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Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 5

Posted by on Jan 18, 2019 in Roots and Branches, Short Stories, Sometimes Love Means Letting Go | 0 comments

Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 5

[Previous] Sandy was forever grateful he’d talked to his father that day, that he’d swallowed his too‑prickly pride and taken the time to make things right between them, because two days later his da was gone forever. The next few months passed in a blur of pain and grief. While he’d never been close to his father, losing him still left a gaping hole inside. Watching his mama was worse. Seeing her struggle to make it through each day hurt all the more as he had a dim idea of how lost she must feel—even four and half years later the ache of Raven’s death still hadn’t faded. And we had only...

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Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 4

Posted by on Jan 15, 2019 in Roots and Branches, Short Stories, Sometimes Love Means Letting Go | 0 comments

Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 4

[Previous] Saturday, July 25, 1896   It was three days before Mama’s 50th birthday, and Sandy was heading home after far too long away. He’d seen no one since turning off the Laramie road some time ago. That didn’t surprise him, as the long drive that led to the big house was only accessible through the back corner of Creighton’s land. He was passing between Mr. Jim’s cabin and the stable when a young girl darted out of the stable’s open door and planted herself in his path. “Stop!” She was a little thing, couldn’t have been more than four or five years old. Her face was tanned, her...

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Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 3

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in Roots and Branches, Short Stories, Sometimes Love Means Letting Go | 0 comments

Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 3

[Previous] After breakfast, Sandy went out to check on Stepper. Not that Mr. Jim would have done a bad job with him, but Sandy had been taught from the time he was old enough to know what a horse was that a good rider always made sure his mount was taken care of. Because the storm was still blowing fiercely, he took the tunnel from the house to the barn. ‘Who digs a tunnel under their front yard,’ he remembered demanding of his da when they’d starting digging it. Robert Black’s face had been grave. ‘Someone who’s lived through more than one Wyoming winter,’ he’d said. ‘Someday you might be...

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Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 2

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Roots and Branches, Short Stories, Sometimes Love Means Letting Go | 0 comments

Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 2

[Previous] It feels odd to be wearing anything other than buckskin and furs, Sandy thought to himself as he made his way down the hall toward the kitchen. There were voices coming from inside. He hesitated in the doorway, but the only people there were those he’d seen last night—Mama, Kat, and Jon, seated around the worktable and eating. His sister was holding Jackson and attempting to eat one-handed. She looked even more tired than she had yesterday but her eyes smiled at Sandy as he entered. His brother-in-law had Rose cradled on his long legs, her head secure in his big hands, and was...

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Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 1

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Roots and Branches, Short Stories, Sometimes Love Means Letting Go | 0 comments

Sometimes Love Means Letting Go – Part 1

The Sixty Seven Ranch, south of Laramie, Wyoming Wednesday, 9 December, 1891   James Anderson Black returned home as he had left, blown in by a winter storm. Danica Black was at the stove making dinner, a big pot of her family-famous chili con carne. Since the kitchen was the warmest room in the house, other family members had gathered there as well. Katja Black Steele sat quietly in her mother’s old aspen chair, rocking her newborn son. Her husband Jonathan sat nearby soaking his foot in a pail of warm water and muttering imprecations at it as he did. As Dani stirred, her thoughts, as...

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