Romany Roundup - part 2 —
Kolyan held up a golden box. “This is my tribe’s
jewel box. It is covered with precious and rare
stones. It even plays a gypsy tune.” Kolyan opened
the box up and let it play. “It’s worth much more
than three hundred dollars.”
sheriff was un-sympathetic, however. He told Kolyan
that this wasn’t a pawn shop. He wanted cash. Kolyan
walked up to the cell and looked quietly at Jason.
Jason thanked him, but told him he couldn’t fight
with the law, especially when Shields changed it
every day. “You can’t stay in here. I know how it
feels. I’ve been stuck in here many times, and for
less reason than you.”
Jason told him he couldn’t raise that much money. He
didn’t know when he could pay it back anyhow. Kolyan
thought for a moment, then he smiled. “I’ll find the
“You have Shields after you Kolyan…you’ll be in here
with me!” Jason warned. Kolyan didn’t agree. Shields
needed him to break his horses.
So Kolyan went to see Robin, Shields’ daughter. She
gave him the money and told him to get Jason out of
jail. Kolyan gave her the jewel box. Robin said she
couldn’t take it, but he assured her that was the
only way he could take her money. The debt was his
to pay. She thanked him with a kiss and told him to
go. He started to leave, but suddenly rushed back
into her arms where they embraced again. After one
more kiss, he obeyed her and left.
So, Kolyan paid the bell and freed Jason. They rode
back into camp, causing much excitement among the
gypsies. “He’s free!” Kolyan declared. “And he’s
gonna stay free like a bird! So tonight, we
celebrate!” They were going to bring out the best
Even Lisa was happy. She walked up to Jason and
touched my arm. “Welcome, gaucho. Welcome home.”
Jason teased her that she had touched him…right in
front of everybody! Then he hugged her.
was very upset. He wanted to know why the sheriff
had let Jason out of jail. “You must be tired of
your job, Marsh.” The sheriff announced “the gypsy”
had come up with his bail. “Where would he get that
kind of money?”
The sheriff was pretty scared to talk “Well, I had
“Spit it out!” Shields demanded.
“I talked to one of your hands. He saw that gypsy
high-tail it out of here just before he brought me
Shields slowly walked up to the Sheriff. “Are you
saying that gypsy got that money from my daughter?”
No answer. Louder this time, Shields asked, “Are you
saying my daughter gave three hundred of MY dollars
to that gypsy trash???” The sheriff was too afraid
to even look at Shields. “Get out of here!” Jud
Foley was sitting in the room. Shields muttered,
“Every time I pull them apart, that McCord brings
them together again!” He ordered Foley to take the
men and ride out to the gypsy camp and tell them he
wanted the horses in the morning. “Tell them
anything! But make sure McCord is there! And make
sure you get him mad enough to fight!” Foley assured
Shields they’d take all the fight out of Jason that
Well, they were having quite a party at the gypsy
camp. One of the women was dancing around. Jason was
really enjoying it. At one point, he began enjoying
it a little too much when the dancer started to get
a bit personal with him. Lisa jumped up and put her
in her place really fast! Lisa started dancing. She
put her scar around Jason’s neck and sat down on his
lap. Her brother laughed and told Jason he was a
true gypsy now.
Back at the Shields ranch, Robin was sitting in a
chair listening to the gypsy music from the jewel
box. Her father came over and accused her of giving
“that gypsy” three hundred dollars in exchange for
that box. “What else happened between you?” Robin
turned and looked at her father, then stood and
walked away from him.
Jason and Lisa were getting pretty cozy. They were
talking softly to each other in the moonlight. Jason
held her face with his hand and they stared
longingly into each other’s eyes.
At the ranch, Shields tried to apologize to his
daughter for being short-tempered. He could hear the
music playing from behind her closed door. When she
didn’t answer, he opened her door. The music box was
open on the bed, but she was gone. He hurried to her
open window and looked out. She was nowhere in
sight. “The gypsies…” he realized then. Suddenly,
another realization hit him. “Foley!” I dropped the
box and hurried from the room.
