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Bobby Fix-It Becomes A Daddy: The Billy the Kid Chronicles Continue

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Bobby and Genna are rushing to the hospital so Genna can deliver their daughter.

End of review!

Let’s hope Billy/Bobby can begin his stint as a father in a peaceful manner.

But don’t bet on it.

Shall we peek in and see what’s happening?

At the hospital

At the hospital

At the Hospital

St. John’s Medical Center, on East Broadway in Jackson, is a five-story monolith with all the personality of a closet. Outside the hospital is white and square angles. Inside it smells like an institution where sickness and death reign supreme.

I do not like hospitals. Never have. The only time I’ve gone to one, my old man bled out in the emergency room, and I was without a family. For those of you who like to nitpick no, I was not in one as an infant. My blessed mother gave birth to me in the living room of a fifth-floor walk-up in the Heights, back in New York, with cats screeching outside, sirens blaring in the distance and the ever-present smell of cat piss wafting from the floorboards.

So I wasn’t feeling a great amount of comfort as Genna was wheeled into the delivery room at ten-thirty pm, and my comfort level lessened considerably when I was introduced to a replacement doctor, our regular obstetrician evidently on vacation. This one looked like a recent high school grad.

“I assure you,” he said to me as the nurses prepared Genna, “your wife is in excellent hands. Now let us do what we do and get that daughter of yours out into the real world.”

I refrained from threatening him if he didn’t follow through on that assurance. Instead I looked at Genna, who smiled back at me and squeezed my hand.

“It’s out of your hands, Billy. You can’t fix this problem. I’ll be fine. I know you’re afraid but your secret is safe with me. Now think good thoughts and let’s get this over with. I can’t wait to fit into my old clothes again and have a glass of wine.”

Welcome to the World, Jade!

Two hours and fourteen minutes later the world was introduced to Jade Sofia O’Dowd. I wished she could use my real last name, O’Bannion, but that just wasn’t possible and really, what difference did it make? She was my daughter no matter the name, and she was a beauty, just like her momma, a caramel skinned heartbreaker who would have boys, and men, drooling for many years to come.

I was a daddy!


The nurses washed Jade off, checked all the vitals, and handed her to Genna. I’ll tell you what, man: Genna was, at that moment, the most beautiful woman on the planet, and she was holding the most adorable baby ever seen, and this crazy Mick bastard was luckier than he had a right to be. True story!

Genna had decided on the name Jade after several of my attempts proved futile. The middle name, Sophia, was my pick, chosen in honor of my maternal grandmother, a red-haired Irish hellion named after some opera singer…..long story, not worth the time to tell it.

I told Genna I was going to spend the night at the hospital with her and Jade. She assured me I was not.

“What are you going to do here, Billy, threaten anyone and everyone who isn’t as enamored with Jade as we are? I need to sleep, as does our daughter, and you can’t help either of us do that. No, lover, you go home, get some rest, and come back tomorrow. I’m sure they’ll release me in the afternoon. Now kiss me and get out of here, please. You’re making the nurses and doctors nervous with your threatening scowl.”

The lady had spoken. I gave her a kiss, planted one on Jade and left the hospital feeling weighed down by responsibility but happier than hell.



“There ain’t nothing more important than family, Billy,” my old man used to tell me. “They’ll piss you off at times and even disappoint you, but family is family, and we O’Bannions take care of each other.” And he was true to his words. He was gutter-Irish, straight from the bogs of the Shannon region, educated on the streets of Ennis and later New York, a two-fisted brawler who loved ale with a scotch back. He was as loyal as the day is long and would defend friends and family to the death if need be. You couldn’t ask for a better man in your corner. I couldn’t have asked for a better father despite the concerns of some social service do-gooders when I was a kid.

Anyway, family is family, those words echoed in my brain as I drove home from the hospital. I now had a family and that family depended on me, not only to earn a living chasing dumber-than-dirt Herefords across the Wyoming valleys, but for emotional support. I was determined to be the best possible father to Jade, to teach her how to tie her shoes, to ride a bike, to read and write, to drive a car, appreciate Kurt Kobain, know right from wrong and take shit from no one.

But could I do that and continue to fix problems for other people?

Every single time I set out on trusted steed determined to right some wrongs, I was taking the chance I wouldn’t return home. In the past year alone I had been shot at by the Russian mob, the Mexican drug cartel and Genna’s ex-husband. I had rubbed shoulders with shotgun-toting religious nuts and crooked sheriffs and yes, I had managed to avoid injury so far, but how long can one man’s luck last?

Those thoughts weighed on me as I drove my pickup through the ink-black Wyoming night, dawn still an hour away, my headlights the only beacons of safety in a land where nature still has the upper-hand.

