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Bobby Fix-It Blasts Out of Trouble: The Billy the Kid Chronicles Continue

Updated on May 18, 2016
There's trouble inside
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Let’s Review

There is no doubt Billy has made some enemies in his life. One of them is pointing a shotgun at our anti-hero and it would appear Billy’s lifestyle is about to bite him in the butt. Let’s see how Billy handles this current mess.

WHEN NO EXITS ARE AVAILABLE

My old man was probably turning in this grave. Lord knows he taught me better, but complacency has been the downfall of many a man over the years, and complacency was the reason why I was staring down the barrel of a Remington shotgun.

I should have known better, but my thoughts were clouded by the birth of Jade, and worry about Genna and, well, there I was, in my underwear, clutching the covers like they were armor. If you’ve ever seen the damage a Remington can do to the human body, you’ll understand how meaningless those blankets were at that moment.

It’s interesting how the mind reacts in certain situations. Some people, when facing a situation like mine, would simply let loose of their bowels and cry for their momma. Me, well, I was raised on the streets by a tough sonofabitch, and his lessons echoed in my head. Never show fear. Don’t let the assholes see you quaking. And when there are no exits, when you’ve backed yourself into a corner through sheer stupidity, well then it’s time to say “to hell with it” and take it to the bastards. Really, what did I have to lose? The sheriff wasn’t going to be struck suddenly with the spirit of forgiveness, so if I was going to get out of this, I would have to spit the devil in his eye and laugh at the flames.

“Here’s what we’re going to do, O’Dowd,” he said to me. “You’re going to get up, put some clothes on, and you and I are going to take a little drive. I won’t lie to you. It’s a one-way journey for you. I’d prefer not to shoot you here. Too much noise and neighbors too close, but I will if you give me no choice, so let’s get to it.”

Mistake number one!

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Going for a Drive

He was reasonably careful getting me into his car, but he had already made mistake number two by not frisking me after I had gotten dressed. He made me drive while he sat in the back, the shotgun always aimed at the back of my head, all strategically good moves, but the bottom line was Wyman was an amateur. He was elected into office, he had no training for the job, and during his time in office he’d gotten fat and gone to seed. I was as confident as a man can be considering my situation.

We drove for about twenty minutes out State Road Nineteen, heading north with the rising sun to our right, ground fog rising in the valleys as hawks rode the thermals in search of breakfast. The sheriff instructed me to turn right onto a gravel road that eventually led us to one of hundreds of small lakes that dot the landscape.

“Shut off the engine and get out of the car, O’Dowd.”

Mistake number three!

He kept the shotgun trained on me as I opened the driver’s door and stepped out, but as he reached for the back passenger door I dropped to the ground and disappeared from his view.

The hunter had just become the hunted.

One-thousand one, one-thousand two, one-thousand three….that’s how long it took me to hit the ground, crawl to the front and then crawl under the car. Three seconds, the amount of time it takes to answer a phone call, the amount of time it takes to pull mail out of a mailbox, the amount of time it takes to remember back to simpler times when mistakes of judgment didn’t cost you your life. As Wyman’s feet hit the ground I reached into my pocket and pulled out my pocket knife. One-thousand one, one-thousand two, I jammed the knife into Wyman’s ankle and the battle was effectively over.

Few men can withstand that kind of shock to the nervous system. Wyman wasn’t the type who could. He screamed, dropped the shotgun and then dropped himself to the ground. One-thousand one, one-thousand two, I was out from under the car and picking up the shotgun.

“It’s amazing how fast your life can turn to shit, isn’t it, Wyman?” I asked him as he pulled the knife out and pressed his hand on the flowing blood. It was flowing pretty good. If he’d asked my opinion I would have told him you can do more damage by pulling the knife out but really, what difference did it make in Wyman’s case? The knife wound was the least of his problems.

“What are you going to do, O’Dowd, shoot me?”

“Yep!”

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Going for Another Drive

I figure the Snake River is just about the prettiest river I’ve ever seen, but you also have to consider I was born along the banks of the Hudson River, so it wouldn’t take much to impress me. Still, on that morning, with the sun streaking through the cottonwoods, splashing down on those clear waters, them tumbling over rocks, surging west, the Snake easily hit number one on my hits list.

