“Now Ben!”


Get ready, Ben,” Kidd advised, “If we can keep this bunch from doing something stupid, as it looks like they’re thinking, and keep them alive, we’ll have us some expendable employees.”

McLintock was no man’s fool, and had already pulled his spare .44 from it’s saddle-holster, a leftover from his cavalry days—an old-fashioned method of carrying a side-arm from back as recently as the War of 1812, and favored by some cavalrymen as place to keep a spare side-arm.

Hands went to guns as the five victims came up on the real predators—Kidd and McLintock.

Season VI, Chapter 4 Predators and Victims, Episode 1:

The veteran raider, McLintock was holding the reins in his left hand clearly exposing his holstered revolver on his left side, his right held his saddle gun obscured from the view of the cowboys by his horse’s neck. Kidd appeared totally relaxed, his hands lightly holding the reins and a smile playing about his lips—he knew their next move before they did—he’d been through this before more times than he could remember.

He really didn’t want to have to kill any of them, which would be best for his purposes, but accepted the fact that it would be likely someone would die, and none of whom would be McLintock or himself.

He marked two of them as gunslinger wannabes, and decided they would be their targets.

Now Ben!”

Kidd & McLintock meet unemployed cowboys ©2012 Jack Boardman

“Now Ben!”

Both of them drew and fired, their shots cleanly removing the hats from atop the heads of the two want-to-be gunmen, causing all of them to quickly decide not to try and their hands slowly moved away from their holsters.

I suspect you fellas are far better at punching cows than gun-slinging, ’cause you ain’t gunmen, that’s for sure.”

Abraham glared as he grabbed his holy hat off the ground, and luckily reconsidered what he had a good mind to say, “I ain’t never seen such shooting, how’d you know what we was planning?”

By how you sitting as you rode up, your posture told us exactly what you were gonna try,” Kidd was smiling, “You fellas look like you need work.”

He could tell by their body language that he had his new employees.

To Be Continued…


About Jack Boardman

Just a little bit of a Curmudgeon.
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12 Responses to “Now Ben!”

  1. Chris Shouse says:

    Now that was a gentle gunfight..not blood and guts! 🙂


  2. Hmmmm. Those cowboys must be from Brokeback Mountain to be that genteel.


  3. sgtmajcarl says:

    Interesting interview technique. 🙂


  4. Daisy Boardman says:

    Has anyone but me noticed this is a NEW chapter? “Predators and Victims” Dog-People are “Predators!” AR-ROOO!!!


  5. Sarah Cooper says:

    Punching cows is just mean.


  6. fluttermatters26 says:

    Methinks thinks Fluttermatters that it must be my operational stealth mode taught so well by the Master from which current US Air Force ‘Preditors’ were adapted. 🙂


    • Jack Boardman says:

      Predators” are drones, controlled remotely. WAIT! You ARE controlled remotely, and you tend to drone on & on & on. 😀


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