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Re: Cooper; new stuff added 10/03/2018

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:59 am
by doc66
Isaac and Dixie sat in the almost empty restaurant as the police chief and the insomniac officer conferred over a table of evidence. Most of the evidence consisted of their pistols, the bandit’s pistols, and a half full jar of moonshine. Barney—Mike—stood nearby, staring at Isaac and Dixie, unsure if he should be guarding them or comforting them. He settled for mostly ignoring them. Bob and Nancy were at another table, and Jim and his look alike son were at another, all of them considered witnesses to the events leading up to the shooting. The bodies of the bandits cooled out on the street, still, their blood congealing and attracting flies. It was dark outside, and the place was lit by a couple reflector lamps. The shadows the lamps cast were long and cold and cast the far corners into darkness. The chief looked up as a woman entered the restaurant with another man in tow, looking around the room in a manner that Isaac guessed had been learned from old TV shows and movies. He was the woman’s guard and companion.

“Mayor,” greeted the chief.

“Chief,” she returned and came over to the table with a glance at Isaac. “What do we have?”

“A disagreement turned shooting,” said the chief. He nodded to Isaac. “Mullens boy pulled the trigger on three men this evening.”

Isaac didn’t bother to correct him to the fact he had only shot two; Dixie had ended one herself. He did not like being called “Mullens boy” either. But in truth, it was the Mullens who had made it possible for Isaac to be sitting at the table.

“Disagreement over?” asked the Mayor, glancing at Isaac.

“The girl, horses,” listed the chief. “Probably other things, but those are the main talking points.”

“Are you charging him?”

The chief shrugged. “We’re going over that now.”

The Mayor nodded. “Let me talk to him.”

The chief began to say something, and then shrugged, motioning for Isaac to stand. “You want me to come out with you?”

Shaking her head, the Mayor said, “Pat will be with me.”

Isaac followed the Mayor outside. He and Dixie’s horses were still tied up at a parking meter, albeit a different set than where they had started, much calmer than before. The bandit’s horses and pack animals were tied up as well, taking up most of the street side next to the restaurant. The bodies of the men lay under pieces of plastic, and groups townspeople stood on the opposite side of the street, observing the happenings and talking amongst themselves. They fell silent when the Mayor came out. The Mayor reached out and scratched one of the horses between the eyes.

“Three people by yourself?”

Isaac said nothing.

“You can talk to me,” said the Mayor. “I’m the one who will tell the chief to let you and your woman go home, or not.”

Isaac sighed. “Two. Dixie actually shot the one.”

Shrugging as if it did not matter who shot whom, the Mayor stepped away from the horse. “You realize, you just killed the three people who keep some of us in the things we like to have? The population of this town has been used to certain luxuries from time to time; it sometimes takes a special breed of man to make sure that those are procured. You’ve denied us that bargaining power.”

The Mayor turned to Isaac and observed him in the cold starlight. “What do you plan on doing about it?”

Isaac could not help himself, he began to laugh. Obviously, the Mayor thought that her power still mattered and her tone would cow Isaac into thinking he owed her, and the town something for his freedom. The truth was, the Mayor’s position was only as sound as the population around it. A moment of anarchy would send Conley toppling into the lake. History bore this out; and the experiences Isaac had since everything had gone to shit. He could knew of two towns which had simply ceased to exist over a matter of a few days because of similar incidents. There was a reason why Isaac had kept on the move in the here and now, just as there was a reason why he had been someone who rested his laurels on the supposed civility of being an educator; Isaac was not a normal citizen. In the Before, Isaac found he liked getting into the knock down drag out fights of his youth and in the After, he found it easy to kill people. They did not understand, or know, his history. The broken down police chief and his ragged force, and the mayors lapdog, Pat, could do nothing to stop Isaac from walking away if he chose to. The only thing keeping Isaac from doing so was his own sense of decorum. In so many words, he told this to the mayor.

She covered her shock very well. She tried to cover with, “You operate under the assumption that I don’t have other resources.”

“And you operate under the assumption that I care what they are,” Isaac told her. “Or that they can actually stop me.” He looked over at Pat, who managed to not step away when he flinched. Isaac rounded on the Mayor. “Listen, lady, the only thing keeping me from snapping Pats neck and beating you with his head is I promised Dixie that I’d give this whole respectable thing a try. Otherwise, I’d kill you and Pat, shoot the chief and the two officers, grab my horse and Dixie and ride out of town like nothing happened.”

“You think you can?” asked the Mayor, her voice now uncertain about the safety of her position.


The silence stretched out as the Mayor tried to decide how to redirect the conversation.

