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    • "We'll have to get on over to the dinning room them. Afraid it's liable to be a bit more like Kalispell than Frisco." He said. "But it'll be good food, just not what we've been used too. Will be up on the hill, for sure.  I was told this is the best hotel because it was a ways out across the river from town, and it was solid built."   "The wealth on the hill is such that all most everything around it is growing at a fast pace. You'll really see that when we visit the Capitol, Carson City. Supposedly discovered by Kit Carson and General John Freemont on their way to Sacramento in. At least Freemont named the river after him back in '43 or '44. Nothin' was there then."   "All that made me hungry too, let's go eat an then take us a walk across the river, or along it, which ever you want." @Bongo
    • That did not take long. Cookie rang the triangle and shouted his best but in the end he sent the kid to roust all but the closest to him. Rance joined young Wheeler in the line, a bit out of the wind, but mostly in it for the moment. It seemed calmer up by the wagon.   "That had ta be bad back there. The wind drivin' the dust an' the smell, but should this wind let up you'll be on flank, left flank, then right, then back to the drag. It'll be me, Dallas, an' Dixie. eatin' dust tomorrow. But at least we got hot grub, won't always be that'a way out here though, every trip is different."   And they moved up steadily. @Bongo
    • "Nothing to discuss? I am surprised, Jonah. Why, if we have time for breakfast, there will be much to discuss regarding the hospital as well as the start of the orphanage. Hopefully that the railroad will be completed, or close to it by then." She smiled brightly. "Things will be different by then."   "My hope is that we get through all of this without my fathers interference causing delays, or real problems with the builders. You know we could get well into October before the snow flies, but I'm not counting on that. The winter will stop construction until the thaw." She stated, but the smile was still there, "But it will be well underway!" @Bongo
    • "Pleased ta meet ya, Rance."  Justus gave the man a nod, then lined up with the others for grub.  Maybe he could get some sleep despite the wind.  He surely was tired enough, and until there was something that concerned him, he didn't need to be concerned.   First, though, a full belly!  As the line progressed, he he nodded to the kid who was the cook's help.  "Times like this, I bet yer glad ya don't have ta be on th' downwind end of a herd'a cows!"   @Flip
    • "It's good to know you'll have the best working on the project, you've come this far, you don't need to risk the quality with less than the best working on it."  Even though he had no doubt that the crew would be excellent, it was reassuring to know that the man hand picked for the job would actually be on site overseeing it.  That way, too, he'd be there if Leah needed to discuss anything with him, and Jonah had a good feeling that was going to happen!   He grinned and took a sip of coffee.  "Just think, this time next year it will all be over!  We'll have a fine hospital with the best equipment...and nothing to discuss over breakfast!"   @Flip  

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Location: Lickskillet Cafe, the Pike Ranch, and back.
When: Sunday, April 23, 1876
Time of Day: Morning

 

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It was near seven o'clock in the morning. Barnabas "Pronto" Pike was busy saddling both horses for the promised Sunday ride with Em. As he worked he considered just how lucky he really was. He had found a place to call home, something he thought was not in the cards after Julia Dey passed, but he was wrong.

 

Kalispell Montana had been a pleasant surprise for him, in more ways than one, the most important being his meeting Emeline Blakesley, and that she was not attached romantically.  Just the thought of her made him smile. And then there was Speed Guyer, a man that excepted him for who he was and included him in keeping the peace in Kalispell.

 

Yet thinking of his friend, he wondered about him. The one ad only time he had ever seen him with a woman was at the Spring Festival dance when he appeared with Leah Steelgrave, but then left to make his rounds, so he wondered, as there were many a single females in town.

 

 With the horses saddled and ready, he mounted and trotted both animals to the cafe where he stepped down and tied them up, fortunate to find room at the hitch rails. He skipped up onto the board walk and opened the door, stepping inside.

 

"Ready when you are, Em." He said with an ear to ear grin.

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Emeline had been in the kitchen, finishing packing lunch when the sound of footsteps caught her attention and she smiled, looking forward to seeing Barnabas, and looking forward to the day ahead with him.  After he had given her her own horse for Christmas, she had made a split-skirt for riding, so she didn't have to wear over-sized men's britches any more, and along with that, she had on a hunter green shirtwaist and riding boots.  Her hair was pulled back in a braid, and she plopped on a floppy straw hat as she turned to face Barnabas.

