Black Cloud by Janice Daugharty
Approx. 3,480 words.
Published on July 12, 2010.
Because of his dignified bearing and good looks, Wilton Norton is viewed as a ladies' man, though he has loved only one lady. Now past his prime, after his wife Ann dies, he misses her. He is alone and growing soft. Then the IRS comes after him, followed by government-placed cougars on his cattle ranch. He would like to best the government just once before he dies. And he does.