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Are We Ready To Go?


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Rating: PG-14
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Timeline: July 5, 1876

 

It was early, just past six in the morning, which had dawned cool, but that would change as the day wore on,  he and Em would be on their way for the honeymoon that had been unavoidably delayed by the time that happened. Though the heat of the July sun would follow them. He and the hammerhead roan climbed to top of the trail to the house. The crew was already working to complete the place. He really didn't want anything, or leave any message with the job foreman, he just wanted a solitary look at the place.

 

He sat taking a breath and letting it out as he gazed on the homestead they would call theirs, but all in due time, of which the crew was aware. They had plenty of time to get it done, and done right. That was what was important. Satisfied, he wheeled the roan and down the trail they went. A trail cut wide enough for a wagon and a horse along side. Once at the bottom and the trail to Kalispell he laid spur by a mere touch and the roan bolted into a full gallop.

 

Having both of their horse stabled, Pike walked around the corner to the Marshals office and stepped inside. Speed looked up, "On your way?" He asked.

 

"Jest about. thought I'd leave my badge here, collect it when I get back, well, near as I can figger." He responded, unsure of his future, except that of being with Em on their ranch. The tin badge clattered on the desk top, a hollow sound. "See ya on the way back, Speed."

 

Speed got to his feet offering his hand. "Have yourself a grand time of it, Pronto."

 

"That's the plan my friend. Be seein' ya. Good luck gettin' a temporary Deputy." Both laughed, but that was a concern, not that the town was in any eminent danger of anything, and certainly not the Indians. Speed watched him exit and start up the street to the Lickskillet where a surrey waited. His thought turned to Alice, but there was a pang as if something was ending.

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Pronto reached the boardwalk, looked at the surrey that would carry them away from Kalispell, and smiled, but, there was a pang of something akin to loss, which he could not put his finger on. It was just there. Though it was now just he and Em and their future going forward. A pleasant a thought as he had ever had!

 

He opened the door and stepped inside. She would be upstairs packing, or so he hoped, but he was well aware of women and the things that could delay them, but it was time to get started if they were ever going to go, so he decided to go p and see if he could give her a hand, even though he had warned her not to pack too much, he had two changes of clothes as well as his suit. The wedding suit, which was newer that the other one he had.

 

Opening the door he smiled and said, "Well, certainly looks like time to be heading out. Gonna be a trip, but I promise you, it will be well worth waitin' for."

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While she still didn't know exactly where they were going -- she didn't really want to, and Barnabas wanted it to be a surprise anyway -- Emeline was packed as much as she could think to be.  There were the basics -- personal care items, under-pinnings and sleep things -- as well as a couple 'plain' dresses and one nice one, although it wasn't quite the latest of fashion, Kalispell wasn't up to date on those things, and she had had no reason prior to this to worry about what they were wearing in London and Paris.  Besides, she wasn't one to be concerned with that sort of thing, and she was trying to keep her packing to one trunk.

 

When Barnabas came in, she smiled and ran over to him, giving him a big hug.  "I'm ready!  I've been ready for a long time."  She kissed him, then added, "I can't wait to see where we end up, I know it will be amazing!"

 

Just to be away from town, alone with this incredible man, the chance to get to know each other in a different setting...she was really looking forward to it.

 

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He laughed, "Yep, it will be amazin', well least I think it'll be amazin'. So, unless somethin' jumps up an' delays us, we'll be on our way and when we get back, we move outta here an' into the ranch house." He added. "You was gonna speak to Clara 'bout movin' up here? How'd that go?" he knew the young woman was slated to run the place while they were gone.

 

It was idle conversation, he was anxious for them to be going, it was going to be a long trip and they were going to be gone for quite a while, though she did not know that, all part of the surprise and the trip of a life time. He doubted they would ever have this opportunity again.

 

"This here's our big chance ta get outta town fer a spell, to see some things an' do some things before we settle down to the bid'ness of workin' the ranch an' raisin us a family. So I plan ta show ya a real good time." He grinned as he said those words, knowing she had no idea what he was talking about.

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"A real good time?"  Emeline grinned widely as they headed downstairs, following the man she'd asked to help with her trunk in exchange for meals for a week.  "So, we're joining a circus?"  Looking at Barnabas, she laughed, then added, "You'd make a great clown, and I could be the lion tamer...you know what a good job I did with Buster!"  She'd miss the one-eyed cat, but he was in good hands between Clara and Addy.

 

"Yes, Clara is looking to move in, she'll be packing up the rest of my things and making sure they get sent to the house next week."  She waited a moment as her trunk was loaded, then let Barnabas help her into the buggy.  "I'm glad we can help them."  And she was happy that Clara could take over for a while, until she had to take it easy for her pregnancy.

