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Chapter 36 Part 2

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They were both only half-listening when the radio started to play an older song.

Well, hello there, good old friend of mine
You've been reachin' for yourself for such a long time
There's so much to say, no need to explain
Just an open door for you to come in from the rain

David stood up and clasped both of Ennis' hands in his own. “Can I have this dance?”

I'm not too good at dancin'.”

I know.” David flashed the half-wicked grin and Ennis realized in that moment how much he'd missed it. “There was dancing at that wedding reception, remember?”

Not likely ta forget.”

But this is a song for a slow dance. That was what the teachers and chaperones at all the high school dances used to watch out for. C'mon, I'll show you.”

They clasped hands, palms together, and David gently placed Ennis' other hand on his shoulder while slipping his arm around the the other man's upper back. Ennis followed David in what had, decades before, been a simple box step, swaying together a few times before turning and taking a step to the side. It was nothing more or less than a mobile embrace. “I c'd get ta like this kind of dancin',” he admitted.

It's a long road when you're on your own
And a man like you will always choose the long way home
There's no right or wrong, I'm not here to blame
I just want to be the one to keep you from the rain, from the rain

We don't have to make it just tonight's dance. You still have that return ticket for August.?”

Yeah. Guess I should see if I c'n get my money back.”

Can we have another dance tonight?”

No reason why not.”

And tomorrow night. And next week. How about next year?”

Guess we've got a lotta time.”


And I think of us like an old cliche
But it doesn't matter 'cause I love you anyway, come in from the rain


The room was now dark enough that it was dimmer than the light on the street outside the window, and a burst of blue and red shimmered across the room as the fireworks started exploding over the nearby harbor. Ennis and David moved slowly in each other's arms in the dark for a long time, while the colors played over their faces and stretched in ribbons and washes across the Lake.


(This is not the end of the story, but it is the end of Part 3 of four parts. Part 4, “Back to Brokeback”, will span a much longer period of time more quickly, and will end with Ennis and Jack's resolution.)

Index to chapters:

Chapter 1: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/392.html

Chapter 2: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/523.html
Chapter 3: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/1066.html
Chapter 4: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/1485.html
Chapter 5: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/1704.html
Chapter 6: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/2038.html
Chapter 7: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/2358.html
Chapter 8: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/2635.html
Chapter 9: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/2947.html
Chapter 10: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/3130.html
Chapter 11: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/3356.html
Chapter 12: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/3655.html
Chapter 13: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/3934.html
Chapter 14: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/4154.html
Chapter 15: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/4591.html
Chapter 16: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/4685.html
Chapter 17: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/5094.html
Chapter 18: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/5140.html
Chapter 19: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/5546.html
Chapter 20: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/6249.html
Chapter 21: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/6434.html
Chapter 22: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/6843.html
Chapter 23: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/7306.html
Chapter 24: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/7646.html
Chapter 25: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/7723.html
Summary, Chapters 1-25: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/8106.html
Chapter 26 Part 1: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/8417.html
Chapter 26 Part 2: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/8634.html
Chapter 27: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/8869.html
Chapter 28 Part 1: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/9090.html
Chapter 28, Part 2: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/9371.html
Chapter 28 Part 3: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/9498.html
Chapter 29: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/9953.html
Chapter 30: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/10733.html
Chapter 31 Part 1: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/10870.html
Chapter 31 Part 2: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/11153.html
Chapter 32: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/11480.html
Chapter 33: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/11931.html
Notes/Index, Chapter 33: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/12217.html
Chapter 34: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/12435.html
Index post: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/12557.html
Chapter 35: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/13226.html
Chapter 36 Part 1: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/13382.html

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Chapter 36 Part 1

Source: Fanfiction based on Brokeback Mountain, slightly more influenced by the film than the short story.
Rating: mostly NC 17, a metaphysical subplot.
Summary: Faced with several unattractive choices, Ennis chooses self-imposed exile and discovers that exile can sometimes lead you to the people you belong to.
Disclaimer: Ennis, Jack, all the other characters appearing in Brokeback Mountain and its storyline are the creations and property of Annie Proulx, and of Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana who authored the screenplay. I am deriving no income from this work.

