CHAPTER 40 BREAKING CAMP

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CHAPTER 40 BREAKING CAMP

SUN RISE NEXT MORNING EVERY BODY WAS GETTTING UP.SOME HAD HANG OVERS SOME OK.

JACK TO RED BEAR YOU TAKE CARE AND WATCH YOUR BACK.

RED BEAR] I JUST DO THAT. IF PROBLEM IT BE OUT SIDE THE CAMP, YOU WATCH YOUR BACK, REMEMBER THE SIOUX ON WAR PATH.

JACK] WHAT ABOUT THE CHYANNE?

RED BEAR AS FAR I KNOW THEY NOT, BUT THAT CAN CHANGE, YOU KNOW HOW INDIANS ARE. [THEN A SMILE]

JACK [WITH A SMILE] YA THING'S CAN CHANGE FAST .WHEN I LEVE HERE YOU BE THE LAST FRIENDLY I SEE.

RED BEAR]YOU BE CAREFUL .KEEP YOU AND THE WOMEN HAIR ON HEADS,NOT ON SOME LODGE.

JACK] YOU GOT IT, BE A LOT DIE TAKING HIS HAIR.

REDBEAR] SPOTTED DEER, CRAZY DOG YOU READY TO GO? TO THE BRAVE THEY ALL SAID YES. AND MOUNTED THEIR MOUNTS AND HEADED OUT CAMP AND NOT LOOK BACK, REDBEAR WANTED TO KEEP HIS SORROW TO HIM SELF.

LIZZY, I AM GOING TO MISS THEM.GOT TO BE GREAT FRIENDS.

JACK YA IF WAS NOT SO CLOSE TO WHITE MAN OF THE EAST I STAYED WITH THEM.

LIZZIE, I WANT YOU TO GROW A BEARD TO HID, THAT FACE, JUST IN CASE.

JACK YOU THINK I NEED TO DO THAT?

LIZZIE WHY TAKE THE CHANCE.YOU GET FOUND OUT ALL LOST.

JACK UUUUM YOU RIGHT. WHAT DO YOU THANK A MUSTAGE, SHORT CHIN WHISKERS? I WANT GROW LONG ONES GIVE SOME ONE EDGE IN A FIGHT..

LIZZIE THAT WORK. OR WALK BACKWARDS REST YOUR LIFE, HE HE HE.

CHEROKEE BILL AND SUSIE GOT OUT THE WAGON.

JACK COFFEE ON THE FIRE. LIZZIE CUTTING SALT MEAT, MAKE GRAVY SOON BE EATING..

CHEROKEE BILL, I THANK THAT WAGON HARDER THAN GROWN. BOY MY BACK SORE.

JACK , DO NOT KNOCK IT. I GOT SPEND 5 OR 6 WEEKS IN THAT THING.BILL WHEN YOU GOING TO CUT OUT?

BILL I SPEND MAYBE TO DAY AND TOMORROW HERE THEN GO TO ST JO. LOOK A SUSIE. SUSIE LOOKS DOWN.

JACK I KNOW IT IS TUFF SUSIE, BUT HE GOT THINGS TO DO, YOU KNEW THAT BEFORE MARRAGE..

SUSIE I KNOW, WHEN IT IS TIME, I WANT CRY.

JACK YOU TWO LADY IS IT UNTIL THIS LEG HEALS UP. GOD I WISH I CAN HELP,BUT WE CAN NOT WEIGHT, DO NOT WANT TO BE A TRAP IN THEM ROCKEYS, WHEN WINTER COMES.

BILL WHERE WE GOING TO MEET UP AT.

JACK I BEEN THINKING ON THAT.SOUTH SIDE THE MISSOURI RIVER JUST EAST WHERE THE PLAT RIVER MEETS THE MISSOURI. I BE THERE OR DEAD.]IN THAT CASE JUST GO ON..[SUSIE AND LIZZIE LOOK DOWN]

BILL DAM I AM ONE GOT IT EASY. I BE A LOT SAFER THAN YOU..

JACK WE LAYED OUT THESE PLAIN BACK AT RED BEAR CAMP, WE KNEW THE RISK.CAN NOT STAY, THEY SPOT ME..GOT TO GO WEST, WHERE MY FACE NOT BEEN SEEN..

