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  1. Chapter 6 Cloudy Thinking

    Hey, Brokenbind! I'm a sentimental guy too, and I don't like to see them parting, but it's what's happening. Both men are definitely sad, and I suspect most readers are too... but there are journeys ahead. This is Boone's story, but I won't leave you in the dark about where Coy's path takes him... I promise.   Thanks so much for sharing how you feel... this is the best part of posting on GA for me. Cheers... Gary....  

    3 hours ago, Brokenbind said:

    It's a little sad when things don't turn out as you hope.  I suspect they both feel that way.  And in those times, parting like this would probably be forever, although they'd probably be less sentimental about it than me.

     

     

    Hey, Brokenbind! I'm a sentimental guy too, and I don't like to see them parting, but it's what's happening. Both men are definitely sad, and I suspect most readers are too... but there are journeys ahead. This is Boone's story, but I won't leave you in the dark about where Coy's path takes him... I promise. :)  Thanks so much for sharing how you feel... this is the best part of posting on GA for me. Cheers... Gary.... :hug: 

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    Hey, spikey! Yeah, feedback helps me a lot, and not just for the story. It helps with my motivation and state of mind overall, particularly with the the way the world is now, and I appreciate you and other readers sharing your thoughts with me... but only do so if you want to.   As far as the punch, we haven't had an exact play by play, but the fact it followed their one and only kiss is clearly something that has a message in it. I'm with you... if Someone punched me, it would be hasta la

    4 hours ago, spikey582 said:

    Hey Gary, I apparently only comment on the even chapters now 0:)

    I keep holding off on reading a chapter for a week and then reading two back to back , but I knew I needed to leave some comments here this time, so that you were getting feedback, and I know that's important to you as the writer... 

    So am I the only person who thinks that Boone was read way too much into that punch?  That sounds kind of crazy to say that now, any dude that punched me for any reason pretty much wouldn't get the time of day from me ever again.  But, and yes people need to grasp this perspective, these were different times in a very different culture.  That doesn't mean people that were friends went around punching each other in the face, but sometimes people reacted a certain way.  It's like @Bft was saying, things have gone unsaid.  At least this chapter, Coy has finally brought up how that punch changed things between them, but Boone has never asked why Coy punched him to begin with.  Perhaps it's not for the reason Boone thinks it is.  But since they've never actually talked about it, Boone has nothing but his assumptions.  Also, I totally feel bad for Coy, how else can he feel like anything but a burden to Boone, after all that was said.  

    I feel for both of these guys, and I honestly have no clue what the right answer would be for either of them.  Do they really have to walk different paths and basically part ways for what would likely be forever?  

    Hey, spikey! Yeah, feedback helps me a lot, and not just for the story. It helps with my motivation and state of mind overall, particularly with the the way the world is now, and I appreciate you and other readers sharing your thoughts with me... but only do so if you want to. :hug: 

    As far as the punch, we haven't had an exact play by play, but the fact it followed their one and only kiss is clearly something that has a message in it. I'm with you... if Someone punched me, it would be hasta la vista baby. Boone may opine on the kiss at some point, but for now, all we know is he stuck with Coy... and he thinks his presence confuses his friend. 

    It was definitely a rougher, tougher time back then, but these are best friends, so I'm sure it was a shock. I agree it would seem they should have talked about it more, but the conversation was pretty revealing as it was. I think we get a hint of something when Coy mentioned Will keeping an eye on him, but yeah, it wasn't much of an explanation. The most revealing thing from Boone was that Coy didn't speak to him for weeks. Imagine how that must have made Boone feel after the fact. 

    I would throw one other thing into the mix... the fact Coy was raised by a god fearing woman who had strong beliefs and opinions... and Boone had already felt the sting of that when he lived in her house... just saying....

    I'm pleased to hear you feel bad for Coy. Of course he feels like he's held his friend back... and he's refusing to go with him out of care for him. As I said to someone else, it is a noble thing... even if maybe not wise. 

