Young Outlaws


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?”

The road to Huron ©2012 Jack Boardman

“Because I’m the only one willing to ride with you.”

Because I’m the only one willing to ride with you.”

Thank 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.

Outlaws on the road ©2012 Jack Boardman

In the distance they saw cowboys approaching…

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...


About Jack Boardman

Just a little bit of a Curmudgeon.
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17 Responses to Young Outlaws

  1. Ooooh, Cowboy. Let me reach for your Stallion.


  2. Sarah Cooper says:

    I love how the horses seem to know the “camera” is there and look over. 🙂


    • Jack Boardman says:

      It’s worse than that…sometimes they come trotting over, they want a close-up for their resumes. For when this series ends, I guess. 😐


  3. Erik Hare says:

    Question – why the Colt Navy? Wasn’t the .45 more popular by this time? I only ask because I’m sure you have a very good reason. 🙂


    • Jack Boardman says:

      The famed Colt .45 had just come out in 1873, so we have them available. The Navy Colt .36 cap & ball pistol was still common in 1873. In fact, James Butler (Wild Bill) Hickok favored that gun over all others.


  4. sgtmajcarl says:

    “…but they were skilled gunmen now…”

    THAT doesn’t bode well for those young men. 😐


  5. Daisy Boardman says:

    Cyber-Daisy likes trotting along with Buttons & PepperCooper…rather than sitting all the time. AR-ROOO!!!


  6. yatters says:

    “So, why is it, exactly”

    One wonders if politicians ask why so many ‘asses’ follow them?


    • Jack Boardman says:

      “…One wonders if politicians ask why so many ‘asses’ follow them?”

      ROTFLMAO!!!! Well…that’s ALL some politicians have following them…ASSES! 😛


  7. Chris Shouse says:

    I do not know what is wrong with me and wordpress but I am having to log in everytime and I have so many passwords I fricking can not remember what goes with what! LOL

    Kidd makes a mistake?


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