Ben said nothing. He returned to rigging the harness, the rope as lithe in his hands as if it were string. I watched his hands and arms, sure and dexterous, fast and strong. Before I knew it was happening, Jess’s cot was off the ground, one end at Walter’s rear, the other in Ben’s hands. Ben made a noise, and Walter eased forward. Smooth as silk, the two of them, with my son, starting across the prairie. 

“I’d be honored if you’d ride my horse.” Doc’s voice was soft at my side, his horse’s reins extended in his hands.

“She can ride Boss.” Ted brought his horse to me. “They know each other.”

“I’m going to walk,” I said, watching Ben’s back as he followed his horse, straining to see my son toted between the two of them. “Thank you both, though.” 

I hurried away and to Ben, following close behind as he and Walter carried my boy, their black silhouettes moving smooth and easy toward my ranch. “You’ve done well,” I said, “enough to get my boy nicely settled.”

“I ain’t going yet, if that’s what you keep trying to say,” Ben said without looking back. “I’m saying you’ve done plenty, though.”

“And I said I’m not going until this boy is completely settled.”

I stepped closer, opened my mouth, then closed it again. I wouldn’t argue like a Kansan or say what I was thinking—God help whatever poor woman ended up married to this man.

About the Author : 

Born and raised in the Midwest, Colleen earned a four-year degree in Medical Technology and used it to travel and explore other parts of the country while working in the field of science.
Outside the laboratory she delves deeply into literature, both reading and writing, her interest piqued by tales involving moral dilemmas and the choices people come up against.
A lover of the outdoors as well as a comfy living room, Colleen is always searching inside and out for the next good story.

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