“The rest of us will go directly to the town of Huron,” Chief Deputy US Marshal Susie Blackmon continued the plan review, “and spend two days resting and preparing our part of this ruse.”
“A hotel full of marshals is bound to cause some talk in Huron,” Deputy US Marshal Larry Yatkowsky chimed in, “and that kind of talk spreads faster than Flutters can fly.”
“Then let’s give them something to talk about,” Blackmon replied, “We’ve been ordered to go to Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory. We’ll let them speculate why.”
“Oh good,” Deputy US Marshal Boomer Jack Boardman cracked, “Something to brag about in the saloon, over a beer.”
Deputy US Marshals Cooper and Shouse simply sighed. In unison.
Season VI, Chapter 4 Predators and Victims, Episode 5:
“So, why is it, exactly,” Larry asked, looking back at the mule-train tethered to his saddle, “we are again in charge of the mules?”
“Mostly, I think,” Boomer smiled, weakly, “Because the mules seem to like you.”
“That explains me, but why you?”
“Because I’m the only one willing to ride with you.”
They were young, barely into their twenties and bored with their lives on the farms and ranches surrounding Huron. They were looking for travelers, maybe a stage coach, anything. They fancied themselves highwaymen, and were bound and determined to make names for themselves.
They had practiced for hours every day for the past month, drawing and firing their old Navy Colt .36 caliber cap & ball revolvers—and figured by now they were pretty darn good with them. And they were not without some experience.
The two cowboys had been minding their own business—keeping watch of a herd of cattle owned by the Lucky 7 Ranch. Working for the Lucky 7 would not prove all that lucky that day—they died at the hands of those 5 young men.
In the distance they saw cowboys approaching, and there were more than their five—but they were skilled gunmen now. They pulled out their Navy Colts and spurred their horses to gallop.
Too late, Kidd looked up towards the noise of galloping horses—they almost upon them as Kidd reached for his Colts.
To Be Continued...