrived. That was just the devil talkin' to him! And he won't giving that old devil any victories by giving those nagging thoughts any of his time or energy! Had he been arriving under different circumstances he would have allowed his mind to go back to the many good memories he has from here, being that he'd been here his entire life except for when he left a year ago. It was getting to be late afternoon when they finally arrived at the house. "Home sweet home." He said low, looking over to Scrappy as he got off his horse and rushed up the steps, opening the front door of the house and going right on in, leaving it open for his friend to follow. "Ma?" He looked around, pulling his hat off his head he held it by his side. She'd always made them take their hats off when they came inside. He didn't want her to have to fuss over that. His heart was beating fast behind his chest. The house was quiet....too quiet. @Javia
  5. It had been a long hot day of work in Dodge City.... this had to have been one of their toughest gigs yet...but Jess was fairly certain they both thought that after each drive. But now they'd been paid, and paid well, so they would eat and drink good tonight! Jess had met Scrappy at his very first job he'd gotten right after he left Kalispell, they'd struck up a quick friendship and had stuck together through many a wild cattle drive. Scrappy had talked a many a time about settling down, but there was something different in his tone about it today. Perhaps he should take him back to Kalispell, let him see where he'd grown up ... plus Jess couldn't lie, he did miss his family....even if they were rough around the edges. One person that wasn't was his Ma. And boy could he use a serving of that roast Scrappy just mentioned! As Scrappy painted the pictures of what Jess had described about his family to him over the past year, on the inside he cringed some, 'cause that won't nothing like what his family really was. Had Jess really led him to believe that's how they were? That was more how he wished they'd be. As Scrappy slammed down his cash on the bar and ordered two fingers of red-eye each for himself and his pard, he sighed somewhat wistfully. "Boy, just think of it, a feller like me that never had no family to speak of, settling down, and getting a nice family started, just like yours. You've sure painted a nice picture of family life for me, Jess: I can picture them now, just back from church: the dear old father, proudly beaming down on his happy brood: his noble upright sons, his pretty little daughter, and there in the background, the idol of them all, the sweet mother of the family, serving up their Sunday roast..." "Well now, Scappy, I don't know if it's quite like tha...." But he was interrupted by the female voice and he immediately wondered what Scrappy had done to tick this woman off, but quickly he could tell that it was more...friendship maybe? He couldn't help the snicker when the woman called his friend Crappy but quickly his smile faltered as she was off somewhere and he could see her coming back with a telegram. The smile was back as he slapped his hand against Scrappy's arm. "I bet it's Ma, wanting me to come home for a visit." He eagerly grabbed the gram and read through it, the smile falling yet again. "Oh, no...." he whispered as he stared down at the information from his old friend Hector, then blue eyes back up at the woman. "Can you send a telegraph from here?" He asked her, wanting to send a message to his family quickly, let them know he was coming and see if he could find out how his Ma was doing. He looked over at Scrappy. "It's my Ma....she's fallen ill." His brow pulled together, heart sunken to his stomach, making him feel sick. @Javia
  6. "Don't gotta be in so big a hurry," Addy said with a grin, "take a bit'a time ta settle in. But there's some wood scraps behind th' barn could be used." They'd always been taught to use salvage when they could, and not let anything go to waste, and a project like the beds could easily be accomplished with salvage. Isiah nodded his head and stood to get ready to go. "I can't be sittin' idle for too long, Addy.... you know that." He said with a smile back at her. She knew he couldn't sit idle too long because he just plain didn't like sitting still. He had always wanted to stay busy, but now, these days, he couldn't let his mind get idle either. He was bound and determined he won't letting grief over Daisy get the best of him! "Weedy'll be happy fer a little cousin, an' it'll be good fer him ta have someone ta look after." Addy nodded at the suggestion of pie, but added, "Let's get yer horse settled, we can do that on th' way, an' I'll show ya around th' barn. Belongs ta th' Millegan Stage Company, but I run it." The horses were exhausted from the long trip but there was no way he was stopping along the way to get a