“It just never gets old.”

Nipigon Banner ©Jack BoardmanPREVIOUSLY: The battle went on for some time—the bad guys just didn’t seem to want to expose themselves.

That caused their fire to miss—by a wide margin.

On the other hand—both Farkleberry and Silverthorn were expert shots (who knew? We’ve never seen them in combat—GENTLE READER—right?) and were taking their toll on the hapless bad guys.

One by one they fell—yet, they were persistent.

In the end—all were either dead, or dying. Continue reading

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DON’T MESS WITH FARKLETHORN!

HIRAM Banner ©Jack BoardmanPREVIOUSLY: “They must have entered the highway from that gravel road in that curve in the highway we passed!”

“Let’s take them out, Chris!” Kiwi exclaimed as she drew her gun and threw the door open.

Chris was right behind.

They were outnumbered three to one!

Kiwi proved to be a remarkable shooter—taking two of the attackers down with two shots.

The battle was over in less than five minutes—with Chris and Kiwi taking three assailants out—wounded or dead. Continue reading

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They were outnumbered three to one!

HIRAM Banner ©Jack BoardmanPREVIOUSLY: Downtown Wilberville… “There they are!” Debra exclaimed, “For old farts—they make pretty-good time!”

“I’ll tell them what you said.”

“JOEY!”

“I’m hungry,” Joey announced, “Let’s go inside.” Continue reading

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“JOEY!”

HIRAM Banner ©Jack BoardmanPREVIOUSLY: “The map shows the road we just passed is ten miles shorter than following the lake shore highway,” Farkleberry observed, “Maybe we should take that way.”

“Maybe,” Hiram replied, “And we may just avoid the bad guys headed our way.”

“That would be good, Hy.”

“As soon as that line of traffic passes, we’ll flip a u-turn and visit Wilberville. We can get gas & food there, I hope.”

As it happened—the last of the Crusader’s trucks pulled on to the Lake Shore Highway—directly in front of the Greyhound bus booking along at 65mph. Continue reading

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“Maybe we should take that way.”

HIRAM Banner ©Jack BoardmanPREVIOUSLY: Pastor Wilbur was also the owner of an outfit that dealt in franchise opportunities in all manner of businesses. “Franchises Available (800) 777-7777” advertising posted on every business in this part of Cook County.

“There are two fellas from down to Moosehead County on their way, and from what we hear-tell, they’re agents of the US Marshal’s office.”

“Coming to take our guns, are they?” The Pastor assumed.

“That’s what hear.” Continue reading

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“…AND HE SHALL BE TORMENTED WITH FIRE & BRIMSTONE…”

HIRAM Banner ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: “I’ll call Hy and warn him.”

Hiram immediately answered, “Yes, I was a little suspicious of him.”

“Just keep driving, we have Joey and Debra heading directly towards him and cut him off. We’ll pass you and run interference.”

“Okay—that works for me,” He replied and then turned to Lar Farkleberry, “We’d best strap our guns on—we have trouble ahead, I expect.”

Episode Four—Scene 2… Outside Susie’s Grille… William Carstairs met with his new recruits—Amos, Jim, Tim and Terry (whose last names we’ll never know—just like William—because he didn’t need to until time came to pay them) to give them their orders.

When he completed telling them what he expected, Jim had something to say, “We’ll need an advance on our fee—because we have no guarantee you’ll settle-up when we’re done.” Continue reading

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“Fair enough, will five-hundred be enough?”

HIRAM Banner ©Jack BoardmanPREVIOUSLY: The green truck parked behind them and a short, bearded young man followed them into the café, “I see hunger overtook you fellas, as well.”

“Indeed,” Lar grinned, “Maintaining five under the speed limit is hard work.”

The young, friendly man laughed, “I’ve gotten way too many speeding tickets—so I keep to five under all the time now.”

Since neither Hiram nor Lar had ever dealt with Andy Carstairs, they had no idea how dangerous he is. Continue reading

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“What’s so unusual about that?”

HIRAM Banner ©Jack BoardmanPREVIOUSLY: “The Bannons have just ordered a hit on Hiram!”

“Well,” Debra replied, “Let’s get the gang together—and RIDE!”

“You realize, Debra, that few of the posse are currently available. The Coopers have gone on vacation, Hickok and company are tied-up with the Wild West Park, I’m covering for Farkleberry, my dad is still recovering from his ordeal…”

“Well,” Chris said, “I’m not needed for now at the park.”

“School is on break, so I’m available,” Debra was actually glad she didn’t have to settle-in at her new post—yet.”

“As planned—my shop can be covered—so I’m available,” Joey added.

“As I said—LET’S RIDE!”

“Hold on before you ride-off,” AJ insisted, “Each take your own car or truck. The Carstairs brothers are driving separate cars with dedicated-frequency phones.” Continue reading

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“The Bannons have just ordered a hit on Hiram!”

HIRAM Banner ©Jack BoardmanPREVIOUSLY: William and Andy Carstairs were called to the loft, “You wanted to see us?”

“Yes, Bill,” Amos Bannon replied, “We’ve received word that Hiram Silverthorn and a friend are heading towards Canada on a vacation. We want you to try to take Silverthorn out. We failed in the 19th Century—maybe we can succeed in this century.”

“With pleasure, Mr. Bannon,” William replied, “And we WON’T farm-out the job—right Andy?” Continue reading

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“With pleasure, Mr. Bannon…”

HIRAM Banner ©Jack BoardmanPREVIOUSLY: They were flying low and fast—sometimes abruptly rising to avoid trees, “I think I’m going to woof my cookies!”

“Joey—please don’t,” Debra cracked, “Or you’ll find yourself OUTSIDE this ‘copter!”

“Just kidding.”

Episode 10—Scene 3… Outside the Burris Jail… The Posse left the helicopter and quickly deployed and advanced on the jail.

The militia—basically cowards—evaporated into the woods and our incarcerated folks were freed. Continue reading

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