LIZZIE BREAKFAST READY..

JACK LET ME AT THOSE BISCUTS AND GRAVY, BEATS JERKY ALL TIME. WHEN ON TRAIL WE EAT A LOT OF IT ,CAMP FIRE DRAWS FLYS TWO LEGED KIND..

BILL YA I KILL A FLY COMING OUT HERE TRIED TO ROB ME, GOT HIM WITH THE SARGENT HID AWAY.

JACK ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE A HID AWAY OR KNIFE. AS HE FLIP HIS KNIFE AND STICK IT IN SIDE THE WAGON.

SUSIE YOU BOYS PUT UP YOUR TOYS AND EAT BREAKFASK, BEFORE I GIVE IT TO THAT WOLF LOOKING AT US ON THE RIDGE.

JACK LOOKS UP THE WOLF TURNS AND GOES BACK OVER THE RIDGE.

JACK WE GOT TO WATCH THOSE HORSES TO NIGHT. WE MIGHT HAVE VISITORS. AS THE DAY GOES ALONG EVERY BODY WAS GETTING READY FOR THE LONG TRIP. THAT NIGHT JACK TOOK FIRST WATCH,HE KEAP A CLOSE EYE ON THE HORSES.AFTER 3 HOURS BILL TOOK OVER JACK HOPPLE BACK TO FIRE ON CRUTCHES , AS HE SET DOWN LIZZIE HOW WAS IT TONIGHT?

JACK IT WAS OK NO SIGN OF WOLFS. [ NOT YET] WE GOING TO HALF TO DO THIS AS WE GO ALONG,SLEEP L;IGHT WITH GUN NEAR BY..I LOVE TO HAVE A DOG. TO HELP.

LIZZIE YA A DOG WITH THAT NOSE BE A GOOD THING.

JACK MAYBE THAT WOLF WAS A LOBO. MAYBE HE IS ALONG.

SUSIE YOU THANK SO??

JACK YOU SEEN ANY MORE. YOU SHOULD HEAR THEM CALLING TO THE PACK. [QUIET OUT THERE] IF HE SHOWS UP AGAIN I AM GOING TO THROW OUT THE LEFT OVER BISCUITS , SEE IF WE CAN TAME HIM.

LIZZIE IT IS WORTH THE TRY, WE GOING TO THROW THE BISCUITS AWAY ANY WAY, HARD NOW.

THE NIGHT GOES ALONG ,LIZZIE THEN SUSIE TAKE THEIR TURNS AT WATCH, EACH HAD THREE HOUR WATCH , AS SUSIE COMES IN SHE WAKES UP JACK AND BILL. JACK KICK UP THE FIRE ADD SOME MORE DRY TREE BRINCHES TO THE FIRE, AND THE COFFEE POT GOES ON THE FIRE, SOON THE SMELL OF HOT COFFEE IS IN THE AIR.HARD FOR JACK BUT HE MANAGES TO DO IT ANY WAY BY POKING WITH HIS CRUTCH . SOON LIZZIE GETS UP.THE SMELL OF FRASH MADE COFFEE DRAWS HERE.

LIZZIE LET ME PORE ME A CUP.THEN FIX SOME SALT MEAT AND GRAVY.

JACK HUN MAKE A PAN OF BUSCUITS TO.WE ALL JUST HAVE ONE. I NEED THEM IF THAT WOLF SHOW UP.

BILL COMES OUT THE WAGON. YOU THANK IT WORK?

JACK HE MAYBE A LOBO AND HUNGRY.I HEARD TELL YOU CAN MAKE THEM FRIEND WITH FOOD.

BILL INDIAN WAY, TRAP THEM GET HUNGRY AND FEED THEM.THEY GET TO BE FRIEND BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THE FOOD IS.

JACK I DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THE TRAP ,BUT I TRY IT WITH FOOD.

JACK LEANS BACK AGAINST THE WAGON WHEEL AND SIPPING HIS COFFEE AND SMELLS THE BACON COOKING AND WATCHING THE SKY LINE WHEN HE SEES MOVEMENT ON THE RIDGE.JACK PULL OUT HIS SPY GLASS AND LOOKS. THE LOBO IS THERE LAYING ON HIS BELLY WATCHING THE CAMP.

BILL YOU SEE HIM?

