Previously: “Ummm—‘Boomer’ is half my nickname: ‘BoomerJack.’ My given name is Jack Boardman.”
“Not n’more—the name I’ll be tellin’ th’ recruits is ‘First-Sergeant Boomer,’ got it?”
“Yes, Sar-Major, I got it,” Boomer already liked this guy, and judging from the smile on the colonel’s face—he did too.
“Sergeant-Major Farkleberry!” Colonel Cooper knew he had to set the pecking-order, “Shouldn’t you be reporting to me—first?”
A brief smile flickered as he snapped to attention, “Sergeant-Major Shaddock Alonzo Farkleberry reportin’ fer duty—SIR!”
“At-ease, Sar-Major, you’re hired,” Cooper said without a smile—the pecking-order was set, “Let’s get down to business.”
Season Ten—Chapter 3—General’s Orders—Episode 8—Conclusion…
And “get down to buisness” is exactly what they did—making use of the offered back room of the trading post—leaving First-Sergeant Boomer out front to deal with any walk-in recruits, Colonel Cooper and Sergeant-Major Farkleberry planned a recruiting drive across Moosehead County.
They were planning for some time when the door to the trading post opened revealing a man wearing the field uniform of the cavalry—the man hesitated as if he were unsure whether or not he would take those few steps in.
With a resigned sigh he walked in, “I’m former Corporal Ozzie Washington of the 10th Cavalry—and I wouldn’t blame you if y’all asked me to leave.”
“Why in Heaven’s name would we do that?” Chris asked.
“C’mon in, Corporal and join us in a fine ale,” Sarah grinned, “It just happens that First-Sergeant Jack—er—Boomer happens to be looking for a man of your stature.”
“You takin’ my kind into your outfit?”
“What ‘kind’ would that be, Corporal?” Boomer growled his best First-Sergeant-growl.
“Say WHAT?” Boomer growled—again, “What the HELL does that have to do with anything, Corporal? You want to serve again? Just tell me why!”
“Because I’m a damn-fine corporal, First-Sergeant!”
“Corporal—grab an ale and then go through yonder door and tell them I sent you—you’re hired!”
With a very-large grin Corporal Ozzie did just that.
Hiram, Chris, Wyatt, Sarah, and Boomer grinned as Ozzie disappeared into the back room.
Quite suddenly they found they were no longer standing in the trading post…
To be continued…in one-hundred and forty years…after the next chapter…