"It was such a peaceful town, but she had heard of the land disputes out here, all the way back to Philly. She also knew something that they didn’t. She knew the railroad was going to go through the town and that the railroad had men they were sending ahead to buy up the property needed for the railroad. These men, without the railroad’s consent, would act like settlers or ranchers out looking for property to buy without letting anyone know why. These men were ruthless persuaders. They made their offer only once and you’d better take it.
She came out here to help the ranchers and farmers. She also knew there was one big rancher out here who had a 20 or 30 thousand acre spread that stood to lose the most, if these men got to him first. She knew he wasn’t about to agree; he didn’t get all that land by being pushed around. She had to find him first and fast.
She also had a feeling the storm didn’t have anything to do with the fire last night. It was just a way to cover up what really happened. Only now she had to find a way to prove it.
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Published June 12, 2009
Westerns, Literature & Fiction.