By M.A. Harris
Copyright 2011 M.A. Harris
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Elgin’s First Life
Elgin was born in Beauty, Wyoming, a tiny out of the way town that suited its name. The name on his birth certificate was Elgin Campbell Chalmers IV, though there were no Elgin’s, Campbell’s or for that matter Chalmers in his family history. His father, who had reasons not to remember his own name, thought it was a great joke, Elgin’s mother accepted it as she accepted so many other things.
He grew up in the outdoors, a little wild, spending his time outside whenever he could, his mother got him to study enough to progress through the grades but that was the best she could do.
A few weeks after his twelfth birthday Elgin’s mother simply wasn’t there any more. There was a flurry of concern but most of the locals decided she had simply finally had enough and walked out on the two ‘boys,’ she was never seen again. Elgin's father was never quite the same after that but his grief, though real was deeply hidden.
Father and son lived in the 1970’s vintage 24 foot Air-Stream trailer. During the summer the Air-Stream was set up on the CircleSbarS ranch where Elgin’s father worked as a cowboy. In the cold months they moved it to the edge of Beauty, an easy walk from the end of Black Sky lake.