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    • Thankfully he received the cup of coffee. A warm cozy feeling spread in the small place. Jay didn't need presents. His present was the company he was in. Weedy wanted more. He was excited about getting a present.   "I'm very happy to be here in such excellent company. Merry Christmas."   Jay took one of the small baked goodies. With a large smile he chewed. "Did Santa come last night?" Hopefully Addy had taken care of that.
    • Addy's nose wrinkled up -- she hated change, but she knew he was right -- then she nodded.  "Yer right.  I got change given ta me, an' I'm grateful ta be able ta help th' boy, an' ta do that, we'd need a proper home."   Didn't need to be big, just two bedrooms, besides the kitchen and common room.  "He'd be thrilled, I think, ta have his own place.  Might be th' first time he's had somethin' like that, I don't allow as he ever had a proper house with his Ma."  Yeah, she could get more comfortable with the idea looking at it from that angle, and honestly, it might be nice to have more than one room, and room to move around.  "I'd appreciate yer help on that.  Thank ya, Speed, this ain't been easy."   @Flip
    • "There you have it!" Emeline declared with a laugh, "Bridget will help with the cooking, and Barnabas can try our efforts to make certain that they are as good as they should be."  Then she added with a playful grin, "And Mr. Pike can do the dishes as well, he's quite the expert at that!"   She laughed again and gave Barnabas a quick kiss on the cheek.  "Or you can just make certain that we behave ourselves and don't burn down the kitchen!"   Then she patted Bridget on the arm.  "Don't worry one bit, we will have fun, we won't do any harm, and we can make whatever you like...well, so long as I know the recipe!"   @Javia; @Flip
    • Leah & Jonah   “It is a great opportunity to tell the ladies what the plans are, how it will affect the town, and that it was not conceived, nor was it arranged by anyone on the Town Council, which is what I believe their plan to be.” She paused s if to catch her breath. “I’m sorry, I am just ready to fight them for what they owe the town, and that has nothing to do with who arranged what or when.”   "All the more reason to get to the ladies early," Jonah commented, "so they know where the ideas are coming from, and are in the groundwork, so they feel like they have a stake in things."    But this was a party, a time to have a good time and set that sort of thing aside.  "Tell me, just how modern is Helena?  In comparison to, say, St. Louis?  I wouldn't mind getting away for a day or two, maybe see a play or an opera."   As much as Kallispell suited his needs, he was craving a little civilization!   @Flip
    • Brendan, Arabella (and Charlie and Clara)   "Yes, I am, very much so!"   Clara and the other man were off away from them again. Brendan grinned at Clara's flustered reply to him and at Arabella's mock indignation.   “Whoa Cowboy! You’re meant to be smiling at me not … in again, in, in, in, out, out, out … not a-grinnin at the opposition!! Two more o’ these, then the jig!”   "Sorry," he said as they moved through the motions of the dance, "but she ain't the opposition, really. Here..." He smiled down at her. "There...happy now? Ooop..."    They moved into the jig and he almost started going the wrong way, but stopped in time because he was watching Arabella's eyes. He could tell a lot about an animal from its eyes, but when it came to people's eyes he couldn't tell much except which direction the person was looking in. During a dance, that was quite helpful.   The dance was not as scary as Arabella had made it out to be, and now that he had gotten the hang of it, he didn't really want it to be over - even though he would be out of breath and ready for a rest by the time the musicians stopped. He needed to make a visit to the beer tent soon.   He glanced over at Clara and her partner again and met the eyes of the man she was dancing with - just for a second before both couples turned and he was looking back at Arabella. Why was the man watching him? It wasn't as if he had insulted Clara or anything.   @Javia @Wayfarer @JulieS    
Emeline Blakesley

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"Oh, well, if you and Speed are both going to be working, I suppose I'll just have to bring a rolling pin."  Grinning, she looked up at him.  "If anyone dares to ruin my night, I'll bash them over the head!"

 

She laughed, although there was enough seriousness behind it to make him think that she just might do something like that! 

