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Who Made The Seven Stars
By Waddie Greywolf
True wisdom is
less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and
changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he
knoweth all things but his own ignorance." ~ Akhenaton
youngest keeper, Blake, knew where he would be, and shortly
before Kate came to the porch of the ranch house to ring the
triangle for lunch, he walked to the barn to gather Orville to
join them for lunch. He called up into the loft for Orville and
heard him answer. "I'm here, Blake, I'll be right down," he
answered. The men said their goodbyes and Bubba promised he
would see him later. They were in good spirits as they climbed
down the ladder.
great, Orville. You look like you got a big load off your mind,
and are refreshed. It's nice to see you with a look of hope in
your eyes," the good looking young Irin slave said and smiled.
indeed, unload a heavy burden, Son, a couple of loads to be
exact. I feel like a new man, and fortunately I found one in
this big, handsome cowboy walking by my side, and thank you for
being thoughtful enough to come find me," Orville added.
problem, Pops, glad to be of service - anytime," Blake said
Bubba asked and grinned.
keepers been calling me that for a couple of weeks now. I rather
enjoy having a nickname," Orville said.
nicknames are sometimes considered a sign of affection on your
world, Master Bubba, and Orville calls us 'son,' so we didn't
think he'd mind. We wouldn't call him 'Pops' if he objected. No
matter his status might be a bit different than ours, it
wouldn't be considerate of his feelings," Blake said.
"I have no
objection to being called 'pops' Son," Orville said to Blake.
like it, too," Bubba said and smiled.
their goodbyes, and Bubba went off to find Jack. "Did you have a
nice visit with your new slave-dad?" Jack asked and grinned.
thanks, it was good to see him again. We had a nice visit, and I
plan to see him again later. I understand slaves and freemen
often sit together for the barnyard concert," Bubba said.
around this ranch seems to be uptight about protocol. They seem
like one big happy family. I ain't sure how a seemingly
unstructured group can function so smoothly without a lot of
social infighting and power struggles. Perhaps we'll learn more
today. Do you plan to visit Captain Nick's ship again after
lunch?" Jack asked.
on going, Brother?" Bubba asked in reply.
kidding, and miss a chance to see Jethro in his demon form
again?" Jack replied and laughed, "My old cock ain't been so
happy in a good while as when we met him yesterday. Damn, he's a
hot man either way. You's big hoss, but I don't think you could
stop me from going to see him," Jack added and laughed again.
think'n the same thing. I'd like to see Master Oatie when he
discovers the demon, who is coordinator of Master Billy's
planning project, is one of Jethro's new forms," Bubba agreed.
family, the last of the Daniels extended family, arrived. The
sheriff didn't get off work on Saturdays until noon and
sometimes didn't get away from the office until 12:30. Buster
and Everett drove into town and picked up Will. He left his
patrol car at the station. Everyone was waiting for them as
they watched them drive up in their family ranch van. It was
like a homecoming as folks walked to their vehicle to greet
them. Even Everett had his favorites who greeted and made over
him. The younger cowboys were quite taken with young Everett and
insisted on full body contact with hugs and kisses. Several of
the big cowboys couldn't seem to resist him either. While the
other two Tates were solidly handsome, good looking men, Everett
was the bell ringer of the three. Will and Buster didn't mind at
all. They just bought a bigger bed.
me, buckaroos, and you can help me with one other guest Ms. Kate
asked us to bring," Everett said and the boys were excited to
see who the Tates brought along. Everett opened the rear doors
and Miranda leaped out, spread her new wings, and began to fly
up and around over the heads of the gathered crowd. She was
magnificent. The boys ran after her calling her name. After
circling a couple of times for the gathered guests to get a good
look at her, she landed a few feet in front of Billy and slowly
walked to him. Billy squatted down on his haunches and opened
his hands for her. They came together with much kisses for
Master Billy which he gladly returned with hugs, kisses, and
compliments of his own. "My God, you look wonderful Ms. Miranda.
A bit frazzled perhaps, but motherhood becomes you. I can't
remember seeing you look so happy and healthy," Billy said.
Master Billy. It's a pleasure to be here. I appreciate Ms.
Kate's kind invitation for me to get away for a while, and as
she put it, recharge my batteries. Everett explained and showed
me a mental picture of a truck battery which supplies electrical
energy for the engine to start so it might utilize the fuel to
make it run. It is a good analogy," she said.
over and greeted Miranda. "How are the little one's, and are
they being cared for?" she asked.
ma'am, Ms. Kate, we left our family protector with them, and
they are in hog heaven with their friend `big-walking-milk-jug'
as they call him," Miranda said and gave a small laugh. Everyone
laughed with her.
"My God in
heaven!" Jack exclaimed, "They got a talking dog what flies?
What has pups?" Jack asked Bubba in awe.
"You got a
sharp knife on ya,' little bro?" Bubba asked.
Jack asked in reply.
to offer one of my testicles in exchange for one a' her pups,"
Bubba joked, "Hell, I'd give bowfubbum," he added.
think it's a bit of a high price, I understand the hyperbole,"
Jack replied, and they shared a laugh.
allowed everyone time to come over and introduce themselves and
welcome Miranda. The young buckaroos couldn't get enough of her
and neither could the grown cowboys. Everyone thought Ms.
Miranda was wonderful. Kate walked up the steps to the
front porch and rang the triangle to announce they were ready to
have their family and guests come into the house for a light
lunch. The main meal of the day would be a supper of barbecued
brisket with cowboy potatoes and beans. Hank, Buck, and several
of their helpers already fired up the big steel drums, and you
could smell the sweet pungent fragrance of mesquite wood
beginning to slowly burn. Oatie Breedlove almost dropped his
plate. His mind was on other things. "Am I gonna' have to turn
you over my knee, boy, to get you to settle down?" Elmer asked
and laughed at his grandson.
Granddad, please understand, sir, I'm a mite preoccupied. My
mind won't seem to stay in my body," Oatie replied.
as long as you keep yore' dick in your Wranglers, and don't let
it jump out to frighten the ladies. Calm yourself, Son. We'll
visit Captain Nick's ship right after lunch, I promise," Elmer
encouraged him quietly.
"We have a
basket made up for Jethro you may take with you, if you like,"
Kate said and smiled, "I know just the way he likes his
meatloaf," she added like a good mother.
going with us, Master Billy?" Oatie asked.
been agreed, for everyone's peace of mind working on the
project, I'm not to set foot on Captain Nick's ship until the
project is completed, and that won't be until after Easter
Sunday dinner tomorrow," Billy replied, "But due to some other
circumstances and some new guests coming, it was decided you
should get to see our newly enhanced slave working at his job.
He ain't the same slave you sent over to me a couple of weeks
ago. We hope you will be pleased. There ain't a man or critter
on Captain Nick's ship what ain't fallen in love with Jethro,
and we've become quite fond of him ourselves," Billy said.
guests?" Elmer asked.
LaFleur and his son's family will be joining us for Church and
follow us out to the ranch tomorrow," Billy replied.
choked on his food. Bubba patted him on his back. "I thought his
grandson was dying from a terminal blood disease," Jack said.
more," Tron said drolly, "as a matter of fact, if the family
keeps regular visits to the ranch, the boy will live to a ripe
old age," he added.
"I knew the
judge's grandson was gravely ill, but I haven't heard he's
better," Jack said.
heard about Billy and Randy. He learned about Elmer, Vox, and
Buster's miraculous recoveries and being restored. He put two
and two together and come to me to ask if there was any truth to
the rumors. I couldn't lie to a judge. I assured him there was,
indeed, truth to the rumors," Will Tate said. "I called Billy
and he told me go by and give the boy some of my angel-juice to
recharge him enough to jump-start his battery. He was on oxygen
and would be until he died. I done what Billy told me and got
him breathing on his own. I drove him and the judge out here,
so's Billy and his three main protector-angels could do a full
number on him. They worked on him for well over an hour, but
when they's finished, Cody was greatly improved, and he ate a
huge breakfast Ms. Kate's helpers cooked for him," Will added.
you helped the boy first, Sheriff, I assume you and several
others have been enhanced to heal?" Jack asked.
I ain't fully fledged yet. I still got me a lot to learn. I's
just a junior fly-boy. I ain't fully earned ma' wings, but
helping young Cody LaFleur brung me a step closer," Will
of you have been enhanced and are beginning to learn the art?"
smiled and looked at one another. Slowly, cowboy after cowboy
raised their hands including the sheriff, his dad, Everett,
Elmer Breedlove, Oatie, Nick, and Billy's two main
cowboy-angels. Tom McMartin, his wife and boys raised their
hands as well as Randy Rutherford. Kate, Zelma, Roz, and Vox
raised their hands. Master Billy's two fine looking cowboy
slaves, Hank and Buck, raised their hands. Poly and Cass were
still on the ship. They couldn't get away for lunch and would be
brought food when the men went to visit.
enhanced these folks, Master Billy?" Jack asked.
everyone," Nathan Daniels spoke up, "Captain Nick, Balthazar,
and Clyde are three fallen angels from biblical times.
