Chapter 10, Part 2
Candice heard a knock at the door. She opened it to find James Fritz. He smiled then turned red and spun around to have his back to her. Candice realized she was still naked. She partially closed the door and went behind it to cover herself. She asked, “Hey James may I help you.” He replied, “I would answer that but the sheriff would probably shoot me.” His answer did little to help her mood. She said to him, “James I am sure you didn’t come her on the off chance you will find me naked. So why did you come?” He started to turn around. Candice said, “no just keep looking that way. I also have a gun.” He stood a little more strait and said, “they mayor heard you were back and wanted to talk with you at your earliest convenience.” After reading some of the articles Franco wrote Candice had a sneaking suspicion on what the mayor wanted. He was harsh on the mayor suggesting she was using her office to funnel work to her hotel and building supply company. She told him to tell the mayor she would be in town as soon as possible. She said, “and James remember I have shot more people than my husband.”
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Candice looked down at the sheets on the bed. She said to herself, “it would be easier to burn them then to try and clean them.” She balled them up and tossed them into an unused room in the back to deal with later. She did her best to get cleaned up and dressed in her usual outfit. A pair of brown slacks, a cream-colored shirt, a brown leather vest, boots and her holster. She loved the feel of the holster at her side. She tied her hair into a ponytail using a trip of the Edward’s tattered shirt and put on her brown day-rider hat. She came home dressed like a lady and left dressed like a woman. Or that is how she thought of it.
Candice walked into town. She found the mayor on the front boardwalk to her hotel. The mayor crossed her arms and glared at her as she walked up to her. Something in Candice’s eyes told the mayor she shouldn’t go off on her about the paper. She uncrossed her arms and tried to smile as Candice came within a distance for a civilized conversation. The mayor said, “have you read what this man wrote about me.” It sounded like a question but it wasn’t and Candice didn’t treat it like one. Candice asked, “is any of it not true?” The mayor went to protest but she couldn’t. It was all true. Candice said, “we looked past what you were doing because it helped the town, but don’t think we didn’t see.”
The mayor went to say something when a shot rang out and her head nearly exploded with the hit. Candice spun around as she drew her gun. A man on horseback with his gun drawn yelled, “that was from your true mayor Daintree.” He said the magic word. Paul Daintree was a former land owner and manorial candidate wanted for the murder of the newly elected mayor and his wife. The mayor was a former slave named Apple and his wife was named Kaia the daughter of Chief Apenimon of the Hopi nation. Candice fired hitting the man in the chest just below the neck. He dropped his gun. It hit the cobblestone and went off. the shot went wild and the noise spooked the horse. It bucked the dying man off and ran for its life. Candice looked back at the mayor. She lay on her back with her head seeming looking toward the place where she will be buried.
The sheriff covered the mayor with a sheet. He turned to Candice and asked, “are you ok?” She didn’t say a word she just nodded. James came into town with the runaway horse. He saw Candice and blushed. He came up to the sheriff and said to him while trying not to look at Candice, “the horse went back to Daintree’s old place.” The sheriff felt something was wrong between Candice and James but he didn’t want to make it worse. He told James to ride out to the village and tell the Chief, Daintree is back. Before he left James said, “sheriff you are a very lucky man.” He tipped his hat to a Candice that was shaking her head. Edward asked, “do I want to know what that was about?” Candice said, “I’ll tell you later.”
The death of the mayor made the Chief the new mayor until a new one could be either voted in or chosen by the town council. In the meantime, the mayor’s body was taken away. She had a son with one of the many clients she had when she was a working girl. Life wasn’t easy for Debra Drake. She started with nothing and earned everything she had. She was born for business. A natural salesperson working every angle. Her son was by all accounts the most handsome men in town. Debra thought his father was a Mexican client. She named him Gerard for the man she thought was his father. He has sharp features with black hair and a deep sun kissed complexion. Most women say he looks like the mayor chiseled him out of sandstone. At the age of 24 he runs his mother’s building supply company.
The sheriff found him at a building site taking an order for lumber. They rode into town from the site to were the man still lay in the street. As the horse tried to escape it stamped the dying man. He was smashed into a bag of blood and broken bones. Gerard said to the sheriff, “I want in on finding this guy.” Gerard went into the street to the body. He dropped his pants and pissed on the body. A few women in attendance gasped. A few said later, the package matched the man. The sheriff and Gerard went to the town hall to wait for the Chief. Four hours later the chief rode into town with six warriors, deputy James Fritz and the bodies of six men in a wagon.
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