Back home!

Back home!

Back Home Again

I called my foreman and friend, Matt Stairs, when I got home, told him about my baby girl, told him I was going to grab a couple hours of sleep before work, and he told me not to even think of coming to work, to get some sleep and take care of my family.

There was that word again….family!

The wolves were howling as I slipped under the covers and closed my eyes, an early morning serenade from the local pack. I smiled as I pictured Genna holding our child, and I felt their love embrace me as my weariness overpowered the adrenalin.

I was being nudged. In my dream I was also sleeping, but sleep was restless because I was being poked, and I was annoyed as hell that the poking wouldn’t stop, and then my name was said, and said again, and from confusion dappled with sleep to crystal clarity I awoke, very aware that the dream had become reality. Sitting in a chair, at the side of the bed, holding a Remington shotgun, was none other than ex-Sheriff Wyman, a problem I thought I had fixed a couple months earlier.

Wyman had been shaking down the local businesses for protection money, a lucrative business for sure, crime without punishment or so he thought, at least until he shook down a friend of mine and I was asked to help. I did a little research, followed the sheriff around, found him in an affair, took pictures and one night, wearing a mask, held the sheriff and his wife captive, at which time I presented evidence of his infidelity to his wife. I then untied the wife and left her with a baseball bat. She then beat the good sheriff within an inch of his life. I also suggested to local and state officials that the sheriff was not an upstanding citizen, and dropped that same hint with the local and state newspapers.

Since that night the sheriff had been fired from his job, was facing indictment for crimes committed and had been out of the public view…..

Until tonight!

“Hell of a way to wake up, don’t you think, O’Dowd?” he said to me, and for emphasis he poked me in the ribs with the shotgun.

There was no point in denying anything. I figured lies would just piss him off more than he already was.

“How’d you figure it was me, Wyman?”

“You were asking questions to the local newspaper reporter, you stupid shit. It really wasn’t that hard tracking you down. Turns out he doesn’t have a very high threshold of pain. I slapped him around a bit and he gave you up in a heartbeat. So here I am and, as you can imagine, I’m not too happy with you.”

That, I figured, was an understatement. The business end of the Remington was now pointed at my face and his finger was on the trigger. Worst of all, Wyman was smiling like a man with nothing to lose.

Which he was!

To Be Continued

Oh my goodness!

What can I tell you? Billy just has a knack for wading through the muck and mire.

I don’t know how he’s going to get out of this mess but one thing I’m certain of: when the going gets tough, the smart money is on the crazy Mick bastard.

See you next week!

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 06, 2016:

Manatita, I'll take a "wow" any old day. Thank you so much, my friend, and blessings to you always

manatita44 from london on June 05, 2016:

Wow! This one deserves another "Wow!" Had Billy read your first two paragraphs, I don't think he would have chosen this hospital. Again, this piece flowed with vibrant grace until the rude awakening at the end. Welcome to reality! (chuckle) Wow!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Well you have successfully done that, Shannon, and I thank you!

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 29, 2016:

Hahaha. I wanted to catch up on the story!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 29, 2016:

My God, Shannon. I can't keep up with your comments. I thought I was caught up this morning, went and worked out in the yard, came back and the comment section is filled with you. LOL Thanks so much....I don't know what else to say.

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 29, 2016:

Talk about a rude awakening!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 19, 2016:

You got that right, Sha: Billy doesn't do mundane and predictable. LOL Thanks for the tip about labor...I'll correct it when necessary.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 19, 2016:

Genna's very fortunate to have given birth to her first child after only two hours and fourteen minutes of labor. That doesn't usually happen the first time around.

I have no idea how Billy/Bobby is going to get out of this pickle. Maybe someone will show up bearing baby gifts just in the knick of time. But that would be too mundane and predictable.

I'm standing by with bated breath....

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 15, 2016:

Just stay out of the line of fire, Ann, and all will be well.

Good to see you my friend. Thank you! I hope your Sunday is fantastic!


Ann Carr from SW England on May 15, 2016:

Oh no! I thought the sweet stuff was too good; there had to be something to upset the applecart.

Great continuation! How is he going to get out of this one? We will find out, that's one thing for certain....


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 08, 2016:

Thank you Frank! I really have enjoyed writing this one.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 08, 2016:

Mel, you had me howling with that line...Father of the Year and Garbage Collector of the year. LOL Thanks my friend.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on May 06, 2016:

the saga continues.. loving the series my friend..

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on May 06, 2016:

Spoiler alert! I predict that Bobby Fix-it will get the Jackson Hole Father of the Year award sometime in the upcoming pages. Thanks for the morning entertainment!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 02, 2016:

What a life that child will have, eh, Mike?