Master Billy's slaves, Hank, Buck, Pollux and Castor, Archie,
and Edith were slaves who begged their masters to give them to
Master Billy to become his slaves and a part of his greater
family on Earth. Because Billy saved Nick's life he gave himself
to Billy to become his slave and a part of his family. Clyde
asked his masters if they would gift him to Billy to become his
slave, and Balthazar did something similar. Then a large
contingency of his family was invited to visit the two main home
worlds to meet with two great advanced races of people, and we
were enhanced there. Those who didn't get to visit the watcher
home world of Retikki Prime and visit the other advanced race on
another planet in the Andromeda galaxy called Fort Adam Lear,
were later enhanced by Billy, his fallen angels, and us," Nathan
"How is it
possible for you to travel such vast distances in a short
period?" Jack asked.
simply open a portal, and we step through onto their planet.
There is a time dilation of sorts but you adapt," Tron
explained, "We can step through the portal and be gone a couple
of days, weeks, or even months, and return without so much as an
hour having passed on our world, and it would be the same for
them, if they were to come to our world," Tron added.
said Jack, "and the watchers home world is originally this
Retikki Prime you speak of," he asked.
two Lord High Chancellors are Boomer's uncles, and Master
Billy's uncles-in-law," said Clyde, "and they are enormous.
Gregor the Great is almost eighteen feet tall and his mate,
Albrecht, is a mere fifteen feet. They remind one of the old
comic characters Mutt and Jeff," Clyde explained.
your purpose, Master Billy?" Jack asked.
a better way of living and teach mankind to live in harmony with
his neighbors and the world on which we live. A little larger
concept than the universal Golden Rule: do unto others as if
they were your family gathered in your backyard for a
celebration of life and a dedication to a greater purpose. It's
a lot more involved than one definition might cover, but if you
hang around us enough, you'll begin to see more of what we're
about, and learn about us without being preached to or trying to
convert you to our way of thinking. We will not proselytize
anyone. You're free to come and go, and we'll share almost
everything with you, if we can explain it to you. Some things
defy explanation, but no one is asked to accept them on blind
faith. Ninety-nine point forty-four one-hundred percent of what
we say and do can be backed up with science and reason. The
rest, a little over a half of one percent, either can't be
explained with our current level of knowledge or is simply
unknown," Billy explained.
plan to create a new political front to take over our country
and world?" Jack asked.
strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack," Billy said
recalling the words from an old South African folk song, "I
wouldn't call it political, but I guess anything a man does
could somehow be thought of as political. Was the myth of Christ
political? Bet chore' boots, Cowboy. There's a very fine line
between religious dogma and politics. The founders of our
country knew it, understood the ramifications and dangers of
unchecked religious beliefs, and specifically and clearly
defined the need for separation of church and state. Various
religions over the years have tried to circumvent those truths
and falsely claimed the founding fathers were `God fear'n men'
who intended 'Murica' to be a Christian nation. Nothing could be
further from the truth.
ourselves living in a world overrun by a small but powerful
faction of far right wing ultraconservative fundamentalist
`Christianists' who don't deserve to be called `Christians'
because they tossed out the more liberal message of Christ and
shored up their tyranny with strict ideas from the old testament
written by bronze age tribes in the desert of the Middle East
with no applications other than control of our modern world.
They have created their own religion we call
though the words attributed to Christ were mostly of pacifism,
nonviolence, and compassion for his fellowman, they have been so
abused and convoluted, those who refuse to consider the greater
message, follow those who dwell in darkness and greed who
overtook religions in their early days for personal glory and
the accumulation of wealth to create a world controlled by fear
and mendacity. The Roman Catholic Church never has been anything
more than a huge corrupt corporate business hidden by lies,
myths, and superstitions, with the false idea they are above
reproach. Religion and modern corporatism merged in the early
part of the twenty first century to become an enormous political
power against which there was no room for more liberal views. They consider
themselves so powerful they don't see the need to police their
own short comings. Such is the way of unspeakable wealth and
power. However, without the roots of Christianity, our world
would never have seen the likes of Lincoln, Gandhi, John
Kennedy, or Martin Luther King," Billy said, "I would like to
think upon our tiny corner of the world as a spark of light, a
new beginning, or as in the first movie of Star Wars Chapter IV,
"A New Hope," he added.
"Do you see
yourselves as Jedi Knights?" Jack asked in jest.
not," Billy replied and grinned, "Why equate ourselves with such
a limited group of a warrior class. While we are capable of
such, we have no need for physical force. Why bother, when you
can win people's hearts and minds with principles and ideals?"
Billy asked in reply.
satisfied with Billy's openness and certainly couldn't find
fault with anything he'd seen so far. Everything was fresh,
open, and wonderful. There seemed to be something new to
discover around every corner which would thrill and amaze him.
He knew without asking, Bubba was hooked. He watched the big
cowboy shed his previous life and found a world at the Daniels
ranch where he was welcome to become what he wanted and needed
to be. The Daniels became a cocoon in which Bubba grew and
changed into the mature, responsible, trustworthy, talented
adult he was intended to become.
* * * * * *
be still, stop fidgeting, and eat your lunch. We got plenty of
time to have a nice visit with Master Billy's slave," Elmer
admonished his grandson Oatie for the second time, like he was a
Granddad, I'm afraid I'm more than a little apprehensive," Oatie
for?" Jack asked Oatie, "Bubba and I were invited to visit
Captain Nick's ship yesterday and met your slave, Jethro, whom I
understand has become Master Billy's slave for a while. He
seemed fine to us, didn't he, Bubba?" Jack asked his young
cowboy friend next to him at the table.
Master Oatie. Jethro certainly looked fine to me. He was awful
busy and couldn't spare us much time, but you could tell he was
a man on a mission. How he kept everything straight, with people
coming and going, asking him all sorts of questions, is beyond
me. I never once saw him tell anyone he didn't know something,
who they could go to, or where they might find an answer to
their query. Jethro had all his bases covered and was working
his attractive butt off," Bubba replied without giving much to
gentlemen plan to come with us to visit him after lunch?" Oatie
asked fishing for information of any kind.
Bubba replied more strongly than anyone ever heard the big
cowboy assert himself, "Master Jack and me, we done talked about
it, and we agreed to see and visit Jethro again was on the top
of our `to-do' list of attractions here at the ranch. We were
very impressed with him yesterday," he added and smiled. The
other men were pleased Bubba and Jack didn't give Oatie much
which might spoil his surprise.
you come with us, Master Billy?" Oatie asked again almost like a
"No, no, I
cain't. I already done told you, I ain't set foot on Captain
Nick's ship in the two weeks they been working on this project.
I don't want to influence them in the slightest. I told them
what I wanted and discussed every facet thoroughly. I left it up
to them to design us a new town. However, I've gotten feedback
from most of my family in bits and pieces, I'm almost as anxious
as you to visit tomorrow after Sunday dinner," Billy replied.
are your terms for returning my slave to me, and when will he be
available?" Oatie asked.
you men reach an agreement, I think it's only fair you purchase
him back from me. I want a brand-new one dollar bill from you to
go along with a bill of sale for our slave which we will both
sign. I plan to have my staff frame it and hang it on the wall
in my office as a reminder of the importance of your slave to us
and to you as well. However, I will reserve the right to hire
Jethro back from you to come to work every week day until noon
on Fridays until the Highland Shire Project is completed. With
the knowledge he's gained and the skills he's developed this
past two weeks, Jethro has become invaluable to us. I think it's
fair to say, Jethro has become the spirit and motivational force
behind the project. Without him, the project might fail.
Furthermore, it will give him a greater purpose and bring
you extra income. He will be available to you after presentation
tomorrow afternoon. I have given everyone the next day off as
well," Billy explained, "That should give you and Jethro enough
time to come to a decision," he added.
"I have no
problem with those terms," Oatie said sincerely, "I think a
steady job might be just the thing to help him with his image of
himself and his self-esteem," he added.
think you got nothing to worry about his `self-steam,' Master
Oatie," Bubba said, "Jethro's pert-damn hot just the way he is.
He boiled my water ever' time I got closer than ten feet to
him," he added. Everyone at the table laughed and agreed with
Hear! I'll second that. I told Bubba we should call him Stanley
Steamer," Jack said.
what Master Jack and Bubba's talking about, Master Oatie, I sat
in Jethro's lap for a bit last weekend, and all I could think of
was that song my grandma taught me, `I'm a little teapot, short
and stout,' and almost worked up a head of steam myself. I
thought I's gonna' start to whistle at any minute," Randy said
and got another round of laughter from the others. Elmer was
particularly enjoying the cowboys having some light-hearted fun
leading Oatie on without giving him much. To Oatie it was just
so much cowboy palaver, but to the rest, it was funny.
