Him Who Made The Seven Stars
Old Cajun saying: If you want the best seat in the house,
move the dog.
"Oh, my God!" Claude Dewey exclaimed. "Dan, you idiot. I saw the
e-mail you sent the attorney in Mason. This is all your fault. He
tried to warn you it was a sensitive situation being watched
closely by the government. You were officious in your tone and
implied he was a know-nothing ignorant bumbling country bumpkin
who couldn't possibly understand modern law under our newly formed
government. He told you our client and his church member who broke
into the place to take illegal photos are in jail for possession
of stolen property, and that didn't raise a red flag? You didn't
even take the time to verify his claim. One quick call to the
sheriff's office would have confirmed it. Not cool, Cowboy. He
gave you twenty-four hours to return the stolen documents and you
refused. You just brushed him off. He did exactly what I would
have done if I got your e-mail. I wouldn't beg you or wait for you
to change your mind. I'd sit down and fire off an e-mail to
Homeland Security as fast as my fingers could get it into the
machine and hit the send button. It's exactly what the man did,
and look what it cost us. We're essentially out of business, Dan!"
Dewey yelled at his partner.
"Way to go, Howe!" Cheetum said sarcastically with a major dollop
"This ain't right. This is bullshit. It's like something out of
the Twilight Zone. Somebody's playing a very bad joke on us. Let's
get in touch with the bar association and find out what to do,"
They checked the security cameras and there was nothing on them
outside or inside. They were just blank after midnight. It was not
the only surprise the firm of Dewey, Cheetum, and Howe received
that day. They gathered at Claude Dewey's home with their laptops
to do some research, and found their hard-drives were formatted, wiped clean, awaiting an operating
system. Every bite and tittle of their information was erased.
They began checking and every computer in their homes were blank
slates. Every memory stick was wiped clean and their kid's video
games were scrambled beyond repair. They were forced to go to the
public library to get on line. When they got in touch with the Bar
Association, they told them they had no record of them ever having
passed the bar exam, and assured them they were not licensed to
practice law in the state of Texas. There were no records on them
period. They were about to the hit the panic button, but they
checked their bank accounts, and fortunately, they were still in
place. Dewey carefully re-read the letter they found left for them
to his partners. If they tried to question Homeland Security's
motives or challenge their authority to do what they did, there
would be further and swift retribution.
"If they have the power to wipe us out overnight, do either of you
want to take them on? I certainly don't! I still have my
properties, bank account, and savings. I got my family and my
home. I don't care to gamble what I got left. We will have to make
some adjustments, but we will survive. We can always take the bar
exam again and get reinstated. In the meantime, I plan to get a
job as a law clerk somewhere and study up for the next exam. I
guess this effectively dissolves our partnership, Gentlemen,"
Claude Dewey declared.
"Fuck that! I worked too damn hard to get where I am. I ain't
about to tuck my tail between my legs and lick their butts!" Dan
"I think Claude's got a good point, Dan. I don't plan to be your
Sancho Panza, follow you and hold your coat while you tilt at
windmills, but feel free to go ahead-on – saddle-up old Rocinante
and knock yourself out, Buddy; however, if we hear you disappeared
and ain't been seen nor heard from in a while, we won't have to
ask ourselves why," Ernie Cheetum said.
"Son of a bitch! I'll bet that dumb-ass Cowboy knows what went
on!" Howe ranted.
"So what? After you lobbed your insulting pedantic word-bomb, your
dumb-ass Cowboy wiped us out with one quick e-mail! You think you
can eat enough humble-pie to get him to tell you anything after
being so insufferably rude to the man? I think not! I wouldn't
give you the time of day. What fantasy world do you live on,
Howe?" Dewey asked.
"I don't plan to eat nothing, including his bullshit. The last
line of his e-mail – 'Let me know how that works out for you' –
tells me he knew something more than we did. I plan to drive to
Mason and confront him, call him out, and demand he tells us what
he knows, and why he didn't warn us about it. He's responsible for
this, and I wanna' know who his contact was," Howe argued.
"For Christ sake, Dan, the man did warn us. He sent copies of the
federal protection contract between Brad Kirkendall and the
government. You always were a loose cannon, Howe. Your e-mail
essentially said you thought he was a dumb, no-nothing, small town
hick, Womack's case was gonna' go down your way, and fuck him. Now
you plan to go there, ride into town on the back of your pony with
gun's a-blazing like some drunken cowhand with a three-day hard-on
from an overload of anger induced testosterone? I don't think so.
I don't think he's dumb at all. He dismissed you handily in his
e-mail when he wrote 'good luck with that!'" Cheetum said firmly
and added, "That comment alone should have told you he was
confident he was holding the winning hand, and you would be crazy
to bet against him."
After a couple of days simmering on the back burner on low heat in
juices of their own misery, Dewey, Cheetum, and Howe decided to
dissolve their partnership, tie up loose ends, and move on with
their lives. They divided up the work between them to notify
clients whose cases were current. They explained, due to
unforeseen circumstances, they would no longer be able to
represent them. Claude Dewey sent a letter to Womack's wife
stating they decided his case was without merit and they, in good
conscience, could no longer represent him. He would either have to
contract with another law firm, accept a court appointed attorney,
or throw himself on the mercy of the court. Womack was devastated.
His wife also informed her husband, the sheriff and his deputies
returned to confiscate the hand gun he bought for her. Clarence
ranted and raved in his cell for two days. He was watching his
world come crashing down around him. He told anyone who would
listen he was set up and was convinced the monster behind his
persecution was that demon of a juvenile delinquent posing as a
rancher, Billy Daniels.
* * * * * * *
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the masked man and his faithful
companion, Tonto, were fucking their brains out like two demons
late for All Saints Eve on Bald Mountain. Billy decided, after
Jethro's stunning success in his Kagoli demon form, he wanted to
consume more of the DNA altering enzymes from Captain Nick to
fully complete the conversion process. He wasn't the only one.
Oatie was determined he must do the same. Jethro tried to talk him
into holding off and build up to it gradually, but ever' body
knows you can't never tell no kid not to put beans in their ears.
(Waddie swings and scores another triple negative construction,
folks. The fans go crazy. The Grammar Nazis? Not so much.)
With all the excitement of the smack-down weekend, the addition of
two more artificially created angels, and the sheriff rounding up
Earl and Womack, Billy decided he and his surrogate pa, along with
his immediate family, would spend a relaxed evening together in
the line-cabin. Billy found himself in a deep sleep standing in a
great field of Blue Bonnets and Indian Paint Brushes almost as
high as the top of his buckaroo boots. Except for his boots, Billy
was stark naked standing next to his beloved pa. It seemed so
real, but it was just a dream. Billy felt Nick slip his hand into
his and gently squeezed. Billy wasn't surprised. They often shared
each other's dreams. If they were bored with their own dream, they
would jump next door to see if the other was dreaming something
more interesting than what was playing on their channel. Nick
jumped into Billy's dreams more often. Billy's were always more
gee-whiz-golly-gosh ain't that wonderful and renewed in Nick what
joys he experienced in his own youth before the sobering reality
of life in an ever changing universe could darken his spirit.
Stark reality could sometimes be disheartening, to say the least.
"Are you with me or am I dreaming about you, pa?" Billy asked.
"Naw, I'm here. Someone called me out of a deep dreamless sleep,
and said they wanted me to join you in this here field. Nice
place. Wonderful smell. Wonder who brought us here, Kemosabe?"
Nick mused without a sign of fear in his voice.
"We's both naked as baby jays, pa. Who else could pull this off?"
Billy asked and grinned. Nick laughed at him.
"What's up, Gentlemen? Why you handsome beasties call us here?"
"Ah, our handsome children. It's good to see you again. We so
enjoyed your family's visit, but we didn't want Master Billy to
think we forgot about him," the voice of Gregor said.
"Won't you join us, Gentlemen. It is truly a wonderful place you
have created for this meeting. There's a nice stream, some flat
rocks we can sit on and share our thoughts," Billy invited.
In a great flash of light the huge Gregor and his smaller mate
materialized before them. Billy and Nick walked hand in hand
toward them, bowed deeply, and offered each giant watcher their
free hand. The four creatures walked hand in hand to the river and
sat on the huge flat limestone rocks. Billy winked at Nick, went
first to Albrecht and gave him a hug and a kiss, and then to
Gregor to do the same. "It's been too long, Masters," Billy said.
"We follow everything you do, young one. You have become the hero
to a vast number of solar systems. We do not presume to interrupt
the natural flow of your life, but we have a couple of errands we
need you and your dad's help with," Gregor said. (Gregor didn't
know you can't end a sentence with a preposition. Well, maybe he
knew once and just chose to overlook if for the sake of brevity.)
"I've come to consider my relatives very much a part of the
natural flow of my life. I couldn't imagine living without your
love, goodness, and generosity of spirit following me and
sometimes I'm even lucky enough to share your presence like this
moment. Whatever you might have in mind, you know you can count on
us," Billy said.
"We have two more cowboy-angels for you and your family. Their
situation is much like Hank and Buck's, but they aren't a bonded
pair. They have been partners in their difficult sojourn; however,
they will probably go their own way after they have been returned
to Earth under your employ. They were kidnapped from Earth about
eight of your years ago by the Grays to process for food for their
reptilian masters, but the hive mind has its flaws -- the Grays
can be dense at times. Unfortunately, for them, the two men were
taken from a war zone and fully loaded for
battle. They overcame the Grays hypno-beam and wiped them out. They couldn't figure out how to pilot the
ship and remained adrift in space for several days before they
were brought aboard a Liberian freighter and taken to Retikki
Prime. They adjusted quickly to life on Retikki Prime, proved to
be hard workers, and became dedicated to their masters.
