DISCLAIMER: The Young Riders is the creation of Ed Spielman, and the property of Ogiens/Kane productions in association with MGM/UA television. This Story is created for entertainment purposes only, no infringement intended. Not to be copied without permission from the author.
“Lou” he spoke his voice calm watching for this to push her back into the misery he knew she harboured, at the same time wondering just how mush more she could take “This doesn’t mean anything, its is just someone trying to upset you.’ Buck tried to calm. drawing her back into his embrace as he helplessly watched her bottom lip begin to tremble anew, distressed at the thought that her love had not been killed in an accidental shooting but in a cold blooded murder. NO death was a good death, but to have his life deliberately taken by cold blooded killers would be the cruellest blow for his young family, having lost her husband in the line of duty gave some sense if not honour to the giving of his life, but murder was unthinkable to everyone in the room.
Cody leaned forward and took her hands in his brushing her fringe back from her face as he looked into her eyes “Lou if this letter is true, then we will find the people who have done this” he vowed his crystalline eyes looking deep into hers and vowing his sincerity to her “I promise you” She smiled a watery smile at both of them and climbed from Bucks comforting arms and the bed.
“where are you going Lou” Buck spoke urgently, worried about her mental state, this latest news might just push her into wanting to join her husband and in his own mind he felt he could not afford to leave her alone.
“I’m fine Buck, honest” she answered his concerns by leaning down and placing a gentle kiss on his caring forehead, “I know you don’t think so, but I’m not going to do anything silly.”
“I need to answer the call of nature” she spoke with a gentle blush “I promise I’ll be back in a moment” she spoke as she walked out of the door
Both men watched as she walked out of the room.
“she’ll be alright Buck, the old Lou is in there somewhere” “
It hurts me to see her in so much pain” Buck spoke his eyes liquid
“It hurts everyone else to see the both of you like this.” Cody his eyes shimmering with tears as he rested his head in his hands “It’s funny you know, when we all together there was something, no someone that bound us inexplicably together even so I never would have said that Kid was the glue that held the rest of us together, but..”
“He was Cody, just none of us ever really saw it.” Lou spoke from the doorway
She had washed her face and braided her hair while she was gone, changing into a pair of trousers and work shirt, carrying her boots in her hand.
“None of us realised just how much he silently held us together, not until he was gone” she murmured as she moved to the edge of the bed again.
“what are you doing?” Buck looked at her confused by her sudden change
“I’m trying to get on with my life” she stated.
“How are you doing that?” Buck asked him
“I’m going to find the man that killed my husband” she stated carefully
“How exactly are you planning to do this?” he asked already knowing in his own mind what she was planning
“You’re going to help me Buck” she paused watching the denial in his eyes
“Buck you know you have to do this for me” she waited for him to try to deny any of this to her
“Lou what about Mary” he tried to reason with her but she had the same look in her eye that they both remembered from their express days “You can’t leave her alone”
“I’m not leaving her alone, I’m leaving her with Rachel and you I suppose if you won’t help me” She stated her eyes filling with the fire they used to.
“Of course I’ll help you” he shook his head at his own stupidity “But you are all she has Lou, Let Cody and I find them”
“I won’t be able to look my daughter in the eye unless I know that I have done everything in my power to avenge his death.” she spoke, her voice filled with the fight she used to have while she was a pony express rider. Spirit that Buck hadn’t seen since the day Kid was killed. He watched the defiant tilt of her chin, the stubborn glint in her eyes and slid from the bed knowing that nothing was going to stop her from the task she had set herself.
“You know that I will help you, dammit I’d give my last breath for you, so don’t you even think that you are going to do this alone.” he took her into his arms and hugged her tightly before releasing her and putting one hand under her stubbornly jutting chin, turning her eyes to his “but we will do this my way, you are not going off half cocked and angry, we will think this out. Alright” he held her chin and looked deeply into her eyes waiting for some sort of response from her “Lou if you don’t agree, I don’t know how, but I will find a way to stop you - if I have to lock you up in the jail. So help me I will do it” he spoke his voice firm and angry with her for even contemplating throwing away what she had left
“I promise” she looked into Buck’s eyes and he knew that she was not lying to him.
“Okay” he spoke “ Now we’ll go and work out how we are going to catch them” he released her and turning they both encountered Cody’s smiling face
“What” they both almost spat in unison
“You two are sounding just like you did while we were riding, its almost nostalgic” his voice became a little wistful as the thoughts of the three of them drifted to back when they had first met and the lives that they had led.
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