Author’s Notes: I have made no effort to imitate Annie Proulx's style; her style is her own. "Dialect" passages are not intended to be dialect as such, but standard American colloquial pronunciation. Some Southern idioms are also used. This is a very first fiction attempt and as such is more than a little autobiographical.

Synopsis: Ennis accompanies David to the Independence Day beach party; after some unexpected excitement they return to the beach house and make a decision.

Suggested Music: Froggie Went a Courtin  (Bruce Springsteen version)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2SEQyn7-FU


David had called the night before and asked him to get to the house a little early. “Everybody brings something to these shindigs,'” he explained; “and I said I'd bring the ice for the afternoon.”

Just ice?” Ennis asked, as they pulled away from a supermarket with bags of ice piled into coolers in the back seat. “We aren't bringin' food or somethin'?” “There'll be plenty of that,” David answered. “They give this party every year, and the deal is everybody pitches in a few bucks for meat and drinks and then brings something extra. That means a lotta food, and I figured ice was easier. And they can never have too much of it.”

Ennis didn't mind a little delay getting there. The longer he'd thought about Maggie's visit, the more his mind had darted and cast about in all directions, straying over rocks and through underbrush like the countless errant calves of his ranch hand days. It had, for this brief time, overshadowed any nervousness about the beach party.

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Index to chapters:

Chapter 1: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/392.html
Chapter 2:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/523.html
Chapter 3: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/1066.html
Chapter 4: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/1485.html
Chapter 5: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/1704.html
Chapter 6: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/2038.html
Chapter 7: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/2358.html
Chapter 8: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/2635.html
Chapter 9: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/2947.html
Chapter 10: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/3130.html
Chapter 11: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/3356.html
Chapter 12: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/3655.html
Chapter 13: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/3934.html
Chapter 14: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/4154.html
Chapter 15: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/4591.html
Chapter 16: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/4685.html
Chapter 17: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/5094.html
Chapter 18: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/5140.html
Chapter 19: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/5546.html
Chapter 20: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/6249.html
Chapter 21: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/6434.html
Chapter 22: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/6843.html
Chapter 23: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/7306.html
Chapter 24: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/7646.html
Chapter 25: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/7723.html
Summary, Chapters 1-25: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/8106.html
Chapter 26 Part 1: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/8417.html
Chapter 26 Part 2: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/8634.html
Chapter 27: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/8869.html
Chapter 28 Part 1: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/9090.html
Chapter 28, Part 2: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/9371.html
Chapter 28 Part 3: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/9498.html
Chapter 29: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/9953.html
Chapter 30: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/10733.html
Chapter 31 Part 1: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/10870.html
Chapter 31 Part 2: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/11153.html
Chapter 32: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/11480.html
Chapter 33: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/11931.html
Notes/Index, Chapter 33: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/12217.html
Chapter 34:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/12435.html
Index post: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/12557.html
Chapter 35: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/13226.html

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Chapter 35

Source: Fanfiction based on Brokeback Mountain, slightly more influenced by the film than the short story.

Rating: mostly NC 17, a metaphysical subplot.

Summary: Faced with several unattractive choices, Ennis chooses self-imposed exile and discovers that exile can sometimes lead you to the people you belong to.

Disclaimer: Ennis, Jack, all the other characters appearing in Brokeback Mountain and its storyline are the creations and property of Annie Proulx, and of Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana who authored the screenplay. I am deriving no income from this work.

Author’s Notes: I have made no effort to imitate Annie Proulx's style; her style is her own. "Dialect" passages are not intended to be dialect as such, but standard American colloquial pronunciation. Some Southern idioms are also used. This is a very first fiction attempt and as such is more than a little autobiographical.


