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

Summaries, We’ve Got Summaries

Bobby/Billy is on the hunt, but without a weapon, thanks to a promise he made to Genna, his common-law wife. No weapons, that’s her demand, and Bobby/Billy is determined to keep up his end of the bargain. It might be tough, though, because he’s on the trail of a blackmailing mean sonofabitch, Max Piceen, and as any hunter knows, you don’t wrestle a grizzly bear without making sure you have a big club handy.

Shall we continue?

The serenity of the locale is about to be shattered

The serenity of the locale is about to be shattered

Previous chapter

Jackson Hole Real Estate

Piceen’s fiancé, Patty McLain, worked at Jackson Hole Real Estate, and that testament to capitalism was located in a strip mall on North Cache Drive by the banks of Flat Creek in north Jackson. I parked Matt Stair’s vintage Porsche, a 1968 911 which I had borrowed for this dramatic display, in the lot and walked in the office.

I was greeted by the receptionist, Janice, early twenties, bright teeth that must have cost a fortune, breasts that cost even more.

“A friend of a friend told me Patty McLain is the salesperson I need to help me find just the right house here in Jackson. Would it be possible for me to meet Mrs. McLain?”

“Of course. May I have your name, sir?”

“Peter Graham!”

“Mr. Graham, let me see if Patty can see you now.”

It was enjoyable watching Janice walk down the corridor, her young body selling what truly beautiful women never have to sell. I thought of Genna and just how lucky I am.

Two minutes of daydreaming and I was joined by a petite blond sporting a dazzling smile, her handshake telling me I was the most important person in the world. She was about my age, mid-thirties, not an ounce of fat, the type you see jogging alongside the road early in the morning with headphones and workout clothes that cost more than you pay in rent. She had a diamond necklace around her expensive neck. Business had been good for Patty McLain.

“Mr. Graham, I’m Patty McLain. I hear you’re new to town. How may I help you?”

Once the niceties were out of the way, Patty promised me she could find exactly what I wanted, a newer home, out in the country, fairly isolated and in the three million price range. In fact, she knew of just the right home and would I like to see it now?

Sometimes it’s just too easy.

She asked if I’d like to ride with her. I said I’d follow, and I did, her Mercedes SL gobbling up the road as we drove into the foothills east of town, the Porsche having no trouble keeping up.

Beautiful valley but ugliness is nearby

Beautiful valley but ugliness is nearby

What a Lovely House

And it was a lovely house, all huge logs and panoramic views of valleys and snowcapped peaks, open concept and the best gadgetries money could buy, divorces can be so sad, can’t they, and the wife just wants to unload this and you can have it all for the ridiculously low price of two-point-nine million and anyone will tell you what a wonderful bargain that is, and Patty was absolutely breathless with excitement over the prospect of selling that lovely home until I pulled out a knife and placed it on her lovely throat, just above that diamond necklace. Suddenly selling the home wasn’t too terribly important.

There is something very primal about a knife. I’ve seen stone-cold killers face down a gun without blinking, but flash some sharp-edged steel at them and they pee down their legs. It has that kind of effect.

I looked into her eyes as I pressed her against the stainless steel refrigerator. She had lovely eyes.

“Patty, let’s you and I play word association. You know the game, right?” She nodded. “I’m going to say two words and you’ll tell me the first thing that comes to your mind. Are you ready?” She nodded again.

“Max Piceen are the two words, Patty. Now what comes to mind for you when you hear those words?”

“Who are you?”

I pressed the knife a bit harder against her throat.

“Come on, Patty, surely you know how to play this game. I say Max Piceen and you say…..?”

“What do you want to know? I haven’t seen Max since he was sent away to prison.”

I may not have been gifted with a great amount of good looks or intelligence, but I have a whole lot of quick. I slapped her hard, right hand, snapped her head to the side, grabbed her throat and placed the blade of the knife right next to her eye, all in the time it takes to lie to a stranger.

