This is a continuing story, if you would like to read the from the beginning, the letter A : Aces and Eights But... each letter/story stands alone as well. Enjoy:)
The wooden chair creaked with his efforts, it wasn’t a stout chair. Ben rocked forward onto his feet and fell back to the legs of the chair. He took a breath and rocked again this time catching his balance.
Ben stood stooped tied to the chair. “Well this is effort rewarded, now what?” He raised his head as far as he could as he looked for something to free him. Nothing useful came to sight and his time was close to run out.
Standing like this he could see through the window and the horizon as it began to show color.
With a sigh he shifted the chair on his back and pushes off the floor falling backwards hard. The old chair split apart, without the structure the ropes fell lose around his body.
Ben groaned and rubbed his scared shoulder, which took the brunt of the fall. It took a moment for him to untangle his body from the mess. A moment too long, the door creaked open and one of the Pinkertons stepped in.
“What the hell?” He opened his coat and started to draw his weapon.
Ben grabbed a broken leg of the chair and swung at the man’s gun hand. The half-drawn weapon clattered to the floor. Ben swung the wooden leg back as the Pink tried to dive for it.
The wood connected knocking the other man unconscious. Ben watched the Pink collapse on the floor as he picked up the gun. He peered out the window to see four other Pinkertons buys with preparations for his hanging.
Ben moved into the bedroom and looked out the window for any others. It was clear. “One thing you can count on is a Pink being over confident.”
He quietly jumped out of the window, crouched and made his way to the corner of the house. Ben searched any sign of his men. He eased closer along the side of the house.
Charlie and Dawson were tied up next to what was left of the barn. The bastards had tried to burn them down with it. Smoke and embers were all that remained of the building now. Ben used the smoke as cover to get to the men.
Charlie spun his head at the sound of burnt wood cracking under foot. He relaxed at the sight his friend. “Ben, they’ll be back soon. They’ve got plans…”
Ben nodded as he examined the knots; he needed to cut them free. “They’re busy craftin my noose.”
Ben nodded to him. “You know where to go.” He checked the chamber of the Pinkerton’s revolver. Six bullets, there would be no room to miss. Ben could feel Charlie and Dawson at his back as he started to move toward his goal.
He waited a long time to get
in his sight. He wasn’t about to spoil the only shot he may get at the man. “Go
Charlie, get Dawson out of here,
I’ve unfinished business.”
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