set of fresh horses. He'd had these two beauties he and Josh rode here for a long time and they were basically like family to him. "I know they are ready to get settled." He agreed with her as he heard the patter of the boys feet running towards them. Josh coming right up to him and he lifted him up to carry him out. "How long you been working with Millegan?" He asked as he pat Josh on the back, who he could tell was also exhausted after a long day, but nothing was stopping him from getting some pie! ++++++++ Josh wrinkled up his nose when Weedy mentioned that the girl had gotten married "I don't know why people go off 'n get married....so gross!" But then the mention of pie and he was running out right along with Weedy. "What kind a pie is it?" He asked his Aunt Addy as they headed out the door and towards the barn. @Bongo
  7. Isiah sure couldn't think of a thing that Pigeon Forge was famous for, that until Addy piped up and he chuckled at her reasons for it being famous. Josh held tight to the horse and turned and looked over his shoulder at Ms. Orr and piped up. "And my Ma's apple pie had ta be the best in all tha world!" As the horse turned and he could see the girl better he went on. "We had the biggest apple tree ya ever did see right in our backyard! It has the bestest apples! And that's where Ma go 'em all and I always helped her pick 'em....well I picked up the ones that fell to tha ground!" Isiah looked at his sister, he knew she'd know that tree real well. Since he and his late wife had been living on the same land they'd grown up on the tree was real familiar. "It's that tree Pa told you not to climb that time. The one you fell out of and nearly broke yer neck!" He said with a laugh....able to laugh about it now since of course she was well and good! He looked at Ms. Orr. "That lake sounds mighty nice. I'm guessin' there's some good fishin' to be had there? I can nearly taste the trout right now!" Isiah loved fishin' and he s'possed it had been forever since he and Addy had done just that! @Javia @Bongo
  8. When she suggested the bunk beds for the boys and even a room for him he could tell even more that she was pleased with the idea of them being here. He couldn't help but smile. "Then I'll get started right on that tomorrow." As she hugged him he wrapped his arms around her in a bear hug squeezing her tight. "It sure is good to be here." He whispered. He could hear the two boys in the bedroom taking away and this made him feel good too. He had no idea Josh was going to have a cousin waiting for him here when they arrived. That was a nice surprise. "I'm just about ready to take you up on that offer for pie in the town." He said with a laugh and looked towards Weedy's room. "Sounds like those two are gettin' along just fine." ++++++++++++++++++++++ Josh's eyes got real big with excitement when Weedy mentioned the friend and that his friend had a lake they could swim in. "Swimmin's prolly my most favoritest thing ta do!" He proclaimed. "Is your friend Wyler big like you?" Because of young Josh, Weedy was indeed big and someone ta look up to and he figured having a friend like Weedy....well a cousin! .... would come in real handy being in this new town! @Bongo
  9. Isiah of course had no idea that Miss Orr was analyzing his answer only the way a woman would. She couldn't just take it for it's word. He was here to stay. Yes, a permanent fixture as she was thinking. He walked over and rubbed Arabesque on the side as his sister got her out. "And whereabouts do you hail from, Mr. Chappel?" she continued her ever-so polite interrogation. "Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, ma'm. Ever heard of it?" He asked as he helped the steady the horse, it seemed Josh did indeed want to take a ride on her. He had grown up around horses of course and was quite fond of them and not scared one bit to go on a ride. It would indeed be a good way to show the young girl that the gentle creatures were nothing to be afraid of." Josh held his hands up towards his Aunt and nodded his head excitetedly. "Yes'm! I'd love to ride. And later you can ride my horse if you want to, Aunt Addy!" He thought it only fair that if she let him ride her horse then he should offer to let her ride his! @Javia @Bongo
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    Not to Worry

