Note: This short is unbetaed so all mistakes are my own.
Disclaimer: I don’t own the characters, make no profit, just have a little fun with them.
He wanted an explanation. It couldn’t be that simple. What could I tell him? He wanted to know about the past, about her and me. It was a simple request, but a complicated answer.
We’d met in a swirl of skirts and a bump – her rushing by and not looking where she was going, me trying to catch a coach to take me to the boarding house where I was staying. Then I walked her home in a gentlemanly gesture; although I had an ulterior motive.
We’d gone to supper a couple of times and found that we were beginning to have stronger feelings for each other that we expected could come of just a short time. The talk I had with her father was brief, nearly confrontational, and victorious – thanks to her mother siding with us.
Our trip to our new home after a brief honeymoon was long and filled with misgiving, worry, and hope. I’d bought the place sight unseen – handled through correspondence with lawyers and the representative of the former owner – I wondered if that was a good plan on my part. It was a daunting task restoring the house to its former state, much less building the future I had envisioned. Then, the fight to keep what was mine caused me to make a decision I would come to regret. How do I put into words what the loss of not just a wife, but a child, as well- one forever, the other until today, perhaps – had wrought? Not to mention the harsh threats from Harlan that pushed me to make a painful decision.
How could I explain all that had happened, all that I’d dreamed of, hoped for, to this relative stranger standing in my home? It was too complicated, so I decided that it should be relegated to another time – a time when thing were less worrisome, when the danger of losing the ranch to land pirates was past and I knew he would be staying. I’ll give him a brief synopsis and, later, a full explanation.