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.
Season VI, Chapter 4 Predators and Victims, Episode 6:
Two of the bandits fell back as they charged in, and unlike the others, did not empty their Navy Colts firing from a galloping horse, the other three managed to hit and kill one of Kidd’s men before the withering and accurate fire from Kidd & McLintock ended their miserable, short lives.
The two who held back simply raised their hands in surrender.
Kidd and McLintock held fire, their remaining men still struggling to get their pistols out were waved down by McLintock as he quickly realized the two who surrendered were worth leaving alive. He and Kidd thought the same—these two would be an asset to their little & expanding employee base.
“The way I see it, fellas,” Kidd held his .45s pointed approximately in their direction—commanding their complete attention, “You can join us—or your compatriots.”
“Should we bury them?” McDonough, one of the two now ex-bandits asked, holstering his pistols.
“Buzzards,” Kidd replied, “Let’s go.”
They rode off, not stopping in Huron but continued on for several miles beyond before breaking for the night.
“And if I find out you have not done as I’ve asked,” Susie smiled at the Huron stable-boy while resting her right hand on her Colt, “I will be displeased.”
“H-h-how would you know?”
“Josie will tell me,” Susie replied as Josie looked the terrified stable boy directly in the eye. He got the message.
“Y-y-yes Marshal, they will be well-cared for.”
The Marshals checked in to the hotel, there were plenty of rooms available so each had a room to his or herself. They agreed to meet in the lobby in two hours—time enough to completely rid themselves of several layers of trail dust.
In the lobby they spoke to one another of the crappy assignment they had coming up in Wyoming Territory, which as they figured, was overheard by several locals and would be the topic of discussion in the saloon, barbershop, and general store for the next week or so.
You know how fast rumors spread, GENTLE READER, that rumor beat Kidd to Dreadwood by several days.
To Be Continued…