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 the 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 other things.
He grew up wild in some ways, spending time outside when I could have, should have, been studying but he got by. But then, sometime after his twelfth birthday Elgin’s mother simply wasn’t there any more. And while there was a flurry of concern once it was decided that she had not simply walked out on the two ‘boys,’ she was never seen again.
After that the pair lived in the 1970’s vintage 24 foot Airstream trailer that had been the ‘cabin’ out on the CircleSbarS ranch where Elgin’s father worked as a cowboy. During the summer the Airstream was set up on the ranch, and in the cold months they moved it to the edge of Beauty, the local ‘big town’ on the end of Black Sky lake.