"They proved their mettle saving the
children of an orphanage from a dreadful fire at
great risk to their own lives. They were burned so badly, on any
other planet they would have perished. We could not allow such
heroism and self-sacrifice to go unrewarded. It took us several
weeks, but we managed to restore them to their original state. We
enhanced them and gave them options for their future. They wanted
to return to Earth to become your slaves and work for you. They
also realize there was a good chance they might be reunited with
their families, but their first duty will be to you as their
master. For your help in this matter, we will be sending you a
token of our appreciation with these men. Use our gift wisely as
we know you will," Gregor explained.
Albrecht picked up the conversation. "We would like for you to
visit the young Cajun man's family and prepared them for his
return. We know you already have information about the Boudreaux
family. Take Boss-man Randy; your two halflings, Poly and Cass;
Bubba Kirkendall; Jack McCormack; Boomer,
and Brute with you. Also take your pa, Balthazar, and Clyde with
you as well. You will need them," he explained, "While I have the
floor, let me say your handling of the giant Ork affair was
masterful, Master Billy. We can't tell you how proud of you we
are, and the same goes for the Irin. They have volunteers backed
up by the thousands to come to Earth to serve you and your cause.
We are also pleased you are well ahead of projected time estimates
for absorbing and putting your Irin slaves to work. And this week
you began to lay the foundation for your new city. May we suggest
you consider building several more bunkhouses like the last four
you built on the cliffs over the North fork of the Llano river. We
might further suggest you utilize your new slaves, Garth and Mack,
to oversee and implement your bakery and herbal production as soon
as possible. You will not only have a huge market on Earth, you
will be swamped for orders throughout the universe. Think large,
Gentlemen, you don't have to confine your business possibilities
to Earth," Albrecht encouraged them.
"That reminds me to thank you for your last wonderful gift of the
Hosanna cakes. They were greatly appreciated, enjoyed, and gone
within three days. I never heard so many cowboys shout 'Hosanna'
in my life," Billy said and got a laugh out of his giant in-laws.
They talked about many things, but the giant watchers decided they
disturbed enough of the cowboy's sleep and needed to return to
their own dreams. They bid farewell to each other and left Billy
and Nick alone. "I hate to leave this place, Pa. It's so peaceful
and soothing," Billy said.
"We don't have to. Lay your head back on my shoulder, and I'll
whisper nasty things to you," Nick said.
"If you do, we won't get no sleep, and I
found myself being short and cranky a few times lately," Billy
"Then close your eyes and let me tell you a story," Nick urged,
and Billy did as his pa told him.
It was a wonderful story. Billy was the hero and rescued a young
virgin lad from a great dragon with his jewel encrusted Sword.
With his gleaming blade in hand, he charged. One, two! One two!
And through and through his vorpal blade
went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head, he went
galumphing back. (Nick only recently discovered Louis Carroll.)
Later, Sir Knight Billy protected the handsome young man's
chastity from a marauding band of gypsies, tramps, and thieves.
The lad was so grateful he pledged himself to become Sir Billy's
page and apprentice knight.
* * * * * * *
The next morning the ranch house was busy with activity getting
breakfast together and Billy's staff smiling with pride from ear
to ear at the success of their covert mission. They told in detail
how they managed their caper and pulled it off without the
slightest hitch. Helen let the others tell what they accomplished
and was mostly quiet, but they sang her praises, and referred to
her coordinating skills many times. The general consensus was,
they couldn't have done it without her.
"What did you do with three offices and a reception room full of
furniture and files?" Billy asked in awe.
"It's in the old barn, sir," Andy said proudly.
"I got to see that – after breakfast. Me and ma' pa done worked us
up a demon sized appetite last e'nin. We need to get some food in
us or we might float away," Billy allowed.
There was much conversation around the table about the latest
news; how Womack failed to tell the sheriff about a hand gun he
bought from Earl what belonged to Brad Kirkendall. Clarence was
written up with another stolen weapons charge to add to the other.
Billy's team told how they managed to infiltrate computer files
and erase any trace of the law firm of Dewey, Cheetum, and Howe.
They wouldn't be able to practice law in the state of Texas until
they passed the bar again. Billy and his
cowboys laughed and complimented his family. He made it a point to
graciously thank Helen Kirkendall for her tireless efforts and
genius at coordinating and seeing their plan worked successfully.
After breakfast the men walked to the barns and took a quick look
at the furniture. It wasn't cheap stuff. The three attorney's
desks were huge and looked like they were handmade by expert
craftsmen. Even the carpets were expensive oriental weaves. Billy
was surprised by the beauty and tastefulness which brought it all
together. He was sure they had decorators plan each office and
worked hard to capture each man's personality – pompous,
successful, on the border of ostentatious, but fortunately, the
decorators displayed good taste and
pulled-up hard on the reins before they allowed it to go over the
"What'll we do with this stuff?" Billy asked to no one in
"You can't keep your office staff in the main house, Kemosabe,"
Nick said, "One forty-eight hour mission wasn't bad, but you need
a more permanent place where these folks can get off to themselves
to do their work with the least confusion and without bothering
the life and comfort of your family in the ranch house," he added.
"Are you suggesting there might be room in the castle, Tonto?"
"We ain't using but a third of the castle. That's the way we found
it, and we ain't never had to use more than we're using now. Two
thirds of it was closed off and boarded-up long before we
transported it onto the ship. We been so busy with other projects,
we ain't had time to explore the rest. Nobody's been in those
sections. Ain't no tell'n what's in 'nere. Let's open it up, round
up a cleaning crew, and give these good folks some room to breathe
and grow. These desks will come in handy. They will have time to
go through the files at their leisure and keep only the one's you
want," Nick said.
"I think it's a great idea. Nobody will find this stuff there, and
we might as well make use of it," Billy said, "It's time we got
our staff together under one roof where they can do their thing,"
Billy allowed. "Okay, let's start today. We'll get a crew of
cowboys in there to open it up. We can take a tour this afternoon
with them and let them pick their own set of rooms. Why didn't you
open up the whole thing, Tonto?" Billy asked.
We had to plumb and wire the section we're using now. There was no
such thing back in the days when it was built. We modernized about
a third of it. The rest we left pristine. With your Irin slaves we
can get it done on a priority basis, and the rest as we have time
to get to it. It will be good practice for building your city,"
"You're right. Let's do it. Hank, you and Buck work closely with
our other staff. You men know better than us what they'll need to
get started, and for their personal
comforts. Get the offices done first and then any living quarters
after that. If we're gonna' use the whole castle, we might as well
outfit it. We can also use it to house more Irin specialist, and
important guests," Billy allowed.
And so the refurbishing and retrofitting of the castle began.
Billy made another decision. He didn't want Thor and Zeus going
back to being lead guard bulls at the front gate. He needed two
good men to see to the remodeling of the castle. Hank and Buck
were already so busy with jobs Billy assigned them and others they
just took on themselves. Billy wanted to relieve them of some of
the pressure. He didn't want his favorite buckaroos burning
themselves out. They would become figure-heads over the project
and act as procurement coordinators, but Thor and Zeus would
become the foremen of the job. Gog and Willie would be their
ramrods to see the work got done in a timely manner. Billy made it clear, he didn't want the
ancient castle 'modernized' past the point of creature comforts.
He wanted it left in its pristine Gothic beauty. Billy developed
an affection for the old castle which made him appreciate it and
stirred deep feelings within him to protect and preserve its
original glory. He stressed any retrofitting must be done in a
manner which would go unnoticed by anyone not in the 'know' as to
how it was accomplished.
They temporarily moved and stored the stuff from the attorney's
offices into a large hall until they could get the new offices
completed. Until then, Billy's staff would continue to use the
apartment on the third floor of the ranch house. Billy's staff and
workers estimated a time of two weeks to get the job done. They
were in the last week of April, and with the month of May, would
come better weather. Spring was in the air and people's attitudes
for working and accomplishing great things together were growing
into a passion. While his staff was still
together, Billy quietly assigned them one other job.
He talked in confidence with his main heads of staff including Aunt Helen, whom he was quickly
coming to think of as his Auntie head-of-staff. He gave her a
single sheet of paper he printed out from information he gathered
from Elmer and Oatie about Stanley David Breedlove. He interview
Oatie and Elmer one evening in his office in the tower of the
house and recorded their conversations on his computer. He went
back and gleaned, what he considered, the most important
information and several paragraphs about personal quirks they knew
One of the most outstanding and interesting bit was, Stan became
friends with a young Cajun boy his age, Etienne Boudreaux, who
attended Mason High School with him. Etienne was so handsome and
masculine every kid in school was in love with him – girls and
boys. The teachers couldn't take their eyes off him – both sexes.
He was a natural athlete and the coaches loved him. He tried to
light a spark in Stan to play football, but his heart just wasn't
in it. Secretly, Stan would love to play football with his buddy,
but he didn't want to invoke the wrath and endless interrogations
from his mother he knew he would suffer. Janice told him she was
sure football was what turned Oatie queer -- being naked and
messing around with the other players on the team in the showers –
playing grab-ass and drop the soap. Stupid knows no limits.