    The separation is happening, buddy, and none of us like to see it... but there is a journey ahead... and not just for Boone. How will these two men fare? That's for me to tease. :P 

    Thanks again for taking the time to give me feedback, spikeman... I hope the story isn't driving you crazy. :) Oh, and next Monday there is a double length chapter. :D  Cheers... G. :hug: 

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    Couldn't have said this better myself. Thanks, spyke!  What I meant about instant gratification is that impatience has replaced 'savoring' for some with regards to some entertainment, but yes, a 'true' reader anticipates each page, and mulls over what he/she reads. I must admit, though, I do get affected by readers in turmoil over something in my stories, and I wish sometimes I could ease that, but I can't be all things to all readers.  One thing I never do is play with readers... not

    4 minutes ago, spyke said:

    I'm not so sure that I agree with you on trying to apply instant gratification to to readers of a book, be it online or in print.  I do savor a good book or story. Where I tend to get ill is when I don't see any real progression in terms of the story or meaningful character development. This doesn't apply to you however.  Sometimes I feel that an author just goes round and round to fill up pages and it (unnecessarily) drags things out for weeks on end. Other times an author will employ numerous "cliffhangers"  and that tactic gets old. Again, this doesn't apply to you. I just recently bowed out of a story that I was following for these very reasons. I have to say, I was a very disappointed because the author had turned out some really good work in the past. 

    I'll take quality over quantity any day of the week. You turn out quality and that's what is important to your readers. 

    Couldn't have said this better myself. Thanks, spyke! 

    What I meant about instant gratification is that impatience has replaced 'savoring' for some with regards to some entertainment, but yes, a 'true' reader anticipates each page, and mulls over what he/she reads. I must admit, though, I do get affected by readers in turmoil over something in my stories, and I wish sometimes I could ease that, but I can't be all things to all readers. 

    One thing I never do is play with readers... not intentionally... yes, my work can be cerebral, but I always try to keep the characters true to who they are. There is little so disappointing as having a favored character do something that doesn't make any sense at all, like it's just thrown in for drama's sake. That's when I'll stop reading too. That doesn't mean my characters will always act the way we might want them to... I like writing flawed characters... but they will be consistent in who they are. As far as cliffhangers, it's easy to tell when they are contrived... some are absolutely necessary, but I try to keep mine to a minimum. I don't believe in torturing readers. :) 

    Thank you so much for the kind words... I take my responsibility as an author seriously, and want to feel pride when a story is done, but feel free to criticize (nicely) if you feel strongly about something I've done. Again, thank you for your thoughts... I can't hear enough that readers find quality in my work. :hug:  

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    Reminded me of Rick too. It's a great poem in its entirety, but I found it sad. It is so commonplace, and maybe it's what's needed at the time, but what is he left with? "Accomplished" in the final verse kind of stung me. Very evocative, Parker. 

    Reminded me of Rick too. It's a great poem in its entirety, but I found it sad. It is so commonplace, and maybe it's what's needed at the time, but what is he left with? "Accomplished" in the final verse kind of stung me. Very evocative, Parker. 

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    Hey, buddy. I can't promise you anything, like them sharing each other, but I think the journey will be worthwhile in the end.   And as far as the length, all I'll say is we'll be on this journey well into the new year.   And just maybe, we will get to see a farm at some point.   Cheers, my friend... thanks for sharing your thoughts... I appreciate your input. G.  

    1 hour ago, Albert1434 said:

    I just enjoy this chapter I don't think we are over Coy and Boone no matter what they say! And if they can share Gold then they can share other things like each other:yes: They talk about it a lot so it makes me think good things could happen I reckon. I do hope this is a long story so much can and will happen! Getting that farm off the ground will be a good read!

    Great Chapter Well Written:worship:

    Thanks for sharing:thankyou:

    Hey, buddy. I can't promise you anything, like them sharing each other, but I think the journey will be worthwhile in the end. :)  And as far as the length, all I'll say is we'll be on this journey well into the new year. :D  And just maybe, we will get to see a farm at some point. :P  Cheers, my friend... thanks for sharing your thoughts... I appreciate your input. G. :hug: 

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    Hey, Bft. I'm not sure much more can be said at this time. As Coy pointed out, there's been a lot of death and a lot of cloudy thinking, and traveling will fix that. That pretty much sums up where they're at. There was some real honest conversation, and some things can't be unsaid. Try to keep the faith, buddy... it is very sad, them going their separate ways, but there's a long journey still ahead, and just maybe there is happiness out there for Boone... and Coy.   Yes, it's a long wait, b

    4 hours ago, Bft said:

    I hope that the boys sort themselves out before too much longer, I feel that they both need to listen to each other and talk through things properly as I get the feeling that there are still things that have been left unsaid. 
    It’s a long wait until the long chapter next week. 🏕😒

    Hey, Bft. I'm not sure much more can be said at this time. As Coy pointed out, there's been a lot of death and a lot of cloudy thinking, and traveling will fix that. That pretty much sums up where they're at. There was some real honest conversation, and some things can't be unsaid. Try to keep the faith, buddy... it is very sad, them going their separate ways, but there's a long journey still ahead, and just maybe there is happiness out there for Boone... and Coy. :) 