Tom McMartin off to the side and asked if he knew about Jethro's
demon-dad form he could morph into, and would be working as such
in the nude until tomorrow afternoon when he would morph back to
his slave persona? "Yes, your cowboy-angels have
described him in detail for me and I'll be honest with you, I'm
as curious as anyone to see him. I must see for myself. I ain't
invited Abigale to go along because none of the other women seem
to be included. I just figured it would be one of them male
things," Tom replied.
would be right," Billy said and rolled his eyes, "Do you plan to
take the boys?" Billy asked.
all right with you, Billy. They're in big with Poly and Cass and
consider Hank and Buck their second dads. They been keeping them
informed, and they're chomp'n at the bit to go; however, I
thought I'd ask you first," Tom replied.
problem. I know you will use discretion and talk with them about
the need to not discuss certain things outside their immediate
family group; and, by the way, Randy is rag'n on my butt to go.
Would you do me the favor of talking with him the same time you
talk with Rory and Calhoun?" Billy asked.
problem. If this is the new world we're going to be living in, I
want my boys to experience it with me, to learn what they
observe ain't wrong, it's just a different way of looking at
things. I'll gather them right away. I think the Bull and your
cowboy-angels is beginning to get the group together," Tom
replied and called for the three boys to come to him. Billy
could see Tom talking 'turkey' to the boys, and they were
nodding their heads they understood. Tom made a special note of
telling them they were not to discuss it with the women folk
including Randy's little sister. The boys loved the idea they
were being included in secret men stuff.
"Can I have
your attention, please!" the Bull bellowed, "Those who wish to
transport with us to Captain Nick's ship will please meet us
outside. We will be departing immediately after everyone is
assembled. I been asked to announce, the ladies have several
picnic baskets made up for our family members who couldn't get
away for lunch today. Will some of you men grab one and carry it
with you? Your help will be greatly appreciated. Each is labeled
with the name of the person to give it to once we get there. Any
questions?" Elmer asked, "No? Then we'll see you outside," he
added and after thanking the ladies for a wonderful lunch, the
men began to leave the kitchen and gather outside the ranch
house. Tom, Rory, Cal, and Randy grabbed a picnic basket. Tron,
Nathan, Enoch, and Moss grabbed the other four and they were
off. Kate walked over to Oatie, handed him a basket with
Jethro's name on it, gave him a quick hug and a kiss on his
cheek, "Not to worry, Oatie, he didn't give everything to his
new master. You still own his heart," she whispered and smiled
Mrs. Daniels, that means a lot. I appreciate your graciousness,"
Oatie said and wiped away a tear.
in mind, it's been almost two weeks since you seen each other.
He'll be just as worried as you. Make it easy for him and he
will respond in kind, Son," Kate said.
from a beautiful lady. I won't forget your kindness, ma'am,"
walked out to the gathered group with his slave's basket on his
arm. Elmer grabbed Oatie and stood him directly in front of him.
The Bull and several other cowboy-angels were already fledged
and raised their beautiful wings about the men. Elmer counted to
three and in a great flash of light they disappeared only to
reappear on board Captain Nick's ship. The scene was much like
the day before. The working group was so used to people coming
and going, another flash of light just meant more traffic was
coming in to deliver information or to gather some. Elmer stepped
aside so his grandson could get a good view of the main, central
table where all kinds of creatures and critters were gathered
talking loudly back and forth.
One creature struck Oatie's eye, and he couldn't take his eyes
off of it. It was a dark red creature with horns, but he was
humanoid in form. He had a pronounced tail and it was lovingly
wrapped around one of Master Billy's halfling twin slaves. Oatie
thought it was Cass, but he couldn't be sure. He saw Cass turn
to look over his shoulder, stood on tiptoe to whisper something
to the great red beast, who dropped his tail from around Cass,
and turned to see who the visitors were. Oatie got a full
frontal shot of the handsome demon and almost shot his load into
his Wranglers. The giant demon was the hottest thing he'd ever
seen in his life.
were warned to hold back, but Jethro squatted on his buckaroo
boots, opened his huge, muscular arms for them to come to him,
and they went bananas running and shouting his name. "Jethro!
Jethro! Jethro! How wonderful you look! We begged to come and
get to see you in your demon-dad form. Damn you look good! What
a wonderful penis you got! Damn, it's a nice one with black
speed-bumps. Big, too," they allowed, "Master Oatie won't never
get out of bed when you morph like that," they added. The boys
had the men in stitches, but they were only saying what the rest
of them were thinking.
boys sort of let the cat out of the bag, Son. What do you
think?" Elmer asked his grandson.
embarrassed, Master Bull. I almost come in ma' pants. I want to
so bad my balls are aching like my cowboy posse's use'n a
battering ram to break out of prison," Oatie replied quietly,
"What a total surprise," he added.
back his handsome head and roared with laughter. "I'll take that
as a positive sign you find your enhanced slave to your liking,"
liking? No. I's afraid it goes a good bit further, sir. I wanna'
rip ma' clothes off, run to him, take him in my arms, smother
him with kisses, and tell him to have his way with me rye-cheer
in front of these men and his staff. I might need to lean on
your arm to steady me, Master Bull. I'll try to walk over to
him, but my cock is so hard, without a little help I'm afraid it
might break in two. I'll have to limp a mite to get there,"
Oatie lamented and got another round of laughter from his
granddad and several cowboys around him.
seen nothing yet, Buckaroo. Wait `til Jethro morphs back to his
human form. He's even more stunning. Your cowboy posse just
might stage a prison rodeo and a remake of the shoot-out at the
O.K. Corral," Elmer said, "But know'n your druthers for kink, I
bet Master Billy you'll choose his demon dad form ninety percent
of the time," he added.
me too well, old man," Oatie said and hugged his granddad
call'n an old man, boy? I can still turn you over my knee and
bust yore' butt until it looks like a fresh baked cherry pie,"
Bull?" Oatie asked and pinched his granddad on his butt.
think'n it's the only thing what's gonna' calm you down, boy,"
Elmer said and laughed.
carried the basket with Jethro's name on it over to him and set
it on the table covered in a myriad of documents, technical
schematics, landscape drawings, and hundreds of bits and pieces
of small notes each carefully labeled and posted to a pile in
sequence. To the untrained eye it looked like the first ten
seconds after the big bang, but Jethro knew where everything was
and in what order it should be. Oatie thought to himself there
had to be an analogy in what looked like total chaos.
hugs and kisses, the boys left Jethro to return to Tom and
Captain Nick's side and Oatie and his family walked up to the
giant red demon. Out of nowhere came one of the Sun Bears and
placed a cushion at the feet of their beloved project manager.
Jethro smiled, nodded his thanks to his small worker, and fell
to his knees before his master. "I can't tell you how good it is
to see you again, Master Oatie. My heart is filled with joy.
Your faithful slave requests permission to pay homage to his
master, sir," Jethro said quietly.
you have my permission, my handsome slave. What master would be
foolish enough to deny a handsome creature like you to pay
homage to him? Oatie asked.
didn't reply but simply made goodly love and kissed each of
Oatie's handsome buckaroo boots. When he finished, Jethro sat
back on the heels of his boots and waited for his master's
command. "Come to my arms you beautiful
beast and share your love with me," Oatie said like the `amen'
to a prayer.
in his master's arms in an instant and they were locked in the
kiss of death for several minutes. The little Sun Bear ran up to
them, quickly removed the cushion, and rejoined his group. There
wasn't a dry eye on the ship. Even the Shedu cow and bull found
themselves shedding a few as they watched from their separate
chambers. It was a moving moment. One cowboy later recalled the
jolly blue giant Joe and his deep green half-Human half-Ork
mate, Crunch, were holding each other sobbing their hearts out
like two old ladies going through menopause. It was a good
analogy, as their feelings and sensibilities were reaching
critical overload. They were wearing their hearts on their
sleeves. Their colors were growing darker as they approached
their mating condition of `close-cauldron.' The following
Friday, around noon, would find them locked together in the
great stone arena for their annual mating smack-down.
Jethro finally broke off their kiss and held each other.
Everyone applauded, whistled, shouted their names, and stomped
their boots to show their pleasure and offer congratulations to
a master and slave who loved each other very much. "Come, my
good Master and we will sit on the large balcony overlooking the
Highland Shire Project our team has been working so diligently
to finish by tomorrow noon. There our guests may join us and
talk with us while we enjoy our meal. I'm pleased to announce we
are ahead of schedule and barring any unforeseen catastrophes we
will be ready for our presentation for our master," Jethro said
in a commanding deep bass voice which ran chills up and down
Oatie's spine. Oatie thought Master Billy just might be right.
