Just north of the Kansas-Nebraska border… Wild Bill Hickok and the Derby brothers had already headed out—for Dodge City, Kansas instead of Wichita acting on Hickok’s hunch. Boomer Jack, Daisy and Pal returned to the trail they’d been following, the trail that would eventually lead them to Wichita.
Daisy raised her nose in the air, sniffing the wind once, twice and a third time, “Beta Andrew is near and he’s not alone.”
“Can you tell who he’s with?”
Boomer said nothing as he drew his Remington .44.
Season VI—Chapter 8—Wyatt Earp, Episode 9:
Still just north of the Kansas-Nebraska border… Boomer kept his sidearm out of sight holding it in his right hand along his leg. As soon as Kidd and AJ got close enough, he reached for his guns—AJ and Boomer both beat him, and not being a fool, Kidd moved his hands way from his guns, “So, I’ve been set up, congratulations, gentlemen. Now what?”
“A happy accident, Randy, nice to see you again,” the look on Kidd’s face was priceless Boomer thought. Turning to Andrew, “What’s your plan, son?”
“I really haven’t a plan, but I have heard of an ‘opportunity’ in Wichita.”
“The St. Louis District Marshal.”
“Oh good, we get to be on the same side! Are you with us, Randy?”
It was then that Flutters arrived.
The “Blackmon Party” at the former location of Dreadwood… “Honestly Susan, I do NOT want to pull that wagon again.”
“Ah, Mattie, I understand, If we need the wagon again, maybe we can find a driver—we have plenty of non-sentient mules back at the ranch.”
“Good! Because I’m a mule. Mules can be stubborn.”
Susan had to laugh at that, but did not comment. She was thinking about Alice and Benji.
“What’s the plan, Susie, when we meet up with Big Mac?”
“I don’t know, Jay, this whole thing has become way too complicated by this range war that’s coming,” Susie had been thinking a lot about it—but had not reached any conclusions—except, “I think the alliances in Wichita are going to change. What I don’t know is how.”
Meanwhile on the rustler cattle drive outside of Wichita… “You fellas stick with the herd, me and Tom’s goin’ inta Wichita to meet up with th’ boss. We’ll be back when all’s ready t’bring th’ herd in.”
And finally—back in 2012 Port of Danger Bay… “Honestly, Cujo, I need a break from writing this damned thesis.”
To be Continued…