“Why are you here, Alpha-Jack?”


The marshals reigned-in a scant ten yards in front of the confused raiders, drew their weapons as Marshal Blackmon continued riding up to their leader, One-Eye Muldoon, “Surrender—or die.”

They surrendered.

Meanwhile, Doctor Shouse treated Boomer’s wound—it was a serious wound in the stomach. He was unconscious, his breathing was erratic—she needed better light, and better tools to work with.

AR-ROOOOO! AR-ROOOOO! AR-ROOOOOOOOOOOO!!!” Daisy bayed unexpectedly, startling Chris. Worse, she recognized it as “the song of the dead” [Hunter 15 Sep 2009]…

At the same moment…in the Great Beyond… “Where am I? Oh wait—I know this place—Crap!”


Season VI—Chapter 9—Range War, Episode 10—Conclusion:

Mac & Company…Unlike the raiders, the marshals were just a bit more skilled as gun-handlers—and their horses, being sentient, knew how make their gallop as smooth as possible. The marshals hit a raider with about half of their fired rounds—while the best the raiders could do was to put a hole in Big Mac’s hat. The survivors wisely surrendered.

Meanwhile (before we forget about them) somewhere near Dodge City Kansas…If you’ll recall, GENTLE READER, “Wild Bill Hickok and the Derby brothers headed out—for Dodge City, Kansas instead of Wichita acting on Hickok’s hunch.” That hunch helped them to avert the range war from spreading—with the assistance of a local colorful character known as “Festus Haggin.”

Hickok and the Derbys heading back to the Coldwater Ranch ©2012 Jack Boardman

Hickok and the Derbys heading back to the Coldwater Ranch

Their work done, Hickok and the Derby brothers were heading back to the Coldwater Ranch in the Dakota Territory.

Susie & Company…Chief Deputy US Marshal Blackmon, Deputy US Marshals Jay Cooper and AJ tied the surviving raiders’ hands to their saddles, and returned up the hill, “I’m sorry, there’s nothing I can do for him.”

Nooooooo!” AJ jumped down from his horse and sprinted to his father’s side.

AJ went to his father's side ©2012 Jack Boardman


AR-ROOOOO! AR-ROOOOO! AR-ROOOOOOOOOOOO!!!” Daisy bayed again and again—no one tried to stop her.

And finally—in the Great Beyond… Cujo had been on her daily rounds, making sure the new arrivals were acclimating to the Great Beyond, when she noticed an unexpected arrival at the gate.

She quickly transported herself there and…

Why are you here, Alpha-Jack?”

Cujo surprised to find Boomer in the Great Beyond ©2012 Jack Boardman

“Why are you here, Alpha-Jack?”

Because I’m DEAD?”

Thus ends Chapter 9…but our story…to be Continued…


About Jack Boardman

Just a little bit of a Curmudgeon.
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15 Responses to “Why are you here, Alpha-Jack?”

  1. sgtmajcarl says:


    “Because I’m DEAD?”

    You’d BETTER not be doing what I think you are! 😐


  2. Hmmmmm….. speechless and/or clueless.


  3. Sarah Cooper says:

    Cujo had better tell you to go back!


  4. Chris Shouse says:

    Not at all funny and I am not laughing! My skills are being tested mightily. Now get that soul back where it belongs orders from your DOC!


    • Jack Boardman says:

      Don’t blame me, these stories write themselves—I just may be being channeled by Flutters’ “Master!” 😐


  5. Daisy Boardman says:



  6. Jack Boardman says:

    Remember—GENTLE READERS—It’s ONLY fiction. 😛


  7. fluttermatters says:

    Lucky it be that the Elton John PINK diamond encrusted spectacles which as we all know and if you didn’t know it wouldn’t matter because nobody would know that you didn’t know except you in which case it still wouldn’t matter provide us the truth in visions of such matters and within those visions of which you gentle reader have none except for what is about to be rendered herein and which few will receive except of course the Master who hears and sees all, has Methinks, thinks Fluttermatters been made clear. The Alpha-Jack who though featherless, has mysteriously flown to a new place.


    • Jack Boardman says:

      So GLAD, Flutters, that you are back sharing your—um—feathered wisdom—for all and sundry to contemplate whilst sleep eludes. 😛


  8. Cujo will set him straight..you cant take the easy way out …or else you wouldn’t be so translucent 🙂 yall have a fine weekend! Get back to earth while your at it! ha ha ha


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