Cooper’s band arrived at Williams Station

Trading Post BannerPreviously: The camp followers outnumbered the soldiers two to one.

“The troop is headin’ for Danger Bay, I figger we should head for Williams Station.”

“Why?” Schmidlap asked.

“I hear-tell there be a trading post there,” Fenton replied, “And it’s been abandoned. Go tell Carlson and his bunch, they’ll partner with us—jes like the old days at Snelling.” Continue reading

Jes like the old days

Trading Post Banner Previously: “There is little such prejudice in Moosehead County.”

“There isn’t now—but there is a column of troops on their way from Fort Snelling…”

“…With all the hangers-on, bringing along their prejudices,” Boomer finished the colonel’s thoughts.” Continue reading

“Ya think?”

Trading Post BannerPreviously: “We must leave here. I received word that the troops deployed from Fort Snelling have reached Duluth, and will be here in a fortnight,” Lt. Col. Cooper said, “I’ve asked the Silverthorns to misdirect them to Moosehead City—that should buy us enough time to set-up the old trading post as our outpost—but we must get started now, there is no time to lose.”

“Colonel,” Mac began, “I have orders to…”

“Not any longer, Mac,” Cooper interrupted, “I’ve called-in some favors and got your orders changed.”

“Why does this not surprise me?” Continue reading

Silverthorn’s Trading Post

Trading Post BannerPreviously: “I expect so, Dad,” Lt. Hiram Silverthorn replied, “I’d kinda like an actual weekend off in the 21st Century once in a while.”

“Not this weekend,” his father replied as most of them began to disappear—surprising Hiram only in that Susie and Larry didn’t leave, “Why are you still here?”

“I asked Cujo for a vacation in Canada, and she approved it, apparently.”

“Jimmy Hickok and I are headed out on an ‘Airstream vacation’ approved by the Beagamute months ago.”

Sandra just stood there in astonished silence. Continue reading

Meanwhile—At Silverthorne’s Café

Trading Post Banner Previously (from Chapter Three):“Say WHAT?” Boomer growled—again, “What the HELL does that have to do with anything, Corporal? You want to serve again? Just tell me why!”

“Because I’m a damn-fine corporal, First-Sergeant!”

“Corporal—grab an ale and then go through yonder door and tell them I sent you—you’re hired!”

With a very-large grin Corporal Ozzie did just that.

Hiram, Chris, Wyatt, Sarah, and Boomer grinned as Ozzie disappeared into the back room.

Previously (from Chapter Four): Chris looked over at Sandra and said, “No more talking of leaving Sandra?”

Sandra’s face lit up like the 4th of July, and she realized she did not have to be afraid ever again. She said, “No more talk of leaving, I do not have to look over my shoulder any longer.  I can finally put down roots and I am so glad it is the place I have come to love with people I really care about!” Continue reading


Sandra Peterson BannerPreviously: Sandra was screaming at the top her lungs, Sarah was struggling to stand up and Chris was stunned for a moment. 

Zador Ramsey was pulling Sandra towards his car. 

She was kicking and screaming all the way.

Suddenly there was the screeching of tires and feet running towards Ramsey and the girls. 

Will our ladies be saved? Continue reading

Thump and Bump

Sandra Peterson BannerPreviously: The time went by so quickly and soon it was time to head home.  After deciding they would stick with Ayn Rand and read The Fountainhead next the ladies headed out to their vehicles yelling their good nights.

None of them noticed the Red Mustang hidden in the shadows. Continue reading

Atlas Shrugged

Sandra Peterson BannerPreviously: Sandra waved and got into the old car, she had paid her boss and kept the car, but it was older so she did not drive it all that much.  She could walk most places which she loved doing.  Ruby waved as she drove off. 

She suddenly had a bad feeling. 

It was a Red Mustang.

She had not seen it around town before. Continue reading


Sandra Peterson BannerPreviously: “I went to the town of Two Harbors and got a job.  Soon as I could afford an attorney I filed for divorce.  Since we did not have an address for him I just had to put it in the newspapers.  I prayed he did not see the posting.”

Ruby was very thoughtful through all of this, “How did you end up in Danger Bay?”

“I had to run again!” Continue reading