    Yes, it's a long wait, but hopefully you'll enjoy the trail along with me. Cheers! :hug: 

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    Lol. When I get in rambling mode...   I used to post at a frantic pace, but that was at the beginning when I had much to learn about writing. In hindsight, I should have spent more time on each chapter.   You had to bring up the one, didn't you.   It has become this thing that fills me with dread, and I have no one to blame but myself. I don't even know why that is, but the pressure I was put under, and still am, certainly didn't help. All I can say is someday.... but it will have to be my 

    4 hours ago, FanLit said:

    Ramble away, lol.

    I love your stories and while the greedy reader I am would love a posting more than once a week, I understand each author’s creative process is different....in no way, shape or form would I want you doing anything that makes you produce content you are less than satisfied with.  (Thanks to Tim and all editors)
    It is appreciated that you post completed stories (with the exception of one, 😄 😬) and the weekly postings add a dramatic, serial flavor that enhances the reading experience, IMO.  
    Also, for clarity-any frustration expressed with the characters and choices they make is due to my investment in the story and never at the author.  😊

    Lol. When I get in rambling mode... :rolleyes: 

    I used to post at a frantic pace, but that was at the beginning when I had much to learn about writing. In hindsight, I should have spent more time on each chapter. :yes:  You had to bring up the one, didn't you. :P  It has become this thing that fills me with dread, and I have no one to blame but myself. I don't even know why that is, but the pressure I was put under, and still am, certainly didn't help. All I can say is someday.... but it will have to be my decision as to when that is. Each time I get a new PM complaining, it sets me back, yet I understand the frustration with me.

    Anyway, I deserve the hits, and it's why I've learned the hard way to always complete stories before posting. The weekly postings have their good points... and that works well for me, but I do see readers sometimes turned in knots when if the were just able to read the next chapter they would feel less trauma. To quote an orange man, it is what it is. :)  I will say this... people are used to instant gratification in their entertainment... binge watching TV has become commonplace, but I agree with you... there is still something to be said for savoring a good book.

    I already knew why you felt frustration, but thanks for saying that. I do appreciate how readers are honestly feeling about a story, whether in depth, or short and sweet... or not so sweet. I'm still learning, and input is key for me.

    Cheers, my dear friend. I promise I am done rambling for the day. hehe. :hug:  

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    Hey, Bard! I think both men tried for a little normalcy after all the tension that's been between them,  but it really is anything but normal. Their lives are about to change, and they both understand that. I think Boone is torn... he regrets stating his original plans to Coy, and as you say, the insensitivity of it, but he was just being honest. He doesn't believe he can be happy as long as he and Coy are together... yet he's also realized he won't be happy without him. It's quite tragic to me.

    5 hours ago, Bard Simpson said:

    I like how they got to talking more personally in this chapter. Sure, there was a lot of discussion about the logistics of various things, like meals, the splitting up of gold and possessions, and of packing up. But each was desperately trying to read the others intent and motivation in everything that was said and done. 

    It's a real shame that they can't seem to get on the same page, at the same time. At various points , they've both expressed a desire to stay together. The problem is that too much has been left unsaid, for far too long.

    I understand Coy's pride, in wanting to be his own man. He needs to prove that he can live independently, more to himself than anyone else. This just isn't the right time, for living under Boone's shadow. 

    Boone is clearly regretting just how baldly he stated his plans to strike out on his own. He's fast realising how insensitive that was and he now really wants Coy to join him. Being rushed out of camp by Coy is causing him to reconsider whether he should hang around for another day or two, until they can clear the air, and say everything that needs to be said.

    The finality of their separation, has finally come home to roost but it is Coy that is the one that needs convincing now. It has nothing to do with the original issue of whether he can ever feel anything for Boone. Rather it is whether Coy can ever become his own man and have others, Boone included, see him as such. 

    I am increasingly enjoying the story Gary, in case that needed spelling out, among so many misunderstandings. :hug:

    Hey, Bard! I think both men tried for a little normalcy after all the tension that's been between them,  but it really is anything but normal. Their lives are about to change, and they both understand that. I think Boone is torn... he regrets stating his original plans to Coy, and as you say, the insensitivity of it, but he was just being honest. He doesn't believe he can be happy as long as he and Coy are together... yet he's also realized he won't be happy without him. It's quite tragic to me. 