Jethro in his demon-dad persona was too appealing to be a once
in a while thing.
everyone in your group will be seeing the new city proto-type
for the first time, so I must insist everyone here give us their
oath of secrecy by raising their right hand," Jethro spoke to
the assembled men. Everyone, including the boys, raised their
right hand in agreement. Jethro nodded and thanked them. "Now,
gentle workers," he spoke to his assistants, Poly and Cass, "If
you will be so kind as to draw back the drapes to reveal the
balcony, we will proceed and have our lunch. Remember, we have
only one hour, then we must be finished with lunch, bid our
guests farewell, and continue our work. While we're ahead of
schedule at this moment, we've learned, if something can go
wrong, it probably will. So we have to leave room for such
contingencies," Jethro said and they agreed.
blown away by his slave's commanding presence and control over
his workers like Jethro was a benevolent and much loved monarch
who was neither afraid to issue lavish praise nor patiently
listen to the smallest, seemingly insignificant problem one of
them might bring to him. He wore a velvet glove over an iron
fist and his workers love for him bordered on hero worship.
Oatie began to wonder who should be kneeling at who's feet. He
could only imagine he was only twenty-four hours away from
reclaiming this outstanding hunk he was with as his surrogate
slave-dad; his husband. Jethro picked up the picnic basket his
master brought him, placed his huge, muscular arm gently round
his shoulder and led him to a choice table on the edge of the
It was the
first time any of the cowboys, including Nick, Clyde, and
Balthazar, got a chance to see how far along the planning crew
progressed on the project. Several stood in awe of what they saw
before them. The concept was stunning. There was no doubt in
several of their minds it looked similar, but far more beautiful
than the Emerald City of Oz. Instead, it looked like a large,
multi-faceted blue sapphire standing tall and proud. They
gathered around the table where Jethro was sitting. Oatie stood,
carefully unpacked Jethro's basket, and set everything before
"Ah, I can
smell it. It's Mistress Kate's wonderful meatloaf. I love her
meatloaf. In this form, my olfactory sensors are much more
powerful than my human form which makes some odors more intense
and other more appealing or stimulating," Jethro said. Oatie
thought he could understand. He hadn't lost his erection since
he arrived. Jethro's smell was intoxicating to him beyond
anything he experienced before. He reeked of powerful sexual
pheromones more alluring than distressing, but certainly not
disturbing, which tripped base and wicked thoughts within
Oatie's fertile mind and made his cock drip continually.
As the men
watched, the boys were the first to look closer at the model
city and noticed a tiny monorail running one way, then the
other, throughout the length of the model and into the city.
There seemed to be small prams moving about on the streets
traveling with a purpose rather than just a tiny model included
for effect. Randy was the first to see someone about the size of
an ant get out of a vehicle and walk around it. "Hey, look down
there, someone just got out of that little car! See!" he
that's one of our workers. They pass through reduction gates to
become smaller in scale to the enormity of the great city we
created. Tomorrow we will take you through the gate, and you
will be able to explore the new model city like it will be when
it's built. You can even take a ride on the monorail. We've been
blessed by Master Billy's in-laws on another world and second
supporting race of ancients; a nonstop exchange of some
wonderful technology between the two worlds where the ancients
live: Retikki Prime in the Orion Nebula and Fort Adam Lear in
the Andromeda galaxy. What you see before you is a tesseract. A
much larger space reduced to a much smaller space; much like the
village and outback here on Captain Nick's ship," Jethro
explained. "We will give a presentation tomorrow and explain new
innovations you will see before we bring Master Billy, his
family, and guests to the balcony for an overall viewing. I'm
sorry we don't have time to take you for a preview, but we
thought you might like to get a look a the new city; however,
remember, your lips are sealed by the cowboy-code and your word
of honor as a buckaroo," Jethro said and smiled.
agreed, but they were mostly speechless. They were in awe at
what they saw. They sat around the tables and several of the
village ladies in their folk costumes came with mugs and
pitchers of a sweet but tart fruit punch which they proceeded to
offer the men. Several groups sat with Poly and Cass, while
Oatie's family and the Tates sat with him and Jethro. Several
were with Hank and Buck, sitting with Archie and Edith. They
were great resources of information about the new city and
answered their questions.
the large building with the soaring wings in the middle of
everything?" Vox asked Jethro.
town hall. A gathering place for almost anything. It has one
huge amphitheater in the middle for concerts in the round and
huge stages at each end. The wings at the ends will contain two
separate grand concert organs with specialty wind chests in the
middle of the great hall which will give a great surround sound.
The instruments may be played separately or together from either
console," Jethro explained as the men shook their heads in awe
and grinned thinking about how pleased Master Billy and his
grandmother would be.
the hill country we get some heavy hail storms from time to
time. The glass city is beautiful but it looks so fragile. What
is the glass made of, Son?" Elmer asked.
cover that in our brief presentation tomorrow, Master Bull, but
to answer your question, it's a new way of making glass. Along
with the basic ingredients of regular glass is added several
metal based chemicals which become transparent under high
pressures and kept at controlled temperatures for long periods
of time; just like gem stones of different colors are made in
the Earth. The result is much stronger than regular glass.
Without giving away the recipe completely, it's made of three
very important chemicals, Copper Sulfate, Ferric
Hexacyanoferrate for the blue color, aluminum powder, and
several other base metals in compounds, for strength and
lightness. Each pane of glass in our model weighs half of what a
sand-based piece of glass of the same thickness might. The
nicest part is the blue effect will darken when the sun is
bright and lighten up on overcast days to allow in the maximum
red and blue light spectrum necessary for human health and
growing plants," Jethro explained, "The glass is perfect for the
six large greenhouses you see on each side of the city. Six will
be used for mass production of our brothers, Hank and Buck's,
magic herbs," Jethro added.
across from Jethro with his mouth open listening to a man who
lived with him for the better part of a decade, who could
transform himself into a sexy demon stud, he never really knew
before. Here was a man with inner strength, talent, people
skills, determined, and full of purpose. Oatie was fascinated by
the new Jethro.
mouth, Son! He's for real, I promise," Elmer said and everyone
laughed. Oatie blushed.
you should name it `Sapphire City,' Brother Jethro," said Randy,
sitting at a table next to them.
that idea, Randy, I'll take it up with our committee later this
evening," Jethro replied.
to talk privately with his slave. "How did you come up with this
form, Jethro?" Oatie asked.
not pleased, Master?" Jethro asked looking hurt.
you know me better than that. Of course I'm pleased. Every fiber
in my body wants to jump your demon bones right here, but
modesty and good manners keeps me from it," Oatie replied and
given a choice as to how I wanted to appear to the world and you
in particular. I saw Master Billy's other new slave, Orville
Higginbothem, and I wanted to look as much like him as possible.
I think he's hot. So, I asked Master Billy and his posse to
remove all my body hair and give me the same jewelry Orville
wears. They obliged me, only instead of making my cock ring
permanent, mine is removable, but not by me. It may only be
removed by one of my masters or someone they might loan me to.
Since Master Billy gave me the same enhancements you got, I now
have a set of wings as well. However, in the course of becoming
a part of Master Billy's inner circle of family, I spent many
nights with him and his surrogate dad, Nick Samuels, in their
bed at the line cabin. Each night Nick would change into his
demon-dad persona Master Billy loves so well, and I knew
immediately it was how I wanted to be able to morph for you.
With their help and counsel, I designed both personas with your
pleasure in mind, but I will have to say, I've come to love and
be most pleased by my demon-dad person," Jethro said like he was
confiding with his best bud.
gainsay that, my good slave, you'd have a difficult time
persuading me otherwise," Oatie said like he was an encouraging
co-conspirator. "Can you morph for me now, so I might see your
human form?" Oatie asked.
Master Oatie. Meaning no disrespect, sir, but protocol, and the
greater social bugaboo of superstition, demands I remain in this
form until noon tomorrow when we cease work. It might mean the
difference between success and failure of our team's project if
I was to morph for you right now. By unanimous vote of everyone,
human and beastie, including the two great Shedus, I have to
remain in my demon form until noon tomorrow. They seem to think
I work better and they work better with me in this form than my
human form, and I will have to agree, I notice a decided
improvement and cooperation with them while I maintain my
current form. We're so close to completion, I would rather
suffer your wrath or displeasure with me than risk losing
control of the project and it fall into chaos," Jethro carefully
course not. I understand completely. One more day ain't gonna'
matter that much noways, but I will dream about you tonight; I
promise you that. Perhaps, my good thoughts will bring you the
luck you need to successfully complete your project. I just want
you to know how proud you have made me, and I can't wait to have
the grand tour tomorrow; then, after that, if you like, we may
spend some time together," Oatie said.