JACK YA HE UP THERE ON HIS BELLY WATCHING US.

JACK GET UP ON CRUTCHES AND HOBBLE OUT SIDE THE CAMP AND THROWS THE YESTERDAY BISCUITS OUT AS FAR HE CAN, THEN GOES BACK TO CAMP.

AS JACK SET BACK AND WATCH HE NOTICE THE LOBO HAS DISAPEARED. JACK WATCH A LITTLE TRINCH AND SOON SEEN THE DOG HEAD SHOW AS HE LOOK TO SEE WHERE HE WAS, AND SOON JACK SEEN THE LOBO DOING A LOW CRAW OUT THE TRENCH, AND GET A BISCUT, AND GO BACK TO TRINCH. JACK THINKS [YES] YOU TAKING THE BAIT. SOON ME AND YOU BE GETTING TO BE FRIENDS.

SUSIE , GET HIS GRUB READY FOR THE TRAIL, TOMORROW.

CHEROKEE BILL HUUM NOT USE TO HAVING SOME ONE LOOKING OUT FOR ME.

SUSIE THAT COMES WITH THOSE [I DO] WE SAID. THEN A SMILE.

JACK SUSIE YOU SPOIL HIM TO MUCH HE WANT LEVE..

SUSIE REALLY? SPOILING HIM. I BEEN WORKING ON THAT..SMILE

CHEROKEE BILL NEED TO STOP THAT, GOING TO BE HARD ENOUGH LEVING NOW.

SUSIE TONIGHT I GIVE YOU A REASON TO COME BACK, THEN A WINK.

CHEROKEE BILL I GOT THE LEAD LINES MADE UP TO TIE HORSES TO. THREE OF THEM.

JACK I BE WATCHING OUT THE BACK AS I BOUNCE ALONG.

CHEROKEE BILL YOU CAN SEE TWO STRINGS FROM THE WAGON..

JACK ALL THREE IF SUSIE FOLLOW WAGON ,SUPPORT HER AND LIZZIE FROM BEHIND THE SEAT WITH MY HENRY.

LIZZIE MY HENERY BE IN THE BOX WITH ME.JACK BE WATCHING SUSIE BACK.

JACK. I GOT EVERYBODY BACK FROM THERE.. AS THE DAY DRAG ALONG IT IS THE LAST DAY THERE FOR THEM, THE CAMP BE BROKEN TOMORROW ALL LEVE..

CHEROKEE BILL HOW LONG YOU THANK IT BE BEFORE WE MEET UP ON THE MISSOURI?

JACK IT IS APRIL NOW.10 DAY TO ST JO.TRAIN BACK TO NABRASKA MIDJUNE OR LATE JUNE MAYBE JULY FIRST WEEK.. THEY BETTER BE MOVING ALONG..

CHEROKEE BILL ME MOVE THEM ALONG AS FAST AS I CAN.

DAY DRAG TO SUNSET THE FIRE IS KICK UP AND JACK AND LIZZIE SNUGGLE BY THE FIRE .JACK KNOWS TOMORROW ALL SPIT UP.TODAY WAS THE LAST TIME HE SEE HIS FRIENDS THE COMANCHE AND HOPE HE SEE BILL AGAIN.

NEXT MORNING JACK GET THE FIRE GOING AGAIN .BILL HUGS SUSIE AND TAKE HIS HOURSE PLUS JACKS PACK HOURSE AND HEADS EAST. SUSIE HAS TEARS IN HER EYES BUT DID NOT CRY AS SHE HAD SAID.AFTER THE MEAL CAMP WAS BEEN TORN DOWN AND THE IRON OVER FIRE SET OUT IN A WAGON. WATER BARRELS FULL , HORSES WERE TIED TO THE LEADS ,LEADS TIED TO EACH CORNER OF WAGON.SUSIE HAS HER PAINT AND HAS HER LEED.. JACK CRAWS IN BACK WAGON , LIZZIE KICKS OFF THE BREAK.

LIZZIE GET UP YOU LONGT EAR JACKASS [HEE HAA ]THE WHIP CRACK OVER THERE HEADS.

JACK POINT THEM NORTH.

LIZZIE GET AROUND DUTCH [CRACK] AS THE WHIP CRACK OVER THERE HEADS.