    I also think enough has been said... finally... and now the two men have to deal. Yeah, Coy wants to be his own man, and he'll have to figure that out with both Will and Boone gone, but he also wants to do the right thing for his friend. It's one of those bitter pills life sometimes makes us swallow. 

    He doesn't want Boone to hang around, because this act he's putting on is hard. He's saying he'll be just fine for Boone's sake, and yes, part of that is pride, but mostly it's a noble gesture on his part. At least, that's how I see it. 

    I think too, Boone sees the strong man Coy is. He probably has more faith in Coy than Coy does, but he also knows his absence will affect the man, and he worries. But, at what point do you let go... it would never be an easy thing... and he understands that better than Coy does. 

    So Boone will ride off into the dawn... and another journey will begin, and we'll hope that both men will find their happy life. :) 

    So glad to hear you are enjoying the story, buddy. I think this is one that creeps up on readers over time. Thanks for letting me know your thoughts... I always look forward to them... cheers... G. :hug: 

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    Lol. I just checked to see what you decided... and saw you didn't leave one.  Sorry you're frustrated, my friend, but I do get it. Coy is trying, and I'm proud of him for it... and Boone is struggling to figure out whether what he wanted was the right thing. So yeah, he's wavering, but he still does want to move on from his love for his best friend. I get that too. Really, it's tough on both of them.  I'm not sure Coy's reaction has to do with stubbornness... I think it's more him trying to

    49 minutes ago, FanLit said:

    I honestly don’t know what emoticon to leave at the end of the chapter.  I am frustrated with both Coy and Boone, yet I understand each one’s actions.  
    Boone more than likely needed to release all his pent up emotions and said pent up emotions may have been the driving factor in his decision to go left while Coy goes right;  Now that those emotions have seen light, his love for Coy  (both platonic and romantic) have him wavering on going it alone-he knows for all their best intentions, they may never see each other again and I don’t really know if he can live with that.

    Coy’s wounded stubbornness has him giving Boone the bum’s rush (here’s your hat, what’s your hurry? Lol). He doesn’t want to be parted from Boone but Boone’s confession makes Coy feel like a millstone around his neck (I am idiom and saying rich today!! 😆) and he more than likely wants to just get this over with.  I really won’t believe Boone goes until he’s gone.

    I love the verses you choose at the start of each chapter. ✝️ 🔦

    “My stomach was touching my backbone afore I ate.” ....No lie- today, two sayings for hunger were floating through my head- “my stomach was rubbing against my backbone” and “I’m hungrier than a hostage”.  Great minds, Gary. :yes:

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    Lol. I just checked to see what you decided... and saw you didn't leave one. :unsure2: Sorry you're frustrated, my friend, but I do get it. Coy is trying, and I'm proud of him for it... and Boone is struggling to figure out whether what he wanted was the right thing. So yeah, he's wavering, but he still does want to move on from his love for his best friend. I get that too. Really, it's tough on both of them. 

    I'm not sure Coy's reaction has to do with stubbornness... I think it's more him trying to do the noble thing where Boone's concerned, and he won't brook an argument... his mind is made up. Unfortunately, he does feel like that millstone you talk about it. :(  So, yeah, I'm sure he'll fall apart a little bit after Boone leaves. 

    Thanks for liking the verses... I do put a lot of thought into them. God is a big part of these boys, and therefore a part of the story... as are the sayings sprinkled throughout. :)  

    On another note, because I'm in a rambling mood, I've been thinking it's not good to only post once a week... that people might enjoy the story more if they can read it faster, but it takes me a lot of work to get chapters ready... to be happy with them. Yes, the story is completely written, but I am constantly editing to make it the best I can. I don't change what happens, but I spend a lot of time on the word choice, word flow, sentence structure, and staying true to the style I've chosen ( just ask my editor, Timothy). That applies to all my stories, but it is especially important to me for this one. That said, I guess I'll stick with the weekly schedule... I don't want to rush my process, even if it takes away something from readers' enjoyment.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, dear lady... I appreciate them, truly. Cheers... G. :hug: 

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    Love this comment, spyke. It really was a role reversal, and as I said to someone earlier, I think Coy might have been acting strong for Boone's benefit. I think he sat up on that cliff and thought about what Boone had given up for him, and how he should be put first for a change. Obviously, he's feeling guilty about the punch... and has for a long time. So, yeah, it's impressive on his part. And I think you make a great point that is also a sort of self preservation for Coy. He needs to feel li

    1 hour ago, spyke said:

    Wow! When you do an epiphany, you don't go soft. Talk about role reversals, I almost feel as if they've done a total mind switch since the last chapter. I am impressed that Coy has seen what Boone has gone through and what he needs. Maybe he's acting so hard towards Boone as a means of self survival/preservation. Coy knows that this is going to be so hard on him and he's got to toughen up to get through it, but he's so conflicted about Boone leaving that he is also playing "mother hen" and worrying about Boone and his journey.  What a great chapter @Headstall. I can't wait for the next installment.  