 

"I wasn't worried that you hadn't asked, I know you intended to."  Her grin widened as she patted this cheek.  "Let me believe that, and we'll be happy.  Honestly, though, any chance I have to show you off is fine by me.  And the dancing will be good practice for the wedding...it's not that far off, you know."  She frowned.  "No badges that day."

 

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“Now, I am Speeds Deputy, so I really hate to disappoint you, but I’ll have ta be wearing my badge. It’ll help keep folks in line with us there, unlike that fall fiasco where the fight broke out.” He said, hoping his duty was not going to spoil their time at the dance. “It’s not like we’ll be wearing gun belts, though I’ll have a small revolver tucked away, just in case.”

 

"An’, I’m sorry I’d not asked earlier, been a might busy with things, such as the house. Then too, keepin’ an ear open about the Town Council and Miss Steelgrave, but nothin’ so far.”

 

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"I meant at our wedding," she corrected with a chuckle, "if you wear your badge, I'm going to man the kitchen!"  Fondly, she kissed his cheek, then asked, "How are those plans coming?  You know, if the council won't approve the use of the land, we have plenty here, at least for an orphanage." 

 

Might not be the best idea, but she had no hesitation in taking on children who needed help.  "I just can't imagine anyone fighting that simply because Leah Steelegrave was involved.  It makes no sense."

 

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He smiled wide, "No Ma'am, no badge, no guns, jest you'n me gettin' hitched with a few of our favorite folks in attendance." He promised.

 

"This here's a town matter, an' it's an election year. Can't hardly see why anyone'd fight either the hospital or the orphanage. Town's got itself plenty o land. Just ain't no reason for it. Oh fear of the Steelgraves fer shore, but Em, Leah Steelgrave's likely the least of their worries." He emphasized. "Big fish in a little pond wantin' to toss their weight around, show folks who's runnin' this burgh!"

 

One thing was certain, Pronto Pike had little use for politicking or politicians.  "A body hands 'em the deeds for the right 'a ways, meanin' she delivered the railroad to the town an' they wanna take credit for it an' give her all the grief they can over the hospital an' orphanage." His anger was beginning to rise up. At that point it seemed best for him to shut up before he said something he would regret.

 

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"It's amazing, and alarming...to think that reasonable men would try to stop something that is a benefit to the community for something so trite!"  Emeline was indignant, and for good reason!  "I might just run for city council come the next election," she declared, "Maybe it's about time they had some new blood!"

 

She wasn't one to get involved in local politics, she didn't have the time, didn't think she had the forceful personality that it would take, but if they were going to be so petty as to turn down a hospital and orphanage because they didn't like the name of the woman advocating for it.

 

Letting out a breath, she leaned against Barnabas, her head resting on his chest.  "It'll be right, I have to believe that good will prevail, even if that is naive."  She kept to herself the fears of Barnabas potentially having to face off against Steelegrave's thugs.  For an instant, she wondered if she could just convince him to stay out here and concentrate on the house, where he'd be safe, but she knew she couldn't deny him his character.

 

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“New blood? You’ll play hob with that’un, fer dang sure. Them boys like bein’ the the big casinos in this burg, like to have their brand on everything. Ususally,” Pike was saying, his distaste plain, “a bunch of four flushers. I believe them’s who Leah Steelegrave’s dealin’ with. An you runnin’ for the town council? I doubt’d be any too healty.”
 

She wasn't one to get involved in local politics, she didn't have the time, didn't think she had the forceful to believe that good will prevail, even if that is naive."  She kept to herself the fears of Barnabas potentially having to face off against Steelegrave's thugs.  For an instant, she wondered if she could just convince him to stay out here and concentrate on the house, where he'd be safe, but she knew she couldn't deny him his character.

 

“Might end up bein’ trouble, but I just ain’t rightly sure what kind jest yet.” He added. “Plain as day you’d perfer I wasn’t in on this when trouble came a callin’, as it surely will.” He smiled down at her upturned face. “We just don’t know which way it’ll come from. You needn’t worry that pretty head of yours, we’ll be okay no matter who throws what at us. Ain’t like we don’t have a list of all the angles, cuz we do.”
 

