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Bounty Hunter

Bounty Hunter

Brix Ransom, a tall twist of rawhide, stood sipping his beer at the bar next to Dumphy, the trail boss for the Triple X Cattle Company. I’m headed out in the morning, need to collect my pay. I won’t have it tomorrow, Dumphy told him. Why? The […]

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Hard Men

Hard Men

The Kid stood up and with long strides and the clink of spurs on the hardwood floor strode over and placed his mug in the bin of breakfast dishes. Reston watched him slip into the oilskin he took from the coatrack next to the side door and […]

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The Way of the Wolf

The Way of the Wolf

The largest of the pack, the big gray wolf, went out ahead, moving carefully along the wind-swept, grim landscape, his orange eyes glaring in the side of his head, his quivering ears peaked, not indulgent, not trusting his strength as a leader, but accepting it. They were […]

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End of the Carnival

End of the Carnival

Through the endless night the red rockets exploded overhead while the crowd of people laughed and kissed and made love to the music of the mariachi bands that had left the small cantinas and cafés to play in the street until the early morning when the sun […]

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Along the River’s Edge

Along the River’s Edge

Every afternoon on my long walks in the river park, I have noticed an old couple, accompanied by a young dark-haired girl of six or seven, walking along the edge of the river, as if they were looking for something. The first time I saw them, I […]

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The House of Eternal Sunshine

The House of Eternal Sunshine

Ever since Braun went away, theirs was a magical existence in the vast house of endless rooms filled with warm sunshine surrounded by magnificent gardens that sloped away to the line of dark forest. Even though Braun had built the house stone by stone and had cleared […]

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Noah

Noah

On the way home from delivering the letter to Beckett, I thought about her, and what I’d just put her through. I couldn’t get her out of my mind. But what had I put her through? It was the position that Noah had put me in, I […]

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