    Love this comment, spyke. It really was a role reversal, and as I said to someone earlier, I think Coy might have been acting strong for Boone's benefit. I think he sat up on that cliff and thought about what Boone had given up for him, and how he should be put first for a change. Obviously, he's feeling guilty about the punch... and has for a long time. So, yeah, it's impressive on his part. And I think you make a great point that is also a sort of self preservation for Coy. He needs to feel like he's doing the right thing in order to handle what his brother has done. Guilt is a powerful emotion, and Coy may now feel that even more than grief. Will let the whole family down... and now Coy is the last Diamond. The last thing he wants is to be petty and selfish... that's who Will was. 

    And yes, he's conflicted... and his worry for Boone is genuine... I think we all can see it in the way he insisted on Boone taking Dan's tent. It's about all he can do, and no doubt he'll fall apart... but likely only after Boone leaves. I have to say I always loved Coy, but I fell in love with him a little more after this chapter. Maybe he should have listened better, but his heart is most definitely in the right place. Happy you liked this one. Next installment is a much longer chapter. Cheers, and thanks for sharing such great thoughts... cheers... Gary.... :hug: 

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    I agree, S. There sure has been a lot of conversation for these two lately, but there's also been a lot of cloudy thinking. I think they've said what they need to... Coy gets now why Boone needs to be apart from him... and he's accepting of it, but it remains to be seen whether it is the right thing for both of them. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and thanks for the support... big chapter next Monday.   Cheers... Gary....  

    4 minutes ago, Sss0226 said:

    They need to stop talking and LISTEN to each other. They’re both so busy tryin’ to say what they want to say that they ain’t listening. Time apart might make things more clear for each of them. 

    I agree, S. There sure has been a lot of conversation for these two lately, but there's also been a lot of cloudy thinking. I think they've said what they need to... Coy gets now why Boone needs to be apart from him... and he's accepting of it, but it remains to be seen whether it is the right thing for both of them. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and thanks for the support... big chapter next Monday. :)  Cheers... Gary.... :hug: 

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    Lol. Hey, Wes! Even more frustrating than Hank and Chase?   I must say, I don't condone violence, but a light slap might be okay... just remember, Boone and Coy carry guns.   I don't think you'll be wanting to slap anyone next chapter... then again....    Thanks, buddy... always nice to hear from you... stay chill... G.   

    13 minutes ago, Wesley8890 said:

    These are the most frustrating characters you have ever written! It goes back and forth who i want to slap more every chapter!!!!

    Lol. Hey, Wes! Even more frustrating than Hank and Chase? :D  I must say, I don't condone violence, but a light slap might be okay... just remember, Boone and Coy carry guns. :P  I don't think you'll be wanting to slap anyone next chapter... then again.... :unsure:  

    Thanks, buddy... always nice to hear from you... stay chill... G. :hug:  

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    Ahh... this helps me so much, mayday, and I think I get it now.   In other words, you are disheartened because you have come to care for Coy, and it appears he is leaving the picture? You're right that I don't usually do something like this... but I promise you will have knowledge of Coy's journey as well. He still has a role to play, even though they are separating. Yes, this is a story about Boone's journey, but Coy has one too.    I must say I'm quite relieved to hear it isn't the style

    2 minutes ago, mayday said:

    "I'm sorry you're not connecting with this story as you have others of mine... but to be truthful, I kind of expected many wouldn't, so I'm not surprised."

    Dear friend,

    I have wondered myself why there seems to be this distance. But I have come to no conclusion. It is not the style you have chosen, of that I am certain.

    Part of it may be because you have thrown us right into the middle of a crisis (or rather more than one) and I cannot yet see or guess where the strands of narration might be going. Somehow it is not your style to start out with a central one out of three characters we get to know in the first chapters only to never have him appear again. So I guess that Coy will still play a role later on, but there I have my doubts. How probable would it be for Coy to find Boone in the "Wild West" (as we say here) again? You will know an answer to that question better than me. Of that I am certain. I also know what a great story-teller you are. So you may count on my following your story this time, too. Maybe it will worm its way into my heart and imagination.