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Emmeline sighed, nodding slowly.  "I know you're right, and you just have to take things as they come.  And I know that there is good with the bad."  She just would like a powerful lot of good before she had to deal with the bad again, just to spare her soul.  Barnabas was likely the best thing that had happened to her, and she didn't want to lose him for a very long time...like, forever!

 

"We'll do what we have to, right?  And I'll be more alert to trouble."  She kept a shotgun at the cafe and carried a derringer, but she'd start carrying a handgun with her when she left town to come out here.    "Kalispell will be the territory seat, and we'll bring enough civilization to make it a good place to live..." she grinned, "but not so much as to make it unlivable!"

 

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He gave her a side glance look, "We will do what has to be done, an' hopefully not alone, neither. You keepin' that scatter gun handy is a good thing, as is that pistol in yer apron. Hopefully you ain't never gonna need either of 'em."

 

A nice thought, but from where he stood it was doubtful. One of the reasons he had been cautious about her was the fact that there were men who would not hesitate where a woman was concerned, and he suspected that the Steelgrave riders were just the type to do such things. At least from what he had seen, and from what he had heard, there were some bad hombres associated with that spread.

 

"We'll weather this, an' likely many other storms afore we're done."

 

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"But far more good times," Emeline declared, "and the bad times will only make us stronger."  Optimistic words, but she knew that both of them had weathered hard and sad times, yet it was those paths that had brought them together, and while she was certain that her life with Andrew and her children would have been amazing, it wasn't to be, and there was no gain in pining over that so that she couldn't embrace what had been given to her now.

 

And Barnabas was different, but she embraced that, her love for him was different, but just as deep, if not more, and she was looking forward to the excitement that lay ahead for them.

 

"I was a pretty good scrapper when I was a girl," Emeline chuckled, "but if you can think of anything you can teach me...and it wouldn't hurt for me to have some practice with shooting."  In town, she wasn't so concerned, and while she didn't want to think anything bad could  happen out here, it was wise to be prepared.

 

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"I was a pretty good scrapper when I was a girl," Emeline chuckled, "but if you can think of anything you can teach me...and it wouldn't hurt for me to have some practice with shooting."  In town, she wasn't so concerned, and while she didn't want to think anything bad could  happen out here, it was wise to be prepared.

 

Pronto laughed, “I reckon I best mind my P’s an’ Q’s then.” He responded. “There’s things we’ll do you might not have done afore, and shootin’ all manner of guns, such as that Colt yer packin’. You ever shot it?”

 

"As far as bein' prepared, that's the best thing to be. This is wild country, filled with beasts and hamans that are far from tamed. One needs to know what's about, like that cougar up there, waitin' to get to the water. Water's a blessing, and not to be hoarded as some men will. The creatures of the land need it as much as the folks what settle it. Cows and horses drink a plenty so havin' the falls feedin' the river is good, there's plenty for all."

 

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“I reckon I best mind my P’s an’ Q’s then.” He responded. “There’s things we’ll do you might not have done afore, and shootin’ all manner of guns, such as that Colt yer packin’. You ever shot it?”

 

"I have."  Smiling proudly, Emeline nodded.  "Shot a snake!  Well, I nicked his tail, but at least I hit it!"  Crossing the prairies with Andrew, he had taken care of most shooting, and, while they'd had to fend off an Indian attack, fortunately nothing had come of it.

 

"As far as bein' prepared, that's the best thing to be. This is wild country, filled with beasts and humans that are far from tamed. One needs to know what's about, like that cougar up there, waitin' to get to the water. Water's a blessing, and not to be hoarded as some men will. The creatures of the land need it as much as the folks what settle it. Cows and horses drink a plenty so havin' the falls feedin' the river is good, there's plenty for all."

