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Bobby Fix-It Devises a Non-Violent Plan: The Billy the Kid Chronicles Continue

A Quick Summary

Well, our anti-hero Bobby/Billy just can’t say no to a friend. This time, a co-worker is being blackmailed and threatened, and those two things just don’t set well with Bobby Fix-It. He promises to look into the matter, but he’s also got Genna to think about, and let’s not forget his daughter, scheduled to be born in two weeks.

What’s a man to do?

All is not peaceful in Wyoming

All is not peaceful in Wyoming

A Quandry for Sure

“I’ve settled on a name for our daughter, Billy, one that will set your mind at ease over the whole black, Irish name problem.”

She was smiling when she said it, making it sound like she was teasing, but I knew this wasn’t up for debate. Besides, I had bigger fish to fry, so sounding supportive was tactically a good move. I smiled.

“Let’s hear it, hon.”

“We’re going to name our daughter Jade. It’s not black, it’s not Irish, or it could be black and it could be Irish. It’s the perfect non-descript name for her. Besides, I think it’s a pretty name.”

“I couldn’t agree more, darlin’. Jade it is. Perfect!”

That’s when I got the look, the one that said she didn’t know what was up but she was certain I wasn’t telling her something. She’s learned quite a bit about me since we were forced together on a windswept beach in Florida with lead flying around us and dead Mexicans falling in the tide.

“That was way too easy, Billy. Spill it right now. What’s on your mind that you want me to agree with?”

So I told her about Mike at work, Mike being blackmailed for a crime he was a part of a long time ago, Mike with the pretty wife now threatened by a con with vengeance and payback on his mind.

She was quiet for a few minutes. I knew enough to keep quiet and give her thinking space. Finally she walked to me and knelt down in front of me. It took some effort, her being so pregnant and all, so I shut my mouth and waited for it.

“No guns, Billy! Promise me right now, however you decide to handle this matter for your friend, you will not use a gun. If you can promise me you’ll solve this dilemma without killing someone then I’m all in. If not, I’ll raise Jade by myself. What’s it going to be?”

Daddy didn’t raise no fool. I made the promise and sealed the deal with a kiss.

“Now tell me what you have planned,” she said, so I kicked around some ideas and she tossed around some fine-tuning. Between the two of us we worked out a reasonable approach. My hope, as I left the house, was that “reasonable” equated to staying alive.

Trouble brewing in Jackson

Trouble brewing in Jackson

Stalking the Quarry

Take on an ex-con, one who has threatened people with bodily harm, and discourage him from continuing, and do it all without the use of my Glock…..

Sure, no problem!

First things first. I dialed the number Mike had given me and prepared for an enlightening discussion with Max Piceen, former prison bitch, current blackmailer. He answered on the second ring.

“Piceen here!”

“Mr. Piceen, you don’t know me, but I’m a friend of Mike’s. He tells me there’s a problem with you, a problem involving joy rides and stupid kid stunts. He also tells me you were stand-up in prison, and I respect that, but then he mentioned blackmail and threats and I gotta tell ya, Piceen, that troubles me greatly.”

His laughter did not warm my heart.

“I didn’t catch your name, friend of Mike’s. I guess it doesn’t matter. I did my time, paid for the crime, and now it’s Mike’s turn. Thanks for the social call, but I really don’t give a shit that it troubles you. Tell Mike this phone call pisses me off. He now has two days to give me what I want, or me and his wife are going dancing.”

“Mr. Piceen, you misunderstand the purpose of this call. Mike really doesn’t want to meet you again, so I’m his go-between. I’m going to meet with you and pay you, and then you’ll slide back under whatever rock you call home. Now give me a time and place and let’s get this over with.”

There was that laugh again.

“Works for me, Mike’s. Let’s say two tomorrow afternoon, the old quarry out on state road eleven. Don’t be late now. I don’t like being disappointed.”

Sometimes it’s just too easy!

After I hung up I called Mike and told him about my conversation with Piceen.