Kolyan was playing the violin as Robin watched from
the shadows. Everyone was enjoying the music,
Kolyan stopped when he realized Shields’ men were
there. He turned and looked at them. “Don’t stop…We
don’t want to spoil your fun,” Foley said as he came
forward. “Just thought we’d stop and check if those
horses were going to be ready for delivery n the
morning.” Kolyan told him they would be ready. Foley
came further into the camp. He commented on the
music, then pointed to Lisa and commented that she
was good at dancing.
Foley grabbed Lisa by her wrist while Jason watched.
That’s all it took. Jason started punching him. A
fight suddenly broke out. They really tore up the
place, knocking down the tents, putting out fires,
breaking tables…When Shields’ men realized they were
being licked, they wanted to get out of there. Jason
punched Foley out though. Everyone else rode away.
Jason and Kolyan felt pretty proud of themselves.
Kolyan put his knife in the fire and started heating
it up while Lisa watched. Foley was coming to now.
Foley asked him what the knife was for. “I’m going
to put an end to the roving of your luscious eye.”
That made Foley scared, and Jason and Robin weren’t
too pleased to hear his announcement either.
Kolyan walked toward Foley with the red-hot knife.
“I ask myself over and over again…what makes people
like you hate us. You say because we are different.”
He was now bent down in front of Foley. How are we
different? From you?” Kolyan grabbed Foley’s hair
and started shaking his head angrily. “Thank God we
are different from you!”
Robin rushed forward and grabbed Kolyan’s arm. “What
are you doing? You’re an animal!” she cried. She
begged him not to do it. Kolyan softly explained to
her that it was a gypsy law. He was doing it for his
“We have bigger laws to handle things like this,
Kolyan,” Jason stated.
Kolyan turned and glared at him. “Which law,
Almighty Shields’ law? You saw his law.”
Shields rushed in then and hurried to his daughter
side. He helped her to her feet, making sure she was
okay. “Jud started the trouble. He attacked Kolyan’s
sister,” Robin told her father.
“You attacked a woman,” Shields accused. “I sent you
here on man’s work. I ought to leave you here with
these animals!” Foley declared he hadn’t done a
thing. Jason drew on him, he said.
“Let him up,” Shields suggested softly.
Kolyan didn’t budge.
let him up,” Jason said firmly. Kolyan told Foley
he’d let him go for his friend.
Shields told Kolyan to deliver the horses first
thing in the morning.
The next morning, Kolyan was given the money.
Shields assured him it was all there as Kolyan
stuffed it in his pocket. Shields reminded Kolyan
that he and his “bunch” have no business around
there. He expected them to move out immediately.
“Oh, it’s good to expect something like this,”
Kolyan declared. “Keeps a man young at heart and
full of hope!”
“You’ve been warned.”
“Always. Many times, wherever we go! It’s ‘hello
gypsy…welcome gypsy…work for me like a dog gypsy…are
you finished, gypsy…get out gypsy’”
Shields was not amused by his sarcasm. “I’ll still
tack your high and mighty pelt to the wall,” he
Kolyan felt victorious as he jumped on his horse and
rode out of town.
That night, Jason told Lisa he was worried about
Kolyan. It was getting late. He should have been
back hours ago. She suddenly jumped to conclusions.
She glared at him as she put her hands on her hips.
“Ah…I know what you think, gaucho! You think Kolyan
has run off, huh?”
“Well, we think Shields as harmed him,” Lisa
answered. “And if he ain’t back by morning, we’ll go
to Shields’ ranch and take BACK the horses!”
Jason went to question Shields. “I’m sick of the
gypsies, and I’m sick of you, McCord!” Shields
declared as Robin came down the stairs. “I gave
Kolyan that money and he took off. If he’s not back
by now, he ran out!” Jason said that was ridiculous.
He wouldn’t leave his tribe. “Your friend’s a gypsy,
McCord. He’d run out on his own mother!”