Thanks my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 02, 2016:

Genna, welcome back my friend, and I'm honored you returned to Billy. Thank you and Happy Work Week to you!

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on May 01, 2016:

Bobby Fix-It Becomes A Daddy: The Billy the Kid Chronicles Contine

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 01, 2016:

Hi Billy. I'm back from my work sabbatical, and had to pick up with our duo and Billy The Kid. (I just love these stories.) "This one looked like a recent high school grad." Lol; don't they all these days? Congrats on the arrival of beautiful, sweet Jade. I had hopes of a smooth path for our Billy -- well, at least for a week or so -- and like a moldy green penny, Wyman shows up. No rest for our beloved equalizer, it seems. I'm keeping my fingers crossed as I head off to the next chapter.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 30, 2016:

Thank you Shyron. You made me laugh with the Ebony and Ivory reference.

blessings to you, my friend

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on April 28, 2016:

Wow! Bill, what a time for Bobby Fix-it, to get into such a fix.

I thin I was suppose to read this one and then the other one that I read earlier, not that it mattered, they are both great.

Blessings always. Thanks for Jade not Ebony nor Ivory.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 28, 2016:

Lawrence, thank you so much for the kind words and recommendation. I really appreciate it.


Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on April 28, 2016:


So I guess 'Bobby' isn't heading for that retirement that he's been thinking about anytime soon then?

Somehow I think it's going to be a bit of a challenge to get out of the 'fix' with the 'ex Shreiff' but "Bobby' has seen worse!

I also want to recommend the book 'Under the blood red Russian moon' to anyone reading this, I'm thorougly enjoying it.



Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 26, 2016:

Vellur, it's all waiting for you and the answer will be delivered tomorrow. Thank you for following along.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 26, 2016:

A great event to celebrate but does not last long for Bobby, who is left staring at the end of a Remington. Wonder how he is going to wriggle out of this tough situation, I am sure you have it all figured out!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 26, 2016:

Missy, I would never bet against this street rat. Your instincts are good, my friend.

Thank you!

Missy Smith from Florida on April 26, 2016:

Well, it was bound to happen, and I was certainly waiting for one of Billy's past acquaintances to show up. At the most inopportune time, but I feel he will make a fast plan of action.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 25, 2016:

Great point, Deb! I never thought of that. LOL Thanks for the idea.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on April 24, 2016:

Well, at least Jade is in the world now. Billy never promised to be good after the birth.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 23, 2016:

I'll try not to disappoint you, Rajan! Thank you sir!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 22, 2016:

Very interesting and I'm waiting to see how Billy wriggles out of this situation. The suspense ought to be worth the wait, for sure.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 22, 2016:

Beautifully stated, Michael my friend. Have a peaceful and bountiful weekend.

Michael-Milec on April 22, 2016:

You won't disappoint me my friend. The one who was prone to disappointment has died very long time ago. A living one now is realistic to functional activities as they come, being filled with grace to accept life's best under all circumstances.

Have / make a great weekend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 22, 2016:

Michael my friend, I hope I don't disappoint you. Your praise of this story makes me very happy and I thank you.

blessings this weekend to you and yours

Michael-Milec on April 21, 2016:

You have introduced me my friend in a days -long void where I really don't see what we are coming to regarding the futurity of Billy/Bobby family...

Can this story ... - oh yes it can get even better ?!

Peace and blessings.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

Thank you very much, DDE!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

MizB, I actually believe that, and that was the inspiration for this chapter...trouble begets trouble....hard to avoid it when that's your life. :) Thanks for always being here.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

Very true, Pop.....but timing is everything, right? For Billy, I'm not sure there is such a thing as "good timing." LOL

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

Zulma, I suspect Billy really said something very close to your words.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

Thanks Alicia. I love to leave you all hanging and I do appreciate you being here.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

Bill, the answer is next Wednesday. See you then, my friend, and thank you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

Aesta, there is nothing stable about Billy's life. Some people are just born under a bad sign. Thanks so much for being here.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

Thanks John! The ending will be painted in red....that's a huge hint of what's coming.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

Sheez, Linda, do you think I know everything about Billy? I have no idea why he passed on the delivery room. Maybe he's squeamish. LOL I do have the ending figured out but you have to wait a week anyway. Thanks my Northwest friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

Kaili, so nice to see you again. Thank you for reconnecting and I'm so glad you enjoyed this chapter.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

Meg, I never thought of Piceen's girlfriend helping...great idea...stay tuned and thank you!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

and thank you again, Ruchira!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

Thank you Ruchira! Family is everything, my friend, and one should not mess with Billy's family...ever!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