Etienne lived with a Great Aunt and her husband in Mason during
the week, but every Friday afternoon his family would drive to
Mason to pick him up and take him to spend the weekend with them
in their big double-wide trailer at one of many trailer parks
which sprang up after the turn of the
century in Erna, Texas. There was a major deposit of fracking sand
discovered near Erna and a huge plant built to excavate and load
it for transporting to fracking sites. They hired anyone who was
an able-bodied male. They only paid minimum wage, but times were
tough and poor folks came from far and wide to work at the sand
plant not caring it was one of the agents contributing to
poisoning the water table and their bodies. They weren't bad
people. They were like everyone else in the country suffering from
the stupidity of sequestering and enforced austerity programs by
oligarchs and conservatives of the new Theocratic-Corporate
regime. They were trying to survive and provide for their families
as best they could.
Toward the end of their freshman year in high school together,
Etienne invited Stan to spend a weekend with him and his family,
and after much fighting with Janice, she finally gave her
approval. She lost big when she turned her back on Oatie, and as a result, she became more lenient with
Stan, but not much. The boy had to fight for every concession he
got from her. Every Saturday night the Cajuns and the Gypsies
would gather in a clearing outside of the small town of Erna and
build a big fire. They would bring food and their musical
instruments. They played mostly Zydeco Cajun music and the people
would sing and dance. Stan loved it. He never knew people could
have so much fun together as a family, and they weren't stingy
with their love and affection for him. They included him in
Etienne was a gifted Cajun squeeze-box
player. His older sister, Rochelle, was learning the basics of
playing the fiddle in the Zydeco saw-fiddle tradition and began to
give Stan lessons. To everyone's amazement, Stan seemed to have a
natural gift for playing the fiddle and quickly picked up many of
the tunes they played. Stan loved the Boudreaux family and spent
as much time with them as he could; that is, until Janice's
paranoia raised its ugly head. She started getting pissy about the
amount of time he spent with the Boudreauxs and questioned Stan
endlessly about his relationship with Etienne, and did they sleep
in the same bed together when he went to visit? Stan refused to
answer her questions. He wouldn't let his mother intimidate him
and told Janice it was none of her fracking business. Furthermore,
he refused to be punished or live with her irrational suspicions
brought about by her insane homophobia because of Stan's older
Janice wasn't known for her parenting skills, stomped her ruby
slipper (the house hadn't fallen on her yet, and her toes weren't
curled up) decided to go nuclear and forbid Stan to spend anymore
weekends with the Boudreaux family. It was the final straw. Stan
stood up to her and told her he wouldn't put up with her
Neo-Nazi-like interrogations, and anything she might be implying.
If she couldn't trust him to be a good man and do the right thing,
then she wasn't competent enough to continue being his parent.
Stan was not gentle with her and told Janice she had become the
epitome of the real wicked witch of the West. Stan told her if she
didn't lighten up, allow him to have some life away from her, his
holy sisters who sat in her 'amen' corner, and Jancie's
smothering, life-choking concentration camp style interrogations,
he would either take her to court to become an emancipated minor
or go to his granddad on his hands and knees to seek sanctuary
with him. Stan reminded Janice about her track record with Oatie
and what her hatred did to the entire family. He insisted, there
wouldn't be a court in the state what wouldn't set Stan free of
her. What she was doing to him had nothing to do with right or
wrong, it boiled down to two simple words – child abuse.
Janice was just a hair's breadth away from pushing the red button
to start a nuclear war with her second son when she remembered
Elmer's words. He told her it was only a matter of time, and he
would have both boys under his protection. She was such a wicked
witch, Elmer said she would drive Stan away as surely as she did
Oatie, whether Stan was gay or not. She decided her hatred for
Elmer was greater than her need to find out every small detail of
her boy's private life. She couldn't stand the thought of having
the big cowboy win again, and if Stan was gay, she didn't think
she wanted to know. She decided to back down and lower her
situation colors to def-con yellow. She didn't give Stan
permission to go with the Boudreaux family the next weekend. Stan
never asked. He just packed his backpack, and took it to school
with him on Friday morning. She didn't hear from him until the
following Monday afternoon after school. She asked how his weekend
was. Stan told her he had fun; he got to hear and play a lot of
wonderful Cajun music. She never said another word to him after
Later, Stan asked Janice if she would help him buy a second-hand
fiddle. She told him 'no' absolutely not. She wasn't going to have
no long-haired musician for a son. Stan built himself a fiddle out
of an old white pine wine box which originally held two bottles of
fine wine. Various parts he got from junk-shops and hardware
stores. He worked on his old square fiddle by the hour trying to
get it to sound the best he could. He watched videos on YouTube
about violin making, shaved more off the insides until they were
almost paper thin, and moved the internal posts around until he
got it just like he wanted. The love and attention he was
lavishing on his 'BeauSoleil Box,' as he called it, began to pay
him back with dulcet tones so sweet, people who heard him play
swore he conjured an angel to resided within his box and would
sing its heart out every time Coo-zone Da-veed stroked him just
right. Stan became known by his real name to his new family as
David. He was known to them as Cousin David or in Cajun 'Coo-zone
Da-veed.' He lived in two worlds. A cold, suspicious, never good
enough, life-sucking gray world of religious zombies created by
his mother and sisters, and his other world of light, happiness,
joy in music, and a loving family who weren't afraid to care and
share what they had with others.
Stan would practice on his home-brew square fiddle every afternoon
after school for several hours. For some reason, once she heard
the kind of music Stan was playing, Janice eased up on him a bit;
but she didn't spare his feelings. She told him she hated Cajun
music. She said it brought out the devil in men and women, and she
thought he was wasting his time. That was fine with Stan, his
other family in Erna didn't feel that way. Oatie didn't know about
Stan's association with the Boudreaux family, but Elmer did. Not
much got past the bull of the hill country, and he thought
including the information might have some significance in trying
to locate Stan.
* * * * * * *
It was Wednesday evening and Billy got word out to Bubba and Jack
to come to supper again, he wanted to hear the latest news, and he
assured them he had plenty to share with them. Bubba went by the
jail earlier in the afternoon. He began to make it a habit of
going to the back door and knocking. Every time he tried to walk
through the front, Womack would try to engage him in conversation.
"Bubba! Bubba! Am I glad to see you! I need to talk to you, Son,"
Clarence would say trying to get his attention and strike up a
"You have nothing to say I'd be interested in hearing, Womack,"
"But you don't understand. It ain't my fault. Earl set me up. This
is all his evil doing. He sold his soul to the devil, Bubba. You
shouldn't be talking with him. I know how much you love him, but
he ain't your brother, Son. He's on a mission to destroy you. He
told me so. His heart is filled with jealousy and anger against
you. You've got to believe me, Bubba. Earl is a part of a great
demonic force who is taking over our community," Womack raved.
"Who would know better about the work of demons than a
self-proclaimed preacher who turned his back on God to screw his
fellow man. No thanks, if I have to deal with demons, I'd rather
go right to the source, Clarence. The devil his'self couldn't be
more despicable or unholy than you in my eyes, and I'll bet he
don't foam at the mouth when you talk with him, neither. I hear'd
tell you won't be a preacher much longer. I hear'd rumors your
congregation is having a hearing tomorrow night to kick yore'
no-good fat ass out of their church," Bubba lied through his
teeth, but his words had their desired effect. Womack got a dour
look on his face, but still yelled after Bubba as he walked into
the back part of the jail. Bubba smiled at Earl as he walked into
the back area.
"Gotta' give him credit. He's a hustler," Earl said shaking his
head in disgust. He was sitting on his bunk with his hands
"I better not find out you give yore'self to the devil without
first giving me a taste of yore' sweet cowboy butt, Buckaroo,"
"Naw, I'm pretty underhanded, but I wouldn't do 'at to my
brother," Earl went along with Bubba's bullshit.
"Good to know. Now we got that out a' the way, you doing all
right? Is there anything I can get for you?" Bubba asked.
"As a matter of fact, I need some stuff for my bathroom, Bubba.
Toothbrush, paste, mouthwash, throw-away razor, and some cheap
aftershave. Oh, yes, and later on in the week, if you could see
yourself clear to share supper wiff' me with another one of them
belly buster combos from the DQ would be greatly appreciated,"
Earl said and smiled.
"I think we can manage them things, Brother," Bubba said. "Yore'
momma called last e'nin and asked about you. I told her you were
doing fine. She invited me out for coffee tomorrow, and I plan to
go check on her for you – see if she needs anything," Bubba said.
"Thanks, Bubba, I'd appreciate it," Earl said.
Bubba didn't stay long. He had a couple of other errands to do and
thought he'd pick up Earl's stuff at the dollar store while he was
at it. He stopped by the market and got another couple of bags of
carrots for the guard bulls. It had been a while since he and Jack
brought the others. Brute was riding in the back of Bubba's truck.
The huge beast was phased out of sight but reappeared to help
Bubba throw the carrots out to the cattle. "How did I live so long
without you in my life?" Bubba yelled up to Brute.
"Your were never without me, Master, I was always here, by your
side, every step of the way. It just wasn't time yet for you to
know about me. It might have changed the balance of the time-line,
but that would not be allowed," Brute said,
"Besides, you're at an age when you would appreciate me more as
time goes on. We're going to have a wonderful time with your
little brother and Master Billy this evening. You'll get to see a
great weapon you've read about in legends but what ain't been seen
on Earth for centuries," Brute added.