Damn it felt good to be alive. There are just some times when life feels extra special, you know? When you look around you, take a deep breath, watch a short film covering the landscape of your life and thank the gods you made it to this place and this time. That’s how I was feeling as I drove home to change clothes and have some well-earned breakfast.

Wyman? Chances were pretty good that birds were snacking on his brain matter at that moment. Pretty soon the scent of his blood would reach the four-legged predators, and by lunchtime, Wyman would be scattered across the county. That’s how it is in the wilderness. That’s how important one lame-brained ex-sheriff is out here in God’s country. That’s how it is when a man comes face-to-face with his limitations.

Breakfast was four eggs and six strips of bacon. I had worked up a hunger disposing of my little problem, so I ate heartily on my front porch and watched two groundhogs play in the morning sunlight. I washed up the dishes and took a walk along the stream that borders our place to the north. Did a little thinking along the way.

A part of me voted to keep Wyman’s visit secret. Why upset Genna, that part of me said? Why give her more to worry about? We now had a daughter, and that fact shouldn’t be overshadowed by the memories of a man not good enough to spit-polish Genna’s shoes?

But the other part of me argued that Genna deserves the truth, and secrets serve no purpose other than temporary respite from responsibility. My old man once told me that the problem with secrets is always having to remember which secrets were held back from which people. Sooner or later a man was sure to forget and trip up, and then the consequences were sure to be worse.

Genna deserved the truth. She wouldn’t be happy about it, but she also understood self-defense, and bottom line is she’d rather have me flawed and alive than dead and perfect.

I walked back to the truck and fired it up. It was time to go see my family.

One-thousand One, One-thousand Two

That’s how long it takes me to say thank you for reading.

I’ll see you next week with another installment of the Billy the Kid Chronicles. If you’re interested, two novellas featuring Billy the Kid are available on Amazon, and a third one will be released in May.

Thanks to you all!

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, our Billy is a man of no wasted moments or time. He had to kill and he killed. Period, end of story. LOL

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      manatita44 15 months ago from london

      Awesome! What can I say? A pure case of self-defense; kill or be killed. He wasted time, like the bad ones do in the movies. Ha ha.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And you are too kind, Shannon, but thank you! Happy Memorial Day to you.

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      shanmarie 16 months ago

      That's a mighty ambitious goal. Hard to get people to sympathize with a villain, let alone one who is the main character. LOL. Lucky you're so talented. ;)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shannon, I've accomplished what I wanted...to get people to side with Billy's violent ways. LOL

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, if they hadn't told me I would have known they moved it. I think I've seen a bit of an uptick on reads since they moved a few of mine, but I'm not real good at tracking that sort of thing.

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      shanmarie 16 months ago

      Well, at least in this case, even I have to agree that it was a necessary kill. Or so it probably seemed in the moment.

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      Larry Rankin 16 months ago

      Great read, as always. Just curious, has having this story moved to this site helped, hurt, or not impacted traffic?

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, in my stories, the opposition will always be stupid. LOL The good guy will always win, my friend.

      Thank you and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Ann Carr 16 months ago from SW England

      Love it, as ever. He always manages something; good job the opposition was stupid this time too!

      Off to read the next episode.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate that, Sha. I don't know where Billy comes from...I think he's a character I've always wanted to see but would be afraid to actually meet. LOL anyway, I'm so glad you like these characters.

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      Shauna L Bowling 16 months ago from Central Florida

      Well, the buzzards are going to have a feast tonight! Talk about roadkill....

      Billy's really quick to figure how to get out of harm's way and turn the tables. (Your muse is brilliant, Bill!)

      You impress me more and more as a writer, Bill. Your characters are believable and some are even dastardly. Kind of amazing to know they come out of your head. And I mean that as a compliment.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No it couldn't, Deb, not with Billy around. LOL Thanks my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 16 months ago

      This outcome sounds about right to me. After all, it couldn't end any other way.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, you are never late. Thanks for being here at all. Funny line about women seeing stains...true that!

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      Lawrence Hebb 16 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I wondered how Billy was going to get out of this without messing up the house?

      No matter how hard he cleaned Genna would see the stains (women see those kind of things)

      It was great that you left it to our imagination just how things went down, loved the story.

