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The Cure for Cabin Fever


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With: Barnabas Pike
Location: Town to Homestead
When: April /1875
Time of Day: Morning

 

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There had been a few nice days this Spring, but it had only been in the past week that the weather had been consistently warm in the afternoons, so that the snow was finally starting to melt, making the roads more readily passable.

 

To say that she was getting stir-crazy was an understatement...Emeline had plenty to occupy her time, what with running the cafe and making her wedding dress, along with other preparations for the wedding, but she needed to get away, just for a day.  Oh, sure, there had been some short rides, and Emeline loved the time with Noel, and, of course, Barnabas, but she needed more, and so she had decided to close the diner for a day and take a ride out to the property that would eventually be the Pike ranch.  She knew there had been some work started, but wasn't sure what, or how much, and she was anxious to see it.

 

One advantage or the relative confinement of Winter had been the chance for her to sew an outfit more suitable for riding than Andrew's old clothes, and she was wearing the brown wool split-skirt now, along with a simple muslin shirt and a bulky duck coat against the morning chill.  Her hair was back in a braid and covered by a floppy felt hat.

 

She had asked Barnabas to meet her at the livery, and had gone down early to get Noel groomed and ready, something she wanted to do for herself.  As she worked, she talked to the mare, nonsense mostly, but she knew the horse was listening.

 

"And so we'll have a nice big pasture for you, no more small paddock, and there will be plenty of friends for you, and I'll see you every day..."

 

The livery man was looking at her a bit oddly, but she didn't care!

 

 

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Pronto stepped down and tossed the reins over the hitch rail in front of the Livery, then walk leisurely into the livery itself, and there she was. He stood for a moment watching her with the animal, listening to he talk to it.

 

"And so we'll have a nice big pasture for you, no more small paddock, and there will be plenty of friends for you, and I'll see you every day..."

 

"Well, gettin' her all purdied to slosh through the mud out there." He said with a grin. "Might oughtta saddle up if we're to get out there afore noon." There was no rush and he knew it. His property was almost five miles out and up, but he wanted them to spend as much time there as they could.

 

There has been some work started on the foundation using a method he had seen in Virginia City called 'rubble foundation.' Though it was most likely not new anywhere else, he'd just not seen it before.

 

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"Oh, well, a lady likes to look good, regardless of where she is going," Emeline replied without looking at him as she combed out the last of the tangles in the mare's tail, "and Noel is so dainty, she will dance right around that mud!" 

 

Laughing, she turned and trotted over to Barnabas, hugging him around the neck and planting a kiss on his lips, then went over to grab her saddle and blanket.

 

"I packed us a lunch, and some treats for the horses," she commented as the cinch was tightened.  The mare was well-trained and took the bit without protest, and in no time the ladies were ready for their ride.

 

"It's such a beautiful day for a ride," Emeline declared with a smile, "at least once it warms up."  But that wouldn't be long, with the way the sun was shining brightly above them.  "We might just be in the mood for a race, too."

 

Grinning, she swung into the saddle, giving Barnabas a nod.  Racing, though, would have to wait until they were out of town.

 

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"Oh, well, a lady likes to look good, regardless of where she is going," Emeline replied without looking at him as she combed out the last of the tangles in the mare's tail, "and Noel is so dainty, she will dance right around that mud!"


“Reckon so, but just the same, best we get a move on.” He said.
 

Laughing, she turned and trotted over to Barnabas, hugging him around the neck and planting a kiss on his lips, then went over to grab her saddle and blanket.

 

"I packed us a lunch, and some treats for the horses," she commented as the cinch was tightened.  The mare was well-trained and took the bit without protest, and in no time the ladies were ready for their ride.


“That’ll be good.” He agreed. He was anxious to really get started, Speed had been really good about his working on the house, even though he had hired four carpenters to speed up the process. He wouldn’t be able to be there everyday, or all day on the days he could get there

 

"It's such a beautiful day for a ride," Emeline declared with a smile, "at least once it warms up."  But that wouldn't be long, with the way the sun was shining brightly above them.  "We might just be in the mood for a race, too."


“Don’t know as the ground’s any too packed yet. Might not be the best of conditions to be running horses.” He observed. “But you decide when we’re away from town.
 

Grinning, she swung into the saddle, giving Barnabas a nod.  Racing, though, would have to wait until they were out of town.


Speed walked out beside her to get his horse. He stepped aboard and wheeled his mount in line with hers. “Alright then, here we go, Em! On to our ranch!” It would be the first of many such trips out to the property as the house rose out of the rock.

 

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"Our ranch!"  Emeline couldn't help but smile widely at that thought.  Andrew had had grand plans, and she was certain they would have seen them through, had that been possible, and even though she had been able to start her own business, this was something far beyond anything she could have hoped for.