“What’s to stop me from calling the chief out here?”

“Your own sense of self preservation,” said Isaac. “I don’t actually have to kill everyone, I just have to kill you; that’s all that will matter to the two of us.” The Mayor was quiet for a long time while she contemplated the depth of Isaac’s words. After a moment, Isaac smiled in the starlight. “Listen; I’m the guy who hunted down Mullens killer when no one else could. I’m the guy who just killed three heavily armed men for abusing horses and talking shit to his girlfriend.” Isaac paused. “I’m the guy who can burn this town down and not look back. I’m not afraid of you; I am afraid of what I will do to you if you keep this shit up.

“What, exactly, do you want from me?” asked Isaac, giving the Mayor an out.

The Mayor nodded once. She composed herself and motioned around her. “There are times when the town might need someone like you. I’m willing to let this event be called self-defense, if you’re willing to carry out errands occasionally, errands that others might not find so savory.”

“Madame Mayor, please don’t assume that because I’ll kill someone for Dixie, that I’ll kill someone for you, too.”

“It’s not necessarily killing people,” outlined the Mayor quickly. “It could be delivering messages, persuading people to come over to a different point of view—. Obviously from your use of language, you’re educated, you can persuade people. We could use that to our advantage. Other times….”

“I’m not a thug for hire,” cut in Isaac.

“—Your reputation might beg to differ,” countered the Mayor.

Isaac had no contradiction for that. Instead he simply said, “There’s no way around this, is there?”

“Not really. You might be able to kill all of us, I don’t doubt you could kill Pat and I, but the word of what happened here will follow you; don’t begin to doubt it; you will become a pariah where ever you go.” She gestured to the people who were up until this point had faded into the background, but Isaac realized were looking on in interest. No matter what he said, his willingness to bump off someone fell far short of the slaughter of an entire town. The Mayor sighed. “Let’s not talk any more about who can kill whom, let’s talk about what it will take to get you on my side?”

Isaac nodded. He was tired of trying to explain himself to the Mayor. “I want the horses, the pack animals, what’s in the packs, and the gear of Larry, Darrel and Darrel.”

“The town will take the two of riding horses of those gentlemen as fines.”

“Okay,” agreed Isaac, not wanting to push his luck or the conversation any further. If he wanted to stay in Conley, to keep Dixie safe, he was going to have to forego any other bluster and defiance; he was not in a position to simply walk away from everything. “I’ll be your muscle. But I get to choose the manner of my enforcement. It’s not going to be violence at every turn.”

“You’re an educated man,” agreed the Mayor. “You’ll have leeway.”

The Mayor presented her hand to Isaac. He gritted his teeth and shook.

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 10/03/2018

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:59 am
by doc66
Dixie sat under a blanket on the leather couch, watching as Isaac fussed with the lamp to light the living room. The bay window that looked out over the lake reflected the yellow light back into the room. The moon and stars made the lake look silver, and beyond the lake, the few lights of the town were glowing dots across the distance. Isaac poured two glasses of the moonshine and brought them to the couch. He handed one to Dixie before sitting on the couch as well, away from her, giving her space if she needed. She had not said much to Isaac since the fight. They had escorted Bob and Nancy home, the horses trailing behind, with a brief stop to drop the jar of moonshine off at the home of Lucas, leaving it on the porch without bothering the man. Bob and Nancy had been cowed by the realization Isaac was not just a character in a rumor around town. Witnessing him in action had changed their perspective of the man. While they had been polite, they were eager to get to the relative safety of their home and away from the sudden violence Isaac had participated in. Once back at the lake house, Dixie had helped Isaac strip the pack animals and the saddles, but she had left him to care for the horses and mules and disappeared into the house. Isaac had taken the better part of two hours to get the horses settled before coming into the dark house where he found Dixie sitting on the couch.

Isaac sipped at the sweet corn liquor, locking his jaw on the bite, unsure if he needed, or was expected, to say anything.

“I’m scared,” said Dixie suddenly.

“It’s over,” said Isaac. “You’re safe, we’re safe.”

“I’m kind of afraid of you,” Dixie told him.

Isaac was caught off guard by the comment. “There’s nothing about me and you, you need to be afraid of.”

“You just seemed to be so eager to hurt those men,” said Dixie. “You made it seem effortless.”

Frowning, Isaac was not sure of how he wanted to respond. He said, “You seemed pretty quick on the uptake to kick that guy in the balls—.”

Dixie gave a short, hard, laugh. “I guess I thought if I did that, they’d just back off. I didn’t think it would escalate so quickly.”