Over the past three weeks, early summer crept in to replace late spring before Ennis noticed. The soft, vibrant greens of the countryside had been replaced with deeper shades, and the water in the stream and river moved a little slower. The forest around the cabin was sprinkled with the tiny white stars of trillium and the petaled bowls of bloodroot; and here and there Ennis spotted pink lady's slipper with its innocently erotic blooms. While riding in the pastures and the open fields above them, he saw masses of daisies and the lobed spikes of lupine, whose vivid pink and purple reminded him of the boiled eggs that Alma Junior and Jenny had once dyed for Easter baskets. He was used to seeing lupines in Wyoming, but "they're not from around here", Jerry remarked laconically as he put a handful in a jar of water to take to Rachel. "Neither am I," Ennis answered.

The Corkrans had a van equipped to handle a wheelchair; but Jerry regularly took his father-in-law out to inspect the property and horses in an ATV that could take them as far as the upper pasture if Jerry took the back way. On Sunday afternoon, they were accompanied by Rachel on horseback, and by five-year-old Karen, who perched on Jerry's lap. Karen had Jerry's wiry auburn hair but her mother's steady brown eyes, and she watched Ennis solemnly as he led Molly back to her stall. “Dinner'll be ready in about an hour, why don't you come on up?” Rachel called over her shoulder as she continued up the drive on foot behind the ATV. “Sure thing,” Ennis called back, knowing that this was as much a summons as an invitation.


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Index to chapters:

Chapter 1: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/392.html
Chapter 2:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/523.html

Chapter 3: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/1066.htm
Chapter 4: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/1485.html
Chapter 5: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/1704.html
Chapter 6: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/2038.html
Chapter 7: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/2358.html
Chapter 8: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/2635.html
Chapter 9: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/2947.html
Chapter 10: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/3130.html
Chapter 11: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/3356.html
Chapter 12: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/3655.html
Chapter 13: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/3934.html
Chapter 14: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/4154.html
Chapter 15: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/4591.html
Chapter 16: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/4685.html
Chapter 17: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/5094.html
Chapter 18: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/5140.html
Chapter 19: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/5546.html
Chapter 20: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/6249.html
Chapter 21: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/6434.html
Chapter 22: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/6843.html
Chapter 23: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/7306.html
Chapter 24: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/7646.html
Chapter 25: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/7723.html
Summary, Chapters 1-25: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/8106.html
Chapter 26 Part 1: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/8417.html
Chapter 26 Part 2: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/8634.html
Chapter 27: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/8869.html
Chapter 28 Part 1: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/9090.html
Chapter 28, Part 2: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/9371.html
Chapter 28 Part 3: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/9498.html
Chapter 29: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/9953.html
Chapter 30: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/10733.html
Chapter 31 Part 1: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/10870.html
Chapter 31 Part 2: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/11153.html
Chapter 32: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/11480.html
Chapter 33: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/11931.html
Notes/Index, Chapter 33: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/12217.html
Chapter 34: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/12435.html
Index post: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/12557.html

May. 25th, 2013

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Previews of upcoming chapters 35 and 36:

"Mishipeshu" has a number of spellings. The pronunciation is close to "muh SHEP shay", with the last syllable somewhere between "she" and "shay".

http://s135.photobucket.com/user/talkstocoyotes/media/mishipeshupictograph_zps265aa58a.jpg.html


Mishipichu pictograph,  A number of these can be found on cliffs in the Great Lakes


http://s135.photobucket.com/user/talkstocoyotes/media/GOEMPcollectiblecoin_zpsc938a57a.jpg.html

Commemorative coin (Canada)

Video & narration of rip current at Park Point:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLlL1Rj1fxo

Rip currents and how to identify them (includes photos with captions):
http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/ripcurrents/Identify/index.html


"Hotdish" is a variety of casserole popular in Minnesota.  It's usually (though not always) baked and includes a starch, fat, meat or other protein, and frozen or canned vegetables mixed with canned soup.  Click on the link for a recipe for Wild Rice hotdish.

