Val Strate Posted September 13, 2006 Report Share Posted September 13, 2006 Twilight was now setting in, and the posse was now formed. This was the calm before the finally show down. As the wagon train pulled out of town and left the small militia behind on the Sheriffâ€™s office porch steps, Enos couldnâ€™t help but think about what lay ahead. MaryAnne and Sheriff Rosco kept the order and law in Hazzard. He was always proud to call Hazzard home and see the families that lived and worked in and around the town, come and go into town for supplies, the children walking to school, and Sunday morning church services followed by a lazy day. To watch the faces of the mothers, sons, and daughters pass by leaving the comfort and security of the town he so loved, became depressing. A chord was struck inside when he seen a wagon pass by with a small sandy haired little girl that looked too young to go to school yet drop her rag doll in the dirt. She started to cry and leaned out the back of the wagon, â€œMy dolly! Susie! Daddy, we canâ€™t leave Susie!â€Her mother pulled her back inside the wagon and tried to explain and comfort her daughter, telling her they had to leave the dolly behind. The wagon train couldnâ€™t wait for a childâ€™s toy. In any minute Blackjack and his gang would come storming in, guns a blazing and ravage the town. Enos swallowed hard at the mental image of his home being burned to the ground. After the group of civilians moved out of the street and were almost to the edge of town, the male deputy walked out to the dirt road and picked up the little rag doll. He brought it back to his horse and opened his saddle bag, slipping the doll inside whispering to the doll, â€œDonâ€™t worry Susieâ€¦ Iâ€™ll make sure you get back home and your little owner does too.â€Valerie came up to her brotherâ€™s side and squeezed his shoulder gently, â€œThatâ€™s Jeb Arronâ€™s little girlâ€™s doll.â€He nodded solemnly recognizing the localâ€™s name.â€œYou alright?â€ Val asked calmly.â€œIf that yellow bellied cur thinks robbing, raping and ravaging a town is a way to prove he a man, he should spend a day farming in the fields or earning an honest dayâ€™s wage.â€ Snapping lightly as he spoke infuriated at the very thought of the villain. Valerie knew her brotherâ€™s frustration, â€œThatâ€™s why weâ€™re doing thisâ€¦ so he wonâ€™t rob, rape, and ravage this town. So his rein of terror comes to an end and we all can sleep at night.â€â€œVal, this isnâ€™t how I expected you to spend your visit to Hazzard. I wish you and I had time to relax and talk. Itâ€™s been a while since you joined Buffalo Bill Codyâ€™s travelinâ€™ show.â€ Enos regretfully explained.â€œBlame it on Blackjack, donâ€™t blame yourself.â€ Valerie smiled then gave her brother a wink, â€œBesides, who says itâ€™s just a visit?â€His eyes lit up at the possibility of his sister staying home, â€œBut what about the rodeo show?â€She shrugged, â€œI traveled my share. I think Iâ€™m ready to settle down now.â€The elated look in Enosâ€™s eyes gave Valerie a warm feeling of confidence. â€œLook, I wonâ€™t be staying anywhere if we donâ€™t get it together Enos. We got a town to defend.â€He knew his sister was right. As he was about to answer her, the sound of horse hooves coming closer could be heard in the distance. A couple of silhouettes of riders and horses could be seen on the darkening horizon entering town.â€œIs thatâ€¦.?â€ He swallowed afraid that the time for battle was now.(Cue Bo or Luke Duke) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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