 

"Just in time!" she declared with a grin, stepping over to give him a hug and a kiss that probably lingered a bit longer than proper, but what matter?  It would all be right and proper soon enough!

 

"I'm ready!  Let me grab the food and we're off!"

 

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“You know me, Em, never late, if I can help it. I figger an early start gives us more time together.” He said, adding, “Reckon we can worship the Lord under the open sky today. ‘Course, most of us been doin’ that off an’ on fer some time now. Don’t figger He minds none.” He was excited for her to see the progress that the boys and he had made on the house.

 

It was no cabin, it was a house, with two stories, plenty of room for a growing family. He would be able to regale her with how the barn would be next, along with pole corrals. And all the while the falls would be the music they would hear.

 

He went in to help her with the food, thinking he should have had a pack mule, but they would make out alright, and it really wasn’t all that far out.

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"I like the idea of having our worship in the open air, and I don't think God will mind on occasion."  Smiling, Emeline closed and locked the door, then strolled with him to the street, giving Noel a greeting hug before swinging easily up into the saddle.  She'd been a little rusty with her riding when Barnabas had gifted her the horse on Christmas, but since then her skills were back to what they were when she'd been a wild young teenager in the Ohio plains.

 

"I'll carry the basket," she commented, "and the other parcels should be all right in the saddle bags."  As promised, she had a couple of pies for the workers, and those had been too big to put into containers that would protect them on the trip.

 

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"Well, as said afore, I doubt the boys'll be up there, bein' Sunday an' all, but they might." He replied with a smile, but then she always made him smile. "'nother thing, it'll be good ta get outta town for a spell. Plumb tired of that jail."

 

He stepped into leather and looked at her. "An' no racin', this here's us a goin' up to the place! takin' our sweet time about it too. Ain't like we get to do this ever' day yet." The he laughed. "Sides, it'd ruin them pies an' our lunch!"

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"Oh, of course!"  Emeline gave him a sweet smile, patting Noel's neck as they started out of town, then leaning forward to whisper -- loudly -- to her horse, "He's knows we'd beat them!"

 

Then she laughed and sat up.  "The pies will keep until tomorrow, so we can just leave them there...a nice treat when the workers show up tomorrow!"  She glanced over at Barnabas, unable to stop grinning, she was so happy to be out with him alone for a day.  ""I'll bet those jaspers in the jail are happy not to see your face for the day!" 

 

She laughed again, but then added, "I'm more than happy to look at that handsome visage all day!"  And she silently vowed to do her best not to think about the fate of the men in jail.

 

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"Oh, of course!"  Emeline gave him a sweet smile, patting Noel's neck as they started out of town, then leaning forward to whisper -- loudly -- to her horse, "He's knows we'd beat them!"

 

"Oh see, now there you go. Tellin' that poor horse you'd win the race, when you both know that ain't the truth."  He prodded back.

 

Then she laughed and sat up.  "The pies will keep until tomorrow, so we can just leave them there...a nice treat when the workers show up tomorrow!"  She glanced over at Barnabas, unable to stop grinning, she was so happy to be out with him alone for a day.  ""I'll bet those jaspers in the jail are happy not to see your face for the day!" 

 

"Be a nice surprise, if the varmints don't get 'em! But we'll make sure that don't happen." He answered. "Now them boys in the lock up'll just have to miss out out on yer vitals and my face. I'm bettin' ol' Speed'll figger somethin out. Maybe the hotel, 'er the Star Dust."

 

She laughed again, but then added, "I'm more than happy to look at that handsome visage all day!"  And she silently vowed to do her best not to think about the fate of the men in jail.

 

"Thank ya for the kind words ma'am. I surely do appreciate them!" Came the response to her compliment. "I 'spose you'd like ta talk about this here weddin' of ours comin' up right soon now."

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"It seems like it was so far off," Emeline chuckled, "and now, just over a week."  Of course, she'd been married once already, and even then hadn't cared for anything too elaborate in a ceremony.  Sure, she wanted more than just to run off to the justice of the peace, but to spend so much money that you could buy a house just didn't make sense.

 

"Everything is on track, especially since we're doing a potluck, most of what's left is last minute, like gathering flowers."  She glanced over at him with a cheeky grin.  "I only have a little left on my dress, and...did you want the standard vows, to write our own, or maybe a combination?"

 

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"Everything is on track, especially since we're doing a potluck, most of what's left is last minute, like gathering flowers."  She glanced over at him with a cheeky grin.  "I only have a little left on my dress, and...did you want the standard vows, to write our own, or maybe a combination?"

