Posts made in January, 2019

Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 10

Posted by on Jan 30, 2019 in Roots and Branches, Short Stories, Sometimes Love Means Letting Go | 0 comments

Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 10

[Previous]   Early May 1902   It was the first day of spring round-up, and instead of being out with the rest of the hands—and the majority of the family—Sandy was stuck at home, sick. Rachel Marshall had done what she could with her herbs and limited Healing ability, so while he was no longer puking his guts out, he was still feverish and weak as newborn, and dizzy as heck to boot. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Sandy was supposed to be leading the branding crew this year, and Jack and Rose were supposed to go along to help for the first time. However, after three weeks of...

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Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 9

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Roots and Branches, Short Stories, Sometimes Love Means Letting Go | 0 comments

Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 9

[Previous]   Rose closed the door to her parents’ room behind her and leaned against it, arms folded defensively across her chest. She settled her face into one of her mama’s quiet expressions, but she doubted she could hold it long, her mind was so a-spin. Daddy—But he’s not my dad. What do I call him? Do I have to call him Jon now? Oh mercy, I can’t do that!—spoke first. “Sweetheart, what’s eating you? You know you can talk to your mama and me about anything, right?” Rose cringed as he said that, her face twisting in pain. Stop it, Rose. If you want answers, you’re going to have to...

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Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 8

Posted by on Jan 26, 2019 in Roots and Branches, Short Stories, Sometimes Love Means Letting Go | 0 comments

Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 8

[Previous]   “Where’s Rose?” Sandy asked at lunch the next day. “Haven’t seen her all morning.” Kat frowned thoughtfully as she finished cutting Robin’s sandwich and placed it in front of her. “I haven’t seen her either, but then again, I’ve been working on our financial records most of the morning.” There was whispering from the other end of the table. “Um, Mama?” Jackson spoke up, “Me and Robin—” “Robin and I,” Kat corrected automatically. “Robin and I haven’t seen Rose since before breakfast.” From down the hall came the unmistakable sound of Jon walking, that odd, hesitant...

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Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 7

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Roots and Branches, Short Stories, Sometimes Love Means Letting Go | 0 comments

Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 7

[Previous] Wednesday, April 9, 1902   It was Daddy’s 40th birthday, and Uncle Logan and Uncle Lewis had come up from Denver for the occasion. Rose always liked it when the twins visited, because they told the best stories about being private detectives. It was like having Sherlock Holmes, her favorite character, as a member of the family. Dinner was over and everyone had settled down to talk in the gathering room. Rose was curled up in the big overstuffed chair that had belonged to Grandpa Rob. The leather was worn and soft and its proximity to the huge stone fireplace made it a warm,...

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Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 6

Posted by on Jan 21, 2019 in Roots and Branches, Short Stories, Sometimes Love Means Letting Go | 1 comment

Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 6

[Previous] Mr. Jim was as good as his word. Sandy was included into life at the Sixty Seven far more easily than he’d expected. In fact, as the responsibility for running the ranch settled even more firmly on Jon and Kat’s shoulders, he found himself spending a great deal of his time and energies wrangling an adventurous gaggle of youngsters. The eldest were of course Rose and Jackson. Jordana—Rafe and Rachel Marshall’s daughter—was a year younger than those two. Her brother David was two years behind her. Roberta was the baby of the group, born just a few weeks after Da had died. Jackson...

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