Oh, my… dare I say it again? This
is for my dear friend Barb Taylor,
as she needs yet ANOTHER Laramie “fix”… and as always,
this is for her, or I wouldn’t be sitting here writing it.
Not cause I
don’t enjoy it, but ‘cause I just never thought
a new one up!
Being that the other Laramie stories of recent, by my hand,
dealt with a collection of some of Jess Harper’s more traumatic situations,
this one will be on the lighter side, but still including some more pebbles of
his rocky way.
a small note of warning:
This is not
an attempt to marry Jess Harper off to change his life, or make a continuation
series. It is just a fun look at
the few times that the guys had fun banter over gals--and their own jokes at
misses-or-near-successes with them, or then-again, not even wanting to get
caught by one until good and ready. Yet,
sooner or later they were heading this direction.
So, for this story, I chose to continue with the plucked-rose theme, that
I gleaned from:
The Lawless Seven, and Jess Harper meeting Ginny Hawks.
She has been mentioned in my other stories, first as a
continuation that I did from that very well done “sweetness” at the end of
that show. And second, because if I
follow the “golden thread” of Jess’
life continually being kept safe, and allowing him to reach a long
awaited success—a home—one that the Sherman ranch offers, it only made sense
to let her fill this role for this romp of :
Jess Harper and his collection of “being in jail”
-–now done here, at one of the worst possible times of a young man’s life,
which would be: his wedding day.
I have also tied-in how Jess Harper deals with the word
gold, and its
drawing-power to men—as Jess has strong feelings
to ill-gotten gain.
So, if you don’t want to imagine him getting married, as
to you, it wouldn’t be the same Laramie, please feel free not to read this, or
read it only as- if he was planning to go to the spring or fall festival’s
dance social, and missed it, instead. Or
you may picture him with another gal, to marry-up with.
And of course, any more Laramie stories that good ol’ Barb wants, she
will get, but I will go back to using some of the other connections in
earlier shows, and grab at loose ends, for other “fun sewing”, as I weave a
story out of them.
(Or, perhaps one day, our gang during old-age , still being
One last note, before we start our romp—I have added a
special song to the go with the story. Trouble
is, as with all Laramie, things do not match-up with true western history, as to
historic years. Well, now, say
then—perhaps my choice of song will fit- in right-fine.
Just picture this as another “Laramie fairytale truth” and
historically incorrect. The
song in question being: In The
Shade Of The Old Apple Tree, by Egbert Van Alstyne.
It was written in 1905. Egbert
Van Alstyne wrote a lot of ballads, and ragtime, as well.
THIS IS WHAT JESS
WOULD BE THINKING ON, AS TO JAIL - THE EPISODES WHERE JESS HARPER WAS IN JAIL,
FOR WHATEVER REASONS:
LAWBREAKERS (by choice)
BETRAYERS (threats came first)
(threats came first)
KILLER LEGEND (cleaning it)
THE WHEEL (by the outlaws)
THE EPISODES WHERE
JESS HARPER WAS THREATENED SPECIFICALLY WITH JAIL TIME, FOR WHATEVER REASONS:
TO KILL (if he would ever get there)
(by the outlaws)
(as a friendly bunk, only)
Road, Dark Verdict, and Men In Shadow’s (having stern warnings from Slim.)
*The Replacement (only looming if he lived through his purposed shootout being on the wrong side of the law)
TIED INTO ALL THIS
IS HOW JESS HARPER FEELS ABOUT GOLD/MONEY-- IT GOES/STAYS WHERE IT BELONGS:
TO TUMA VACA
PASSING OF KU BA SMITH
FOR CULLY BROWN
“GOLD MEANS SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO EVERY MAN…”
NOW IS THE STORY:
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