I done since you sent me to Master Billy has been with you in
mind, sir, I couldn't love you more for having sent me here,"
Jethro said quietly.
still want to be my slave, Jethro?" Oatie asked the question he
was most afraid to hear the answer.
Master Oatie. More now, than when you sent me here. There is no
longer any confusion or doubt in my mind. I know what my purpose
in life is now, and it's to become the companion and dad you
ain't never had. While it might seem strange for a slave to
presume to become your dad, I have a precedent for my claim.
Nick Samuels became Master Billy's slave much the same way I
became yours. Master Billy saved Captain Nick's life and nursed
him back to health. Captain Nick was required by universal law
to give himself to Master Billy as his slave and become a member
of his family. I want the same for me and you, Master Oatie, if
you'll allow me. I will be your devoted slave until you order me
or you chose to remove my cock ring yourself; then, I will
become your dad and will be so until you put my ring back on my
cock. You can have the best of both worlds," Jethro said firmly
in his deep bass voice as Oatie finally dropped his pent-up load
in his Wranglers; however, being raised a cowboy he knew he
better prepare for the possibility and stuffed his bandanna down
into his crotch earlier.
Jethro, I just come in ma' Wranglers," Oatie whispered and his
slave grinned real big, "I can't think of anything I would like
better, and the idea of your cock ring being a symbol of the
duality of our love and roles for each other is so
overwhelmingly sensual to me, my body couldn't control its joy.
So you have to know, I'm a happy cowboy right now," Oatie
explained and Jethro placed his huge red hand over Oatie's and
squeezed it tenderly.
of many things about Oatie, Elmer, and Perry Reed's plans for
the ranches. They talked about Jethro coming back to work for
the project after a week's vacation or `honeymoon' as Oatie
called it a couple of times. Jethro seemed enthused to continue
his work and a closer association with Billy and his family.
Oatie didn't have any problem with it. He would have Jethro to
himself evenings and weekends from Friday noon until Monday
morning. Oatie could see and feel the personal growth in Jethro,
and he didn't want to disturb the progress which seemed to bring
the big man confidence and a strong feeling of self-worth.
was up. Oatie and Jethro kissed again in front of everyone. It
just seemed natural somehow. As the cowboys were getting ready
to transport, Oatie could see his beloved slave swamped with
workers with papers in hand or a crisis to discuss. Jethro gave
him a thumbs up and smiled as they disappeared in a flash of
light. Oatie had an empty feeling inside him like he'd been cut
in half, and the better part of him was missing. He shed a
couple of tears but quickly reached over and stole Perry Reed's
bandanna from his hip pocket and tried to wipe them away before
his granddad caught him. He was too late. The new, improved Bull
of the hill country didn't miss much. "It's all right, boy.
Tomorrow afternoon he'll be with you again, and you two can
spend some quality time alone, undisturbed. Me, Vox, Mick,
Perry, Catfish, and his mate, Mouse, will stand guard. We'll
keep everyone away from you, so's you men can gather twigs, bits
of twine, tree bark, and soft moss to built yourself a nest,"
Elmer consoled his grandson.
Bull, I needed that," Oatie replied.
* * * * * *
your visit, Master Bull?" Billy asked.
say the least," Elmer replied. Elmer had his arm around Vox's
neck and pulled him close to steal a kiss.
"Will I be
happy with the results of my planner's project, Vox?" Billy
asked the smaller man.
venture to say, you will not only be pleased, you will also be
blown away, Master Billy. You surely chose the right slave for
the job. You also are doing the right thing by offering to
provide Jethro with an ongoing job. He's such a dynamic and
talented man. He only needed a chance to prove himself," Vox
offering Jethro a job. Jethro's already done got his'self a job.
I need Jethro, and it is one of my main conditions of releasing
him to his previous master. It must be understood he is to
report for work the following Monday morning after a week's well
earned vacation spent with his master and his family," Billy
said firmly, "We plan to pay Master Oatie handsomely for his
slave's employment," he added.
won't be any problem, Billy," Elmer said, "Our visit with Jethro
cemented any conditions you might have, and I don't think you're
being unreasonable. As a matter of fact, I think you's being
downright generous," Elmer added.
"Me and my
watchers, Blackie and Blondie, promise we won't disturb you
either, Master Oatie," said Perry Reed, the foreman of Elmer and
Oatie's other family ranch.
* * * * * *
afternoon progressed, and everyone was in a good mood. The
sheriff came up to Billy with his cell phone in his hand, "It's
Judge LaFleur. Cody's having trouble breathing, and he just
threw up," Will said.
the phone from Will, "How quick can you get him out here,
Judge?" Billy asked.
leave right now, Son," Judge LaFleur replied.
the drill about the guard cattle, sir?" Billy asked.
Will, Buster, and Everett gave me their word as cowboys, it's
the God's gospel truth," the old judge said and laughed.
enough. What model vehicle will your son be driving, sir?" Billy
"A crew-cab heavy-duty Dodge pickup. Black in
color with a flat bed," he replied.
send word. They may part without you getting out. Sometime, if
they ain't real sure, they'll wait until you do. Ah, hell, I'll
just send a couple of my watchers down there. They'll be there
when you drive across the cattle guard," Billy said, "Ya'll plan
on staying for supper," Billy added.
We'll be there as soon as we can, Son," the judge replied.
dispatched Bubba and Catfish to the front gate and they
drive out the judge briefed his son and daughter-in-law about
the strange creatures they might see around the ranch, and he
expected two Bigfoot to be waiting for them at the gate.
Dad?" Wesley asked and laughed, "There ain't no such thing," he
it will be Boomer?" Cody asked sitting in his granddad's lap.
Son, he's Master Billy's right hand critter, and his faithful
slave," the judge replied.
pulled up in front of the cattle, but the cattle didn't move.
"Where's the Bigfoot, Dad?" he asked.
Boomer, Granddad. I can see him, and the other is a huge brown
critter, almost as big as Boomer. They's talking with them two
Bulls up front," Cody said.
slowly began to part, when in an instant, the two large watchers
appeared in front of the truck. They looked just like Cody's
description. The lighter in color of the two came around to the
passenger door and waved to Cody. The boy couldn't get the door
open fast enough. Cody took a leap of faith and Boomer caught
him on the fly, hugged, and kissed the boy. "It's so good to see
you again, Boomer. I'm starving. Can I have some milk?" Cody
yourself, little one," Boomer replied. The huge creature walked
up to the front window and smiled at Cody's mother while holding
Cody to his breast as the boy sucked away on his teat. "Ya'll
drive on up to the ranch, and we'll meet you there," Boomer
said, then he and the boy disappeared.
they gone?" Wesley asked in horror.
there when we get up to the house, Son. Trust your dad, boy,"
the judge said.
parted and Wesley drove up the hill, around the curve into the
compound. They could see Boomer holding Cody with Catfish
standing next to them. "Well I'll be damned!" exclaimed Wesley
quietly, "Sorry, Dad," he added.
an open mind, Son -- Daughter, and all will be fine," Judge
LaFleur told his family.
the family follow him into the slave processing room. He took
Cody away from Boomer and the boy cried. "There, there," Billy
calmed him, "you can have all the watcher milk you can hold in a
minute, but I need to check you out first," he said. Cody
stopped crying and let Billy check him. "Blow your breath in my
face, Cody," he asked and the boy did. "Wow! Must a been a
big'un. How many of them peppers did ju' eat, Son?" Billy asked.
a bowl in the fridge. I seen daddy eat 'em with his food. They
looked real good. I wanted to try one, only it was so hot, after
I swallowed, it made me throw up, and I couldn't breathe for a
while. I'm better now I got Boomer's milk in me. I'm all right,"
laughed at him. I did the same damn thing when I's a kid, Cody.
My granddad loved his'self some of them holly-penis peppers. I
took a big ole bite, and it was okay for a minute until I
swallowed, then all hell broke loose. I done exactly the same
thing you did - I threw up my supper, and my stomach hurt for a
day afterward. You gotta' leave them hot peppers to them big
cowboys, Buckaroo. You been drink'n the milk I sent home with
you and your granddad?" Billy asked.
through it the first day, Mr. Daniels," his mother replied
rolling her eyes, "I couldn't keep him away from the fridge.
He'd sneak in and drink when I wasn't looking," she lamented.
problem. We milk our herd of watchers this afternoon after our
barnyard concert. They gather from the rivers and thickets to
enjoy the music and nonsense. Ya'll stay for supper and enjoy
our concert. We'll send you good folks home with a gallon. It
should last him several days," Billy said, "In the meantime,
Boomer, get a blanket to wrap Cody in from our grandmother. It
might be a cool evening, and I don't want him getting chilled.