"How do you know these things?" Bubba asked.
"I see bits and pieces. Two cowboy-angels kidnapped from Earth
like Hank and Buck returned to become Master Billy's slaves, and
one will bring a great weapon as a gift for his new master from
Master Billy's in-laws," Brute said.
Jack pulled in behind Bubba who was parked by the side of the
road. The guard cattle were too busy eating the sweet carrots to
pay much attention to him. They looked up, recognized his truck
and went back to eating their treats like 'ho-hum, it's just
Jack.' He laughed to himself as he got out of his SUV. "Need a
hand, Brute?" he hollered to the handsome beast as he came along
side Bubba's truck. Brute handed Jack a handful of the carrots and
he began to cover the other side of the road from Bubba. He knew
they didn't get any because they weren't chewing. They cheered as
Jack threw carrots their way. They continued throwing them around
until the sacks were empty. Most everyone got at least a couple of
treats. As the men got into their vehicles, they mooed, and
stomped their hooves in thanks for Bubba's thoughtfulness and
The men drove up to the big house and found everyone waiting for
them outside. They were surprised to find Boss-man Randy
Rutherford was with them. Randy ran to Bubba and jumped into his
arms. Bubba spun him around and stole a kiss and a hug. They were
laughing and having a great time. Then Randy remembered Jack and
gave him the same unabashed welcome.
"Didn't know we'd get to see you this e'nin, Ramrod Randy, but
it's nice surprise to find you here," Bubba said.
"It was the middle of the week, and I couldn't stand not having my
saddle buddy around, so I asked his mom for a midweek sleep over.
Ruth was kind and generous enough to allow it. Besides, we got us
an errand to run after supper, and I'm gonna' need his help to
remind me when I ain't doing ma' job right," Billy said and
Supper was a lively time of comparing notes and ideas about
everything what was happening in their world. They kept it light
and fun and everyone was enjoying themselves. Billy talked with
Bubba about hiring Aunt Helen to run his office staff. He would
pay her the same wage he was paying Oatie's slave Jethro as
project manager for the Highland Shire project. He already had a
meeting with his staff, and they agreed he wouldn't find a better
"I think they've fallen in love with her, and they call her Aunt
Helen," Billy said.
"I have no problem with it as long as she's active and happy. I'd
like to see her grow and develop," Bubba said. "Tell us about this
road-trip we's suppose to take this e'nin after supper, Master
Billy. I understand two enhanced cowboy-angels will be returned to
Earth and one will bring you a great weapon?" Bubba asked.
"How did you know about the cowboy-angels?
I don't know nothing about no weapon. Our uncles come to me and
Captain Nick last e'nin in our dreams and told us where to go and
who to take along, but they never said nothing about no weapon.
They said one would bring me a gift," Billy said in awe of Bubba.
"My beloved Beastie is a seer, Master Billy. He can see bits and
pieces of the near future," Bubba replied.
"We're going to visit the Cajun family who were good to Oatie's
brother, Stan Breedlove, when he was in high school. We think we
might be able to track Stan through them. One of the returning
cowboy-angels is their son, Etienne Boudreaux. We believe they
think he went missing in action. He did, but just not the way they
might think. It will be a great reunion for them, but Etienne will
belong to me," Billy said, then paused for a moment, "That sounded
bad, but you know what I mean. Certainly as a member of my family
his family will become a part of us as well," he added.
Everyone had more than enough to eat and decided to have dessert
after they returned from the Boudreaux place. Billy decided to
take the big ranch van and there would be plenty of room for
cowboys and beasties. Randy could sit in his favorite lap. Billy
instructed Boomer and Brute to remain hidden after they arrived
until he told them they could materialize. The days were beginning
to get longer and the sun was beginning to set in the West as they
drove to Erna, Texas. It didn't take them long and Billy pulled
into the mobile home park. His staff got the address and phone
number of the family and the space number for their trailer. Billy
was impressed by the size and beauty of some of the double-wide
trailers. The Boudreaux family lived in the very last mobile home
on the street. They pulled up in front and unloaded. Billy went up
to the door and knocked while the rest stood behind him off the
porch. Mr. Boudreaux came to answer the door and his eyes went
wide to see a fine looking young cowboy and several other cowboys,
several with rings through their noses, and one young buckaroo
about seven years old standing by the young cowboy's side.
"Good evening, sir. Are you Mr. Odio Placide Boudreaux?" Billy
"I am, young man," he replied.
"Mr. Boudreaux, I'm Billy Daniels, owner of the Daniel's ranch
just South of Mason, Texas where the two rivers, the Llano and the
James, come together. We come to pay you and your family a visit
and would like to talk with you about a mutual family matter,
sir," Billy said.
"Come in! Come in, Gentlemen," Mr. Boudreaux said as he stuck out
his hand to shake Billy's, "Us Cajuns don't know no strangers and
welcome anyone with a good heart into our
homes. You never know when you might be entertaining angels
unawares," Mr. Boudreaux said.
Randy giggled. "Hesh up, little buddy!" Billy said to Randy and
got a big grin on his face, "I couldn't agree with you more, Mr.
Boudreaux, and we try to maintain the same spirit of cordiality to
anyone who finds their way to our front door regardless of their
station in life," he added, and then launched into a couple of
sentences in the Cajun tongue about what an honor and privilege he
considered it to be to be invited into Mr. Boudreaux's home. The
man's eyes lit up, and he grinned from ear to ear. "You are a
brother, Mr. Daniels?" he asked.
"I try to be a brother to any man with a good heart, sir," Billy
replied in Cajun.
The men walked into the large trailer, and it was obvious the
family just finished their supper. Billy's timing was perfect, and
they went into the living room. Billy introduced Nick, Balthazar,
and Clyde, the three large men with rings through their noses, as
his slaves and protectors. He further explained Nick Samuel was
his surrogate dad. He introduced Bubba and Jack, stressing Mr.
McCormack was one of only two attorneys in
Mason and was Billy's family lawyer. He introduced Pollux and
Castor as his little brothers who were fully grown men. They were
of another race known as halflings. Last but not least, Billy
picked up Randy and introduced him as his adopted little brother
and saddle buddy, Mr. Randy Rutherford. Several of the Boudreaux
women were chattering away in Cajun they were sure Randy was the
young boy they saw a cowboy, who looked like Billy, heal in the
parking lot of Walmart in Fredericksburg.
"You beautiful ladies are correct. That's where we met," Billy
spoke to them in the Cajun language.
"Master Billy healed me of a terrible crippling disease. I was
dying, and he saved my life. For his kindness and compassion, I
asked him to be my big brother, and he agreed," Randy said in
equally flawless Cajun dialect. The family was startled.
"How many of you speak our tongue?" Mrs. Boudreaux asked.
"Hands?" Billy asked, and every hand went up except Bubba and
Jack's. They were pleasantly surprised.
Mr. Boudreaux introduced his family. His two lovely daughters and
their husbands. Billy recognized the oldest daughter's name as
Rochelle. She married a fine looking man of Gypsy heritage by the
unusual last name of Howler. Rochelle was holding their young
daughter about four years old who was almost totally unresponsive
to anything going on in the room. Billy knew immediately why he
was told to bring Randy along. Rochelle was sitting on the large
sofa trying in vain to get the little girl to suck from her
breast, but she would have none of it. She was staring off into
space. Every now and then she would point to something, grin,
giggle, then hold our her little hands toward the unknown. Billy
squatted on his haunches to get a good look at her. "And what is
this beautiful little lady's name," he asked quietly.
"We named her after her active spirit. For the first three years
of her life she was almost hyper-active, full of energy, and
conscious of everything around her. She would run from one thing
to another taking in life at an accelerated rate. She would come
to you for a moment and then dash away to something else which
might catch her interest. We named her 'Dashaway," Rochelle said.
"Dashaway Howler? What a lovely name, and it suits her perfectly.
She seems to be intent on getting someone's attention," Billy
"She's four years old. She's too old to suckle. She should be
eating solid foods, but since the massive doses of childhood
disease vaccinations she's regressed mentally to a state we can't
communicate with her anymore. I can't understand what she keeps
reaching out for. There's no one there, Dash," she spoke to her
child in frustration.
"Sorry, ma'am, but there is someone there. Me and Dashaway can see
him. We brought along two of our family protectors we call
watchers, but they's invisible to adults. You might know them as
Bigfoot. She smells Boomer's milk. See, she's drooling to get to
his teat," Randy said.
"What are you talking about. She's always drooling, Son," Rochelle
said to Randy.
"May I hold her, ma'am?" Randy asked. Rochelle looked at her
husband, and he nodded his consent. Randy gently took Dashaway
from her mother and the little girl began to make cooing sounds
and smiled at Randy like he was a young
Lochinvar who had come to her rescue to take her to the land of
milk and honey. She was unusually small for a four year old. Randy
gently rocked her while walking a few feet away from the couch.
"Show yourself, Boomer. You too, Brute," Randy commanded.
Instantly the two giant watchers materialized to the gasps of the
family. The little girl was going crazy trying to get to Boomer.