      Lawrence

      (And sorry to.be late getting here)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Frank! I think there is a little Billy in all of us, wishing we could just handle the bad guys in such a manner and be done with all the bother of courts. LOL

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      Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton

      He did have it coming there is no doubt about that.. I still find this saga amazing can't wait until I'm caught up

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That breakfast is so important, don't you think, Mel? LOL

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      Mel Carriere 16 months ago from San Diego California

      All in a days work for Mr. Fix-it. He kills more people before breakfast than most bad guys do in a career. Glad to know your anti-hero believes a balanced breakfast is an important way to start the day. Thanks for the invigorating morning read!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, those are very kind words and I'm grateful. I'm having breakfast with Billy this morning. I will pass along your praise. I'm sure he will be appreciative.

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      Genna East 16 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "Never show fear." Billy is true to his roots and upbringing, and they have stood him well, so far. Wyman thought he was dealing with O'Dowd, and had no knowledge of our Billy O'Bannion's past or unique skills set, so I when I began reading, I kept my fingers crossed that Wyman's stupidity and anger would cause him to become careless. And then he tells Billy to get up and get dressed. Dumb. As always, I loved you use of imagery, such as, "ground fog rising in the valleys as hawks rode the thermals in search of breakfast," and how quickly Billy turned the tables. Before long, he was eating eggs and bacon in his kitchen while Wyman was feeding the critters. I've said this a dozen times, but this series is a favorite. It's like Billy and Genna have become family to your readers, and we can't wait to see what comes next.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michael my friend. Billy has his problems, for sure, and for his sake, and safety, let us hope Genna continues to lead him towards a gentler path.

      Happy Sunday my friend!

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      Michael-Milec 17 months ago

      Quick and easy. In a world of surviving ' if "you do not kill your enemy, he will kill you." Ouch! 'Genna deserves the truth,' and Billy needs a "confession" to cleanse the conscience. What a series, my friend!

      Good night, and a blessed weekend.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kona, I wish I could answer those little details, and in the novellas I do, but short stories just leave me wanting more detail. :)

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, right, Zulma? It was the perfect description of our rascal.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Never fear, Shyron! Bobby will be back next week and chances are pretty good he'll be in a new fix.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Missy, that is just perfect....Eastwood on the porch eating breakfast, looking out over the world, not a care in his world....BRING IT ON, WORLD!!!

      LOL Thank you for that!

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      June Parker 17 months ago from New York

      Just wondering about the car. Was it the sheriff's car? If so, what did Bobby do with the evidence once he drove himself back home?

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 17 months ago from United Kingdom

      I think Missy Smith is spot on with her description of Billy/Bob having breakfast. I can see it so clearly in my mind. And 'Clint Eastwood Cool'? Yes, totally.

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      Shyron E Shenko 17 months ago from Texas

      Wonderful Bill, glad Bobby Fix-it fixed it. This came to an end too soon.

      Blessings always.

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      Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

      This one was just cool! I'm sorry if that sounds silly, but damn it, Billy is cool like Clint Eastwood Cool! Go ahead make my day, Wyman. Is it just me, Bill, or was he actually smiling while eating his breakfast of four eggs, and six strips of bacon? Because in my mind, he was smiling with his feet propped on the front porch railing chowing down while Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" was playing in his head. lol...

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill! I'm so glad all of you are enjoying this series. I'm having a blast writing it. Happy Weekend to you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Meg, something tells me that non-violence thing will always be tested. Thanks for being here once again.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, you are too kind, but I thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, if you want me to take a look at the draft, let me know...I'm slow but reliable....gotta run, the other job took far too long today....no expiration limit on that offer.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 17 months ago from United Kingdom

      'One thousand One, One Thousand Two'; so simple, so inspired. It's moments like these that make me question why I write when I can't come up with something as brilliant as that.

      Don't mind me. I'm just having a bad day. I've just done a second rewrite and my beta reader noted the same problem I had in the first. Just can't find a way to fix it. I'm wondering if maybe a proper, sit-down creative writing class might benefit me.

      Anyway, thanks again for getting Billy/Bob out of that jam. Can't wait to see how he handles his most challenging adventure yet: fatherhood. :)

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      Bill De Giulio 17 months ago from Massachusetts

      Well that sure turned around in a hurry. Guess it pays to have street smarts. Glad to see Billy/Bobby worked his way out of that jam. Another great chapter Bill. Have a great weekend.