    Ahh... this helps me so much, mayday, and I think I get it now. :yes:  In other words, you are disheartened because you have come to care for Coy, and it appears he is leaving the picture? You're right that I don't usually do something like this... but I promise you will have knowledge of Coy's journey as well. He still has a role to play, even though they are separating. Yes, this is a story about Boone's journey, but Coy has one too. :)  

    I must say I'm quite relieved to hear it isn't the style of the story, and I'm pleased you plan to stick with it. I think you can trust me that the story will be satisfying by the time it is done. Well, I'm hoping so, anyway... that it worms its way into your heart and imagination. Thanks so much for removing some clouds for me. :P    

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    Thanks, Dave. Coy was pretty accurate about what's been going on... four men from their camp have been shot dead... and it's hard to think clearly when that happens. I like how straightforward Coy was in this chapter. He doesn't come across as a mess, which might have been for Boone's benefit. Coy doesn't want him worrying for him... but I also think Coy is stronger than he might have appeared while Will was alive and trying to dominate him.  And yes, big changes take time to process... Boo

    2 hours ago, Daddydavek said:

    Cloudy thinking...what a descriptive phrase!

    But changes take time to process. Second and even third thoughts are common for most of us.  Coy may think he has it figured out, but that could change after some time passes.

    Thanks, Dave. Coy was pretty accurate about what's been going on... four men from their camp have been shot dead... and it's hard to think clearly when that happens. I like how straightforward Coy was in this chapter. He doesn't come across as a mess, which might have been for Boone's benefit. Coy doesn't want him worrying for him... but I also think Coy is stronger than he might have appeared while Will was alive and trying to dominate him. 

    And yes, big changes take time to process... Boone is already having second thoughts... but it seems Coy has decided for both of them now. They are going their own ways. :unsure:  We'll see what that means for each man as time passes. Cheers, buddy, and thanks for the support... Gary.... :hug: 

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    Toothsticks are awesome. I've used them myself. I made one a couple of years ago from dogwood, and it tasted pretty good, and worked great. It actually felt like a toothbrush, and was bendy enough I could get everywhere.   I don't think any of us want to see them separate, bro. The really do have a special friendship, and that is worth gold. As far as Coy, Boone thinks his presence confuses him. I think that's true... I think Coy loves Boone, but in what way, appears cloudy. He's been raise

    1 hour ago, dughlas said:

    I use a piece of licorice root as a toothstick so the image stuck with me. I still have a hard time with the thought of them separating. I feel like they belong together. The way Coy looked over a naked Boone suggests to me he's not a zero on the Kinsey scale. Might he feel more than he let on because of the change in Boone after the broken nose. I'd like to know just a bit more about that kiss and the circumstances surrounding it.

    Toothsticks are awesome. I've used them myself. I made one a couple of years ago from dogwood, and it tasted pretty good, and worked great. It actually felt like a toothbrush, and was bendy enough I could get everywhere. :) 

    I don't think any of us want to see them separate, bro. The really do have a special friendship, and that is worth gold. As far as Coy, Boone thinks his presence confuses him. I think that's true... I think Coy loves Boone, but in what way, appears cloudy. He's been raised as god fearing, and we all know that can put chains around parts of us. For Boone too, the fact Coy partook at "Miss Patty's" is a pretty sure sign he is straight... if the punch wasn't enough... but yeah, looking over a naked Boone might indicate he's not a zero. :)  As far as the kiss, we might learn a little more....

    Next chapter is longer... the journey begins. :D  Thanks, dugh... I hope you like what's coming... cheers... Gary.... :hug: 

     

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  16. Chapter 6 Cloudy Thinking

    That is so true, centex, and Boone doesn't take his decision lightly. He may be regretting his decision at this moment, but his need to find himself a good life has pushed him to setting out on his own. Coy is so obviously worried for him, going off by himself, but I think he's finally clued in how much Boone has sacrificed for him, and how badly he needs to head to Larkspur. If Boone didn't love Coy, there'd be no reason for separating... I'm pleased you get that, and understand why this is hap

    1 hour ago, centexhairysub said:

    It was very hard to be truly on your own back then.  You never knew who to really trust and any type of injury even minor could turn fatal if alone.  I understand why they are going their own way but worry about them both now.  