The huge creature smiled the most loving smile at her and took her
gently into his enormous arms. Dashaway zeroed in on Boomer's tit
like a heat seeking missile and began to suck like there was no
"She could see Boomer and Brute, but you can't. I can see them
because I ain't reached puberty yet. All children can see
watchers. I have my own watcher named Ludo. He's at home. I drink
his milk a lot, and he feeds my baby sister every day. Watcher
milk is the most nutritious and healing food in the universe. I
promise, you will notice a difference in your daughter, ma'am,"
"We see them when we gather on the outskirts of town," Mr.
Boudreaux said, "Some of the Gypsies are afraid and throw rocks at
them, but they come to hear the music. Us Cajuns look upon them as
fellow travelers on our world. We leave left overs for them when
we go home for the evening. The males produce milk?" he asked.
"Yes, sir, both produce milk for their bairns, but the male is the
greater producer. The males have a pouch on their front similar to
a Kangaroo or Panda and he carries the baby for half it's
gestation period. When it's hungry, it will come out, crawl up his
hairy body, hook up to a feeding station, and then return to his
dad's pouch when full," Billy explained.
"Did you really heal Randy, sir?" Rochelle's husband, Alphonse,
"Yes, sir, I did, but I denied it to the news people. By the time
they got to us, Randy and me bonded so tight you couldn't separate
us with a twenty-mule team. We become blood brothers. My little
buddy helped, and swore my story about a UFO was true so's we
wouldn't get flooded with requests for healings," Billy explained,
"We do a little here and there when we can but mostly we count on
folks being faithful to us. How do we do that? We make them
members of our extended family. Randy's my little brother. If I
heal your daughter for you, would Coo-zone Bill and Randy be
welcome into your family?" Billy asked.
"Certainly, sir. Absolutely. I can understand how it might present
a problem. Are you an angel, sir?" he asked.
"Yes, but not in the biblical sense. It will be explained to you
in a few minutes. We brought a gift for you and your family, Mr.
Boudreaux, to prove our good intentions, sir," Billy spoke to the
"What kind of gift, Son?" he asked.
"A gift of love. Your very own cowboy-angel. I don't know how to
explain it to you so's you would understand other than just
amazing you folks like Randy done with our watcher brothers. Go
ahead on, Ramrod Randy, do your thing," Billy said and winked at
his little brother.
Randy held his fist up in the air and hollered, "Hosanna!" Billy's
family did the same and loudly proclaimed, "Hosanna, in the
Immediately a door sprang up in the trailer with a surface which
looked like rippling blue water. Through the door walked the first
cowboy-angel followed closely by a second holding a great sword.
The family caught sight of their lost son Etienne fully fledged
and went crazy. "Etienne, my beautiful son. Is it really you," Mr.
Etienne handed his sword to Brute, went to his dad's arms, and
they cried together holding each other tightly. "Yes, it's me,
Dad," he replied.
"Did you die and become an angel, Son?" his dad asked. His mother
and sisters came to him and surrounded him with hugs and
"No, I didn't have to die to earn these wings, but
me and my pardner damn near did. It's
a long, unbelievable story, but we will have time for me to
explain. I have been sent here to join Master Billy Daniel's
family as his slave. Now don't panic at the word 'slave.' It ain't
what you think, Papa. Master Billy's slaves become a part of his
family. He will become my master, and I will become his slave. We
will enter an agreement where we own an interest in each other – a
spiritual indenturement, if you will. It's sort of like them
Cafeteria Christianist like to talk about giving themselves to
their Lord to serve him so's they can create a better world for
the future, only they ain't got no real tangible person to
dedicate themselves to – just a lot of nebulous scriptures of
questionable origin which they only use as an excuse for bigotry
and hypocrisy to hurt those what don't believe the same as they
do. It may sound complicated at first, but it really ain't. Once
you see it in action, you will understand," Etienne explained
"That's the best explanation of a sacred trust between two men who
bond for a purpose I've ever heard, Etienne. I will remember it
when someone needs a more convincing explanation of the matter,"
Billy complimented the fine looking young Cajun man. Billy's words
prompted the first man to come to Billy, kneel before him, and pay
homage to his boots. "Rise slave and share your heart and your
love with your master," Billy commanded, and they shared a kiss
which was not uncommon among Cajun men with their close buddies.
The man introduced himself as Etienne's Marine buddy in the Middle
East, Raymond Escobar.
"And where is your family from, Ray?" Billy asked.
"My family owns a small truck farm in Ramona, California where
they grow organic fruits, vegetables, and several whole grains for
markets around the greater San Diego area. It's a beautiful place.
I'm looking forward to visiting with them," he replied.
"We will make time for you to visit, Ray," Billy assured him.
Etienne spoke to his family, "We will also have time to visit, but
first, I must take care of business and pay homage to my new
master," Etienne said. He went to Billy, fell to his knees, and
paid homage to his boots.
"Come to your master's arms, my good slave, and share your love
with me," Billy commanded firmly.
Etienne was in Billy's arms in an instant, and they also shared a
passionate kiss to seal their bond. The family was impressed. They
broke apart and Etienne walked to Brute, thanked him for holding
the great sword, held it across his arms, and returned to Billy.
He fell to one knee and held it up for him to accept, "This is a
gift from your uncles, the Lord High Chancellors on Retikki Prime.
It is the ancient sword Excalibur which featured so prominently in
Arthurian legends. It isn't a weapon of destruction, sir. It is a
defensive weapon and may only be used by a great man who is pure
in heart and compassionate by nature. You may not choose it for a
weapon. It will choose you, sir," Etienne said.
"Thank you, Etienne and Ray. I accept this sword with great
humility and honor. While I would like to think of myself as a man
with some compassion, I don't think I would qualify as a man with
a pure heart. I'm capable of some terribly nasty thoughts
sometimes – mainly of my own invention," Billy said and laughed.
All of a sudden, the sword began to glow. It produced the purest
white light and began to hum.
"I think Excalibur might disagree with you, Master Billy," Raymond
said and smiled.
Billy grinned and decided he would explore his new toy's
capabilities later. He handed it back to Brute and asked him to
guard and take care of it for him. "My pleasure, Master Billy," he
replied and Etienne's family were impressed by Brute's deep,
"We didn't know they could speak, Mr. Daniels," Mrs. Boudreaux
"They can. They just don't very often.
They prefer to communicate with each other and sometimes with us,
mentally. We can hear them in our heads," Billy explained.
"They are the dominate species on the planet me and Ray lived on
while we were gone. They're wonderful, peaceful, and intelligent
creatures. If a man is fortunate enough to have one for a friend or protector, he is indeed, a
lucky person," Etienne told his mother, "The one Master Billy
calls, Boomer, feeding my niece, is next in line to be supreme
ruler of the planet where we lived, and I heard Master Billy is
his consort. Together, they will someday rule a whole galaxy," he
added, "Is Maw-Maw still with us?" he asked.
"She's in your old room, Son, but she can't get about. We must do
everything for her. She was ninety-two her last birthday. She told
me an angel come to her in her sleep last year on her birthday and
told her to hang on, cling to life, she would once again look upon
the face of her handsome grandson, he would restore her health,
and strengthen her tired old heart with his sweet music. Then she
told me she would dance with you again," Mrs. Boudreaux said.
"Master Billy?" Etienne asked.
Billy knew what Etienne was asking. "Let's take care of your niece
first, and then we will help your grandma-ma. Have the women
prepare her for us," he told Etienne.
"Not to worry, Mom. As young as he looks, Master Billy has become
a great healer and restorer of age. With me and Ray's help and
Master Billy's men, we will help my beautiful little niece and
Maw-Maw. Maybe she will dance with me again," Etienne said.
About that time, little Dashaway Howler decided she couldn't drink
another drop of the sweet, rich milk from Boomer's teat, pulled
away, and sputtered. Boomer began to clean her with his huge
tongue like she was his very own darling bairn. Every heart in the
trailer was touched by the huge monster's instinctive need to care
for the young girl child. Dashaway focused for the first time in
over a year and held out her little arms to her mother. Rochelle
was moved to the core of her being. It was the first time in a
very long while her daughter, her precious little girl,
acknowledged she even knew her mother was in the same room with
her. Rochelle broke into tears as Dashaway hugged and gave her
mother a big kiss on her cheek. The Boudreaux family were
"Mom, you and Sissy go to Maw-Maw and undress her. Leave her on
top of the bed but cover her with a light cotton sheet. It must be
pure cotton with no blend. You and Sissy may stay to comfort her,
but you can't be close to her, understand?" Etienne asked.
"We understand, Son, we will prepare her," his mother said and
took Etienne's younger sister they called 'Sissy' with her.
"If you will excuse me and my men for one minute, we must gather
our wings like your son and his buddy. We will disappear and
return in an instant. Do not be alarmed. We do it all the time.
The men set their hats aside, and everyone but Randy disappeared
and reappeared in a great flash of light. They were fully fledged
with their beautiful wings. Their western shirts were replaced by
handsome leather harnesses. The family was astounded by so many
angels but the cowboy-angel the ladies made over most was Jack
McCormack and his brilliant multicolored
wings. He stood out from the rest like a blinking neon sign.
"Why is he so – so – ?" Rochelle couldn't find the word.
"So outrageous?" Billy asked, and grinned, trying to help her.
"No, so spectacular and colorful," she replied.
