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JenEllen Fiction: Shenandoah and Beaver! (106* d) RE: Fiction: Shenandoah and Beaver! 07 Mar 06

Katherine left the Colonel's office on shaking legs. When they finally reached the grass in front of the building, Jack turned her towards himself and held her tightly. He tried to steady her and the only noises came from a few scattered birds and her rasping breath. As they stood ever so still, Jack could then hear a small group of soldiers approaching from the other side of the building. They joked among themselves about the sad group of soldiers and muleskinners who left with Bonneville on his latest expedition, and the murmuring they heard in the line about some Injun named Black Hawk who they thought might be trouble.

Katherine only heard the part about Bonneville, and clawed her way from Jack's arms to find the soldiers. She begged them to tell her more, and as she asked them questions, she told them about Emmet. One of the infantrymen thought he remembered him, but couldn't be certain as it had been some time. He did remember accompanying one of the barracks' surveyors on a trip to the lawyers in town. Maybe they could help her?

Katherine looked as if she could kiss the soldier's feet, and she gushed her thanks as the young man blushed his acceptance. When she turned back to Jack, she appeared almost reborn. At the very least her state was a far cry from the one that Bill was in as he walked down the steps to rejoin them. His jaw was set like it always was when he was thinking, and Jack took it as a sign that he was figuring out some way to make the Colonel change his mind. As they reclaimed their horses and headed back towards their hotel, Jack made numerous attempts to catch his friend's eye, but Bill was staring straight between his horse's ears and couldn't be distracted.

When they got back to the hotel, Katherine rushed in to the lobby to find out more about the lawyer that her young soldier spoke of. Jack stealthily watched Bill. Every time he started to talk, Bill made a move to cut him off. Finally when he shrugged off something about being tired and needing a rest, Jack watched him climb the stairs to their rooms. Something wasn't right.

Bill stretched out across his rented bed and gave in to thoughts of the morning. Even hung over, Katherine was the fairest woman he'd ever met. He found himself momentarily jealous of this Emmet, and wondered if anyone would miss him if he didn't write home one day. Certainly no one like Katherine, that was for sure. He wanted desperately to chuck it all in and tell her everything, but a soldier has his duty. His notice from the General still rested in his shirt pocket, and as he lay there he could almost feel the ink from that letter mixing with the words of Colonel Atkinson today-- slowly sinking through the fabric of his shirt and poisoning his heart. She can't know, she can't find out.

At the very moment when Bill was at his lowest, Katherine was receiving news that buoyed her heart. That there was a lawyer in town, a Benjamin Huntington, and that folks might very well have seen him having the occasional meal with her brother. It'd been some time, so memories were hazy, but Katherine was happy to have any news at all. She immediately left the desk and threw herself into Jack's happily surprised arms. When she planted a fierce and joyous kiss on his lips he pretty much resigned himself to following her to whatever laywer, in whatever town, in whatever country on this god forsaken earth she felt like going to.

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