I'm put'n you and Catfish on baby-buckaroo duty," Billy said and
Boomer was away to the house to get a blanket from Kate. "They
may be big and fierce looking, but there ain't no better baby
sitters you can find for a kid where they'd be safer; besides,
the little ones love 'em," Billy said and laughed. "Don't look
so surprised. I drink watcher milk ever' day," he added.
thank you enough for helping our boy, Mr. Daniels," the big
cowboy, Wesley LaFleur, said and shook Billy's hand. He wiped
away a tear.
welcome, sir, just keep bringing Cody to me every week, and keep
what we's trying to do here as quiet as possible. That don't
mean, if you got a close friend or neighbor what needs help, you
can't bring them to us if you trust them. Just give us a call,"
Billy said graciously.
McCormick and Judge LaFleur greeted each other, shook hands, and
hugged each other. "How long you been coming out to the Daniels
ranch, Son?" the judge asked.
couple of days, sir -- well, since Brad Kirkendall passed away,
and I been helping his nephew, Bubba, settle his estate," Jack
you think of all this?" the judge asked.
want to be a part of it. No. Like I need to be a part of it.
That ain't right neither. I have to become a part of the Billy
Daniels family, Judge," Jack replied like it was the most
important thing in his life right now.
more? I mean of this strangeness?" LaFleur asked.
taking it all in, but I've seen a lot in my couple of days,"
more?" the judge asked.
you can't even imagine, Judge. These people are so advanced in
their approach to life and loving each other, there is very
little dissension. They're just one big happy family, and
they're like a snowball rolling down hill gathering more as they
go. You discover something new around every corner, but nothing
seems bad or out of place. Everything seems to fit together. If
you want a real shocker, ask Billy to let you speak with his new
slave Orville Higginbothem. He'll let you. Orville would be a
good bellwether how people are treated here. Naturally, you
would assume he would be terribly disgruntled being the lowest
of the low on the totem pole. Nothing could be further from the
truth. I was amazed by him. Still am," Jack explained, "I think
Bubba's adopted him as a surrogate dad," he added.
like we're in another world," the judge said.
You're in Billy Daniels world, sir," Jack said and they shared a
* * * * * *
There was a
little time before supper would be served. Jack asked Bubba if
he wanted to watch his uncle's video, and he agreed. Bubba
thought it might be a good idea. "Since the Daniels family's
taken us under their wings, so to speak," Bubba said and
grinned, "don't chu' think we should invite them to watch with
us, Jack? They's all close friends with my uncle at one time or
t'other, including the Breedloves, the Tates, the Garretts, and
the Redbone family," Bubba said.
"I think it
would be a good idea. It ain't too long. I think it's about
thirty to forty-five minutes. Shall we gather them?" Jack asked.
them a few minutes to gather the folks. They were interested in
hearing what last words Brad Kirkendall recorded for his nephew.
The most interested were Tron Garrett; Nathan and Kate Daniels;
Buster and Will Tate; Elmer Breedlove and Vox; Zelma and Enoch
Redbone; and Tom McMartin was also very interested. Jack asked
if he could invite the judge, and Bubba thought it would be all
right. They didn't want too large a crowd and didn't allow any
watchers, except Boomer, or young cowboys. However, Bubba did
invite Moss Garrett since his dad and bonded mate Enoch was
included. Months before Billy installed a huge plasma screen in
the parlor where the family could watch videos in comfort. Jack
handed him the DVD, and Billy put it in the machine. Immediately
there was black screen with the words: This video is meant for
several people other than my nephew, Bubba, and his attorney,
Jack McCormick. Those who should be included, if they wish, are
as follows: The Garretts, Tron and Moss; the Daniels, Nathan,
Kate, and Billy; Buster and Will Tate; Elmer Breedlove; the
Redbones, Zelma, Enoch, and cousin Tom McMartin. Press start
when these people have been assembled. Thank you.
read it and sort of chuckled among themselves. "My uncle was a
thorough man," Bubba said, and they agreed with him. Billy
pressed the start button again and a picture of an older Brad
Kirkendall appeared. "Hello everyone, I'll try to make this as
short as possible, but there are certain things what must be
said and apologies which I must make. First of all
the great so-called misunderstanding between the Daniels family
and me, never happened. I dropped out of the group of the four
horsemen, for which I nominated Buster Tate to take my place,
not in anger but out of deep remorse and embarrassment from my
private life. I still love Kate, Nathan, and Billy Daniels with
all my heart, soul, and being. I have no words to describe the
love I have and shared with my bonded brothers Daws Butler
Daniels and Travis Houston Redbone.
out of the group and didn't come around for several reasons
which will become apparent in this video. I must tiptoe around
the great incident which caused us to form the brotherhood of
the four horsemen, because I don't know how much Billy knows
yet, and I will leave the rest up to the two remaining horsemen.
I was worried for a while it wouldn't come to pass because of
Buster and our favorite Bull's declining health. I should have
known better. It's hard to be told something and accept it as
truth when you see the opposite happening.
"Now I got
that out of the way, the rest is for Bubba's sake, but you men
share in his and Billy's future. Shortly after we buried Bubba's
daddy, I put him to bed one night and returned to my laboratory
in my barns to do some work when I heard a quiet knock at my
door. I opened to see two great watchers standing before me. I
was somewhat shaken but knew they wouldn't do me no harm from
our meetings with them before. The larger of the two was quite
handsome with a full golden mane about his upper body,
shoulders, and down his back and his face was distinctively
framed in a thin black halo of hair. He had prominent canine
incisors. He looked like a beautiful giant cat with the body of
a watcher. He presented me with an ornately carved wooden box
made from wood which had a pungent fragrance to it and told me
to open it. I later learned the scent was frankincense.
I did, and inside found a beautiful, light weight crown, gold in
color, made of soft precious metals and bedecked with jewels of
watcher told me to try it on. I did as he asked, but I told him
I had no purpose for a crown. I had no aspirations to rule over
anyone. He told me it was for that reason he brought it to me.
He patiently explained, it wasn't that kind of crown, but he
insisted all crowns throughout the history of mankind have been
modeled after the one I was wearing. He went on to tell me, I
was to wear it every evening or whenever I was working in my
workshops. They planned to use it to gather
information from my brain and install it in another human. It
was an ingenious device which took my brainwaves and transferred
them to an even greater brain where the information would be
coded into human DNA to transfer into a human repository," Brad
paused for a moment and grinned like he knew some of the people
watching would guess where he was going with his story. Bubba
felt all eyes on him and suddenly looked at Jack in panic. "Stop
it for a minute, Master Billy," he said.
right, Bubba? We're here for you, Son," Jack said.
suspected something like 'iis," Elmer said and shook his head,
"Jack's right, Son, we're here for you. `At's why I tried to
tell you t'other day, y'ain't alone no more," Elmer added.
I been through a lot these past few days, but this is beyond my
wildest thoughts," the big man lamented.
"It may not
be so bad. I refuse to believe, as much as Brad loved you, he'd
do anything to cause you any harm. Let's hear the rest of what
your uncle has to say, Bubba. It's like waiting for the other
boot to drop, Son," Kate said.
nodded to Billy, and he pressed the start button again.
back," Brad said and everyone laughed. "After a month of wearing
the crown around my workshop, another knock came to my door late
in the evening. It was the same knock; I knew it was them. I bid
them enter and talked with them for a good while. They wanted me
to start sleeping with the crown as well, and I agreed. I wore
it around the clock for a year. When they finally came to me
again, they told me they gathered enough information to begin,
but I was to still use the crown for as long as I lived. Being a
scientist, I couldn't say no to their experiment.
as difficult a task as it might sound because as I learned to
use the device more. I could communicate my thoughts and ideas
to the greater brain of the machine, and it would communicate
with me. It became a companion and a fellow scientist. In fact,
I was able to create a physical embodiment of someone who I
taught to be an assistant and a fellow scientist for me. She
still resides in stasis within my workshop. Be good to her,
Bubba. She's the aunt you never had. Her name is Helen. If you
let her she can become anyone you want her to be. She was very
important to me.
with the watchers to use the crown as they wished, and about six
months later they told me they wanted to take Bubba with them to
enhance him. I talked with Bubba and told him about them, but I
think he thought I was playing a make-believe game with him
until one night the giant watcher appeared, and I introduced him
to my nephew. Bubba took to him right away and the giant
feline-like watcher shared his milk with him. He even purred and
sang to him as he fed Bubba. After that, Bubba had no problem,
and went with him through the portal. They returned within an
hour, but when I asked Bubba about it, he told me he had his own
room in a magnificent palace for six months. They treated him
like a young prince, and he had many friends, various critters,
and watchers to play and talk with. Little by little, day by
day, his memories of his time on Retikki Prime diminished until
he thought they were just a dream. They became lost in his
childhood as a fond memory.
carefully explained to me they transferred my knowledge in a
massive coded DNA file into Bubba's brain because he is my
closest living relative. That's why I never tried to push you in
school, Son," Brad said looking at the camera speaking directly
to Bubba, "I knew you would inherit more than land or money from
me, but I wanted to make damn sure you were comfortable. You are
a walking DNA repository of all my knowledge; however, they have
been gathering much more from me over the years while you were
growing up but that file terminated with my death. It is now
waiting for you on Retikki Prime. After I say the words to
activate the input of the information, you won't be overwhelmed.
