A Series of Firsts - Johnny

By Liette 

 

FIRST GLIMPSE

She stops the buggy at the top of the crest.  We both get up, taking a look at the valley below. 

ďThere it is. Lancer. The most beautiful place in the world,Ē she says.

It takes my breath away. Never have I seen something so majestic, so beautiful. I wonder what my newfound brother thinks.

 

FIRST MEETING

Murdoch Lancer. What does he look like? Mama never said. Guess Iíll see soon enough.

I follow Mr. Dandy. We step inside a large room and I suddenly find myself in front of him Ė the man who kicked us out, Mama and me.

Dios, heís huge. He could kill me with his bare hands. Scary!

 

FIRST DINNER

Well, the girl outdid herself, obviously. How does she expect me to eat all of this? Never seen that much food in front of me at one time.

And whatís all this? Is Murdoch Lancer trying to impress me with his fortune? Scott doesnít seem impressed. Well, Iím not gonna let him sucker me in.

 

FIRST NIGHT

Said it was my room when I was here. Donít remember. Wish I could.

Should I unpack? I donít even know if Iíll stay here. The Olí Man, he sure acts tough. I bet he never gives an inch. But Iíll show him I donít either. Iíll show him Johnny Madrid ainít afraid of him

 

FIRST MORNING

I barge in his room, half-dressed. Thought Iíd shock him. ďCome in,Ē he says. Guess I was wrong.

I play with his things. Seems to work. Teresa barges inÖ Now, THAT got him.

ďDoesnít anyone ever knock around here?Ē he asks.

ďOh, think of me like a sister,Ē she answers.

I smile. Think Iíll stay.

 

 

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