 

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Barnabas smiled, "yep, bein' able to help is good. That they two kids get to have a fresh start at things, in a place they can call theirs, that's good, right? I mean, yer plan is that they have this as their first home, instead of livin' out to her Pa's 'er his Ma's." He shook his head, "Ain't no way to start out life tagether."

 

Once they were outside, the trunk with her things and the smaller one with his things were loaded he looked at her and he smiled wide. "Well now Missus Pike, it would be time fer us ta be on are way. But, maybe if you'd like, farewells to Clara, there's time." Time, there would be plenty of time for them on this journey. Plenty of time for them to get to really know one another in a completely different setting than beautiful downtown Kalispell, and he was certainly looking forward that.

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"I think I will," Emeline declared, even though she'd had her good-byes with Clara.  But that had been a couple hours prior, and as much as she was looking forward to her honeymoon, she was going to miss the girl.  "I'll just be a minute."

 

Giving Barnabas a quick kiss on the cheek, she trotted back into the cafe and to the kitchen, scooping up Buster along the way.

 

"Clara!  We're leaving now!"  She dropped the cat, then gave Clara a big hug.  "You and Addy take good care of Buster, all right?"  She'd already told Clara she could use her horse whenever she wanted to.  "I'm not sure where we're going yet, but I'll bring you back something pretty!  Is there anything you'd like?  A nice dress, a pretty hat so Granny Miggins can declare you a brazen hussy?"  She laughed, then leaned and whispered in her ear, "I think I might be with child!"  She wasn't sure yet, but she had that feeling!

 

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Well, Emeline and Pronto were about ready to leave so Clara grabbed a towel and wiped off her hands of flour, she had been working on the day's bakery. She was so happy for the woman, she deserved all the happiness she could get. Pronto seemed like a fine man though she had not much cared for him at first sight. Goes to show you the old saying about don't judge a book by it's cover.

 

"Clara!  We're leaving now!"  She dropped the cat, then gave Clara a big hug. 

 

Clara hugged her right back, she was now quite past her strange aversion to hugs thru most of her childhood...well especially after her mother died. And besides, Emeline was the closest thing she had to a mother.

 

"Oh have a great time. And please be safe. Remind your husband the Indians may still be about," Clara could not help but be a little worried for her.

 

"You and Addy take good care of Buster, all right?"

 

"We certainly will. He will be fine," Clara assured her.

 

"I'm not sure where we're going yet, but I'll bring you back something pretty!  Is there anything you'd like?  A nice dress, a pretty hat so Granny Miggins can declare you a brazen hussy?"  She laughed, then leaned and whispered in her ear, "I think I might be with child!" 

 

Clara had a ready answer for what to get but when Emeline revealed her OTHER news, she went wide-eyed.

 

"Oh gosh!  That would be wonderful!  I am so happy for you....and Pronto. Does he know yet? But either way I will keep this to myself until you want it known."

 

"And just get me a cheap work dress, I can always use another one to be honest. Granny Miggins would not like me if I wore a Bible on my head," Clara added.

 

 

 

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Barnabas stood outside by the surrey, flipping the reins in a circular motion, waiting. But as he was finding out, a man was always waiting for females for one reason or another. It was not that he minded. He cast a casual glance about the street. It was a good town, a town worth effort and devotion in whatever sense those traits showed themselves.

 

Yet, he was ready to get on the trail, there was a long ways to go. There would be trains, and coaches possibly even horseback ahead of them. The surrey would get them to the the first stop and transfer, and it would be there for the return trip. What lay ahead would be eye opening for Misses , that was for sure. He was anxious to get going.

 

Luggage was packed, food stuffs for a few days, and plenty of water in several canteens, all stowed away properly. The thought of warriors on the prowl after the Custer defeat gave him pause, however, Pronto Pike had his pistols about his waist, his Winchester, extra ammunition, and her shotgun, also with extra ammunition. There were road agents about, but he had little fear of either having the misfortune of interrupting the Pikes honeymoon.

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"And just get me a cheap work dress, I can always use another one to be honest. Granny Miggins would not like me if I wore a Bible on my head," Clara added.

 

Emeline chuckled, thinking that Clara truly was a girl after her own heart...frilly dresses were pretty, and made you feel elegant, but in the big picture, they were pretty in the wardrobe, and it was far better to have practical things.

 

"I'll find something."  She smiled and hugged her again, then whispered, "No, I haven't told him, I want to be sure."  Of course, 'sure' was a live child in her arms, she knew well enough from experience, but he'd know long before that unless he was blind!

 

"Take care of yourself and my godchild!"  Giving Clara a quick kiss on the cheek, she went back out to the buggy, hugging Barnabas before climbing to the seat with his assistance.

 

"All right, then, we're...what is the saying?  Burning daylight!"  Unlike the beginning of her trek with Andrew, where they were leaving behind home for good, this had a different air of excitement, it was going to be fun, and they'd be coming back to something they knew!

 

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