Take the bait dammit, Zep thinks. He’s the leader of the Arizona Rangers crouching quietly beside him. The next move belongs to the Apaches.
The Civil War crashes into New Mexico Territory forcing Zep, Allie, Guillo, and Miguel to make drastic changes. The tumultuous times don’t end with the war but carry over into lives that will be forever altered.The Bierman Saga continues in Book 2 – COMPANY More
Wait, patience, it can’t be long now. Take the bait dammit, Zep thinks. Three yellow chevrons on the sleeve of his gray shirt mark him as the leader of the Arizona Rangers crouching quietly concealed beside him. The next move belongs to the Apaches.
“They’ve had us trying to keep a lid on the Apaches since the blue bellies left in ’61. This territory’s been left wide open to Mangas Coloradas and Cochise to raid at will, left dozens dead, and spreadin’ terror and fear.”……
“Ay, yi-yi. Mi compañero is going a long way, no?”
“Too far, Guillo. I’m almost three months pregnant,” says Alassandra.
Guillo leans against the porch post. A shocked look covers his face. “¡Dios mío.”
he whispers. ……
“What do you reckon we’ll find down there?” asks Jim.
“Everything we need to get back to Texas and a woman,” says Travis. “I saw her standing on the porch.”
“Ain’t had a woman for a while,” leers Jim. ……
“Sarge, Sarge, Yankees. They’re comin’ into the brush riding single file. I bet they smelt McIlhenny’s cookin’.” He points back into the thick growth.
“Kill the fire, dump the grub, Collins and Smith collect our horses and hold them.”
“What do you want us to do, Sarge,” asks Jenkins.
“Corporal, spread our men along the trail behind us. Make sure they’re well hidden. Seguin, go find them Yankees. Lead them to where we’ll spring an ambush. Y’all watch me for hand signals. Go.” ……
Jim rapidly raises his pistol and aims at Guillo just as a Mescalero lance flies through the air. It slams through his chest and protrudes from his back. A flicker of realization flashes through his eyes as his knees buckle and he crumples to the ground. ……
“Si, compañero. I no wants to be there,” says Guillo. “It is good that Dona Marie is here. She is the best midwife in Mesilla. She helps bring many niños into this world. She is helping Señora Allie, yes? You are no help.”
“You’re blame right, I’m no help.” ……
“Señor, just so you know who you are dealing with, let me tell you what others who know me say about me. I can be a fine friend or more dangerous than a rattlesnake, more stealthy than a mountain lion, and more violent than a mother grizzly bear protecting her cubs. Mostly, I am a madre de los niño.”
Captain Smith nods his head in agreement. “I think, out of respect, I will call your place rancho de la osa grande, ranch of the big she bear.”
The Civil War crashes into New Mexico Territory forcing Zep, Allie, Guillo, and Miguel to make drastic changes. The tumultuous times don’t end with the war but carry over into lives that will be forever altered. The Bierman Saga continues in Book 2 – COMPANY A.
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