http://dodol-mochi.blogspot.com/2010/07/minnesota-wild-rice-hotdish-and-happy.html

Ingredients are given in metric; American cooks can easily convert them at http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/weight_conversion.php

Nov. 22nd, 2011

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Index To Chapters

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Chapter 34

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Oct. 27th, 2011

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Chapter 33: notes/index

Note:  Highway 61 from Duluth up the North Shore doesn’t look exactly like it did when Ennis and David had their dinner date in 1985.  In 1995 the road was realigned as a limited-access highway from Duluth to Two Harbors and the highway that they would have been driving on is now “old North Shore Road” or “old Highway 61” . The highway was also widened north of Two Harbors and the Rustic Inn was moved to accommodate the change. 

The Rustic Inn still looks very much like it did in the mid-1980s.  They have a website at
http://www.rusticinncafe.com/ and a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rustic-Inn-Cafe-and-Gifts/194424207408 


Split Rock Lighthouse is one of Minnesota's most famous landmarks.  A Google search will bring up plenty of photos, or view it at http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q135/talkstocoyotes/split-rock-cu.jpg
and

http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q135/talkstocoyotes/4854871199_7de31fd2e0.jpg

For more information about Split Rock Lighthouse and the state park, see http://www.northshorevisitor.com/state-parks/split-rock.html




Index to chapters:

 Chapter 1: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/392.html
Chapter 2: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/523.html
Chapter 3: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/1066.html 
Chapter 4:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/1485.html 
Chapter 5:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/1704.html 
Chapter 6:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/2038.html 
Chapter 7:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/2358.html 
Chapter 8:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/2635.html 
Chapter 9:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/2947.html 
Chapter 10:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/3130.html 
Chapter 11:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/3356.html 
Chapter 12:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/3655.html 
Chapter 13:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/3934.html 
Chapter 14:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/4154.html 
Chapter 15:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/4591.html 
Chapter 16:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/4685.html 
Chapter 17:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/5094.html 
Chapter 18:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/5140.html 
Chapter 19:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/5546.html 
Chapter 20:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/6249.html
Chapter 21: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/6434.html 
Chapter 22:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/6843.html 
Chapter 23:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/7306.html 
Chapter 24:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/7646.html 
Chapter 25:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/7723.html 
Summary, Chapters 1-25:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/8106.html
Chapter 26 Part 1: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/8417.html 
Chapter 26 Part 2:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/8634.html 
Chapter 27:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/8869.html 
Chapter 28 Part 1:
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/9090.html 
Chapter 28, Part 2: 
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/9371.html
Chapter 28 Part 3: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/9498.html 
Chapter 29:  http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/9953.html
Chapter 30:  http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/10733.html
Chapter 31 Part 1: http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/10870.html
Chapter 31 Part 2:  http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/11153.html
Chapter 32:   http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/11480.html
Chapter 33:  http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/11931.html
Notes/Index, Chapter 33: 
http://talkstocoyotes.livejournal.com/12217.html

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Chapter 33

Despite his resolution, Ennis was uncertain how to approach David.  The store didn’t seem a suitable place and he couldn’t be sure if they’d get much time alone.  And he shrank inwardly from walking up the stairs to the door of the beach house and knocking.  As often as he recalled David telling him he was welcome “anytime you wanna come back”, he knew that if David had changed his mind since then and turned him down, he would have to walk back down the stairway knowing he would not return. 

For the next few days he drove through Grandma’s parking lot in the late afternoon, hoping to see David’s car and hoping with equal fervor that Maggie wouldn’t happen to leave, or be at a window, at that moment and see him.  He felt more than a little foolish and wondered how he would have managed had he ever journeyed to Childress to see Jack.

“Ennis, I'll need you to be around this evening,” Jerry told him on Wednesday.  The couple in Ennis' riding class had looked at a few of the horses for lease and wanted to try out them out on the trail.  “They're good prospects, I want both of us riding with 'em.  They'll be here about seven, plenty of daylight left for a ride but we'll need the horses saddled and ready to go.”  “I'll be here by six,” Ennis told him.  Enough time ta check Grandma's again, he thought; and this time David's car was parked at the edge of the crowded parking lot.