“Tell me what he looks like, Mike.”

“Shit, Bobby, I haven’t seen him since I was eighteen. There’s no telling how much he’s changed since then.” He was quiet for a good thirty seconds. “He’s a big guy, about six-four. When I knew him he weighed close to two-thirty, sandy blond hair, light blue eyes….oh, there was one thing….he had a scar over his left eye, a nasty looking thing he got playing youth hockey.”

“That’s good enough, Mike. I’ll find him from the scar. You just sit tight for a couple days, go about your normal activities and try not to worry. I’ve got a meeting with him tomorrow but I think I’ll take care of matters tonight and skip the meeting.”

“How are you going to find him, Bobby?”

“No sweat, Mike. Predators never stray far from their watering hole.”

Jackson, Wyoming

Jackson, Wyoming

In Search of a Watering Hole

Piceen was from Jackson. That made him vulnerable. Most likely he had family nearby. He had favorite haunts. We’re all creatures of habit. All I had to do was learn about his habits and meet him near his lair.

I went to the library and asked the nice lady behind the service desk where they kept the old copies of the local newspaper. She led me to a back room where micro-fiche machines were kept. She asked me the dates I was looking for and I gave her the dates immediately after Piceen was arrested for the crime.

You’d be amazed just how easy it is to peel the layers off anyone’s life.

Piceen was living at sixteen-twenty-four West Buford when he was arrested, but the actual arrest took place at the Rancher’s Bar & Grill where Piceen was having dinner with his fiancé, Patty McLain.

I thanked the young lady at the desk, went out to my car and called Matt Stairs, my foreman at the ranch. Matt’s been in Jackson for quite a few years, seems to know everyone and, most importantly, owed me big time for saving his sister from a religious cult. He answered after four rings.

“Matt, it’s Bobby. Let me pick your brain. Do you remember a local by the name of Max Piceen, got sent up to prison for assault and robbery charges about ten years ago?”

“Hell yes I remember him. I used to bowl in the same league with the guy. I knew his fiancé better, though. Her name was Patty McLain, cute little thing, she was friends with my wife. She’s still in town, working over at Jackson Hole Real Estate. I ran into her the other day and shot the shit with her, and before you ask, she didn’t mention anything about Max Piceen. Why are you asking?”

The less Matt knew the better.

“It’s nothing major, Matt. Just a problem I’m working on. You’re better off knowing very little about this. Thanks for the info. I’ll see you on Monday.”

Sometimes it’s just too easy.

Jackson is a relatively small town. Sure, there are tons of tourists coming and going, but when tourist season ends and it’s just the locals, Jackson is just one of those “he knows a guy who knows a guy” kind of towns, with hundreds of old-timers who are walking encyclopedias of local lore.

It was time for me to see a lady about buying a house in Jackson Hole.

Until Next Time…….

Bobby against a con in the con’s home town…..no problem, because when it comes down to the push and shove of a situation, our Irish mutt anti-hero strikes first, strikes fast and strikes hardest.

Join me next week as we watch Bobby get into position for his next strike.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

Comments

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

Billy regresses a bit in the new ebook....violence just can't be avoided with the blood runs hot in our anti-hero.

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 28, 2016:

Intrigued that this particular situation has a no killing plan. Your last no kill solution to a problem was my favorite installment.

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

Thanks Sha! This is a fun character to write about and I'm enjoying it immensely.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 03, 2016:

This is fun. I'm looking forward to Billy/Bobby outsmarting Piceen at his craft. Can't wait to see how he pulls it off without the aid of his Glock.

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

Always give back to the community, Mel! Billy is a firm believer of that when he isn't killing people LOL

Mel Carriere from San Diego California on April 25, 2016:

Bobby Fix-it doing charity work like this would make Mother Teresa proud. Glad you are keeping your hero busy. Great story.

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

Larry, I can't thank you enough for playing catch-up upon your return. Thank you my friend.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on April 22, 2016:

Found this installment particularly fun.

Great read!