 

"Just a week left on ma own. Reckon I best have a look about an' see what's left I ain't done yet." He chided, with as serious a face as he could muster. 

 

"What was that? About the vows? Never heard of folks writing' up their own, but I 'spose if the sky-pilot don't mind. What is it you want ta do?" He asked, "Weddin's ain't about the men folk, they're all about you ladies. All about them gowns, an' the fixin's, an such. Don't matter how big 'er how small, how plain 'er how fancy, it's a day for you ladies. This ol' ex-Ranger knows that much. Been to enough of 'em. So Whatever it is you wanna do, we'll do do 'er." He had his own thoughts, but those were for the honeymoon.

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"You're going to be there, too, you know."  She glanced over at him, then raised an eyebrow.  "You will be, right?  You'd better be, I need it all official so I can have you legally in my clutches!"

 

She laughed, then nudged her horse closer to his so she could take his hand.  "I have no objection to the normal vows...'Do I take you', and all that...but I might just be brimming with things to say...good things!  And I might not be able to hold back.  But if I do, that doesn't mean you have to as well."  She shrugged.  "I can tell what you're thinking just by looking at you...mostly!"

 

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Pronto looked across to her as she spoke. 'Funny thing about women,' he thought, 'they get a bee in their bonnet and a man just oughtta stand back.' "You can?" He asked. Clutches was it?

 

"I plan on bein' there. Last I knew it took two, that'd be the both of us, ta get married." He said, trying to hold a straight face. "As far as what we gotta say one way 'er tother, seems like it's just what we wanna do. You wanna write 'em, then we'll do jest that. Don't see no problem there."

 

Suddenly they were at the foot of the hill and the wide trail that had been cut out of the bank leading up to the main part of the property. It would be easy to get a wagon up there, far easier for people on horse back.

 

"After you, Em."

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Getting to see the progress on the house had been simmering in the back of Emeline's mind, but it wasn't until they were at the end of the drive that she realized how excited she really was to see the progress, and just what their future home was going to look like.

 

Glancing at Barnabas, she grinned,  then nudged Noel into an easy lope, the only thing really keeping her from going to a full-out gallop the pies she was toting.

 

As soon as the home-site came into view, she pulled the horse to a stop.  "It's beautiful!"  Far from the timber frames she'd last seen, there were actually walls, a roof, the real look of a home.  "Come on, I want to see it with walls!" 

 

It wouldn't be finished, of course, no paint or curtains yet, but it would be so much easier to envision it now.  She urged Noel forward again, loping up to the house then hopping to the ground.

 

"All right, give me the grand tour!"

 

 

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"All right, give me the grand tour!"

Pronto walked his horse to the hitch rail in the front of the place and stepped down, flipping the reins over the cross bar. “That there’s the porch, notice how it sortta wraps around the house. And them holes in the walls are windas waitin’ on the glass. Betwixt ‘em’s the door, which ain’t quite finished yet, but she’s hung proper.”

 

Once he was finished ducking he took her hand and led her up on the porch, pushed the door open which was waiting on the hardware and stepped inside. The room was large and open wit the fireplace in the center wall. There were doors to either side which led into the enormous kitchen with plenty of room for furniture. Of course, to one side was the large pantry, still though, much of the ground floor was simply framed in. But the stove was already in place.

 

There were stairs in both rooms which led up to where the bedrooms were to be, a lot of framing for the time being. “Right here, this space, by the front stairs, that’ll be yer sewin’ room with the big winda fer light.” He explained, nodding, “and every room has windas giving the place all the sunlight we can get. Our room is the biggest, of course. That’s the framework for it yonder. Rooms ta either side fer them childern we was talkin about.”

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While it was relatively basic, the house was bigger than anything she'd lived in before, and Emeline looked around in wide-eyed wonder as she was given the 'grand tour'.  The kitchen was spacious and the window would overlook the yard, and she could easily see herself in a few years watching the children playing.

 

The upstairs was well laid out, and there was plenty of space in the main bedroom for a crib, until the little ones were old enough to be in their own rooms, and even then, they'd be close enough to keep an eye on.

 

"It's so much more than I had envisioned!"  She was beaming brightly as she looked at Barnabas.  "And once it has all the furniture and curtains...well, and windows...it's going to be perfect."