For several minutes he sat in the truck, struggling to keep his resolve, and finally made his left hand open the door; you plannin ta sit here all night and get fired?  Or, more likely, until David left and saw him.  Or even worse, drove off without even knowing he was there. 

He paused just inside the door, looking through the crowd of after-work merrymakers for David, and Maggie suddenly appeared in front of him.  Her “Haven't seen you lately. You here to eat dinner?” was uncharacteristically cool and polite.

“No, I'm lookin for David, and I've only got a few minutes.”

He'd never seen her angry and wasn't doing so now; but her reddish eyebrows were lowered to a straight line and her skin seemed stretched more tightly across her cheekbones and her wide mouth was set in an obdurate look.  “Ennis, please don't do this.  If you're here just to say hi and then run off again --”

"I don't.  I just need ta ask him somethin, but it's important.”

She looked at him in silence for a few moments, still blocking his path; and if he'd been a little more worldly she might have reminded him of an autocratic concierge or receptionist.  “I like you, Ennis.  I do.  But David and me, we go way back and we've always been there for each other, and I know how much this on again, off again business took out of him. The last thing he needs is all that startin up again.”

He was getting impatient but knew he couldn't just push her out of his way.  “He told me all about that, Maggie, and I ain't runnin off anywhere.  It's just somethin at work I need ta get back for.”

She sighed.  “I’ll hafta take your word for that, I guess, it’s not like I can throw you out.  Over there at the end of the bar.”

David was alone with a half-empty glass of beer in front of him, apparently too far away to have heard.  “Thanks Maggie.”  Ennis hesitated a moment.  “How’s he been?”

“Just cheerful,” was all she said and he felt a slight coil of pain, remembering her remark before.  When he was halfway to the bar, David turned his head and looked at him gravely as he approached.

“Hey, bro,” was all David said as Ennis slid onto the bar stool next to him.

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Jun. 21st, 2011

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Chapter 32


The first riding class was over, but it took Ennis another few hours to get the horses settled to his satisfaction. After putting the saddles away and exchanging the bridles for halters, he gave each a thorough brushing, inspected each hoof and filled each stall's bucket with fresh water. Jerry had helped out enough to shorten the tasks a little, but Ennis knew that his handling of the horses was being weighed and measured. This didn't trouble him, as he was doing the type of work that had become routine to him before his twentieth birthday.

The class had been another matter but he knew that had gone well too. His five pupils were a middle-aged couple wearing designer-label jeans and obviously new boots who were considering leasing a pair of horses; two horse-crazy little girls aged 9 and 10; and to Andrea had unexpectedly dropped Jonathan off for his first time in a saddle. “It's not Wyoming but this is as close as I'm getting right now,” he said with studied carelessness but “he's been talking about it all week,” Andrea told Ennis under her breath. “Once he heard about your teachin riding classes there was no stopping him.” Jonathan did prove to be a quick learner, surprising Ennis with his adeptness at staying in the saddle and calming his horse, Lucky, when the animal was startled by a windblown handful of leaves. “Takes more than a couple of old leaves to throw me,” he'd said to the openly admiring two girls.

Ain't a filly that can throw me.....” Ennis wondered again on his way back up to the cabin why, with no physical resemblance, Jonathan sometimes made him think of Jack.
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Chapter 31 Part 2

Ennis and David spent that evening sorting through ads in the Duluth newspaper and David made what seemed to Ennis to be endless phone calls looking for leads. Ennis spent the next morning following them after dropping David off at the store, ruling out more than a few trucks on sight. After picking David up in mid-afternoon he drove straight to a small parking lot behind a car repair shop, stopping in front of a ten-year-old Ford truck: red and white with a solid red roof and truckbed. “Hadn't seen you goin in for red much,” David remarked in surprise. “Yeah, but I like red trucks.”

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