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JenEllen Fiction: Shenandoah and Beaver! (106* d) RE: Fiction: Shenandoah and Beaver! 12 Mar 06

Jack had found that throughout the course of his life the most sage advice had always come from midwives and whores. The advice he'd gotten today was no different. He'd arrived upstairs to find Katherine a willing witness to 'what he was made of', and although there was nothing earth-shattering about their various couplings throughout the afternoon, they finally rested with the tired and sweaty glow of two people who knew that their lucky stars had lined up perfectly for a day.

Katherine was sitting with her back against the wall and the sheet pulled up modestly around her when Jack brought her a glass of water. They both raised their glasses "To Dixie", and drank--Jack gulping his and Katherine sipping daintily as she watched Jack sprawl at the foot of the bed.   He was almost asleep when Katherine nudged him in the chest with her foot. "Jack, what did you find in Emmet's notes?" she asked.

"What makes you think I found anything?" Jack asked sleepily.

"Just a hunch, I guess. I thought you might have because you wrapped them up and hid them last night. If there was nothing in them, I don't think I'd have done thatÖ" she trailed off.

Jack opened one eye and looked at her. He sized her up in an instant and knew he had to tell her. "Where are they?" he asked.

"Saddle bag under the table," she replied. She couldn't help but admire his form when he walked across the room, but on his return she was all business. He unwrapped the bundle and fished out the map that caught his attention the night before.

"This one here," he motioned. "What does it say?"

"No water," read Katherine.

"What happens if you are here and don't have any water?"

"You go west," said Katherine, and when Jack picked up several of the other drawings and showed them to her in succession, she knew what Emmet had been trying to hide with Ben Huntington. "Oh no," sighed Katherine, "We really need to find Bonneville."

"No," said Jack, showing her a final piece of paper in the bundle. "I think we need to find Leavenworth."

Bill was returning from the Jefferson Barracks and climbing the stairs of the hotel just as Jack was leaving Katherine's room. Jack had his boots and coat over his outstretched arm and was stealthily trying to reach his own room without being seen. Bill had seen Jack in this position many times before, sneaking into the barracks after hours with his shirt untucked and his hair tousledówith another story of conquest for the troopsóbut it never had this effect on him before. He could hardly catch his breath. All he managed to do was to lay his hand on Jack's shoulder. When Jack turned around he saw Bill's face, haggard as the grave, and heard the words: "Dinner. Tonight. We're taking her further." Jack nodded, eyes wide, and watched as Bill went back downstairs.

Bill secured a table in the dining room, and a bottle of whiskey to wait with. He wanted to erase the day from his mind, the voice he heard in his head that sounded so very like Colonel Atkinson. "I will not have the good name of one of my officers sullied for such a rash act. Do what you have to, but stop her.", and the sight of Jack leaving her room.

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