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  1. Weedy continued to prove what fun he was and he showed me in just this short conversation that my sister hadn't changed at all! A perfect angel?! This made me laugh out loud, throwing my head back as I did. I parted my lips ready to tell him more just at his request, but as soon as I started I heard the sound of a familiar voice, but it won't quite what I was hopin' for! I had no idea why anyone would be here wanting to take the boy away from my sister, but I knew that she was a protective Mama Bear to him. She had always been protective over her family, even if she was the youngest. I also knew that she was a good shot with any gun because our brothers had taught both of us at the same time and there had been a many a time she'd been more on target that I could have wished for! Immediately I threw my hands up in the air, keeping my back to her not making any sudden movements. I'd come all this way to see her not get shot in the back. While I had hoped I'd be running up to her, swallowing her up in a hug when she arrived, things had proved different and I had to take measured movements. "It's me! It's me!" I let her know quickly not making another move; holding my hands frozen in the air. "Isiah....Addy ... it's me 'n Josh...right there!" I say as I motion towards my son who sat there wide eyed and frozen as well seein' that gun pointed at me. @Bongo
  2. His Aunt Addy sure did remind him a lot more of his Pa and this lady here reminded him a little bit of his Ma. The way she was dressed and the way she talked and stuff. Josh was more like his Pa he supposed. His Ma was real prim and proper and had tried to show his Pa how to be the same, but every time his Pa did something like that he looked real goofy like and complained the entire time. Josh had gotten in trouble too many times by his Ma for laughing at his Pa when he had to do that stuff! Addy made him feel right at home and comfortable. That squeeze on his shoulder was just what he needed when she had mentioned his Ma passing. While she might have been prim and proper and maybe a bit too strict, Josh sure missed her something awful. He was glad when they started talking about something else. He didn't believe Addy when she said she wasn't smart. She had shown him some of the very best things in all the world he supposed! Just like that one eyed cat and the way she could whistle was just something special! He swore one day he was going to be able to do the same, though right now he could do nothing but blow hot air between his lips. Learning to whistle like her was way higher on his priority list than to learn his alphabet. "So, Master Josh... Joshua, I suppose. Do you know your alphabet yet, young man?" Master Josh?! Wow that made him sound something official! He shook his head though and finally spoke for the first time. "I think my Ma tried to show me some of that stuff, but I don't really remember it. Something about A's and apples and B's and bears..." He tilted his head with a bit confused like expression. "Is that right?" He said to the girl as he took Addy's hand for a moment only to let go quickly when the girl finally agreed to come out to see the horses and the cat. He ran ahead and pushed open the door. Now was a good time to try and do that whistle. He pursed his lips together, formed an 'o' and blew hard as he could through his lips. "I'm callin' the cat!" He explained to the two women. But again, nothing but hot air between his lips. He tried again. Lips together, 'o' and blow! He blew so hard his face was turning red as he stood there holding the door open for the two ladies. @Javia @Bongo
  3. And when the boy started speaking like my sister I couldn't help but chuckle and I swear my heart warmed up. I had surely missed her! I already knew that Weedy and I were going to get along just fine. "She just said you 'waz onery'er 'a a possum what tangled with a prickly pork-y-pine that got woked up early on Sunday mornin'!'" "Oh is that right?" I ask with a smirk on my lips as I watch him bring over the cookies. They barely hit the table when Josh is reaching in and grabbing one, stuffing it in his mouth. I was hungry too! I reach and grab a cookie taking a bite. Pushing it to the side of my mouth I chew and start talking. "Well don't you think that's reason enough for me to have thrown her in there?" I raise my brows as I laugh at our simpler days. "I had good reason to be dragging my feet getting back home that day. Addy herself had caused me to get my nice clothes, that I'd worn to church that day, dirty on our way home." Clothes that weren't all that nice but as nice as we had. "We'd stopped by the creek and were having a good ole' time when she came over an' tried to scare me. Caused me to step right in the mud by the creek!" I shake my head as I leaned forward. "I was only being slow to leave because Pa was sure to whip me good for getting my clothes dirty. Because Addy never did any wrong in his eyes." I sit back in my seat laughing some. "I'm pretty sure I got it even worse that day after I threw her in that lake." I chuckle at him and reach for another cookie. "Bet she didn't tell you that part of the story did she?" I raise my brows, lips pressed together, shaking my head some. @Bongo