 

"There's a cougar..?"  Looking where he had indicated,  it still took Emeline a few seconds to sight the beast, and she frowned.  "I didn't see it up there.It's beautiful."  So, she was going to have to learn to be more observant, especially if the big cat was willing to get this close to people.  "Is there a way we can run water up there for it, so it doesn't have to come down here?"

 

Of course, there was plenty of water to be had, and not all that close to where the house and buildings were going to be.  "We'll have to get a couple of dogs," she declared, "Buster's a great cat, but I'm afraid he won't bark loud enough to warn us when we have visitors!"

 

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"Is there a way we can run water up there for it, so it doesn't have to come down here?"


Pronto almost laughed, envisioning one of them carrying a bucket up to it.  “Ah, I doubt it’d be appreciated. It’ll sort of shy away from us and mosey on down at it’s leisure.” He explained instead. “It’s kinda about sharing. He was here first. But, us movin’ in up here, it’ll move off ‘til there’s stock, then things’ll change some. We’ll need to put it down.”
 

Of course, there was plenty of water to be had, and not all that close to where the house and buildings were going to be.  "We'll have to get a couple of dogs," she declared, "Buster's a great cat, but I'm afraid he won't bark loud enough to warn us when we have visitors!"

 

“Yeah, Buster ain’t gonna scare off no cougars, nor any other critters what might show up. But yeah, a couple dogs’ll be of help.” He agreed  

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"Oh, I bet that old can could give a cougar or a bear a run for their money!"  Emeline laughed, although she knew it wasn't wise to test her convictions.  "But yes, I think once we move out here it wouldn't be bad to have a dog or two to warn of any problems, and to protect the chickens and rabbits from foxes and cougars!"

 

It would likely be a while before there were hands, so that there would be times that she was the only one out here, and while that wasn't going to intimidate her, a good warning would make her feel safer, so that she would have a chance to know what was coming.

 

"And a rifle by the door..."  Something long-range that was powerful, just in case, although it probably wouldn't be so bad even though it was isolated out here.

 

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“Most animals will fight shy of humans, but there’s always the exception to the rule.” Barnabas explained. “Never sure about cougars, and fer sure, bears are trouble. So a rifle by the door’ll discourage man and beast. A good shotgun handy just to be sure ain’t a bad idea either.”

 

The floor plan gave a good field of fire from most rooms, but especially from the main room. Interior shutters of thick wood with rifle ports were on every window for defensive purposes, and to keep out the majority of the cold as well.

 

Not just wild animals, but Indians who were notional at best, and white men who could be worse. Although with the addition of a couple hands right off might be a good idea, was his thinking..

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It seemed a little strange, to be discussing defense of a home, but she didn't have any delusions that it would be completely safe here, and it was best, of course, to prepare for trouble.  It was something she and Andrew would have had to do, had they had the chance to realize their dreams, but she'd always lived in a town-proper, and while that had its own hazards, there was always someone close by to help.

 

"It'll be fine," she declared, "I'm looking forward to all of this, and I'm not afraid, either of being alone nor facing what comes."  Of course, he would know that of her, she wasn't one to shrink back, but would face what she had to.

 

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"It'll be fine," she declared, "I'm looking forward to all of this, and I'm not afraid, either of being alone nor facing what comes."  Of course, he would know that of her, she wasn't one to shrink back, but would face what she had to.
 
“This life’s jest chock fulla surprises, sometimes good, sometimes not so good.” He said, smiling. “We’ll just meet it head on and see what gives. First thing though, seein’ all this wild life about, we’ll do no shooting here, buildin’ll be enough noise for these critters, though they’ll know the differ’nce between hammerin’ and gunfire. Won’t have the same echo. Animals are right savvy about such things, ‘specially that.”

 

“You’ll be just fine. It’ll be hard, yes, on both’a us that’s sure, but we’ll make out.” He assured her. “I cain’t leave Speed I a lurch. Maybe Hannah Cory’s tough enough for what’s likely comin’ over this hospital, but I’d not be willin’ to chance it.”

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