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Grinding down


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Location: In front of Jays home
When: Month / Day (optional) / 1875
Time of Day: Afternoon

 

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Sweat was staining his shirt even though it was fairly cold outside.

Jay had been working on the outside facade of his new home in town.

Grinding the old paint off had him working up a sweat.

He noticed that he ran out of screws to fix the broken boards, so he climbed down from his ladder and wiped his hands on his pants.

He would have to go and get some more.

After having a drink of water, he put his hat on his head and made his way down the main street.

 

 

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Speed Guyer was walking the boardwalk, greeting people and generally eyeing everywhere and everything, it was what making his rounds was all about. Generally there was nothing out of place, no problems for him to intervene in, it was the norm for Main Street Kalispell.

 

It was too early for trouble in the Stardust Saloon, there might be a few customers, but it was daylight and any that might be rowdy or a problem would not show until dusk. But Flandry ran a pretty tight ship, and Guyer was glad of that. Trouble from the saloon was rare, most all of the men knew one another, strangers were few and far between most of the time. There was at least one new gambler in town, but there had been no problems with him so far.

 

The new entertainer was said to be very good, but he'd not taken the time to stop in of an evening. The business had his attention when he wasn't on duty with the prisoners. It was then he spotted a man he needed to talk with, one Jay Ryker. There was a poster with his name and description on it sitting on his desk.

 

"Jay Ryker?" He asked, stopping the young man. "We need to have words, you'll follow me back to my office." That was no suggestion, and the meaning was clear, follow willingly and avoid a scene, or.

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Nobody could possibly startle him like the sheriff. Jay had avoided meeting the man at all cost but somehow he had now found him. Judging by his words this was no curtesy visit.

A cold shower ran down his back as he contemplated whether drawing his  gun or running away was the better option.

Once he was inside the sheriffs office he could not run this easily and the gallows pole was only steps away.

"What is this about?"

He asked before he could possibly ruin his new life over a misunderstanding.

"Are you arresting me for something?"

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"What is this about?"

 

He asked before he could possibly ruin his new life over a misunderstanding.

"Are you arresting me for something?"

 

“Arresting you? Should you be arrested?” Speed asked with just a hint of a smile. “I have this circular on a man described much the same as you, and a name quite similar to yours. But it’s about a bank robbery far from my jurisdiction.”


He paused a moment. “You risked your life to save those two boys, no outlaw I ever heard of would have done that. So you and I are going to make a deal. Addy Chappel is a dear friend of mine, so I wouldn’t want anything to happen to her and the boy, Weedy. She seems to be really happy of late, let’s keep it that way, Miser Ryker.”


“If there’s anyone here who knows who you are, you might want to let me know about them. There is always a chance I could be of some help.”  He slid to Wanted poster over toward Jay. “I probably ought to put that in the stove, since I don’t know who that is, or have any jurisdiction on it.”

 

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When he heard the sheriff speak openly about the robbery Jay was ready to run because he had no gun on him and no desire to gun an official down.

But before he could bolt the man made it clear that he wasn't after him but quite willing to forgive him because he had saved the boys.

Jays jaw almost dropped as he listened.

When he finally received the poster he swallowed hard because this almost incredible.

"I don't know how to thank you, sir. I swear I've changed my ways. I always knew it was wrong and will not be involved in anything like that again."

he felt the need to be open an honest with the sheriff who was offering a second chance.

 

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"I don't know how to thank you, sir. I swear I've changed my ways. I always knew it was wrong and will not be involved in anything like that again."

 

he felt the need to be open an honest with the sheriff who was offering a second chance.

 

“There’s no need to thank me Ryker, you proved yourself, that’s what counts out here.” Speed said. “You can toss that poster in the stove if you like, you’re not wanted anymore, anybody says different you let me know.” Men of any age can make a mistake, some bigger than others, yet a man can rectify the mistake and that was exactly what he had done. “You just do the right thing by Addy and Weedy and you’ll not find trouble again, that I guarantee.”

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"You're very kind, sheriff. i really appreciate that and knowing what you just said to me will give Addy peace of mind."

He knew that she wanted him to move in, she had even dropped hints of marriage. None of that would ever happen as long as he was considered a criminal. Things had suddenly taken a turn for the better, though.

"If you don't mind, I'll hurry and let her know."

He tipped his hat with the same hand that was holding the poster, neatly rolled up.

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"You're very kind, sheriff. i really appreciate that and knowing what you just said to me will give Addy peace of mind."

 

"Reckon so. She's a good woman." Guyer said. "Make you a good wife, was you a mind to go in that direction."

 

He knew that she wanted him to move in, she had even dropped hints of marriage. None of that would ever happen as long as he was considered a criminal. Things had suddenly taken a turn for the better, though.

 

"If you don't mind, I'll hurry and let her know."

 

He tipped his hat with the same hand that was holding the poster, neatly rolled up.

 

“You take care, and remember, anyone wants to dredge up the past, send ‘em straight to me.” He smiled then and added, “You have yourself a good day Ryker. Kalispell thanks you.”

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