  4. Well that didn't work! Josh slowly peeked with just one eye and to his surprise his genius idea of closing his eyes had proven to be ineffective. His Aunt Addy's cheerful words though made it easier for him to part from his hiding spot. He went out to her, standing beside her he kinda half hid behind her leg, gripping onto her pants some as he peaks around at this new girl. "Hey, Josh, c'mon out an' meet Miss Anæsthesia, she's teachin' me how ta read an' right real proper." Her grin widened. "I bet you can read better'n me any ol' day!" Read? Write? Well I can't do none of that. He looked up at Addy from his hiding spot behind her leg; trying to speak only loud enough for her ears to hear him. "Well Ma started ta teach me some but I don't 'member nuffin'." He said to her and then to the mention of going out to show this girl the horses he lit up a bit. Excitement grew in his belly. That was something he could do and he wasn't shy about it. He parted his lips to speak and to come out from his hiding spot, but then this Anæsthesia girl spoke and stopped him in his tracks. "No thank you" she said, rather coldly "Is the boy a relative?" she asked Addy, friendly enough, but ignoring the subject of her question as if he wasn't even there. She wasn't even interested. Hadn't even so much as acknowledged him and spoke about him as if he wasn't even in the room. Josh quickly retreated the half step he had come out, back behind Aunt Addy, now hiding his face too from the girl. @Bongo @Javia
  5. Well from the sound of it my sister was doing just fine for herself. Not that I doubted she was. Being raised by all us brothers she would surely be able to fend for herself. I smile in satisfaction as he tells me the story and laugh a bit. "Well I ain't havin' nothing to do with that there Weedy. I'd hate to know what she'd do to me if I did successfully scare her!" I chuckle as I go to the table and I take a seat, taking the water from him. "Thanks." I mutter and take a sip as Josh jumps up into a seat and takes a water for himself as well. Then Weedy goes on and he brings up some mighty fun memories from when none of us had any worries in the world. I sigh as I think back, remembering both instances clear as day. I really liked this kid, he knew how to make a grieving man smile, how to take my mind off it all. "I was the one to push her in that lake. But!" I hold up a finger as I lean in towards him and I narrow my eyes. "Did she tell you why I pushed her in said lake?" I question as I tilt my head to the side a small smirk playing at my lips. @Bongo
  6. (I'm going to jump in with Josh right now and them maybe Isiah can come in later....ya'll let me know if this doesn't work...we can always delete or edit! I suppose I need to create a bio for Josh, I can do that soon. I'm seeing him as around 4 or 5 years old.) Josh had fallen asleep in the back room after lunch, not realizing that he had napped because he adamantly always refused those darn things! Such a waste of time! All this riding across the country to come find his Aunt Addy had worn him out. He was just getting ready to come out of the room to see where everyone was when he heard a voice he had not yet heard since his arrival. He stood at the doorway to the room watching as his Aunt Addy and some other girl stood there talking by the table. He was mighty shy until he got to know people so there was no way that he was going to just bust up into the room. He decided he would just wait here until the girl was gone and he could come out and see if he could find Weedy and maybe he would play with him. However the door where he stood had a mighty back squeak to it and as he went to back away it made an awful loud sound, at least to him anyway and he feared he would be busted for eavesdropping on the two ladies. He wasn't really eavesdropping but it gave that appearance. He froze there in hopes that maybe they wouldn't see him, closing his eyes even...maybe if he couldn't see them then they wouldn't see him! @Javia @Bongo
  7. 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. @Bongo
  8. 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. @Bongo
  9. 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! @Bongo
  10. 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. @Bongo
  11. 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. @Bongo
  12. 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.

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