“I saw you with Max the other day so Patty, I’m going to ask you one more question, and if I don’t like the answer, things will get uglier. Where is Max Piceen?”

Bluffs don’t always work. I was betting the ball game on this bluff but I liked my odds. A guy is engaged, goes to prison, gets out and what’s he been dreaming about all those years in the solitude of his cell, pounding his pud under fluorescent lights? Seeing his girl, and Patty was worth seeing.

She was crying now. Her perfect little world had just turned gutter-ugly. I didn’t feel good about it, but the thought of Piceen hurting Mike’s girlfriend eased my guilt a bit.

“He’s living in a motel just outside of town. He wants to move in with me, in my apartment, but I don’t know if I want him to. Prison changed him, made him mean….he’s not the same guy I knew. Now please, that’s all I know. I don’t know what else I can do for you.”

“Thank you, Patty! There is just one more thing you can do.” I smiled my best smile, hoping she would feel the warmth of friendship. My gesture failed miserably.

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Back Home Again

I steered Matt’s car down our driveway, pulled up to the side of our cabin and shut down the engine. I listened to the sounds of the forest for a few moments until Patty’s muffled cries ruined the moment. She was tucked down on the floor on the passenger side, her hands taped behind her, tape over her eyes, tape over her mouth. She didn’t look terribly comfortable. Porsches are pretty small.

Genna was eating a salad when I dragged Patty into our cabin.

“I see you kept your promise so far,” she said to me. “I mean, she’s living, so maybe it is possible to reform you. Did you get the answers you needed?”

“I did, hon. Now, Patty is going to stay with you for a couple hours, while I go work my charm with Max. I couldn’t really leave her alone. I was afraid she’d call Max and warn him, and that just wouldn’t do. You two have a fun time getting to know each other, and I should be back in three hours at the latest. Keep her taped up, keep the tape over her eyes so she can’t see you, and everything should be okay.

“Patty, you just get comfortable on the couch. As soon as I take care of your boyfriend I’ll take you back to your car and your life can get back to normal and you’ll never see me again….unless…and this is important, Patty, so pay attention. If I even get a sniff that you’ve gone to the cops about me, I’m afraid you and I will meet again, some night maybe, when you are home alone, or during some open house out in the country, or a dark parking lot late at night. You’ll never know when, Patty, and you’ll live your life in fear.

“But that won’t happen, will it, Patty, because after today you and I will never see each other again? Isn’t that right, Patty?”

Her muffled affirmation and frantic nod of the head was all I needed.

I kissed Genna and left the cabin to finish what I had started.

Lesson from the Past

Does the end justify the means? I felt horrible about slapping Patty. I felt horrible about the nightmares she would have and the fear-shakes she would experience when loud noises startled her or creeping shadows announced the arrival of imagined monsters, but her boyfriend had to be stopped before he did the unimaginable to Mike’s wife. And I was the one who would stop him.

My old man, God rest his Irish soul, would have understood. Nothing was more important to him than family and friends. You did anything for a good friend, and “anything” meant just that. There was no wiggle room in that statement. It was absolute and not open for discussion.

Max Piceen was about to gain his own understanding of that truth.

And I’ll See You All Next Week

Yes, Billy will ride again, in the exciting conclusion to this chapter. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week of writing, living and loving.

© 2016 Bill Holland


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

Shannon, I'm not sure Billy has a style other than head down and ram into a wall full speed. LOL

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 29, 2016:

If I were Genna, I would not be happy about her being brought to me. It's one thing to know about it, but quite another to help. And who can say she wouldn't have voluntarily said where he was staying if Billy had I.produced himself as an old friend or something. But I guess the that's not his style. LOL

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 11, 2016:

Awww, heck Sha, he didn't cut her! LOL You can't expect Billy to totally reform overnight, can you? :)

I do love this character. He's easy to get inside of.

Thank you my friend.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 11, 2016:

I'm amazed at how you really get inside your characters' heads, Bill. Your deviant plots in the Billy the Kid Chronicles are proof in the puddin'. I do have a question, though: if Billy/Bobby promised Genna no weapons would be involved, why did he pull a knife on our unsuspecting hot shot realtor?

