Sackett (1961) by Louis - Sackett's 09 L'amour

Sackett (1961) by Louis - Sackett's 09 L'amour

Author:Louis - Sackett's 09 L'amour [L'amour, Louis - Sackett's 09]
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Published: 2010-12-12T06:26:56.953000+00:00

"Most times we haven't dared have a light," Rugger said. "They've been pot-shooting around here at night."

"Put the light out."

For a few minutes I sat there, scared to death. That old man looked bad off, mighty bad off. We hadn't been together long, but I'd come to be fond of him. He was a solid, true-blue old man.

"They ambushed him ... four, five of them. They shot him out of his saddle and then went hunting him like an animal. Only Cap was clear conscious and he let them come in close where he couldn't miss. He killed two and the rest took off like scared pole-cats."

"Where's he hit?"

"Missed the lung, I think. Took him high, but he lost a lot of blood before he got here. I didn't know of it until the next morning. Then I came right up.

"When they came to finish him off, I stopped them before they could get to the trees. Cap, he came out of it and managed to get off a shot . . . they think he's in better shape than he is."

I walked outside and stood under the trees. If that old man died I'd hunt every man-jack of them down and gut-shoot them.

By now they had seen Kitch and they knew I was back. If I knew that crowd over there, tonight they would argue, they would threaten, and they would make wartalk, but unless I was completely wrong, they wouldn't come down here in the dark. Not after what happened to Kitch. Tomorrow I could expect trouble.

However I would be ready, and if they wanted it tonight instead of tomorrow, they could have it.

Last thing I'd wanted was trouble, but they'd called the turn, and now they would get a bellyful of it. If they wanted to start the town with a line of graves in boot hill, it would be that way.

Joe Rugger came up behind me. "You want I should ride south for Orrin and Tyrel?"

"No, sir. No, I don't. This here is myself, and I don't think there's going to be enough of it to go around."

They could have forty-eight hours. Then I was riding down.


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