"Thank you, Mrs. Howler. My enhancement and my wings were given to
me by accident as an unwitting gift from my big brother, Bubba;
this big cowboy standing next to me. He was trying to show-off his
new wings for me, and they began to gather energy. His watcher,
Brute, told him to release his built-up charge into me, and he
did. Bubba zapped me with a huge jolt of his gathered energy. He's
responsible and told me he'd been thinking about the Magic Tiki
room at Disneyland that afternoon. He thought it might have
something to do with the color of my wings. I look like one of
them parrots, but I'm rather happy with them. They're unique, and
I don't mind standing out in a herd," Jack said and laughed.
"Is you say'n I's an e pluribus cow, little Brother?" Bubba
growled in mock disgust. The other men laughed.
"It's only a metaphor, big Brother, but if the hoof fits – wear
it!" Jack exclaimed and everyone laughed at their exchange.
"I think you look stunning, Mr. McCormack,"
"Why, thank you, ma'am," Jack said in his best cowboy manner and
"Why didn't you get wings, Randy," Mr. Boudreaux asked.
"I ain't old enough, sir. I been enhanced, but I won't get me a
set of wings until I reach puberty," he lamented, "I'm beginning
to believe life don't start until pooh-bear-tea," he said sadly
and everyone laughed at him.
"Don't you believe it, Ramrod Randy. You stay a kid as long as you
can and milk it to the max, little Brother. I promise, as yore'
big bother, I won't never steer you wrong. Trust me,
'pooh-bear-tea' is highly overrated," Bubba told him and got a
laugh from the crowd.
"Randy, I want you to sit in the middle of the couch. Mrs. Howler,
let Randy hold Dashaway," Billy said. Rochelle handed her little
girl to Randy, he took her into his arms, and gave her a quick
kiss on her forehead. Dashaway seemed to trust Randy immediately.
"Go inside, Randy, and tell me what you find," Billy said.
Randy's face went blank like he left his body. He closed his eyes
and his eyeballs began to move like he was in REM sleep or
watching a video on the backside of his eyelids. The family
watched Dashaway's face light up, and she smiled. She had a
visitor. "We're confused. We're better after Boomer's milk, but
many conflicting things -- too many thoughts coming and going to
make sense of anyone. No cop or light to direct or stop traffic.
Can't grab one thought and hold on to it. They dash away as
quickly as they come. Attention? Impossible! Like watching twenty
Olympic ping-pong games at the same time. Which one do you follow?
Watch them all? Look away! Book! I see a book. Dash wants to show
me book. She holds on to books. Her one stable anchor to a
slipping reality," Randy said. He was quiet for a moment, and then
he smiled, "Oh, my God! She's showing me every book she's read in
a flash mode. She don't read word for word. Dash like her name.
She reads page by page. Whole page imprints on her brain. Much
like you taught me to take a screen-shot of a window on my
computer, Billy. But, like watching ping-pong games, all this mass
of information, but she can't access any of it. No continuity! No
flow of reason. Less understanding of purpose.
"She can read a complete book in a matter of minutes. She has
developed her intuitive state to understand meaning of story in
book from flashed page. She lives vicariously in story-world like
a ghost might remain in a house after death because of connection
and love for it during life. My God, she's flashing pages to me --
reading me a romance novel her mother took a month to read. I
understand! I can see! I know how she takes one page and digests
it was a great painting and not individual words; like we play
notes from printed page, but it comes out music," Randy said, and
Billy watched tears fall from Rochelle's face. "Dash needs
flushing of heavy metals and micro-bactum introduced into her
system through vaccines. Ordinarily, a child's system can fight
them off, but in her case too many massive doses and other
damaging chemicals from highly processed foods come together to
create a log-jam. Create great confusing self-replicating and
perpetuating feed-back loop. They need to be flushed as well,"
"We can do that. Flash her a picture how I must taste her blood to
get her DNA. Show her a finger prick for me so we might gather a
small amount of her blood. Tell her one drop will do and not to be
afraid. She will feel no pain, and I will heal her finger
immediately," Billy said.
"I showed her, Brother. She flash pic of me doing it for her. I
told her I would," Randy replied.
"Get me a sterilized straight pin," Billy said to anyone, and one
was produced. Randy took it and quickly pricked Dashaway's little
finger, as he absorbed any pain or trauma. Billy healed it
immediately. She didn't even flinch. Billy squeezed a good drop,
put it onto his finger, and tasted it. Instantly, he could taste
the problem. "You gonna' be okay with this, little Brother?" Billy
asked Randy, "You know you'll be a bit more enhanced along with
her," Billy said.
"How can you enhance perfection, Brother?" Randy shot back and
"Good point, baby Buckaroo, and the answer is, you c'ain't," Billy
replied, "Besides, I love you just the way you is, Cowboy," he
"Dash flash pic of me holding her. She don't want me to let her
go, Master Billy. She asked me to be her big bother and see her
through this. I agreed. I can't stop now anyway. We need each
other. Her corrections will contribute to my growth. I will lead
her through the maze, back to her family, and she will get me one
step closer to pooh-bear-tea," Randy said. The adults were stunned
at Randy's words of compassion for their little girl and several
of the stoic cowboys reached for their bandannas to wipe away a
tear. The cowboy-angels, including Etienne and Raymond gathered
around the couch. They spread their wings up and over the
children, and the Boudreaux family watched in amazement as the
healing rays of the universe were drawn onto their wings and
channeled through them to their master. Papa Boudreaux began to
understand his boy's need to serve such a good man. He thought he
might even consider it himself if he was younger and without
Billy held his hands above Dashaway and emanated a soft blue
light. Billy concentrated it mostly on her head and shoulders, but
moved from time to time to her small arms and legs. They continued
for about thirty minutes and everyone could see the little girl
slowly regaining control of her mind and body. The most contented
smile came across her face, and she knew she was coming home to
her family. When the cowboy-angels were finished, Dashaway's first
impulse was to jump down and run to her mother, but she remembered
her manners. She threw her little arms around Randy, gave him a
big hug, a kiss, and spoke for her first time since she
disappeared into herself, "Thank you, Brother Randy, for bringing
me home. I love you," she said softly with all the love in her
little heart, "And thank you, Master Billy, and these handsome
cowboy-angels for giving my life back to me and my family," she
"You're certainly welcome, young lady," Billy replied and broke
off the healing rays of light. Billy's posse of cowboy-angels'
mission was complete. Dashaway's parents and family were
overjoyed. Rochelle and her husband had to hug and kiss Billy and
Randy several times. Alphonse Howler didn't want to let go of
Randy. He was ready to fill out adoption papers.
Mrs. Boudreaux and her daughters returned from Mr. Boudreaux's
aging mother's room and announced to Billy and his cowboy-angels
she was ready. They went to the room and Mrs. Boudreaux left them
with her two daughters to attend her mother-in-law. "May I call
our closest family to share our great joy, Mr. Daniels? It is our
custom. They live within walking distance," she asked.
"Sure. We will lose our wings when we're through and return as
normal cowboys," Billy replied.
"Would you rather I wait until you're finished, sir?" she asked.
"No, go ahead. Just don't allow them in this room. It might
disturb our flow of energy and our concentration. That would not
be good," Billy said.
"I promise, I will have Brute stand before the door with your
sword and look menacing. He's pretty impressive just the way he
is," she said and grinned.
"That would be a good idea, ma'am," Billy agreed.
Mrs. Boudreaux left them to their work and closed the door behind
her. She went to Brute and told him Master Billy said for him to
stand before the door with his sword and not let anyone into the
room until they come out. Brute nodded and took his place before
the door. Boomer joined him, and the two beasts made imposing
guards. Amelia Boudreaux, Amy to her relatives and close friends,
was on her cell phone with the punch of one button, "Come to our
trailer, Sister. Bring your family. Call our brother. Call Odio's
brothers and sisters. Have them walk to our trailer. We have been
blessed, and we must share with you. We have some unusual guests,"
Mrs. Boudreaux said and paused, "I can only tell you our sweet boy
is home with us again. The rest is too unbelievable to explain on
the phone. It is wonderful and a time for great rejoicing," she
said and listened for a moment, "Yes, Etienne is alive. He is here
with us in our home. Now hurry," she said and disconnected.
It didn't take long and there came about twenty-five people,
adults, children, and dogs to their front door. Randy decided he
would stay with the family while the men worked. He witnessed it
so many times he didn't need to see it again, and he was having a
great time eating pecan pie and talking Cajun with Mr. Boudreaux,
Al Howler, and little Dashaway. Randy was impressed Dashaway
remembered much of her Cajun dialect. She sat in her daddy's lap
and shamelessly flirted with Randy. Randy enjoyed being a hero
like his big brother, but he also learned humility and
graciousness from Billy. The family came into the room, and they
immediately saw the huge watchers standing tall in front of
Maw-Maw Boudreaux's bedroom door. One held a huge jewel encrusted
sword with the point resting on the floor and his huge paws
holding the handle, one on top of the other in a stately manner.
Brute and his partner looked like they were guarding the site of
an ancient sacred relic – and, in a way, while she dearly loved
her mother-in-law, Amy Boudreaux thought it was an apt analogy.
The family met Randy and couldn't believe the change in Dashaway.
She was active and full of life again. She remembered her aunt's
and uncle's names and their kids as well. She introduced Randy to
them as her new brother. They wanted to know what happened, but
the Boudreaux's were cagey about telling them everything right
away. They were faced with a dilemma – how do you tell someone
you're entertaining angels without sounding like you're a refugee
from Coast To Coast A.M. Radio?