 

Noel was anxious to go, and as soon as Emeline settled in the saddle, the little mare was prancing alongside Barnabas' horse, her tail high as she nickered.  Laughing, Emeline jiggled the reins, then smacked the horse lightly on the neck.  "That's enough of that," she chided, and the horse quieted.

 

"So the roads are still pretty bad?" she asked.  It had been a while since she'd had a chance to get out.  "As much as I like the snow, it's time for sun and Spring wildflowers. Oh, and the falls will be magnificent with the runoff!"  If it was possible, her smile widened.  "This is so like a dream!  And we aren't even married yet..."   How much better would it be after that?

 

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"So the roads are still pretty bad?" she asked.  It had been a while since she'd had a chance to get out.  "As much as I like the snow, it's time for sun and Spring wildflowers. Oh, and the falls will be magnificent with the runoff!"  If it was possible, her smile widened.  "This is so like a dream!  And we aren't even married yet..."   How much better would it be after that?


“Like you say, lotsa run off, lotsa mud. Not the best footing for the horses but we’ll get up there. Grounds been chewed up by runnin’ up there an’ laying the foundation, delivering lumber an all.” He explained as they passed the end of the main street.


The road would be fairly well traveled, not like it would have if there was still a Whitefish. It would be less traveled the farther out they got, but wagons leave ruts, and he’d had two out there already. “Guess you’ll jest have ta wait on the wild flowers, though some can be seen pokin’ outta the snow.

 

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"I can wait for the flowers, it will give me something to look forward to."  It would actually be fun to watch the progression of colors and textures as nature did her thing.  "Everything is happening so fast now...the dance, the wedding, the house, it all seemed so far off."  She laughed and shook her head.  "And in an instant it will all be over, and there will be new goals."

 

She glanced at Barnabas as they rode side by side.  "I'm thinking about asking Clare to manage the cafe for me.  She's very meticulous and responsible, and I can come into town a few times a week.  In the mean time, I can teach her about running it."  This was his concern, too, since he'd be her husband.

 

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"I can wait for the flowers, it will give me something to look forward to."  It would actually be fun to watch the progression of colors and textures as nature did her thing.  "Everything is happening so fast now...the dance, the wedding, the house, it all seemed so far off."  She laughed and shook her head.  "And in an instant it will all be over, and there will be new goals."


“Now the house, she’ll take a bit to get done, but I ‘spose the weddin’ an’ the dance’ll go by purdy quick an’ there’ll be them new goals.” He agreed. “What did seem so far off is right in front of us now. The leavings of winter are dryin’ up, and them flowers you’re hankerin’ for are about to bloom. Seasons pass, it’s what they do."
 

She glanced at Barnabas as they rode side by side.  "I'm thinking about asking Clare to manage the cafe for me.  She's very meticulous and responsible, and I can come into town a few times a week.  In the mean time, I can teach her about running it."  This was his concern, too, since he'd be her husband.

 

“I reckon you’d be the best judge of who’d be the one to run the place for us, since you’re includin’ me in this. If you want ta continue at the cafe, that’s fine. I’ll be in town most days when I ain’t here, with Guyer. If the ranch is where you want to be, that’s fine too.” He offered. “No need ta rush inta things today. Plannin’, sure. There’s plenty of time before decisions need to be made.”

 

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Emeline nodded, grateful that he wasn't pushing her nor questioning her.  She knew that if she asked directly he'd give her advice, but in the meantime, it was good that she could just talk things through. 

 

"You're right, there's plenty of time before I'll need to be spending most of my time on the ranch, it will give me a chance to teach Clare more about managing the cafe, and there's always the option to sell."  She wondered if Clare might want to live in town, above the cafe, or even if her father would allow it.  But again, there was time.

 

"It'll be different, managing a ranch, but I'm really looking forward to it."  Still, though, far in the future and gradual in coming.  "And," she added softly, "you are right, it will be good to leave Winter behind."

 

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"You're right, there's plenty of time before I'll need to be spending most of my time on the ranch, it will give me a chance to teach Clare more about managing the cafe, and there's always the option to sell."  She wondered if Clare might want to live in town, above the cafe, or even if her father would allow it.  But again, there was time.


“Always options, always.” He began. “Now me? No need to consider sellin’ the Café, none at all, it becomes whot they call an asset. If ya don’t own the buildin’ then we’ll see about buyin’ it. It becomes cash comin’ in, and property owned. Sure we got the ranch, but it ain’t up nor stocked yet. Options, love.”
 

"It'll be different, managing a ranch, but I'm really looking forward to it."  Still, though, far in the future and gradual in coming.  "And," she added softly, "you are right, it will be good to leave Winter behind."


“Probably not so much as you’d think. Actually, there’ll be a foreman running the stock an such, me overseenin’ things in general, and you mindin’ them horses and yer garden.” He grinned from under his hat, “Things’ll change, that’s fer sure, but the way I see it, fer the better, an’ we’ll always have them options that are out there.”

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