    When Arabella mouthed that Jemima was all right, he just nodded his head to her and decided not to press it anymore. He went and found his spot back at the table. The food smelled delicious but he couldn't bring himself to eat, not with his sister and this Miss Mundee out there missing with those Indians. He'd at least pretend to eat so the others would. He wanted Weedy and Josh to not follow his lead so as he was reaching to serve the boys plates Arabella stopped him mid-move with the prayer. He pulled his hand back and bowed his head. Isiah wasn't all that pleased with the Lord right now. So many bad things happening to him and his family. He knew he had to get right with Him though and he s'pposed that would happen sooner rather than later. With head bowed he listened to the prayer, muttered an Amen and went back for the serving spoon when she started up again. Eyes wide for a moment he dropped his head again and listened, this time when he heard his sisters name he focused real hard on the words, hoping maybe that would take them to heaven just a little bit quicker. His interest peaked though when she mentioned his sister living with some Mr. Ryker. And that she was an angel except for when she lived with him?! He lifted his head and opened his eyes for a moment as she looked at the girl, but she was deep in her prayer. He'd ask her about that later when everything was settled down and everyone was home safely. And then again, he muttered his Amen reached for the spoon and was interrupted with yet another prayer request. This time he leaned back in his chair, listening with his eyes open, feeling his stomach churn a little at the request, his face wrinkling up some at the description. He made sure to clear it up though before anyone else had open eyes, but his eyes fell on Arabella as she finished. Before he even made a move to try and grab that spoon he hesitated, but the boys were already digging into the delicious meal. "You sure?" @Javia @Bongo
  11. Isiah was mighty proud of his baby sister. She'd come here and made a real name for herself. He knew that their Pa would be proud of her too. He smiled as he sipped on the coffee now and shook his head as he sat down the cup on the table. "You done made a real success of yerself, Addy." He sat up more in the chair and leaned forward some. "I'm happy for ya." And he was...it felt nice for a change to have something to be happy for. "Sounds like that boy and you were just lucky ta find each other. I'm glad he's a good 'un." He shook his head a bit and pointed a finger at her. "Pa'll be real proud of you Addy. And those brothers of ours too." He smirked some. As she quickly mentioned that there was plenty of room in the house he could tell she wanted to make sure he and Josh felt welcomed here. "Thanks fer havin' us. I'll get this place fixed right up for you." He'd always loved a good challenge and while the house was really nice, he was already making mental notes of how he could make the place just perfect for her. He'd have to find work in order to get some money for a few of the things he had in mind, but that would come with time. "And if we ever get to be a nuisance you tell me, OK?" He ask with a light laugh, but he was serious too. +++++++++++++++++++++ Josh really liked the idea of being in the bed with Weedy and his Pa right in the same room with him. At his house back in Tennessee he had to sleep up in a loft all by himself and he never did like it. "I'd like that!" The boy proclaimed and stuffed some of the cornbread Aunt Addy had brought in. "Do you think I can call him 'Uncle Isiah'?" It hadn't ever occurred to him that he might have uncles or aunts around because of Miss Addy. "Oh yes, you can! Pa already gets called that back home!" The boy spoke with his mouth kinda full. "You got a load more uncles in Tennessee and sum couzins too! They're so fun." Then the boy realized how much he missed 'em and his shoulders kinda slunk. "Maybe we'll all get ta go back to Tennesee one day and you'll get ta meet 'em! And we'll go swimin' in the creek by Granddpappy's house." The boy kinda shivered as he laughed some, rememberin' "That wuter is so cold even in the middle of summer!" @Bongo
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    Not to Worry

    Isiah sure wished he knew that Weedy even had a inkling of an idea of where Jemima had described....but even if he did know would he drag the boy out there in that? Nope. He admired the boys positive nature, the optimism he brought to the table. It sure helped to ease his nerves. He managed to chuckle for all of them, smiling as he pat the boy on his back, even if it was hard to show any sort of happiness in this moment. "You got that right there, Weedy! They gonna find out right quick that they poked the wrong bear." He winked at the boy as he got up and he and Arabella started to serve their dinner. Josh sure was worried and he was staying quiet. He didn't know what ta think about everything going on but he knew he didn't want nothing ta happen to his Aunt Addy like had happened to his Ma. He jumped up and went to the cabinet and was thankful the plates were on the lower ones because he'd never be able to reach up high. He grabbed 5 of them and brought them over to Jemima, since he couldn't reach the table real good. Isiah could tell that Jemima wanted to say something....or well he suspected. "Well..." He motioned with his hand. "Go ahead, what's on yer mind?" If she had something to share that could help them well, he'd like ta know. "I won't bite this time." He vowed as he raised his brows. @Javia @Bongo