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      DreamerMeg 17 months ago from Northern Ireland

      Wow, what a twist. I never thought he would get out of that and bang goes the non violent method!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 17 months ago from The Caribbean

      One thousand One, One Thousand Two. It would take much longer than that to list your merits as a story-teller, or to list the smarts of the other Billy!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A mere wisp of a memory, Eric, and then nothingness. LOL Thanks buddy!

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Awesome. Something tells me nobody is going to be missing that sheriff.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It sure is for me, Pop!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I don't know what to tell you....for me this isn't really work, so I love doing it. As for your move, best wishes. I hope it goes smoothly and it was good to hear from you.

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      breakfastpop 17 months ago

      Yes, billy, writing is supposed to be fun......

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 17 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Bill, great job! I haven't read many hubs lately, but I'm glad I took the time to read this. How on earth do you get so much work done? Unless my heart and mind are in the right place, nothing gets done. Although we've been up against the wall lately, the end is in sight, and I'm writing again. We will be moving to our new home next week, once we've settled down, I'll be back. ;)

      My best always.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, you bring up a great point about high moral ground...Billy is always battling that. He wants to just once stand upon that ground, but his natural instincts keep him about two steps short of the goal. LOL As for .future trouble, never fear!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, there are a ton of little details like that and I find I have to just leave them out because of the nature of novellas.....you have a good eye for detail. I saw that immediately and then had to debate with myself what to do. LOL Thanks for being here and Happy Wednesday to you.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, VenkatachariM. I'm so glad you and others are enjoying this romp through fantasy!

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      MizBejabbers 17 months ago

      I love it, Bill. Most people write around something like this and turn it into high moral ground when that endangers everyone involved. But remember, it's only a secret until you tell someone. Now all you have to do is think up more trouble for Billy to get into, but for him, that shouldn't be too difficult.

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      William Leverne Smith 17 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Excellent solution... only 'Billy' could get through that... a little worried about the Sheriff's car... but you are especially good at leaving out the appropriate 'unnecessary' details! Thanks for another great read!! ;-)

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      Venkatachari M 17 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very exciting story. Sherif's each mistake turned your position more advantageous. That's a great way of plotting the story. Enjoyed a lot at the happy ending.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm so glad you love it, Ruby! Consider yourself to be Genna....you are keeping the violence to a minimum, so thank you!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, rarely have I been praised for putting someone out of their misery. LOL In fact, that's a first! Thanks for the chuckle. Billy lives on to fight another day.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, I'm so glad you found this entertaining. Thank you my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 17 months ago from Southern Illinois

      The sheriff had it coming, only I wish you'd buried him. I could see the birds picking out his brain's. YUCK! That's what I call excellent writing when I could envision the scene. I love this story. Thank you...

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 17 months ago from United Kingdom

      Well done, Bobby, turning his mistakes to your advantage. I can understand your not wanting to distress Genna. But she seems to know you pretty well. She'll sense that something is bothering you and have the truth out of you in no time flat. Better to just come clean from the start.

      Thank you, Bill, for putting us out of our misery. I've been going nuts trying to figure out how Bobby was going to get out of this one.

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      Buildreps 17 months ago from Europe

      That was awesome as always, Billybuc! Thank you for sharing this potentially great novella series with us. :)

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Val, that is music to my ears. Thank you so much. I'll be by to see what you've written shortly.

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      Vladimir Karas 17 months ago from Canada

      Billy - Being a new face among your fans, I should say something original, but damn it, all those best comments have already been taken, so let me just say that you got yourself another devoted reader. How is that? - Have a fabulous day. - Val.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate that, DDE! Thank you so much.

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      Devika Primić 17 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome! You write so truthfully and like the story with so many twists and great meaning too.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm having too much fun with this, Pop! Is writing supposed to be this much fun?

      Thank you and Happy Hump Day to you!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I suspect that as long as I'm drawing a breath, Bobby will live on. LOL Thanks so much, my friend.

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      breakfastpop 17 months ago

      Go billy go, and I mean both of you!

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      Janine Huldie 17 months ago from New York, New York

      Loved the twist here and long live Bobby Fix-It!! Happy Wednesday again, Bill!! :)