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The Next Step…
Chapter 21 - Hope’s Second Christmas
Written by Deanne Bertram
Mark woke early Christmas morning. He wrote a note before he
left the house. He saddled Blue Boy and headed to the road to
Oat Jackford’s place. Mark met Sam Montgomery on the road and
asked Sam to tell Mr. Jackford he’d be by later to properly
thank him as he took the reins to the black and white paint mare
that he had hidden out at the Jackford’s ranch. Mark rode for
North Fork. He stopped at the livery, where Nils met him. They
walked to the back room and pried the lid off a crate. Mark
pulled at the saddle, pad, and cinch, and carried them to the
mare. He saddled the horse, then pulled a red bow out from his
saddle bag and placed it around the saddle horn.
Mark then mounted Blue Boy and led the mare to Miss Hattie’s. He
walked the path to the door and knocked. Miss Hattie greeted
him, wishing him a Merry Christmas, he removed his hat as he
entered and waited. Mark watched as Hope came down the steps, he
smiled to himself and wished her a Merry Christmas. He held her
jacket for her to slip into. They ran down the walk to the
horses, Mark yelling “I’ll have her back before sundown!”
As Hope walked around Blue Boy, she saw the new horse and then
spied the red bow on the saddle. She squealed and Mark hugged
her and said, “Merry Christmas Hope. She’s yours.” Tears were in
Hattie’s eyes as she watched from the porch. Before they rode,
Mark made sure the stirrups were properly adjusted. They waved
as they headed back to the McCain Ranch.
“Mark, does she have a name?” Hope asked.
“They called her Two-Bits,” he answered.
“I love her Mark. Thank you so much.”
The Next Step — New Year’s Eve
This is a story based on the TV
series The Rifleman
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