 

She moved over to stare out the window then, so that he wouldn't see the tears welling in her eyes.

 

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"It's so much more than I had envisioned!"  She was beaming brightly as she looked at Barnabas.  "And once it has all the furniture and curtains...well, and windows...it's going to be perfect."


“Well, yeah. I mean, how can you picture something what ain’t built yet?” He asked. “I just hope you think you can be happy here. Hope it’s big enough, or not too big, you know. I hope it’s the right size."
 

She moved over to stare out the window then, so that he wouldn't see the tears welling in her eyes.


“Quite the view, huh? Now that has to be everything we thought it would be.” He said moving up behind her and placed his hands on her shoulders. “This is our place, our home. Where them young’uns’ll sprout up, an’ you an’ me’ll grow old together talkin’ 'bout what it was like in the old days.” He kissed the back of her head.

 

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Letting out a shaky breath, Emeline nodded, reaching up to dry her eyes, grateful that he hadn't made a fuss over her silly tears.

 

"Well, there's no way to know exactly how much room we'll need, but if it turns out to be too small, that will be because we are teeming with children!"  A dream she could only hope and pray for! 

 

Then she shrugged.  "And if it seems too big, I'm sure we'll find a way to open our home and hearts if we need to."  Even if fortune wasn't shining brightly on them, Emeline would be hard-pressed to turn away anyone who needed help, especially children, and until there was an orphanage...well, she was pretty confident that Barnabas felt the same...

 

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“Sounds to me like you’ve got ‘er pruty well figgered out. Yes ma,am, we’ll make due no matter how big ‘er small the family is. But,” He paused, slightly, “We can always add on, ya know. I made sure there was room fer that.” Then he smiled, “Be a ways off though. Way I see it.”

 

A big family would be just fine with him, as would a small one. To him, it was up to the Good Lord how many little Pikes there would be. He’d just do his part. “Won’t be long till the place is ready ta move in. Best we get some furniture here right shortly, else we’ll be sleepin’ on the floor.” With that he laughed, even though it was true.

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"Oh, yes, I have it all figured out!"  Emeline was smiling brightly as she face him, "With or without furniture, we'll manage.  Of course, you are right, it will be much nicer with a few things."

 

She shrugged.  "I'll keep the apartment above the cafe, in case we need to stay there over night, or I hire some help besides Clara."  Or even if Clara and Jacob had to move in. 

 

Moving close to Barnabas, she wrapped her arms around his chest, grinning up at him.  "We can use the apartment if the house isn't ready when we are." 

 

And she was more than ready, not only to marry Barnabas and start a family, but to start a new part of her life and embrace the future.

 

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"Oh, yes, I have it all figured out!"  Emeline was smiling brightly as she face him, "With or without furniture, we'll manage.  Of course, you are right, it will be much nicer with a few things."


“Sure, havin’ the essentials’ll make this a much nicer place to be living in.” He agreed. The fact was, he had already dropped in the Mercantile to see what they might order and how long it would take to receive it. The time was not soon enough, and of course, she would need to see what there was that she liked before any ordering could take place.
 

She shrugged.  "I'll keep the apartment above the cafe, in case we need to stay there over night, or I hire some help besides Clara."  Or even if Clara and Jacob had to move in.


“Good idea, keepin’ the apartment. No tellin’ the use we might have to make of it.” He agreed
 

Moving close to Barnabas, she wrapped her arms around his chest, grinning up at him.  "We can use the apartment if the house isn't ready when we are."


“So far the house here’s on schedule, but that’s right now. No tellin’ what might delay gettin’ done in time, let alone on time.” He explained. “Maybe one day this week we oughtta go over’t the mercantile an have a look-see at their caty-logs. See what they can get and when. Well, I already know it’ll be a while till it comes in, but it’s just over in Great Falls.”
 

And she was more than ready, not only to marry Barnabas and start a family, but to start a new part of her life and embrace the future.

 

"Might be a bit, but it'll all come soon enough." He said with a grin.

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"Oh, a real catalogue!  I've looked through a few, but I've never bought anything more than some sundries..."  Emeline smiled at the thought of ordering a whole household of goods from a catalogue, but that brought on another thought.

 

'We'll need linens and dishes, pots and pans and..."  Laughing, she shook her head.  "Listen to me carrying on!  I'll make a list of the essentials, and then we can budget..."

 

For a time, they might have to make due with what they could scrounge, or perhaps get second-hand, she didn't mind if everything wasn't new, and she had some things that could be brought from the apartment or cafe.