I'm dying to see how he handles his encounter with Max!

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

Mel, I'm so glad you enjoyed that line. I laughed when I wrote it. LOL Thanks my friend.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on April 25, 2016:

Pounding his pud under florescent lights. Pure poetry. Love it, see you again soon.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 12, 2016:

PS, I really appreciate that. I'm a late bloomer because that knack was not there when I was younger.

blessings my friend

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 11, 2016:

Bill. I could go on and on but suffice it to say: you do have a knack for telling a tale...one I have no problem reading from beginning to end and always making me wish there was more to read!!! Angels surrounding you. ps

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

She was indeed, Deb! Thanks, as always, for following along.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on April 06, 2016:

Glad to see that you were able to keep your world, but she was mighty easy in the scheme of things, wasn't she?

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 05, 2016:

Frank, I really do appreciate the kind words. My best to you, friend.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on April 05, 2016:

oh your chapters.. or continuations, just get more dramatic.. so freaking absorbing.. and thanks for the summaries they make back track reading easier...Frank

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 04, 2016:

Zulma, some people just have to learn the hard way. :) Old Max is about to be introduced to some street justice. :)

Thanks so much for catching up.

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on April 04, 2016:

(shaking my head ruefully) Oh, Max, why didn't you just move on and start a new life. Well, I guess he'll just have to learn the hard way.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 04, 2016:

Very kind of you, Manatita! I will look after myself, thank you!

manatita44 from london on April 03, 2016:

You too, Bill. Take time-out when you feel it's necessary. Continue to exercise care. You're too precious to us. Take rest as and when you can. Much Love.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 03, 2016:

Thanks Manatita. I've got great faith in Bobby! :) Blessings my friend and Happy Sunday to you.

manatita44 from london on April 02, 2016:

Nice one, only you brought her home. Risky, that one. Let's hope that you find Piceen fast. Happy weekend!

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

Thank you Ann! Max's life is about to become much more complicated. :)

I hope you are well...good to hear from you and I hope you have a marvelous weekend.


Ann Carr from SW England on April 01, 2016:

Great stuff, bill! Bobby certainly has a straightforward view of the world!

We're all waiting for Max to get his come-uppance. How will you conclude this one I wonder?! Looking forward to reading it, needless to say.


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 01, 2016:

Thank you DDE! I will try to continue to live up to your high praise.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 01, 2016:

Thank you so much, Alicia. That is high praise for any writer, that his readers are looking forward to the next chapter. Thank you again and Happy Weekend to you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 01, 2016:

A brilliant story with good meaning I find this one interesting and it remains unknown till next time thanks for sharing.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 31, 2016:

The climax to this story is going to be interesting! I'm looking forward to next week.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 31, 2016:

Thank you so much, Nell. Excitement is my middle name. LOL

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 31, 2016:

Bill, I have it on good authority that Billy is going to pull this off. Never fear, my friend. :)

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on March 31, 2016:

Hi Bill. Not exactly sure what he has in-store for Max but threatening and holding Patty seems very risky. Can't wait to see how this plays out.

Nell Rose from England on March 31, 2016:

He's really going to leave them alone? oh boy! lol! loving this story, and can't wait for the finale!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 31, 2016:

MIchael my friend, there is a certain amount of truth in that quote. Thank you for sharing it. We can't live like Bobby, but he is entertaining at the very least.

blessings always

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 31, 2016:

It sure looks like that, Aesta! I hope not. :) Thanks for always being here.

Michael-Milec on March 30, 2016:

Bill, dearest friend your unique method distributing righteousness as needed ( by Bobby Fix-it) at any price led me to use an illustration from my prefered literature a simple quote: "Worldly people are more clever than spiritually-minded people when it comes to dealing with others."

Peace with us.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 30, 2016:

I look forward to what Genna will do with Patty. Looks like, this is getting our hero closer to breaking his promise to Genna.