"Look closely, Brothers, Sisters, and Cousins -- does this young
man look familiar to you?" Mr. Boudreaux asked.
"I thought he looked familiar when we came in. I said so to my
wife, I seen that boy some wheres before – didn't I, honey?" one
of Mr. Boudreaux's brothers said, "His picture was on the TV for
several days a couple of months ago. He's the boy that big tall
young cowboy from Mason County healed in the Walmart
parking lot in Fredericksburg, ain't he?" he asked.
"Yes, sir, it's me, Randy Rutherford, and it was my big brother,
Master Billy Daniel, what healed me and saved my life. He done the
same for Dashaway this e'nin, sir. Him and his posse of cowboys is
in the bedroom over yonder doing the same for Mr. Boudreaux's
mother. They's just about through. I can hear them talking among
themselves, and there should be a bright flash of light come from
under the door in a minute. Wait for it!" Randy said and there
followed a great flash of light from under the door. They'll be
out in a minute," Randy said sure of himself.
"How did you know, Son?" one of the big men asked.
"He can hear their thoughts. So can I," Dashaway answered for
"Can you hear anyone's thoughts?" another asked.
"Only when I want to. I don't make it a habit. It ain't polite to
eavesdrop on other people's private thoughts. Master Billy done
taught me that. I never try to enter his mind unless I tickle him
first," Randy explained.
"What to you mean by tickle, Son?" the big Cajun man asked.
"Knock on the door to his mind. It tickles when somebody's trying
to get in touch with you. Sort of like when you set your cell
phone to vibrate when you receive a call. You can either let them
into your mind or you can block them if you're busy. Master Billy
recognizes my tickle, and if he's too busy to answer, I know he'll
get back to me when he can," Randy explained.
"You must be very close to him," one of the ladies said.
"Yes, ma'am, him and me, we's brothers," Randy said proudly.
The door to the bedroom opened and Billy and his cowboys walked
out single file with his two new slaves, Ray and Etienne bringing
up the rear. Everyone dropped their wings before leaving the room.
There were several gasps at the sight of their relative coming out
of the room. Obviously, a few of their relatives weren't told of
the miraculous appearance of Etienne. There were many hugs and
kisses exchanged along with introductions and becoming comfortable
with each other.
"How is Maw-Maw?" Amy asked Etienne.
"Much better. Master Billy could only bring her back about thirty
years. Still, she looks good for a lady in her early sixties, and
she's able to get up and around. Sissy and Rochelle are helping
clean and dress her. They should be coming out in a few minutes.
The first thing she asked me – would I play my box for her? I
promised I would if you still have it," Etienne replied.
"Of course we still have it. We would never give it away. It has a
part of your soul in it, Son. We still have your brother David's
'BeauSoleil Box' he made," she assured him.
"You have Stan Breedlove's home-brew square fiddle, Mrs.
Boudreaux?" Billy asked.
"He gave it to us when he left for the Middle East. He returned
once with his big Cajun husband on their motorcycles and stayed a
little over a week with us. We tried to get him to take it with
him, but he refused. He was so sad and disheartened to hear his
brother, Etienne, didn't come home. We told him we only know he
was listed as missing in action but presumed dead. We thought it
might help if he played a little, but we couldn't get him to play
for us. He said his heart and his love for music-making died along
with his brother. He said he wanted us to have it. We offered to
ship it to him, but unfortunately he and
his mate have fallen upon hard times, I'm afraid," she said sadly.
"I'd love to see it, if you don't mind, Mrs. Boudreaux," Billy
"Of course not. I'll get both from the back room, Mr. Daniels,"
"Billy, ma'am, just call me Billy," he said.
"I feel like I owe you the respect, sir," Amy said.
"Then treat me like a member of your family, and it will be the
greatest respect you can give me, Mrs. Boudreaux," Billy said.
"Then call me Cousin Amy," she said and grinned.
Billy smiled and nodded his agreement.
"Clyde, grab your Gibson from the back of the van. I feel a
musical moment coming on," Billy said and grinned.
"Can we get our fiddles, Master?" Poly asked.
"You didn't bring the Strads, did you?" he asked.
"No, sir, Master Billy. We done like you told us and brought our
fiddles," Cass assured him.
Billy grinned. "Good men! Sure, go with Clyde," Billy said.
While Clyde and Billy's halflings went to the van for their
instruments, Amy Boudreaux returned with Etienne's squeeze-box and
what looked like an old rectangular suitcase from the 1940's made
out of heavy cardboard. When Billy commented on it, Amy told Billy
more of the story of their Cousin Da-veed's fiddle. It actually
became a family project. It was an old suit case their granddad
used during the second world war. Stan refurbished it and made it
into a case for his baby. It was meticulously restored, and when
Billy open the case, he was stunned by the detail of the inside.
The instrument itself was stunning enough, but Stan must have
worked for weeks to create the case to lovingly store and protect
his work of art. And that's exactly what it was, a work of art.
Billy carefully took it from the case and removed the bow. Amy
explained the bow was found in a thrift shop in San Antonio by
another relative for only five bucks. They gave it to Stan for a birthday gift. There was even extra rosin
and a cowboy bandanna neatly folded to go between the neck and the
chin rest inside a small compartment in the case.
Billy tightened the horsehair, rosined up the bow, and tuned the
fiddle. It was still in decent tune. When he got it tuned to his
satisfaction, he placed it under his neck, and launched into the
opening of the Mendelssohn violin concerto. More than one mouth in
the trailer dropped open. The instrument was more than Billy might
have imagined. It truly contained a soul of its own. While it had
a clear singing upper range, a strong and powerful mid-range, it was in the lower range where its
character dwelt. It had the power and purity of a fine violin in
the upper range and the haunting but singing darker soul of a
viola in the lower range. Billy was as impressed with Coo-zone
Da-veeds fiddle as he was with the twins' Strads. After playing
several acrobatic pages of the Mendelssohn, Billy stopped. As the
family applauded his talent he shook his head. "Ain't never played
me no better instrument. This is more than I could imagine," he
said and smiled.
The family's eyes got big when they saw Clyde's Gibson guitar and
the twins got out their fiddles. After tuning them, they were
ready. Billy nodded to Etienne and he started in on an old Cajun
tune 'Bosco Stomp.' Utter chaos ensued as Clyde, Billy, and the
twins joined in. It was like they'd been playing together for
years. The Boudreaux family went crazy, yelling, and applauding
for the musicians. It was more than just music to their ears, it
was the music of their souls; it lived and breathed their heritage
and bound them together as family. If you can play Cajun music,
you must be family. When they finished the first tune there was
more yelling, applause, and stomping of boots. The door opened to
Maw-Maw Boudreaux's bedroom, and the attractive mature lady walked
into the living area assisted by her two granddaughters. A hush
fell over the family. Amy went to her mother-in-law and embraced
her. "Are you hungry Maw-Maw?" she asked.
"Yes, but I can eat later. Right now my soul is starving for more
of my grandson's music," she replied, "But first, I must thank the
young cowboy and his men who have brought about a miracle for me
and my family. He has given my life back to me for a while," she
added and walked unassisted to Billy. He sat Stan's fiddle aside
and opened his arms to her. Maw-Maw Adelaide Boudreaux embraced
Billy and gently kissed him on his cheek, "Thank you, Son, for
what you have done for our family. You are a part of us now. Age
has only one benefit. As the oldest surviving member of this
family, I declare Billy Daniels is a 'Boudreaux' and let no person
hearing my voice say different for fear of retribution from a
higher power!" she said firmly.
"Hear! Hear!" the Boudreaux family responded to their matriarch.
"Hosanna!" shouted Randy and held up his fist.
"Hosanna, in the highest!" everyone replied and raised their fists
"I'm very proud and honored to become a member of the Boudreaux
family, Maw-Maw Boudreaux," Billy said and kissed her gently on
"Play us another tune, Son," she said.
The great lady sat down at the room-dividing
bar to listen as her granddaughters and Amy went to the kitchen to
warm up some Gumbo they had left over from supper. They offered
other foods not quite so spicy, but she insisted she wanted some.
"Billy let Etienne pick the next number, and he asked if they knew
a piece called "Cajun Groove." He was surprised the twins and
Clyde knew it. Billy said for them to start and he would pick it
up. It was another up-time strong beat rip-roaring Cajun number
and Clyde and the twins performed flawlessly. The family was
really enjoying the music and the neighbors began to gather
outside to listen. The piece was also rewarded with much applause
and even the neighbors were showing their appreciation. The men
decided on one more number, then they would end their brief
musical performance. They asked their audience for a request and
Mr. Boudreaux called for 'Jolie Blond,' and the rest of the family
agreed. They started in and much to everyone's surprise Billy sang
the words in a clear baritone voice in the French-Cajun tongue:
Pretty blond, look at what you have done,
You left me to go away,
to go away with another, yes, than me,
What hope and what future am I going to have?
Pretty blond, you've left me all alone
To go back to your family.
If you had not listened to all the advice of the others
You would be here with me today.
Pretty blond, you thought there was just you,
There is not just you in the land to love me.
I can find another pretty blond,
Good God knows, I have a lot. (a subtle sex innuendo?)
