By 18 Joleen wanted something more. She didn’t want to be a reporter. She would be in the shadow of her Step-father or worse people would say she had to buy her job. She wanted to be a prosecutor. She felt justice should be a societies job and not the individual. After some searching they found a college that would take her or as she found out later they would take her money. After a year she was at the top of her class. The school issued a new rating separating men and women or woman because she was the only one. It diminished her role by rating her separate from the men. On paper, she was the head of the class but in the reality of the school another was. A male student. She met James one day after class. He was on his way out of school with failing grades. They got to talking. He found the way they treated her awful. Soon they were dating. She even wore a dress for him. She also tutored him. By the end of the year he went from a D student to the dean’s list. In between lessons they would make out.
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A day before a big test she came over with some notes. They went into his room to study. Joleen said, “I have a new idea on how to practice for the test. For every question, you get right I take something off. For everyone wrong I put it back on.” James asked, “what if I get them all right?” Joleen said, “well we will see.” She was ready for the test but James needed the confidence boost. Three questions in and she was without shoes and socks. On the fifth question, she removed her skirt. The school required her to dress like a lady as they said it. He eyed her bare legs. She dreamed of being with him even if she didn’t understand what that really meant. The next question she removed her blouse. She stopped asking questions and slid into his lap. She kissed him and said, “get the next two and you can have me.” The next two came and went. He answered then all right and was ready for the test.
He got up and finished undressing her. He was careful not to tear her undergarments. He was the first boy to see her naked. She sat down on the bed. He quickly undressed. She had never seen a man naked this close before. He gently pushed her back into the bed. As he did he slowly climbed on top of her. It suddenly felt real to her. She felt him against her thigh. He was hard and ready for what he wanted. He plunged into her. It hurt but soon it felt different. By the time it wasn’t that bad he was finished. That day they started a sexual relationship. They would make love and talk about their futures. Joleen was ready to give up her plans and open a law firm with James. They talked their wedding plans even though he hadn’t asked her yet.
Their last year was going well. Then one-day Joleen was given a letter from the Dean. She was being expelled. A group of students sent a letter to the dean saying they wanted her out. Her grades were threatening their ability to find jobs. It said no one would take them serous if they had grades lower than a woman. It also implied she was paying for the grades with money and sex. The school said they would let her drop out or they would expel her for cheating. They basically said thanks for the money but now get out. Joleen wanted to fight. That night in James’s bed she talked about her plans. He told her she was wrong and was hurting the chances for the others to be real lawyers. He had signed the letter. He said, “I owe you a little for the fun times but now I have to think about myself and stop helping you. I need to find a real girlfriend not just an easy girl.” She grabbed him by the genitals and squeezed. She wanted to rip them off. She eventually let go and left. She also left deep cuts in his genitals.
About the first year of law school she started a correspondence with sheriff David Wednesday in the town of Hope. It was at first a way for him to keep track of Candice but soon he became a window into real law enforcement. He was proud of her and her accomplishments. He suggested more than once that Hope could use a good lawyer or even judge. When the scandal hit she was out of school. Instead of going back home David suggested she join his department. He said she would always have a place in Hope. She weighed her options. Her mother taught her how to shoot. Her step-father hired someone to teach her how to fight smart. She had the eye of a reporter and the drive of her mother. It seemed the choice was obvious.
John listen quietly. He liked to hear her speak. Joleen wasn’t his typical girl. She was overtly smart where the others would have hidden any intelligence. She didn’t work at being pretty. No makeup or fancy dress. She had something the others just didn’t have. Her eyes were at first off putting. A pale blue and void of pity. But the more he listens to her more he understood. She was a watcher. She watched with a detached continence that made people feel uneasy but was an asset to a job that required someone who can catch details. It’s like she was born to do this job. She was a college and at least 2 years older than him. His story was simple. His dad wanted him in the army so he ran away from home before he was forced in by his father the General. Now at 18 he was free to do whatever he wanted.
Joleen woke up to find Trip there. He said that everyone had been around to check on her. Her entire district. He said, “even with just two days on the job you made an impression with the town.” Joleen replied, “no it’s because of my dad.” From the back of the room sheriff Wednesday said, “no, most of these people don’t know who you are or about Sheriff Warren.” Trip said, “you mean the statue?” The Sheriff said, “yes, that was her father and my best friend. Maybe the best man I have ever known.” Joleen said, “if he was so good how come he couldn’t get off that train.” David said, “he had his reasons and they would have been good ones because nothing but a real threat would have kept him away from your mother.”
The sheriff showed Joleen the knife. He said, “we don’t know this man’s name but we can tell he is a part of this unnamed gang terrorizing the territory. James Collage was a part of that gang.” He went on to say he thinks the rest of the gang maybe on their way. He said, “you will be in bed for another couple of days. I will leave it up to you on coming back but if I know you I will see you back soon.” She replied, “I’ll be in tomorrow.” The sheriff said, “I can’t stop you but I can ban you from working your area. It would be stupid to go back to work before you are ready.” They came to an understanding that she would help in the office talking to people who come in and working the desk. After a week on this desk duty she would go back to her post. Joleen said, “I will never let somebody push me aside again.”
These stories will be based in the old west and an attempt at a modern western (later on).
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