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Rumrunners - Chapter Two
By T L Stuart
Monday, November 30, 2009

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The stake-out

     It seemed to take forever to get to Switchback Road. it was snowing lightly, reducing the already poor visibility. Henry spotted the turn off and headed for the Canadian Border. A few miles down the road they spotted a parked car. It was Marshal's Joe Thompson and Jack Turner. Henry parked next to them. Just 1oo feet away was the US/Canada border marker. About time you boys showed up,Jack barked. What took so long? The roads are bad, Henry replied. Jake got out and walked over to their car. See anything this afternoon, he asked? Nope, quiet as a cemetary. When you get back be sure to read the board before going home. Now what, Jack said! Looks like your days of carrying your thumb-buster are over, Jake said. What the hell you talkin' about. Jacob filled them in on the new firearms policy. Who's stupid idea was that? Jack carried a fancy nickel plated Colt .45 that had belonged to his Father. Even you say there's not a faster pistol on the draw than a Colt .45. Jake said he felt the same way, but after the shooting the other night Both Cap and the Chief felt they were too slow to reload and that they needed to upgrade the officer's weapons. Jake smiled and and said, there's no reason cou couldn't carry a double action and and your Colt? Jack smiled back. You're right there Jake. Good thinking. Hey, lets get going, Joe said. He winked at Jack, then said, I did hear there might be a shipment coming through here tonight and Big Mike O'Sullivan was coming along personally to make sure there's no trouble. Henry paled when he heard Joe's statement. Well, you boys stay sharp and we'll see you later. They drove off and Jake got back in the car. Henry was visibly shaking. You OK? Yea, I guess so. I was just thinking about what Joe said. I heard O'Sullivan was even bigger than O'Hara and twice as mean spirited. Shit! I hope they aren't planning on coming thru here tonight. Take it easy, they were just shining you on. What makes you think they know anything? Just shootin' off their mouths trying to get a rise out of you. Think so? I'm still jumpy after the raid the other night. Just in case, we better get the shotguns loaded up Jake said. He reached ubder the seat and handed Henry a box of 'OO' buckshot. Henry took the box and when he tried to open the box it burst open spilling the shells alll over the floor of the car. Dammit! Shit! Jake bent down and helped him pick up the shells. Henry's hands were shaking so badly he couldn't even load the magazine on the shotgun. Here, I'll do it for you. Jake too the shotgun and loaded it, propping it up on the seat next to Henry, then he loaded his shotgun and propped it up next to him. Reaching into the back seat floor, he grabbed the red globe lanterns. Jake cracked a match and lit them, handing one to Henry. Here, turn the wick down and put it between your feet. you won't be able to see it form the outside and it will help to keep your feet warm. Henry flashed a small smile. Somethin's eating at you, Jake said. Just the other night; Jake, I'm not cut out for this stuff. You know the only reason i'm here is on account of my parents. They thought it would be good for me to take a break from law school and get some experience in law enforcement so I'd have a better grasp on the law when I went into practice. Hell, I barely qualified with a gun! I shot the lowest score out of the whole bunch and you put on a real western shoot-out! I heard when it comes to business O'Sullivan won't let anybody or anything stand in his way. I even heard he's beaten several people to death. Henry stopped talking. He just sat there staring out the windshield. Jake looked over and said, let me tell you something. I don't give a crap how big O'Sullivan and his goons are. If they come through here, we'll stop 'em sure as hell. There's not a man that can stand up to a round of 'OO' buck! We're U.S. Marshal's Henry, and we swore a oath. As long as you're with me, nothings going to happen to you. Got it? Jake took his left hand and snapped the brim on his Stetson. Nobody messes with a cowboy! Henry flashed a small smile, clearly relieved. Jake turned and grabbed the paper sack Mrs. Johnston gave him. Let's see what we got for grub tonight. He reached in and took out a large sandwich and handed it to Henry, then took one out for himself. They unwrapped the wax paper and Jake stared at his. Something wrong with yours? Jake thought for a minute. No, just thinking. This is the way my Grandmother used to make them for me to take to school. You know Jake, I can't help but thinking, how are you going to get out of this mess you started today? I know a lot of the guys really like your stories about growing up in the Old West, but I think you went too far today. Everything I said was true and I'll prove it tomorrow. You'll see. I can't wait to take the money off O'Harain front of everybody. Henry started snickering. Now what's the matter with you, Jake asked? I couldn't help but seeing the look on O'Hara's face when you reached into your coat. I think the big bastard thought you were throwing down on him! Jake gave Henry a somber look. I was going to! Hell, one punch and he would have killed me! The only thing that saved him was that I grabbed my wallet by mistake. I had to think quick. Henry's mouth dropped open; he couldn't believe what Jake had just said. were going to shoot him in the police station? Jake flashed a big smile. Can't you tell when I'm shining you on? Henry's face turned red. Dammit Jake! I should have let the big ape pound you! Both young men burst out in laughter. Minutes Henry looked at Jake. Thanks, Jake. I needed that. I feel a lot better now. Jake looked back in the sack. Hey, there's a couple of big pieces of cake. Want yours now, or later? Later, maybe. It's going to be a long night. You got that right, Jake replied. Here, I brought a couple of blankets, Henry said. Looks like it's going to start snowing harder. The North wind was howling through the car windows. Tell you what, Jake said. Why don't you get a couple of hours shut-eye and I'll wake you up and you can spell me. Nothing's probably going to happen in this storm anyways. Henry looked at Jake and said, I havn't had much sleep the past couple of days. Sounds good to me. Henry pulled his blanket up and moments later drifted off to sleep. The only sounds were the cold North wind and the ticking of the Ford's 4 cylinder engine. Looking out into the bleak darkness, Jake thought of the nights like this in Wyoming when he walked with his Grandfather making night rounds in town. Some lawman, Jake thought to himself. Stuck out in the middle of nowhere, doing nothing. Jake looked at Henry. Jake knew he was right; all Henry wanted was to be a lawyer. Jake thought about his parents and how they wanted him to go to college, and with his Father's influence, hopefully land a high ranking job in Washington. Jake's eyes were getting heavyand soon he drifted off to sleep.


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