  13. Well this young lady, I could tell, seemed destined to be a teacher. I raised my brows impressed by what she said about herself and about Addy. Isiah kinda half wished he could learn to read and write, but he wouldn't dare to say nothing, well not right now at least. It would have been nice to learn as a kid, that stuff comes so much easier and you actually retain it. Learning it as an adult...well the brain just doesn't work the same. "Oh, well, now, I'm just tryin' ta keep up with a ten year old sprout!" Addy declared with a laugh at Miss Orr's praise. "I knowed a few letters already, an' Miss Orr has th' patience of a saint." She grinned. "Just no appreciation'a horses." Isiah smiled some at them both. "Well perhaps ya'll could teach each other a thing or two. Horses really are great." He said to Anæsthesia agreeing with his sister. "You should give them a chance." He said to the girl. "Are you visiting for some time, Mr Chappel?" Anæsthesia asked politely: for among her many, if rather slight, talents, was a suitable mastery of small-talk. "Well." He answered her. "Pretty sure I'm here to stay. So yes, I'd say I'm here to visit for quite some time." @Bongo @Javia
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    Not to Worry

    Isiah waited with expectation as Jemima finally started to give him the directions he so desperately needed to at least try and find the search party that was out there finding his sister. At first she had him hook, line, sinker, but then the more she went on he realized just what she was doing and it did make him mad! He was about to speak the very words that Arabella said as he caught her eye. Arabella caught Isiah's eye "Well that's as clear as mud. I reckon she'd better go and you stay here." she opined, and not completely in jest. "You got that right." Isaiah muttered as he grabbed a chair from the kitchen table and pulled it out, slinking down into it, feeling a bit defeated, worried, angry....everything all at once. He pat the seat for Weedy to come sit back down. He won't going nowhere. At least not at the moment. He realized he'd upset Jemima and that was not his intention. "Ms. Jemima, I didn't mean to speak so harshly. I just want to find her. And I don't want to go dragging anyone else out there that don't have ta be. I've seen my fair share of blood shed and gore ..." because of the war... "and it ain't something you can un-see. I don't want no one to have to through that, that don't have to." Then quickly he realized that perhaps what he had said could elude that there may be blood shed and gore to be seen at the hands of Addy and anyone else that had been with her. "Not that I'm expectin' there ta be any for those that are rescued....but I do hate ta see what's going to happen to those Indians!" Because he knew had he been there and got his hands on any of those Indians that had gotten a hold of Addy .... well it wouldn't be pretty! Isiah had no appetite but he could tell everyone was hungry. "Why don't ya'll eat and then maybe Weedy and I, and whoever else wants, can go into town and see if anyone there's gotten any news?" @Bongo @Javia
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    Not to Worry

    Josh was on the edge of his seat as Arabella started telling them about Purple Beard. Being so young his imagination was about as wild as it came and so young that his imagination could almost seem like real world stuff to him! He could already see Purple Beard and Black Beard in a battle, and Josh wanted ta know all about it!! He couldn't hide the twinge of disappointment he felt when Arabella told him there really wasn't no treasure. But then his Pa and Jemima came storming back into the kitchen and Jemima was mad! Isiah followed Jemima back into the kitchen, walking and putting his gun belt into place around his waist at the same time. What had happened? Everything was just fine, Jemima was giving him all sorts of information, being a mighty big help ta him and then storming off angry??? Just like a woman! "What's tha matter?!" Isiah asked as he glanced to Weedy and motioned for him to come towards him. "There ain't no place out there for you. You need to stay back here, mind these children and let me go out and handle these Indian matters! Now, please Ms. Jemima, some directions!" He demanded, feeling angry now for many reasons. He knew he was behind the pack, that the Calvary was already headed towards her, to rescue her, but there won't no way he'd just sit back here. Little did he know he was many many hours behind them and there was no way he'd catch up. @Bongo @Javia

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