“We’ll need help.”


He’s living?”

Sadly, no. He and my brothers perished during a robbery.”

And you somehow survived?”

I wasn’t home. I was in Philadelphia visiting my uncle.”

Did they catch the robbers?”

They found their bodies.”

McLintock smiled.

They hadn’t heard from Flutters so the marshals continued along the road at a moderate pace with the dogs patrolling the roadside for a diverging scent.

They were some distance behind Kidd & McLintock, who in turn, remained completely unaware they were being followed.

Season VI, Chapter 3 Trackdown, Episode 19:

The prairie is boring,” Larry said what all were thinking.

It’s beautiful here, this prairie has it’s own special beauty, but I miss the lake and the forests,” Sarah added.

It wasn’t treeless, there were many tree groves, and plenty of relatively gentle hills to break the monotony. For one who lived in and loved the prairie, the Arrowhead region they’d come from would seem claustrophobic, with it’s dense forests and limited sight lines.

The prairie is boring ©2012 Jack Boardman

“Why don't we just ride them down and capture them?”

Why don’t we just ride them down and capture them?” Chris was curious, after all, there were but two fugitives.

We could try that, I suppose,” Susie replied after a moment, “But they would probably see us long before we got close enough, and their horses would be fresher, and ours, nearly blown. They would be able to easily outrun us and find a place for an ambush.”

That satisfied Chris, for now, “You’re right, I don’t like the thought of an ambush.”

I think, at least for now, we continue to follow until they settle somewhere. With Flutters’ help, we should know that with plenty of time to make our final plans.”

McLintock figured, rightly, that Kidd had arranged the robbery and murder of his own father and brothers, and briefly considered back-shooting him now—after all, if he’d do that to family—he wouldn’t hesitate to kill a mere partner, “We’ll need help.”

Flutters remained well out of range of Kidd's Henry Rifle ©2012 Jack Boardman

“We'll need help.”

We will. Expendable help.”


We need somebody to take the blame for what we’re about to do, after they do our dirty work.”

Where do you expect to find such people?”

Perhaps just ahead,” Kidd saw a group of riders approaching.

To be Continued…


About Jack Boardman

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13 Responses to “We’ll need help.”

  1. Chris Shouse says:

    Kidd is really a weasel and he gets worse the more I know him. Good thing Mclintock is at least smart enough to be a little on his guard with him…course it really doesn’t matter because we are going to catch them. 🙂


    • Jack Boardman says:

      Well…yeah, this yarn IS written in the old-fashioned Western style where the good guys always win–eventually. But remember, it’s the journey not the destination, that makes the story. 😉


  2. I agree that Kidd is a weasel and, as we all know, a weasel don’t change its spots!


  3. yes..the journey..is beautiful..without it there would be no destination..I love the prairie pics Jack..so serene looking!


    • Jack Boardman says:

      I had to look up the quote I referenced to Chris:

      Life is a journey, not a destination…” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

      It is SO true!
      I’ve visited the prairie of northwestern Minnesota & North Dakota, and South Dakota ~ it is beautiful.


  4. Sarah Cooper says:

    So many random bad guys out there … almost reminds me of the internet.


  5. fluttermatters26 says:

    Methinks thinks Fluttermatter Emerson borrowed the line from the Master. 🙂
    Ms. Susie’s knows her history – see Chief Spotted Weasel here –



    • Jack Boardman says:

      One is the master of one’s life journey, there is no other master,”

      was the line immediately before Emerson’s more famous line:

      Life is a journey, not a destination…

      NOTE TO ALL EMERSON AFFECTIONADOS:This blog is a work of FICTION; as are most of our comments. 🙂


  6. fluttermatters26 says:

    Methinks thinks Fluttermatters the first line was referring to the Master’s considered observation of his reflection from a tranquil pond nestled amongst the bluest of blue mountains. 🙂


    • Daisy Boardman says:

      Thankfully, Flutters, your tenuous grip on reality persists; providing us unending merriment and laughter, both with and at you! BOL! AR-ROOO!!!!


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