    That is so true, centex, and Boone doesn't take his decision lightly. He may be regretting his decision at this moment, but his need to find himself a good life has pushed him to setting out on his own. Coy is so obviously worried for him, going off by himself, but I think he's finally clued in how much Boone has sacrificed for him, and how badly he needs to head to Larkspur. If Boone didn't love Coy, there'd be no reason for separating... I'm pleased you get that, and understand why this is happening. Still, there is so much that could go wrong. Fingers crossed both men stay safe. Appreciate hearing your thoughts, buddy... see you Monday... cheers... Gary.... :hug: 

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  17. Chapter 6 Cloudy Thinking

    Good question, mayday... right now Boone is feeling confused, and appears to be regretting his original plan. Still, he has a long journey ahead, and plenty of time to clear his thoughts.  I'm glad you're seeing Coy as self assured here... I think that means he's accepted that Boone needs this... that he hasn't been happy for quite a while. It's why I referenced the Proverb at the beginning of the chapter. Yes, he is being honest and open with Boone... and even more so with himself... for h

    1 hour ago, mayday said:

    Will Boone ever find what he is seeking? I can't help feeling we are in for a long story if they ever meet again. And if not, Boone still has to get over Coy and their years together.

    Coy never seemed as self-assured before as he acts on the day of Boone's departure. I get the feeling he is simply very honest and open, somehow more than he used to be now that they have cleared up everything.

    I do not know what it is about this new story of yours but somehow I find it hard to relate to it as if a vast distance lay between it and me. None of your stories has failed to draw me to them, so I will see where this one goes. 

    Good question, mayday... right now Boone is feeling confused, and appears to be regretting his original plan. Still, he has a long journey ahead, and plenty of time to clear his thoughts. 

    I'm glad you're seeing Coy as self assured here... I think that means he's accepted that Boone needs this... that he hasn't been happy for quite a while. It's why I referenced the Proverb at the beginning of the chapter. Yes, he is being honest and open with Boone... and even more so with himself... for his friend's sake. :) 

    I'm sorry you're not connecting with this story as you have others of mine... but to be truthful, I kind of expected many wouldn't, so I'm not surprised. For me, I expected there would be a disconnect with the sentence structure and word choice of the dialogue and the narration. I have become quite used to the flow of it, but I suspect it might be either challenging or annoying to some. I had to write it in an authentic(for me) way, though. Do you think this is the reason, or is it something else, like the genre? I am curious, but I don't mean to put you on the spot, my friend. You don't need to answer if you don't want to. I will concede too, it is rather slow moving as far as action, with most of the characters off screen( as in dead), and many essential actions having occurred off screen as well, which is kind of unusual. I mean, we've really only met Coy, Boone, and Sheriff Willard in person... so that might contribute to the pace of it. Also, the weekly posting could detract from this kind of story, but I can tell you it picks up a bit in the next chapter, with a double length chapter. I hope you stick with it... I believe the story will prove worthwhile if you can stand the way it is written. :)  Cheers, and thanks so much for letting me know your thoughts on this one... Gary.... :hug: 

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  18. Chapter 6 Cloudy Thinking

    We often get carried along on a wave of thoughts when something changes, and only later can we see the whole picture. That might happen with these two... Boone feels regret now, but will that change as he gets closer to Larkspur and new possibilities? Boone needs to feel happy again... and he once thought this was the only way... we shall see if it is.  I can tell you there is some adventure ahead... and in fact, there is a double length chapter coming next Monday.   Thanks, Parker... see y

    1 hour ago, Parker Owens said:

    It seems these two are still thinking through the clouds that blind them. Perhaps their paths will cross again, perhaps not. It's sad they must part, but these appear to be different paths they've chosen. What adventures lie ahead?  Tell us next week?

    We often get carried along on a wave of thoughts when something changes, and only later can we see the whole picture. That might happen with these two... Boone feels regret now, but will that change as he gets closer to Larkspur and new possibilities? Boone needs to feel happy again... and he once thought this was the only way... we shall see if it is. 

    I can tell you there is some adventure ahead... and in fact, there is a double length chapter coming next Monday. :)  Thanks, Parker... see you then, god willing. :hug: 

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  19. Chapter 6 Cloudy Thinking

    Thanks, Kris! I'm pleased you can see the role reversal. Coy has been reactive to Boone's decision making but that has changed, and I glad you see it as strength. With Boone's backtracking, it really is Coy who is making the decision to go their separate ways. Boone is in the throes of that adage... be careful what you wish for... and is feeling regret. Still, he has an adventure in front of him... and maybe that chance to find happiness.  You're right about mornings after... some are great

    14 minutes ago, CincyKris said:

    I love that I have Mondays off work!  "Morning afters" are often difficult. Whether it's a morning after a fight, sex, or big decisions, you have to pick up the pieces and readjust your life.  As much as I want to see these two together, I still think a separation is the best choice for both of them.  It was interesting to see their roles reversed in this conversation. Coy is already starting to become stronger.  Great chapter!