The second round Clyde joined him in perfect harmony in a deep
bass voice. Their two voices blended together like warm butter in
a creamy batter. Their performance brought tears to the eyes of
even the most hardcore Cajun music lover. Etienne had the biggest
smile on his face. He was going to belong to a family who loved
music and were excellent musicians. His heart was filled with joy,
and he was home surrounded by his wonderful family. If Billy and
his cowboy-angels didn't win the hearts of the Boudreaux family,
their music certainly did. They couldn't say enough good words to
them and how impressed they were. After much applause for their
last number, they put their instruments up, and the neighbors and
extra family drifted away. The Boudreauxs invited them to sit down
for a cup of coffee and a piece of pecan pie.
"What can we do for you, Coo-zone Bill?" Odio Boudreaux asked.
"You're probably familiar with Cousin David's family and the
troubles they had with David's mother and sister's being extremely
conservative in their religious beliefs," Billy said and saw the
looks of sorrow, sympathy, and despair cross their faces for their
adopted son, Stanley David Breedlove. "Me and my cowboy-angels
restored Cousin David's granddad, Elmer Breedlove, and his
granddad's love of many years, the organist for our Methodist
church in town, Vox Humana," Billy said and they nodded their head
they knew of them. "Oatie saved the life of one of the daddy
long-legs who ran with the watchers, and he gave himself to Oatie
to become his slave. They fell in love and are getting married the
second Sunday in June at the Daniel's ranch. Since Elmer and Vox
have been rejuvenated, they decided they would get married the
same time – a double wedding ceremony.
"Otie and Cousin David's dad, Pete, divorced his wife and has come
around to accepting Oatie as he is, and we have recently included
him into our family as well. Every man deserves a chance to
change," Billy said and they agreed. "Cousin Amy mentioned earlier
Stan visited your family with his husband. We were hoping you
could help us locate Cousin David to invite them to the weddings
as a surprise for Oatie and Elmer," Billy explained.
There was a great quiet came over the family and several shook
their heads. Amy looked to her husband to speak for the family.
"Ah, sweet Coo-zone Bill," Odio began and looked Billy in the eye,
"It is true, our adopted son whom we lovingly call Coo-zone 'Veed
and his giant husband visited us about three years ago. They were
riding the biggest damn motorcycles known to man and looked like
two refugees from an outlaw biker organization. I guess our Cajun
influence was too great for Coo-zone 'Veed. He fell in love and
married the biggest damn Cajun man any of us ever seen. Not only
was he big, he was big and ugly. We don't know which was bigger,
his body or his ugly," Odio Boudreaux said and grinned.
"Good Lord, was he as ugly as Bubba?" Billy asked and grinned.
"Hey! Watch it, Bro!" Bubba yelled, "My protector's ears just went
up, his nose turned red, and he's got steam come'n out his ears.
I'll play hell git' him to sleep tonight," he hollered to Billy
and everyone laughed.
"No, No, Coo-zone Bill! Bubba looks like an angelic cherubic choir
boy compared to Cletus Thibodeaux Abernathy," Odio declared and
his family shook their heads in agreement.
"My God, just how ugly was the man?" Billy said going along with
Mr. Boudreaux's hyperbole.
"He was so ugly, our dogs would run and hide their faces under the
sofa so's they wouldn't have to look at him when he come into a
room. If they accidentally caught sight of him, we'd have to give
them tranquilizers and a shot of Cajun-light'n for a couple of
days after to make them stop shaking," Mr. Boudreaux said, slapped
his knee, and fell over laughing. Cowboys and Cajun folks share
the same love for enlarging on a story.
"Poor Coo-zone 'Veed," Billy said.
"Don't you believe it for a second, Master Billy. In Coo-zone
'Veed's eyes, Cletus Abernathy was a God among men; his knight in
shining armor. As he tells the story, and we believe him, because
of his growing up with such hatred and trauma in his other home,
he never let himself even consider a partner of the same sex.
Hell, he loved our boy Etienne to the point of hero worship and
wanted to be just like him in every way. They spent night after
night in the same bed but never touched each other. A father would
know if it happened, but to confirm it, I asked my boy. He would
never lie to me. He knows there ain't no need for lies between
us," Odio smiled at Etienne.
Etienne spoke up, "I told my daddy, h'it t'weren't because I
didn't want to. Us Cajuns don't cotton to them life choking
beliefs of conservative Christians. We's mostly Catholics, but we got us a trap door for such nonsense. We
go to confession heard by a celibate priest who wears dresses
what's probably a lover of young boys to forgive us our sins, say
ten 'Hail Marys,' read them beads, genuflect, kiss them tiny feet
of Jesus, wash our hands in holy water, and promise never to do it
again – until the next time," Etienne said and laughed. Everyone
laughed with him. "The truth was, I was as much in love with 'Veed
as he was with me. We just never consummated a physical
relationship," Etienne said boldly before his family. No one
blinked. They knew. They didn't care.
Mr. Boudreaux began again. "They were so happy together they were
a joy to be around and Cletus had to be one of the best Cajun
squeeze-box players we ever done heard. That's why we wanted
Coo-zone 'Veed to play his fiddle with him, but he refused. That
part of his life died when he learned we thought Etienne was lost
to us. Nevertheless, there are lots of other fine fiddle and
guitar players among our family ranks and those of our close
friends and neighbors. Coo-zone 'Veed was obviously proud of his
husband and urged him to play. Cletus could play so well he would
bring tears to the angels' eyes. He brung more'n a few tears to me
and my family's eyes. But chu' know what? The more he played and
grinned, the better looking he got. Every member of my family will
tell you the same!" Mr. Boudreaux exclaimed. "He never became no
raving beauty, mind you, but we could see the inner beauty his
husband saw in him what made Coo-zone 'Veed fall in love with
him," Odio said.
"Amen to that, Son!" Maw-Maw spoke up for the first time.
"Does that rate a 'hosanna'?" Randy asked.
"We'll let that one slide. Okay, little brother?" Billy asked and
laughed. Everyone laughed at them.
"Just check'n," Randy said.
"And you's doing a fine job, little Brother, keep'n your big
brother in line," Billy said and gave him a shoulder hug. Al
Howler was more sure than ever he was going to adopt Randy.
"We did so enjoy their visit. They stayed with us for almost two
weeks, and we loved every minute they shared with us. We took them
to two Saturday night Jamboree's at our gathering site outside of
town, and by the second Saturday, word got around about the
phenomenal squeeze-box player visiting with the Boudreaux family.
The next Saturday evening there was standing room only, and the
concrete slab was full to capacity with dancers. It was one of the
most memorable evenings anyone could remember, and the
music-making was the jewel in the crown. Cletus Thibodeaux
Abernathy's name is spoken in revered tones when he's discussed.
Unfortunately, it was a gray and cloudy day when they departed. It
was like a bad omen and everyone felt it.
The air was heavy with moisture from the tears of angels crying –
pressing so close it was hard to breathe. On the way back to their
home in Northern Oregon, they had a terrible accident and Cletus
was badly injured. Since that time, Coo-zone 'Veed has worked to
support them, but with the cut backs in public health care, they
have done little for Coo-zone Cleet. Even the VA refused to help
him because his injuries were not active duty related. The new
government has cut many programs for the
poor and middle class. If you're poor, if you get sick, you die.
That's all there is to it. The last letter we received from
Coo-zone 'Veed, he told us he didn't know how much longer 'Cleet
could last. David's doing his best, but it don't sound good," Mr.
"We could help them, Coo-zone Odio. Do you have any information to
help us contact them?" Billy asked.
"I don't know. We have the information but Coo-zone 'Veed made us
swear we would never give his information to his family. He didn't
want any information getting back to his mother. He spoke kindly
of his older brother, but was hurt his granddad never seemed to
care as much for him as he did Oatie and left him to his own
devices when it came to his family. He had to face his mother and
sisters alone. That's why he spent so much time with us. We were
his only escape from them. We were his oasis in a dry, barren
landscape," Mr. Boudreaux said.
"But Dad, Master Billy ain't part of 'Veed's blood family. I ain't
saying Master Billy ain't a part of the great bull of the hill
country and his brother Oatie's family. He has accepted them into
his greater family like he has with us. You wouldn't be betraying
your promise to 'Veed by giving his information to a third party.
If Master Billy contacts him and 'Veed don't want nothing to do
with him or his old family, that's different. Think about me.
'Veed has the right to know I didn't die, I been returned to my
family, and now I'm part of Master Billy's family. If you let me
have the information, you wouldn't be betraying him because I'm
part of your family. I could contact him on behalf of Master
Billy," Etienne reasoned with his father.
"What do you think, Wife? You, Maw-Maw?"
Mr. Boudreaux asked his wife and mother.
"I will defer to Maw-Maw, Husband," Amy Boudreaux said quietly.
"Give the information to Etienne. It will be all right, Son. The
angels are smiling. There will be a great healing of torn bodies
and tortured souls coming together, and I see our big Cajun
brother, Coo-zone Cleet, leading the way. Coo-zone Bill will put
them men together again. They will, once again share their home on
the open road, they will find a new heaven living next door to an
old hell, and they will come to dwell therein. Master Billy's
family is larger than you can imagine, Son. Our family must become
a part of his and him. He is the new Messiah," she declared.
"Now Cowboy!" Billy pointed to Randy with his thumbs and
forefingers like a two-gun sheriff.
"Hosanna!" he shouted.
"Hosanna, in the highest!" everyone in the trailer replied.
End of Chapter 49 ~ Him Who Made The Seven Stars
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