“Baby, those guys, they weren’t there to just make a couple of crude passes at you and then walk away; they thought they could bully me into standing back while they did want they wanted, to you, and to me.”

“I get it,” said Dixie. “But you just exploded, you seemed to enjoy all of it.”

Isaac could not deny her statement. Instead, he answered, “Foremost in my mind was stopping them from hurting you.”

She was silent, as if she were contemplating the truthfulness of his statement. Isaac uncomfortably waited for her to answer him. He was afraid of saying more, but felt if he did not say something, Dixie would take it as a sign that she needed to leave him. He was still trying to decide what course of action he needed to take when she spoke again.

“I’ve never shot anyone.”

“I’m sorry you had to,” Isaac told her.

More uncomfortable silence.

“How many people have you killed?”

Isaac stared at Dixie for a long moment. “Why?”

“You don’t seem to be bothered.”

“It’s not like I murdered them in cold blood.”

“No, but still—.”

Isaac let out a frustrated sigh. “Dixie; there’s not an answer to that question that you will understand or like.”

“So, this wasn’t the first time?”


“Were you attacked? Did you instigate it? What happened?”

“I’m not going to delve into all that,” said Isaac. “What you need to know is that I did what I needed to do to protect myself, and I’d do it again. I’d also do what is needed to protect you, as long as you want me to.” Isaac slid closer to Dixie on the couch, taking solace in the fact that she did not shy away from him. He reached out and touched her on the back of her hand, letting his fingers rest there. “If you don’t think you can handle all this, I understand. I’ll saddle your horse in the morning, set you up with a pack mule and make sure you get wherever you want to go.” He wrapped his hand around hers. “If you want to stay, we’ll get through this whole shit storm and we’ll do it together.”

Dixie squeezed his hand back. She let out a small sigh. “I don’t want to leave. But, there’s so much we don’t know about each other and I don’t want to find out I made a mistake by coming here with you.”

Giving her a small chuckle, Isaac shrugged. “That might still remain to be seen.”

She laughed with him, then stopped suddenly. “I was scared.”

“Of course you were.”

“I didn’t like being scared.”

“No one does.”

“I don’t ever want to go through that again.”

“I can only do so much to prevent it,” Isaac told her.

“I know,” Dixie shifted a little on the couch, opening up slightly to Isaac. “What did the mayor want? Did she want you to be a hired gun?”

“Something like that,” admitted Isaac. Isaac laid out the basics of the conversation for Dixie, from the mayor telling him that the three men had done unsavory favors for the town and she had wanted Isaac to take their place. He told Dixie he refused to take over that spot, glossing over his own threats to kill the mayor, and simply told her he had agreed to help within reason. “I told her I would work with her, but I would not be a killer for her.”

Dixie nodded. “So we’re indebted to her and the town?”

“I don’t know what to call it,” admitted Isaac. “I think we have an understanding and when we no longer have that, I’ll deal with it then.”

“I don’t want to worry every time you go to town,” Dixie told Isaac.

“Then don’t,” said Isaac.

“It doesn’t work that way,” said Dixie. “Listen; I know I can be a pain about things around here, I know I might ride you on some of the stuff, but I do care, and worrying is a part of that caring.”

“I understand,” agreed Isaac. “This is going to be tough for a while.”

“It is.”

"I like you."

"I like you, too."

The held each other’s hand for a long time. Finally Isaac finished off his moonshine and set the glass on the coffee table. “Can we start over in the morning?”

Dixie nodded. She sipped at her own drink and thought aloud, the idea of the mundane helping her to force her worries and fears aside for the moment. “There’s a lot of work to be done; we’ve got all that stuff in the packs to sort, Lucas to visit about the fence, and Bob and Nancy to see about helping clear the trees.”

“Do you think Bob and Nancy still want to have me around?” wondered Isaac.

“They’ll be weird,” admitted Dixie. “But I think that they’ll find a way to accept what happened. Remember; it was your reputation that made Nancy talk to us in the first place.”

“Rumor and reality are two different things.”

“They are,” agreed Dixie. “And we’re all going to have to come to terms with a lot of things.”

Dixie finished off the glass and stood, pulling Isaac up with her. “Let’s go to bed.”

“Yes,” said Isaac. “We don’t want to make drunk with candle wasters.”

Dixie looked at Isaac curiously. “I’ll bite.”

Grinning, Isaac led her to the bedroom. “Shakespeare, ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’ Some people say that the phrase is not about drinking all night, but about those who spend their time in discussion about philosophy, attempting to solve the problems of the world.”