Venkatachari M, if I were a betting man, I would be on Billy every time. :) Stay tuned and thank you!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

Thank you Ruby! My guess is the ex-sheriff is not long for this world....but I'm only guessing. wink-wink!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

Thanks Buildreps. I'm willing to bet there will be some blood flowing before this chapter ends.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2016:

Eric, I can't believe you thought there would be a peaceful, easy feeling in Billy's life. LOL Come on, buddy, you know me better than that.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 21, 2016:

The best and so much you thought of in this interesting hub.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on April 21, 2016:

Wow, what a way to wake up. I hope your muse puts on her thinking cap and helps you get Bobby out of this one. It seems like anytime someone lives a troubled life, it just keeps following them around...and affects their Family (that word again). Hope Genna and Jade come out OK.

breakfastpop on April 21, 2016:

If there ever was a case of bad timing, this is it!!!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on April 21, 2016:

I'm not known for subtlety, in case you haven't guessed. The sheriff caught Billy/Bob and me completely off guard. Maybe I was giving voice to Billy/Bob's first thought on realising who his uninvited guest was.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 20, 2016:

That certainly was a surprise at the end! Knowing Bobby, I suspected that something would happen to end his happiness, but I didn't expect the sheriff to appear. I'm looking forward to the next chapter, as always.

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on April 20, 2016:

How long do I have to wait? ... Someone asked!!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 20, 2016:

Bill, he is definitely knee-deep in doo doo. I can't wait to find out either. LOL Thanks, Bill!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 20, 2016:

Janine, Bobby hasn't talked to me today, so I'm clueless how he's going to walk away from this problem....stay tuned!

And thank you so much for always being here front and center.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 20, 2016:

I'll get to the other comments in time but Zulma, I just had to take the time to comment on yours....best opening line of a comment I've ever received. I was howling when I read God damn it to Hell!!!!!! For a writer, that's a perfect comment to receive. Thank you!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 20, 2016:

I thought it was going to be a stable family life for our Billy...I did not expect this turn. Brilliant!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on April 20, 2016:

I thought all was going to smoothly, with the birth of Jade etc and all happy families. There had to be a twist around the corner. This is Billy/Bobby we are talking about here. Great cliffhanger at the end, Bill.

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on April 20, 2016:

God damn it to Hell. I had a feeling it wouldn't be long before the chickens would come home to roost. I thought it might be someone to do with Genna's ex, not someone this close to home. I can't even begin to think how Billy-Bob's gonna get out of this one. I can't believe I have to wait a whole week now. Maybe longer.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on April 20, 2016:

Just when it seemed that life was going to settle down to some sort of normalcy for Billy/Bobby.... I did NOT see this one coming. I sure hope you have this one figured out already. I sure don't want to wait a week (or more) to find out what happens.

(Just wondering--why wasn't Bobby in the delivery room with Genna? I think that has become common practice).

Kaili Bisson from Canada on April 20, 2016:

Thanks for the recap billybuc. I have been absent from HP for many moons and am trying to catch up with old friends. This is a great story, and I will need to go back a few chapters I think!

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on April 20, 2016:

So Max Piceen's girlfriend is going to come and save him? Surely some of those he has helped will return the favour? Maybe not! What will Genna and Jade do, if he isn't there. Oooo, can't wait for the next episode!

Ruchira from United States on April 20, 2016:

Gosh! I hope and pray Billy gets spared for the sake of his family!

After all...family is everything!

Jade's character has been woven very well!

Ruchira on April 20, 2016:

Gosh! I hope and pray Billy gets spared for the sake of his family!

After all...family is everything!

Jade's character has been woven very well!

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on April 20, 2016:

It was all going in such a pleasant mood until this sheriff made presence disturbing all joy. Now, Billy should find some trick to work out on him.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 20, 2016:

Oh my, a new beautiful baby and now this crook of a sheriff comes calling and with a gun! I have a feeling that Bobby will outsmart him and possibly wrap that shotgun around his neck, or maybe something better. Whatever, it will have your signature stamped on it. I love the name Jade BTW.

Buildreps from Europe on April 20, 2016:

Oh boy, that's exciting! I hope he gets out without too many scratches. Have a great day, billybuc. :)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 20, 2016:

Wonderful. Just when we started with a peaceful easy feeling - Wham! But I can't tell if I am awake or dreamin.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on April 20, 2016:

Once again I didn't see that coming, his encounter with the ex-sheriff that is. Quite a jam he now finds himself in. I'm sure he'll figure something out. Can't wait to see how this developes.

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on April 20, 2016:

Congrats to Bobby, but what an ending and can't wait to see how he gets out of this mess now! Happy Wednesday now, Bill :)

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