It will be a day by day discovery; however, your body will
immediately undergo a physical change in which you will be
endowed with certain new powers, and you will grow a set of
wings. After I say the words to activate the program, you are
not to be left alone for three nights. I would prefer you stay
with the Daniels because I'm sure by now, Billy has been
enhanced and can help you with your fledging.
suggesting you must become a scientist because I was one, Bubba.
You never have to use a bit of the information you will have on
file, but I saw it as an opportunity, if you wanted it, to
become a part of something so much greater than you or I might
imagine. You can help Billy bring the human race into a golden
age of love, compassion, scientific discoveries to make us so
much greater than we are today as a people, and the best part
is, it can all be done without destroying our planet," Brad
finished and paused for another minute. "Listen
carefully to me, Son. I will say three phrases in sequence to
begin your program. They're silly and nonsensical but said in
order, they will trip your switch. Ready? A pound of tears is
not worth its weight in sorrow. Nora's freezing on the trolley,
Solly, send her down a pint or two. Awake to life and love; the
cock doth cry, the sun is in the sky," Brad said and smiled.
you have met the watcher who came for you and has loved you
dearly all your life. You named him `Brute' many years ago, and
he is still known today as Bubba's Brute. He will be your slave
and protector for life. Love him like a brother, treat him well,
with kindness and consideration, and you will be rewarded beyond
your wildest dreams, Son," Brad paused for a moment. "I know I
neglected you, Bubba, but I tried to be there for you when you
most needed me. I wanted you to have as normal and natural a
childhood growing up as any other country kid. That's why I
wouldn't agree to let them trigger the information within you
until you became an adult and I passed away. As you become more
aware of your intellect, begin to use it on small projects. It
will grow. God forbid, you might even come to find you like
science. Last of all, I want you to know I couldn't have loved
you more if you were my own son, Bubba. In a way, by default
perhaps, but more likely from love and admiration for each
other, I became your dad and you became my son, my boy, and I'm
very proud of you," Brad said. "Thanks to those of you present
for being good to my nephew. Help him, and he will become a
great asset and blessing to you and your family," Brad added and
the video was over.
sat stunned for a few minutes. "I think I'm beginning to get a
picture of what's going on around this part of our county," said
Judge LaFleur. "I knew Brad Kirkendall to be one of the greatest
scientist of our day, but what he's talking about is probably
centuries away. Walking through portals to another planet in
another galaxy? That's still the stuff of science fiction," he
end, perhaps? On their end, it's old technology. We've been to
Retikki Prime several times, Judge," Billy said.
of you?" the judge asked.
every hand in the room went up. "And these folks ain't the only
ones. We'll introduce you to a number more, and all them cowboy
slaves you see out there, they's all from Retikki Prime. All
them Highland cattle are more slaves morphed as cows for ease in
taking care of them. When more are needed we have them morph
into their humanoid form," Billy explained.
that would explain the talking Bulls at the front gate," he said
Zeus - they's two of our best," Nathan bragged.
* * * * * *
a great success. The LaFleurs were
treated to even more different critters. Billy asked for his
twins, Cass and Poly, and if possible, the Sun Bears to join
them for supper and to perform for everyone in the barnyard
concert. Since they were ahead of schedule, Jethro allowed them
several hours to come to the ranch, but insisted they must bring
him back some brisket for his evening meal. He also let Archie
and Edith, Billy's psyches, come with them. The Sun Bears were
making a great effort to talk but could only say a few words.
They met everyone and fell in love with Miranda. They thought
she was the greatest thing since they discovered avocados on
Earth. They couldn't get enough of them. They claimed the
avocado was nearly like a fruit they grew and loved on their
original planet. If they weren't strange enough for the
LaFleurs, Archie and Edith, were. Billy
introduced Hank and Buck as two cowboys who were kidnapped from
Earth many years ago who found themselves on a distant planet.
They requested to come to Earth and become Master Billy's
slaves; so did the twin halflings, Pollux and Castor, and
Billy's Psyches, Archie and Edith.
Little Cody was feeling much better and the watchers were having
problems keeping up with him and his newly adopted big brothers;
Randy Rutherford, Rory and Cal McMartin. Billy's Irin
slaves were setting up the stage and chairs for the barnyard
concert and the cattle began to gather beyond the perimeter. On
the west side of the hill, the wild, unclaimed watchers and
daddy long legs were gathering to sit together on large rocks
like students in the cheap seats in the balcony. A few brought
forage pickings of berries and nuts in old cans, or wrapped in
pieces of cloth, to enjoy during the concert. Lately, they
became more vocal and applauded and hooted after a performance
they particularly liked.
judge mentioned to Billy he'd seen Orville Higginbothem around
and wondered if Billy would have a problem with him talking with
his slave. "No, absolutely not! I would have no problem at all.
In fact, I would encourage you to talk with my slave. While he's
my slave, Orville is free to express himself and tell you his
feelings about how he's adjusting and coping with being a new
slave," Billy encouraged the judge.
Billy, I'd like to talk with him for a few minutes. I hear all
sorts of prisoner complaints from privatized prisons, I'd like a
chance to see what Orville thinks of his first couple of months
slavery," LaFleur said.
yourself, Judge. You want me to send for him?" Billy asked.
"No, I just
saw him over there sitting on a bench talking with Bubba
Kirkendall. I'll go ask to join them," the judge replied.
two's sort of smitten with each other, and Bubba's come to look
on Orville as a father figure. As amazed as I am, old Orville
has opened his arms to Bubba like an old mother hen to provide
the young cowboy with some comfort and companionship. Bubba
agreed to help us compassionately break and train Orville to be
a good slave, and so far, I can't fault a thing he's done,"
Billy said with enthusiasm.
interesting. I'll be curious to hear what they have to say," the
judge said and left Billy to walk across the compound to a small
planted patio area in front of the bunkhouse. As he approached,
Bubba and Orville saw him coming. Bubba smiled real big and
motioned for the judge to join them.
mean to intrude, Gentlemen, but I asked
Master Billy if I might have a word with you, Orville," the
Judge LaFleur. You wanna' talk with Orville privately?" Bubba
don't think so, Bubba. I don't plan to ask any questions you
can't hear the answer," he said, "Mostly, I just want to know
how you're doing, and how you're adjusting to your new life. I
hear a large number of prisoner complaints in my court every
month and want to compare your treatment with theirs. I hear
horror stories about prisoners being forced to eat garbage,
guards abusing the prisoners, and forced rapes by guards as well
as fellow inmates," the judge said.
won't hear none of that from me, Judge. Right now, I don't get
to eat what the volunteer slaves eat, but I ain't complaining
none. I eat slave chow and a nutrient rich biscuit three times a
day. It's monotonous, but it's filling and provides me with
enough energy to do my work. When I'm really
hungry, I'm surprised at how good it can taste. I
got more energy, and I'm healthier than I been in the last
twenty years 'cause I ain't eat'n junk. As you can see, I'm
losing weight in the right places and gaining muscle in other,
more important areas. Just between us and ma' boy here, my slave
handlers sometime slip me a treat from time to time or one of
their desserts they don't want. It makes me appreciate it all
the more. Funny how we take things for granted until we lose
them, then the smallest gift or gesture of compassion from one
of your keepers makes you reconsider a lot of things," Orville
have fears of being abused or raped?" LaFleur asked.
laughed, "Do I look abused to you, Judge?" he asked and grinned.
look healthy and contented," the judge replied.
Billy didn't pull no punches with me. He told me right from the
get-go what would be expected of me. I set my mind to fight him
at every turn, but it's difficult to muster anger and cultivate
hate when your every need is being seen to and you find yourself
becoming a part of a greater family. No matter how low on the
rung you are, you begin to feel there's a place for you. I had
to do some reassessments about life and sex and everything else,
but I come to the conclusion it would be easier for everyone
concerned if I just work with them. When you dig
your hole so deep you can't crawl out, you better stop digging.