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

Missy, let's look at Billy as 60% good guy and 40% iffy....that way he won't disappoint us. :) See you next week....thank you!

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

Linda, I had to do it....Billy has his own code and it is, at times, ruthless....but effective. :) I'll see if I can't put some luster to his armor next week, just for you.

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

One more week to wait, Dora....sorry about that. :) Kind of! LOL Thanks for always being here.

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

I do too, Pop! Billy and I could be good friends. :)

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

My pleasure, Bill. I'm having loads of fun with this one, so thanks for keeping it alive with your comments.

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

Shyron, thank you so much....something tells me Max won't be among the free much longer. :)

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

I tend to agree with you, Eric....people without scruples don't get many chances to say it right when they have a knife to their throat...she's begging for a bad outcome.

Missy Smith from Florida on March 30, 2016:

Eeeeek, I think we all felt bad that he slapped Patty. I guess he had no choice, but this makes me nervous. He will eventually let her go, but that is tremendously risky I think. Even though, we wouldn't want that thought of him killing her. I don't know, I feel nervous!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on March 30, 2016:

Bill, your descriptions are priceless--that my friend is where you truly shine. I winced (along with Patty) when Billy/Bobby slapped her. I kinda wish he hadn't done that, but we know he didn't want to use that knife, so it was one method of getting his point across. I can't wait for the next episode.

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

Thank you so much, Ruby! I liked that description too and was hoping others would.

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

MizB, I questioned whether to have him slap her or not, but then decided that the character Billy is never perfect, and that's part of the fine line he walks throughout this series....good vs evil.....I'm glad that bothered you...it was intended to do so. :)

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

Buildreps, you made my day calling that the longest sentence...that was my goal, a run-on sentence that picked up speed as it went....thank you for that.

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

Thank you Meg...I'll try not to disappoint you.

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

Janine, I love that you are guessing what will happen next...thank you for playing along and Happy Wednesday to you.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 30, 2016:

What a setup! After all the preliminaries with Patty, I expected the showdown. Okay, I can wait.

breakfastpop on March 30, 2016:

I love Billy's appreciation for a beautiful woman and a solution to a nasty problem.

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on March 30, 2016:

Have to wait a whole week to learn Max's fate... a week is good! Thank you, for what you do!! ;-)

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 30, 2016:

Oh wow Bill, I too liked your description of the receptionist. Can't wait till next week to find out what happens to Ms. Patty, I mean Max.

Blessings and Hugs my friend

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 30, 2016:

Patty should not have lied. I don't think I would lie if someone had a knife to my throat. So what kind of person has that much gaul? Patty is not as innocent as she makes out. Deserved what she got.

I anxiously await the meeting with Max.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 30, 2016:

This was an exciting installment! I had a feeling Max was on his way out but you promised remember? I too loved your description of the receptionist, I could see her walking away from you. What a GREAT writer you are! See ya next time....

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on March 30, 2016:

Oh, goodness, I was with you all the way except for slapping Patty. Don't know if I approve of that, but then the world isn't purty. Anything to save Mike's girlfriend's life. And then there's the old saying, "you sleep with dogs, you're bound to get fleas." Patty now has good reason to get rid of the dog.

I love your description of the receptionist. I am having a little trouble keeping Matt, Max and Mike straight, though.

Buildreps from Europe on March 30, 2016:

That was awesome, billybuc! I believe I read the longest sentence in my life in this story. There are no rules about that, and I admire the way how you used it in your favour. After reading the sentence I was breathless. Nice blog, by the way. Have a great day, my friend.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on March 30, 2016:

Oh dear, looks like they may have to move on again now. He kept his word to Genna, but what's going to happen back at the homestead? Waiting for the next in anticipation. Exciting!

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on March 30, 2016:

Wow, this was definitely an interesting turn and yet cannot wait for the exciting conclusion next week to see what happens to Max (I have a sneaking suspicion, but still). Happy Wednesday, Bill!! :)

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