Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 9

Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 9

CHAPTER NINE Coal pulled the GMC into the driveway half an hour after dark. The sun had been down shortly after they passed the village of North Fork, and after that, down in the depths of the canyon, the world had grown dark fast. Virgil was asleep beside him, the...
Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 8

Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 8

CHAPTER EIGHT   The drive over Lost Trail Pass was treacherous. Even with the temperature at around five degrees Fahrenheit, it was trying to snow, and up on the pass it was succeeding. In spite of the slick roads, the surrounding blue forest looked hushed,...
Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 7

Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 7

CHAPTER SEVEN Friday, January 5 The next morning, Coal stumbled down the stairs, hardly able to focus his eyes. He had stayed up with the kids as long as Connie would allow them to stay up, then put Sissy to bed with the same ritual as the night before, which took a...
Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 6

Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 6

CHAPTER SIX Lawson Puckett liked a fine cigar, and Judge Irving Pandra had a whole box of them, in the same drawer of his dark oak wood desk where he kept his 1911 Colt .45 from his days as a Colonel in the Army of the Pacific, under General MacArthur. Puckett was...
Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 5

Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 5

CHAPTER FIVE Coal and the Mitchell made it back to Salmon after two hours of driving in the dark, through the most dangerous part of the trip, where thick vegetation on both sides of the road sheltered herds of semi-suicidal deer that seemed to love frolicking back...