 

"I promise I won't be too extravagant, and you'll have to keep me in check!"

 

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"I promise I won't be too extravagant, and you'll have to keep me in check!"


“Oh, sure, I can see me doin’ that. Yup, keepin’ you in check with a house ta furnish. That’ll be the day.” He replied good naturedly. “A’course now, I warned ‘em already, but you know business folks, they’ll allow most anything fer a dollar.”


Barnabas ‘Pronto’ Pike, former Texas ranger, former Virginia City, Nevada Deputy Sheriff had parlayed three duces into a one third share of the Yellow Jacket Mine, which Cap Taylor had leveraged it into The Consolidated Virginia Mining Company that was paying dramatically.

 

He simply smiled at Em as she went on about scrimping and ‘just getting by,’ never giving a thought to how the construction of the house was being paid for, but that was alright. There was still stock to buy, locally if he could.


“I reckon we’ll get by. The honeymoon might be a little tight, but not to worry. You’ll have the weddin’ and the honeymoon, so best get Clara ready to take over fer a bit.”


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"Clara..."  Goodness!  The girl was pregnant, was going to be married, likely before she and Barnabas were, but Emeline figured she'd still be able to handle the cafe for a few days, and she could use the extra money she'd earn.  "Of course, she'll do fine, I have no qualms about leaving the cafe to her."

 

And maybe, in a few days, the girl would actually be married, and at least that part of her condition would be known...and if she and Jacob needed a place to stay, they could certainly use the apartment above the cafe.

 

"You know I don't need an elaborate honeymoon, any time alone with you would be good enough...more than good enough!"  She'd honestly be happy just coming up here and helping to work on getting the house organized, even if it meant some camping under the stars!

 

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  "Clara..."  Goodness!  The girl was pregnant, was going to be married, likely before she and Barnabas were, but Emeline figured she'd still be able to handle the cafe for a few days, and she could use the extra money she'd earn.  "Of course, she'll do fine, I have no qualms about leaving the cafe to her."

 

And maybe, in a few days, the girl would actually be married, and at least that part of her condition would be known...and if she and Jacob needed a place to stay, they could certainly use the apartment above the cafe.


"Clara? What about her? That girl runs this place jest fine when you ain’t here.” Pronto stated confidently, having watched the girl in action. “You’ll be needin’ time away right shortly, less I’m mistaken.”
 

"You know I don't need an elaborate honeymoon, any time alone with you would be good enough...more than good enough!"  She'd honestly be happy just coming up here and helping to work on getting the house organized, even if it meant some camping under the stars!


“OH sure, yeah, I know. You don’t need nuthin’ fancy. That’s jest fine. We’ll maybe take us a a few days, you know, get away fer a spell. See a little country, be able ta breathe without the café ‘er the lawin’ to worry about.”

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"Oh, of course time away," Emeline agreed, "at least a week."  Sure, they knew each other, but this was going to be a new aspect to their relationship, and besides, they really hadn't spent more than a day together.  And really, going to a big city might distract from just them.

 

"You know, I wouldn't mind just camping somewhere," she stepped in to hug him, "just us, alone, with no distractions."  She smiled up at him.  "I don't think we'll get bored."

 

They could even spend some time here, at the house, although there would be the workmen around.

 

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 "Oh, of course time away," Emeline agreed, "at least a week."  Sure, they knew each other, but this was going to be a new aspect to their relationship, and besides, they really hadn't spent more than a day together.  And really, going to a big city might distract from just them.


“That was the thought, few days, maybe a week. Don’t wannna leave Speed in a fix fer too long, but don’t wanna cut short our time tagether neither. I mean we’ll only be doin’ this oncet. Best do ‘er up right, well, to a point.” He agreed, adding, "There'll a plenty to do around here."
 

"You know, I wouldn't mind just camping somewhere," she stepped in to hug him, "just us, alone, with no distractions."  She smiled up at him.  "I don't think we'll get bored."


“Not the two of us we wouldn’t!” He exclaimed. “Heaven forbid we’d get bored of one another that quick. Nope, That aint’a gonna happen, not in this life an’ pro’ly not the next neither!” He gave her a kiss on the forehead.
 

They could even spend some time here, at the house, although there would be the workmen around.

 

Then he looked around the empty unfinished house they would call home. “So I’m too figger it meets yer approval?”

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