The Uncertain Future Ch. 14The rest of that week passed quickly as Buzz was put to very hard manual labor. He rose with the rest of the cowhands before down, and didn't stop for more than a brief rest until sundown, when they ate dinner, and went to bed. Then they rose a few hours later, and did it all over again.
Buzz's apparently immense strength made him indispensable when it came to moving lumber around the frame for the new barn.
There was alot of work to be done, and not alot of time to be doing it. The date of the barn-raising was coming up fast, and all of the cowherds were looking forward to taking their young fillies for a spin on the dance floor.
Even Buzz found himself thinking about a girl with long red hair and cowhide chaps.
"Hey, Buzz!" Prosciutto's jerked Buzz out of his reverie, and he looked up from the nail that he was hammering into a stud.
"Sir?" Prosciutto motioned for Buzz to put his hammer down and come over to the porch. It was the around midday, the day before the barn-raising, and Buz
The Uncertain Future Ch. 13"Why not?" Buzz asked her.
Jessie swung her feet in her stirrups, and looked down at her hands holding on to the reins. "Well... you just recovered, and... I don't think that you should push yourself too hard."
Buzz smiled slightly. "I'll be fine Jessie."
She got off her horse, and took a step towards Buzz. "But, you-" She fell silent when Buzz put his hands on her shoulders.
"I appreciate your concern." He said softly. "But, you shouldn't worry too much about someone that you barely know." He kissed her forehead, and pulled back away. Their eyes met, and they froze as they each realized what had just transpired between them. "Um... I, uh..."
"Yeah..." They pulled apart, and Jessie tipped her hat forward to cover her eyes, and looked down at her boots. She scuffed her feet in the dirt, and remounted Bullseye.
"She said yes!" Buzz turned to see Proscuitto coming towards him. The tea was gone, replaced by a green bandanna and an old cowboy hat. These he handed to Buzz, and took the reins
The Polar Express - Revisited"I'm, uh, real sorry about the bell." Billy said to me as he stopped to say goodbye. We had, unfortunately, reached the end of our enchanted train ride, and the magic was soon to be over. We clasped hands briefly, then let go. The girl next to me gave him a hug.
"Merry Christmas, Billy." She whispered.
Billy got off the train and spoke to the conductor for a moment before running to his house. It was decorated, complete with a tree in the living room. Before, the house had been dark, and somewhat foreboding. The conductor got back on, and the train began to move again. Billy came running out of the house with the large present that we had last seen in Santa's bag.
"Santa's been to Billy's house already!" The girl exclaimed. I smiled, and watched Billy, his house, and his present disappear from view.
I looked down at my hands. It broke my heart to lose the bell.
Soon, however, we arrived at my home. I sadly left the other children, and the girl followed me out onto the platform. She gav
The Uncertain Future Ch. 12Jessie turned in her saddle to see Proscuitto coming out of the main house. He had a glass of iced ted in one hand, and a bandanna in the other.
He was a large man, but like a kind benefactor would be. He had thick brown hair that was shaggy around the ears, and flowed into his sideburns and beard. He had a broad nose, and an even broader smile. He wore a pair of sand-stained blue jeans, a white shirt, and a dark brown jacket. his skin was tanned from years spent out-of-doors, and his lips were cracked with sunburn. He wore a dark brown cowboy hat that was faded on the top with sun.
"Proscuitto." Jessie nodded.
"I heard about you and Rex." He said. "Awful sorry about that." His eyes fell on Buzz.
"It's all water under the bridge now." Jessie replied, following his gaze. "This is Buzz Lightyear. He's an old family friend."
"Is he now?" Proscuitto looked him over curiously. "He's never come 'round here before."
"Couldn't afford it." Buzz threw in. "Jessie and W