“Okay, Professor,” Dixie smiled. “You never cease to amaze.”

“Sadhguru often spoke of the many facets of men—,” began Isaac.

Dixie stopped him and put a finger on Isaac’s lips. “Bed.”

“Yes,” agreed Isaac, leading her into the bedroom.

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:51 am
by EdRider
Best Christmas Eve morning read ever...…….

I really like the fleshed out characters of Isaac and Dixie. I could really get a feel for the village of Conley and think it would be a good place for Cooper to trade some of the medical gear from Halloween time and meet up with Isaac again...… the two Ponderosas.....

Thanks, Doc! You gotta publish ……..again, this is better than 90% of current stuff on Kindle.

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:27 am
by idahobob
Well Doc, that was a very pleasant Christmas read (surprise). :awesome: :awesome: :clap: :clap:

As usual, I hope that we will be getting MOAR, (sooner than later), of your wonderful writing!

And, by the way..........MERRY CHRISTMAS!! :D

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:34 pm
by 91Eunozs

Merry Christmas Doc... thanks for the (awesome) early present!

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:42 pm
by bodyparts
very well done Doc !! thank you and Merry Christmas to you and yours !!

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:28 am
by doc66
Thank you all again, and Merry Christmas to all of you!

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:23 pm
by cusm
Just when I thought it was wrapped up, BOOM! MOAR BOMB!! Thank you, hopefully we will get some more.

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:50 pm
by FlashDaddy
Very well written chapters Doc!!! Thank you for more time in Cooper’s World!!

Happy New Year to you, Doc, and all the other Cooper-heads who enjoy this story as much as I do.

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:59 pm
by wamba
Thanks for the peek into Isaacs present and past lives Doc. I look forward to reading more about Coopers world and it’s inhabitants.

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:59 pm
by EdRider
I'll start by saying Happy New Year Doc and really hope we can find out what is new in Cooper's World.

Any updates on potential story threads including:

Return trip to the Coast

Early days with el Jefe and his Rancho creation

Power plant progress

Heidi and the boys going on the first horse roundup?

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:10 am
by Johan
Thank you Doc. !!!
Really Good Stuff as always..
And as previously stated, you need to get published!!

By the way, I didn't se the new chapters with Isaac and Dixie untill now so I got a nice big dose of Moooaarfine. :clap: :clap:

And of course, can we have some Mooar please!!!

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:25 am
by doc66
I'm actually working on a story now, but it has taken on a life of it's own and the story I was going to tell, while still there, is part of a thread I didn't expect to happen. Maybe this week it will be posted.

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:43 am
by idahobob
ARRGH! Hopes shattered!

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:59 am
by EdRider
YAHOOO!!!! Hopes raised for next week!!!!!

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:57 pm
by doc66
EdRider wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:59 am
YAHOOO!!!! Hopes raised for next week!!!!!

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:31 am
by 91Eunozs
doc66 wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:57 pm
EdRider wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:59 am
YAHOOO!!!! Hopes raised for next week!!!!!

Dang it doc! Twice now I see you posted in one of your story threads only to be catfished...


Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:20 pm
by EdRider
DOC! You said "next week" and it has been a month! What is happening in Cooper's World?

We are all ready for MOAR!

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:50 am
by doc66
You see what happened was....

What happened was, the tale I wanted to tell became a Big Thing. Then it kept growing. So now I'm looking at it and going, "This is getting bigger than I wanted." So I paused it to let the whole story ferment for a bit. Then my storage drive started getting wonky and I couldn't get into the file. It seemed to correct itself, so I plan on getting back to it in it's full form this week. I was going to hammer out a little thing in the mean time, but it didn't hammer, it too, started to become a Thing.

Cooper's world is fine, it's the storage unit that's amiss. I actually have about three tales I'm ready to tell. I'm going to get them done between work, sampling some really good whiskey/whisky, and camping with all my new gear, and a working vacation to DC next month.

Stand by, I promise this will happen.

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:22 am
by idahobob
Yeah, yeah, we have heard this before. :lol: :lol:

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 6:56 pm
by EdRider
DOC...…. three stories you have "almost" ready?! Oh come on, we have been patiently waiting and it is almost Memorial Day holiday!

Send us one of the stories!!!!!!!!!!!

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:54 am
by FlashDaddy
Still standing by, ready for more story!

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:58 am
by idahobob
Dude, it has been a while. :(

Re: Cooper; new stuff added 12/24/2018

Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:00 pm
by doc66
My storage drive has crashed. I lost everything.

I'm trying to recover it. There's literally a lifetime of work on it.