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?”

Boomer & AJ get the drop on Kidd ©2012 Jack Boardman

“A happy accident, Randy, nice to see you again…”

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.”

Working for…”

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.”

The Blackmon Party passed the former Dreadwood location ©2012 Jack Boardman

“Good! Because I’m a mule. Mules can be stubborn.”

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.”

Cattle drive outside of Wichita ©2012 Jack Boardman

“You fellas stick with the herd…”

And finally—back in 2012 Port of Danger Bay… “Honestly, Cujo, I need a break from writing this damned thesis.”

To be Continued…


About Jack Boardman

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13 Responses to Mattie!

  1. fluttermatters says:

    I’m Baaaack!


  2. Sarah Cooper says:

    Loving the depth of the images here. 🙂


  3. Chris Shouse says:

    I must say your art just keeps getting better and better. 🙂 Drove to California City over the week end and some of the country side reminded me of your work. Cal City sits just at the edge of the Mojave Desert but it is a small town with a lot of wide open spaces and you could really see the stars out there and though there is a lot of sand that can blow around the air is much cleaner.


    • Jack Boardman says:

      Y’know, Chris, I can always use original photos as background, specifically ones without any modern things like powerlines, roads, etc. Nevada desert or just countryside without buildings…hint, hint. I will include photo credits for any I use. 🙂


      • Chris Shouse says:

        I will see what I can do about that as I will be driving back again in a few weeks in my car this time and not a big assed truck. ( I looked like a real truck driver it was so big) It will be easier to pull over and get some shots and it is more desolate looking out there. I may be moving myself over there along with Buttons. I have had to short sale this house without mom so my kid wants me to move that way and I just might to be able to see more of my granddaughter 🙂 anyway I will see what I can do about getting you some shots.


  4. Jack..where is my horse..and why oh why do I have to ride a poor mule..LOL


    • Jack Boardman says:

      Poor mule? Really? One of the virtues of the mule is that a mule has the size and ground-covering ability of a horse, but is comparatively stronger than a horse of similar size and inherits the endurance and disposition of the donkey father. Mules also tend to be more independent than most other domesticated equines other than the donkey. For their size mules also tend to require less food than a horse of similar size…The mule possesses the even temper, patience, endurance and sure-footedness of the donkey, and the vigor, strength and courage of the horse.


  5. Im wondering what if I have to go fast..can Mattie ride fast..yall will leave me int he dust..but maybe Mattie is a super charged mule..I will just stay on Mattie for now I reckon LOL wouldnt want to hurt her feelings at all..way out there! 🙂


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