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

Hard to believe, isn't it, Zulma? How does he ever do it?

Probably the same way we did when we were young, eh?

Thanks my friend.

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

All this intel gathering without the help of Google? Billy is resourceful. I'll just sit tight till the next instalment. The email is probably sitting in my inbox even now.

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

I'm sure you can find some dirt to kick up, Deb! The wait won't be long. :) Thanks my friend.

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

Thank you Lawrence! I love this character and I'm so happy that all of you do as well.

bill

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

Thanks for catching up, Frank. It means a great deal to me.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on March 30, 2016:

Time to kick up a little dirt while I'm waiting, eh?

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on March 29, 2016:

Bill

This gets better and better! Billy taking on an 'ex con' without some of his favorite equipment, this is going to be good!

Lawrence

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on March 29, 2016:

Billy I do enjoy the non-hurrying flow in your Billy series.. or chapters amazing my friend.. and catching up..LOL

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

We'll find out tomorrow, Vellur. In the meantime, thank you so much.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 29, 2016:

Wonder how the meeting with Patty McLain is going to go and how the story is going to unfold. Looking forward to knowing what is going to happen next.

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

It should be interesting, Marlene. I can't wait to see it either. :) Thanks, my friend, and Happy Easter to you.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on March 28, 2016:

I can't imagine the scheme concocted by Bobby and his "consultant" Genna. This, I've got to see.

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

Thanks a lot, John! The key to a good serial, for sure, so I appreciate you saying that.

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

You and me both, Alicia. I don't have a clue, yet, how he's going to manage this one....but never fear. :)

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 26, 2016:

I was enjoying this chapter, unfortunately, it ended a little too soon for me, just as things were about to get interesting. Looking forward to the showdown. Good job Bill, keeping the reader wanting more.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 25, 2016:

I'm really looking forward to seeing how Bobby solves this problem without using a gun! He's such an interesting character.

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

Thank you so much, Faith. Just between you and me, the novellas are much better.....enjoy, and Happy Easter and hugs to you.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 24, 2016:

Hi Bill,

I just popped in to scroll to the bottom of the comments here and not read one word ...because I just got my grubby little hands on your Volume One paperback, and I will continue to purchase until I've read them all ...so no spoilers for me LOL.

Hugs and blessings

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 24, 2016:

Thank you DDE! I'm so glad you are enjoying this series.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 24, 2016:

Missy, as in real life, things are never as easy as they first appear.....but I have faith in Billy.

Thanks for always being here.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 24, 2016:

Hi billybuc you shared another great follow up.

Missy Smith from Florida on March 23, 2016:

This one seems to be easy peasy lemon squeezy. However, It's a little too easy isn't it? That's what makes me nervous. Usually when something seems this cut and dry, there is an unexpected occurrence. I guess I will be sitting on pins and needles until we find out. :)

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

Michael my friend, thank you! I love this character and his code of ethics. I may not agree with his actions but I understand him quite well.

blessings to you always

bill

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

I think it will, Aesta. I have to keep this guy alive. :)

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

Music to my ears, Bill. Thank you my friend.

Michael-Milec on March 23, 2016:

Bill my friend, a genius created by your 'pen' won't ever disappoint us when distributing justice in behalf of loving friends. Bobby is well equipped and experienced to bring home a good news of victory trophy for Genna's sake.

Peace and blessings.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 23, 2016:

Bobby is truly busy. I really hope it works out well this time.

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

Pop, that's the nicest thing you could say to me...thank you!

breakfastpop on March 23, 2016:

I am addicted to this series!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on March 23, 2016:

Hi Bill. These weekly chapters always leave me looking forward to the next chapter. I'm curious how he solves this one with a gun. Great read.

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

Thanks Bill! It should be interesting. I'm always surprised by what Billy comes up with.

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

Ahhh, Buildreps, we'll just have to wait and see, my friend. The plot thickens.

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

So sorry, Nell! LOL Not really...quite tickled that you are enjoying it so much. Until next week, thank you!