“Shields, you know you have an Empire, but you
haven’t got any title,” Jason shot back. “Kolyan is
a king. He cares about his people.”
“He’s a king of pigs! You’ll find him wallowing
about a thousand miles from here like a pig. A pig
with all that money.” Shields and Foley turned to
But Jason wasn’t done yet. “For your sake, Shields,
I hope we don’t find him
around here dead.”
Robin hurried down to Jason, wondering if Kolyan
could really leave his people. Jason stared at her.
“Are you beginning to believe your father?”
“Where is he? He promised to meet me before they
left. I waited and waited…” Jason stopped her and
questioned her on what she had just said. He asked
her where they were supposed to meet. “Well, at the
Oak Grove…after he got the money from my father.”
Jason said that was the opposite direction of the
gypsy camp. Jason hurried from the house.
Lisa was angry and was speaking to the other gypsies
at the camp. “Your king..my brother…has been harmed
by Shields and his men! Our money has been stolen!
We have delivered the horses, but that we can fix!
We ask for only what is ours! Kolyan would say
‘RIDE! RIDE for the horses!” The men cheered. They
took off towards Shields’ house.
Meanwhile, Jason was investigating Kolyan’s
disappearance. He found Kolyan. He was sitting under
a tree very drunk. Jason demanded to know what had
happened. Kolyan laughed and told him something
about his horse running away. “Do you know we’ve
been looking all over for you? Robin finally told me
she was supposed to meet you out here in the Oak
Grove.” Kolyan laughed, stating someone had missed
“You were missed alright,” Jason declared. “So much
they may be killing each other right now.”
The next morning, Shields and his men were ready for
the gypsies who were just about to storm his ranch.
He had his fun cocked and ready for action. Shields
men lined up in front of the Lisa and her men.
“Don’t come any closer or we shoot,” he warned. Lisa
told him they came for the horses. Shields assured
her he didn’t still anything. Her brother ran out on
them. “Now get off this ranch and out of the
Lisa turned and spoke something to her men. Then the
turned their horses around. They turned, and at her
commanded started charging.
Suddenly, shots were heard. Everyone froze as Jason
hurried up with Kolyan behind him on the saddle.
Lisa told the men to lower her brother to the
ground. She was afraid Shields’ men had done it to
him. Kolyan assured her they hadn’t. Robin kneeled
in front of him, wanting assurance he was alright.
He told her he’d be able to break many more horses.
“And I’ll cook for you and tend to your wagon and…”
He hushed her. “Now you’re telling a fable. Fables
are for dreaming, not for living.” He told her that
he didn’t belong with her. They were too different.
Maybe she knew all along it was just a fable. “A
wish…Wishes do come true sometimes.”
Her father stepped forward and gently pulled her to
her feet. “Wishes come true when men stop dreaming
and work for them,” he said gently.
“Well, they have a better chance
coming true when men stop hating each other for no
reason.” Jason smiled at the group. “You know, Mr.
Shields, people may look different, act different,
talk different, but if you look inside them deep
enough, you’ll see yourself.”
Shields thought on that for a moment. “McCord, how
would you like to forge about your surveying and
take over as the foreman of Chimney view? Jud
Foley’s out.” Jason was a bit taken aback. Then
Shields added: “You can take over my empire…you and
“Mr. Shields, she’ll pick the right man one day, but
let her do it!”
Shields looked at his daughter, then back at Jason.
“McCord…it’s a shame we didn’t meet a long time ago.
We might have both skirted a couple of mistakes.”
Shields and Robin walked away. Jason bent down in
front of Kolyan. He took Jason’s hand. “Friendship
for always.” Jason said it back to him.
He had to say goodbye to Lisa as well. She gave him
the scarf and tied it around his neck. They kissed,
then Jason mounted his horse. She asked Jason to cut
the cards. Jason told her they already knew their
future, but she wanted him to cut anyhow. Jason cut
the cards, and then rode away. The card, Jason never
knew about..it was the queen of hearts.
*Thanks to Michelle Palmer for writing this episode!
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