Author’s Note: This is Part II in Book I of my series Tales of the West. You may read Part I: “Milly” here.
Genres: Fiction – Western/Action/Romance
Please be aware this story has elements of violence, gun violence, murder and death.
Ethan played by Boyd Holbrook
Ethan rode as fast as he could away from Durham. He went over and over the last few moments with his brothers again and again in his head.
What went wrong?
Was it his fault that this happened because he wasn’t watching Earl like he said he would? Was it his brother’s fault for being too trusting?
Ethan cussed to himself. The face of his brother falling to the ground was all he could see. Ethan tried to think of where he could go to lie low and there was only one place next to the Old Miller Farm and that was back to Running Elk.
Old Miller Farm would have been fine except Ethan didn’t know how deep Earl’s betrayal had gone. Did Earl tell the law about their hideout at the farmhouse? If so, that wasn’t safe either. And then he thought of Milly… what if Milly went back to the farmhouse and the law was waiting there?
Ethan couldn’t focus on riding for much longer. He had too much on his mind, and he wasn’t even sure if he was going the right way. So he stopped for the night and made camp off the major road away from prying eyes and law men looking for him and his gang.
The gang… where would that be now that Holden was gone? Floyd could probably lead it, but would he want to? Ethan worried about Floyd, too. At least Floyd had Jason by his side. Jason was going to take Holden’s death real bad.
In the days that followed, Holden’s loss took hold of Ethan. Little by little, it turned his heart into stone and it focused his mind only on one thing–hunting down his brother’s killer. Earl’s days were numbered. That much was certain.
The days rolled into weeks and Ethan strayed from one place to the other, looking for any news on the posse after the gang or Earl’s whereabouts. He had decided not to see Running Elk. He knew Running Elk would try to talk him out of what he was going to do, and he didn’t need that distraction. All Ethan needed was a lead on Earl, and that was eluding him so far.
Now Ethan understood exactly what Milly was feeling when she found out about her parents. And the pain that he felt when he thought of it was almost too much to bear. He didn’t sleep, he barely ate, and he practiced his shooting and knife-wielding obsessively all to prepare for what was to come. Ethan knew it would only be a matter of time before he’d find Earl–and he had all the time in the world to look for him.
-END OF PART VIII-
You can read Part IX of Ethan’s story right here.