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

That's a kind thing for you to say, Venkatachari M....if it goes by that quickly it must be an enjoyable read. Thank you sir!

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on March 23, 2016:

Looking forward to the meeting with the Real Estate lady... Thanks for another good one! ;-)

Buildreps from Europe on March 23, 2016:

Yeah, sometimes it's just too easy. I have a gut feeling that some things aren't working out as smoothly as we are used to. Is this Piceen maybe too tough to handle without a gun?

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

Thank you Shyron. A very wise person suggested the name Jade, so there you go. :)

blessings to you and yours, my friend.

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

Hey MizB, thanks for the kind words. Actually, if you bought the novella, you will start this series from the beginning by reading that....thank you so much for buying the book...to answer your question, this series started, gosh, maybe three months ago???

Nell Rose from England on March 23, 2016:

Noooooo! you can't stop there! I got my cuppa tea, feet up and was waiting and, well, LOL! I am hooked well and truly this time!

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on March 23, 2016:

Very interesting and exciting story. It came to end so quickly, this episode. Now, I can't wait for another week to know the result.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 23, 2016:

Bill, I love this and the name Jade, perfect for a Black Irish Lass. When hubby was in the hospital a couple of weeks ago he had a nurse named Jade, she is Egyptian, with large dark eyes and raven black hair and very beautiful.

I sure hope Bobby serves Max his just deserts.

Blessings to you, Bobby, Jenna and Jade.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on March 23, 2016:

Bill, I’ve gotta go back and start from the beginning. When did you begin the Bobby Fix it series? I was pretty sick and almost dropped out of HP for awhile, and I just picked up about a month ago. I’m really enjoying this series now that I have a clear head. I just bought your novella for my Kindle and will dive into it when I get home. Thanks for the good reads.

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

Mike, it's all worked out...except for writing it out, of course.....Billy/Bobby is on the job, my friend. :) Thank you!

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

Thank you Ruby! I'm always happy when one of my most loyal followers likes my work.

Old Poolman on March 23, 2016:

Well Bill, another well told tale regarding one of my favorite story characters.

Now I would hope your writers mind has already figured out how Bobby is going to fix this problem without his gun. If not, you could lose some sleep while your brain works on this problem before the next chapter.

Well done my friend, keep them coming.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 23, 2016:

This is great! I loved the line, " Daddy didn't raise no fool " Poor Max, he's got it coming. I also love the Eagles. Thanks for the video. See ya next time....

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

Manatita, I really wonder if it's impossible to avoid public scrutiny. It seems to me there is always a way to find a person if one is patient and diligent....Anyway, thanks as always, and as always, blessings to you and yours.

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

LOL...Eric, you have a very suspicious nature. I think I agree with you, though....it's hard for a leopard to change its spots. :) Thanks buddy.

manatita44 from london on March 23, 2016:

Great homework, and yes, nice to pass it by the wife, too. After all, they've been through a lot together.

This piece ran so well that I was surprised to realise that I'd suddenly come to the end.

Nice name for a kid, only it's so good that Bobby himself will probably start being good. He he.

Yes, sound way of tackling this dude. Someone once told me that it really is too late to have any secrets. I guess with this modern world, that he was right. I mean it all helped with finding Piceen, no? Carry on, Bro.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 23, 2016:

I don't completely trust Bobby on this one. He used an arrow last job. Jenna did not say anything about not using that again. I like the name Jade.

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

Thank you Janine! Billy has a heart of gold, but his methods are definitely questionable at times. :) Happy Wednesday my friend.

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on March 23, 2016:

Definitely can't wait to see what Bobby does with Max and pretty sure it will be divine retribution if nonetheless. Happy Wednesday and hoping you have a great day now!! :)

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

Thank you Dreamer. I greatly appreciate you buying the book....more to come, my friend.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on March 23, 2016:

Exciting. No guns, now what? Have just finished reading the first book and hadn't realised I missed Billy /Bobby's first meeting with Jenna. Great series.