    Thanks, Kris! I'm pleased you can see the role reversal. Coy has been reactive to Boone's decision making but that has changed, and I glad you see it as strength. With Boone's backtracking, it really is Coy who is making the decision to go their separate ways. Boone is in the throes of that adage... be careful what you wish for... and is feeling regret. Still, he has an adventure in front of him... and maybe that chance to find happiness. 

    You're right about mornings after... some are great, but some are difficult after a night of digesting. :( 

    Cheers, and thanks for sharing your thoughts... Gary.... :hug: 

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  20. Chapter 5 Straight Shootin'

    Yeah, the family farm doesn't sound like a good idea. Both men have been under pressure because of Will... and the tension between them over the kiss and punch, so going separate ways might be for the best. Boone wants to be happy, and Coy's presence is a reminder that he isn't. And Coy is carrying shame for what his brother did, and he needs some time to let go of that. We'll soon see what they decide to do.... Cheers... Gary....  

    7 hours ago, Bft said:

    I think that Coy and Boone need to move on, maybe Coy should go to Larkspur and get a farm near Boone as he doesn’t like panning for gold, and there is no point going back to the family farm as it’s been said that the land is useless. They both need to do what is right for themselves and their sanity, if that means going separate ways then that’s what it has to be. 

    Yeah, the family farm doesn't sound like a good idea. Both men have been under pressure because of Will... and the tension between them over the kiss and punch, so going separate ways might be for the best. Boone wants to be happy, and Coy's presence is a reminder that he isn't. And Coy is carrying shame for what his brother did, and he needs some time to let go of that. We'll soon see what they decide to do....

    Cheers... Gary.... :hug: 

  21. Chapter 4 Lawman

    Thanks... hope I didn't speak too soon... my ear is itchy this morning.     Now I have to get the new chapter ready for posting.  

    7 hours ago, Bft said:

    That’s not good, sorry to hear that, I mad glad that you are on the mend. 

    Thanks... hope I didn't speak too soon... my ear is itchy this morning. :unsure:  :hug:  Now I have to get the new chapter ready for posting. :) 

  22. Chapter 4 Lawman

    He has the weight of four deaths on his shoulders, including Dan's. I believe he was in denial about how rotten a person Will was, and now he's had to face how wrong he was. It's not his fault, but guilt is a part of it. We tend to feel responsible for family, even when they're sidewinders.   Cheers, buddy... G.  

    2 minutes ago, Bft said:

    It must have been really hard for Coy to learn about all of the bad things that his brother had got up to.

    He has the weight of four deaths on his shoulders, including Dan's. I believe he was in denial about how rotten a person Will was, and now he's had to face how wrong he was. It's not his fault, but guilt is a part of it. We tend to feel responsible for family, even when they're sidewinders. :unsure2:  Cheers, buddy... G. :hug: 

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  23. Chapter 4 Lawman

    Hey, Bft! Yes, I'm okay now. I had an ear infection that ended up in both ears, but antibiotics and antibiotic drops cleared it up. Thanks for asking.  

    4 minutes ago, Bft said:

    Hey Gary, I hope you’re well? 

    Hey, Bft! Yes, I'm okay now. I had an ear infection that ended up in both ears, but antibiotics and antibiotic drops cleared it up. Thanks for asking. :hug: 

  24. Chapter 2 Fool's Gold

    Hey, Bft! Without a doubt, Will is, but people who read that book find what they want in there. What matters is that Boone, who believes in God, accepts the man he is. Boone is the type to listen, but comes to his own conclusions about right and wrong.   Thanks, buddy... happy to hear you're finding the story interesting so far. I hope it feels authentic to you. Cheers... Gary....   

    5 hours ago, Bft said:

    Interesting story so far. I think that Will was a bigger sinner for being a killer than Boone is for loving another man, twisted thinking of people who read the book of fairytales 

    Hey, Bft! Without a doubt, Will is, but people who read that book find what they want in there. What matters is that Boone, who believes in God, accepts the man he is. Boone is the type to listen, but comes to his own conclusions about right and wrong. :)  Thanks, buddy... happy to hear you're finding the story interesting so far. I hope it feels authentic to you. Cheers... Gary.... :hug:  

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