So far they ain't insisted I do nothing I can't handle," Orville
"By that, I
take it to mean what is ultimately expected of a slave?" LaFleur
ask without spelling it out.
know it's coming, and I'll have to comply, but I got me a fine
young cowboy what looks on me as his old man what's promised to
take me for my first time, and it will be his first time as
well. Bubba's been working with me and training me. It ain't the
same thing as a brutal rape in a prison where there's a lot of
physical and emotional trauma involved. They's slowly, but
surely, working me up to the point where I won't be afraid to
take my boy. He's promise me he'll do his best by me, and I
trust him, Judge," Orville said, "By the way, if you like, ask
Master Billy for a ringside seat to my grand opening. One more
won't make much difference since he plans on have'n a bunch of
his cowboy family and my keepers there to watch me and Bubba
make the beast wiff' two backs. They got a bet going. Bubba bet
Master Billy he could make me shoot my load from just plowing my
lower forty. You know what, Judge? My boy's gonna' win that bet.
He's gonna' do just what he claims, and I plan to work as hard
as I can to make sure he does. Just make sure you place your bet
on me and Bubba," Orville said and grinned.
Son, I may take you up on that. I'd like to see for myself what
it would be like," the judge said.
won't see me fighting, struggling, or resisting. I'll be ready
for breaking to my boy's saddle when the time comes," Orville
assured him. "I think it's gonna' make a big difference giving
ma'self up to somebody I care about than having it taken away
from me by force from a stranger," he added. The judge agreed
with Orville wholeheartedly.
everyone was taking their seats, Judge LaFleur noticed Bubba and
Orville sitting on one of many stone benches behind the chair
seating. Orville was leaning back against Bubba's huge chest and
the big cowboy held his arms around Orville's front with his
massive hands locked onto his dad's cod piece. From time to
time, Bubba would pull up on the codpiece and Orville would move
his head back and steal a kiss from his surrogate son. No one
seemed shocked to see the big men sharing a bit of intimacy. It
was obvious they were taken with each other. It was a touching
scene, but for some crazy reason, it caused the old judge's
penis to fill with blood. `You certainly couldn't call what I'm
seeing slave or prison rape,' he thought to himself. He was
convinced the two men were very much in love with each other.
* * * * * *
barnyard concert was another success. Billy started the
classical part of the program with a string quartet reduction of
Vivaldi's "Spring" from the Four Seasons.
tomorrow being Easter Sunday, we might consider spring is
certainly here. If not, somebody should a told them fields of
Bluebonnets and Indian Paint Brushes out there they got it
wrong," he declared and got a laugh from his audience.
another solo piece she'd been working on for sometime, the first
movement from Bach's first Cello Suite. When Billy asked her why
she didn't learn it on the Cello she assured him she could play
it on both instruments. In front of the audience, Billy
challenged her. When she finished with the Viola and received
great applause, she sat down, took Billy's cello and proceeded
to play it with equal virtuosity as she did with the Viola.
Afterward the crowd went nuts.
showing yet," Zelma commented to Kate.
started to show until my fourth month with either of the boys,"
for my daughter and four for my boy, but he was considerably
larger," Zelma replied.
piece was the much requested Bach double violin concerto
featuring Poly and Cass. Billy swore they played it so well they
could do it in their sleep. It was always a crowd pleaser and
brought the audience to their feet.
part of the program was devoted to the dances of the Sun Bears.
Billy and his musicians played for their traditional folk dances
which was received by much enthusiasm from the audience, but for
their last number they danced the frantic and funny courtship
ritual dance to Stravinsky's Russian Dance from Petrushka. By
the time the last chord sounded everyone jumped from their seats
whistled, stomped boots, and applauded loudly for the Sun Bears.
They were in their element and hadn't enjoyed themselves so much
in years. The gathered watchers and daddy long-legs found them
particularly to their liking and weren't spare with their
approval. Of course the final part of the
concert was a crowd and herd pleasing favorite; the hill country
hoedown music. It became a tradition for Poly and Cass to step
forward and begin with their Texas saw-fiddle effect announcing
the beginning of a cowboy tune and the crowd would go crazy.
Everyone, including the new folks, got into the spirit, and
turned to watch the cattle dance.
believe it if you told me about it and swore on a stack of
Bibles," Wesley told his dad.
some pretty miraculous stuff today, Son. I ain't found nothing I
don't approve of here, have you?" he asked.
you fault a man what can play classical and down home country
music, rope a steer, and hand you your son's life back to you,
Dad?" Wesley asked.
* * * * * *
came to end and everyone went their way for dessert after their
heavy supper. Afterward, Billy invited the LaFleur men to join
him and his cowboys in the barber shop off the barn where they
would be milking the watchers who attended the concert. There
must have been thirty or more watchers lined up with a few daddy
long-legs standing around waiting for them. Of course the boys
were there, with Randy explaining everything to Cody like a good
big brother should. They four junior buckaroos were also, each,
handing out a different fruit for the watchers to take away and
enjoy after their milking. After Cody met Randy's protector,
Ludo, and Rory and Cal's big snow white beast with pink eyes
they named Caesar, he wanted to know how he could go about
getting his own protector.
guess the best way would be to find one you really like and ask
him to share his milk with you. `At's the way I done it. A
watcher can't refuse a hungry bairn, as they call us youngsters.
Then if you fall in love with him, and he feels the same way,
you have to ask Master Billy right-nice like if you can give him
a name and could you have him for your protector? Master Billy's
the master and owner of all the wild watchers and protector of
the daddy long-legs," Randy explained, "If you don't believe me
ask one ubbum, he'll tell ya," Randy added.
men were fascinated by the process. The milking machine could
drain and deflate a big bull watcher's teats in several minutes.
They would make the funniest faces almost like they were having
a breast orgasm, and Boomer assured the humans that's exactly
what they were experiencing. Many had to go down to the river to
clean themselves after having reached a secondary climax from
their penis. They were abiding by their master's wishes and not
a one of them smelled bad. In fact, several had just enough of
their male essence still on them, they almost drove the young
boys crazy. Little Cody didn't know what it was, but Randy
carefully explained it to him.
The guests began to leave as the
evening came to an end. The Tate family with their special
guest, Miranda the wonder dog, and the Breedlove family
including Mick Flynn, with the foreman of their other ranch,
left. Elmer invited Bubba to come stay with him and his family
for the night, but he graciously declined. He was concerned
about his watcher and the five others who were there guarding
his place; however, they swapped out guarding duties to come for
food and be milked. Even Bubba's faithful watcher came and
donated his milk. Bubba only wanted to spend another night in
the arms of the critter who slept with him for six months when
he was a young boy on another planet in the Andromeda system who
allowed him to drink his sweet milk. Those memories flooded into
his mind and made the big cowboy warm all over.
* * * * * *
guests left, Billy and his posse transported to the line cabin.
Jethro wasn't there to meet them. Billy immediately sent Boomer
to Nick's ship to gather him. "I don't care what crisis just
done come up! No excuses! He will not stay on that ship tonight!
If he hesitates, tell him his master and my surrogate dad has
need of him. It will be our last chance to spend an evening with
him for a long time, and he needs some rest and relaxation to
make him fresh for tomorrow," Billy said firmly and Boomer
grinned, "And when was the last time you fucked them halflings
of mine, Boomer?" he asked almost like a growl.
remember, Master. Well over a week. They been working hard,
night and day, right along side Jethro," Boomer winced like he
was having stone aches.
there, and I jes' know they done snuck-off and went back down
`nair, you tell `em their master wants them here this e'nin to
take care of our husband. They been neglect'n their duties and
our husband's got needs just like them," Billy said firmly.
Boomer smiled and rolled his eyes like his prayers were answered
and there was a god after all. Bubba disappeared as Nick almost
fell on the floor laughing.
cease to amaze me, Kemosabe," Nick said.
"I want an
e'nin for that slave he won't soon forget. He's worked his damn
demon-butt off on this project. Whether I will like it or not is
beside consideration for my appreciation of his dedication. So
boil us up a pot of cowboy-coffee, pa, what could permanently
remove yore' hair if you get any on ya' and add us one a them
packets of them special herbs them two mature buckaroos done
give us -- and that brings up another subject -- I want them two
old cowboys here in the line cabin with us a couple of nights
for a cowboy jamboree during the week of rest. I got me a big
ol' hanker'n for the taste of them two mature cowpoke's cocks,
and you know I can't eat jes' one," Billy confided with his dad
and they shared a laugh.
told you lately that I love you, Kemosabe?" Nick asked.
"No, but if'n you's plan'n on it,
make it quick, Tonto. Them hombre's gonna' be ride'n in here any
second, and I wouldn't want them to see their master blushing
like a new bride," Billy said and grinned.
replied Nick, "You's so full of it, Billy Daniels!" he added and
roared with laughter as he took his boy into his arms and kissed
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