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Written by Vanessa Rose aka
Carlyle brushed Susan's blond hair gently. The poor girl had
gone through so much in her young life. Kitty and Jack had
wanted children for a long time but they weren't able but
now they had three wonderful children.
"I want you to meet Kylie. She's your age, Susie." Kitty
said. "Her parents are visiting Royal Springs for a while
because they live between North Fork and Royal Springs."
"You mean her parents own the James Ranch?"
"Yes," Kitty smiled as she put Susan's hair into braids.
There was a soft knock on the door.
"Can I come in now?" Susan's youngest sibling, Lynn asked.
Kitty looked and saw a younger version of Susan in the
"Of course sweetheart." The young married woman said as she
patted the bed that they were sitting on. Lynn was four
years old while Sammy the middle child was seven. Lynn
walked over to them reaching out her arms for Kitty. Kitty
smiled and picked the toddler up from the ground.
"When do we have to go, Mama?" Susan asked. Kitty's heart
lifted when she heard Susie say her name.
They had talked about what to call her and Susan decided to
call her 'Mama' but their original mother would be called
"In about twenty minutes or so, Susan."
"Where are you going, Mama?" Lynn asked.
"Susan is going to make a friend or at least I hope she
does." Kitty patted her head gently. "You and Sammy will
stay with Jack, all right?" Lynn nodded. Susan got off the
bed and walked out of her and Lynn's bedroom that they
"I'll be right back." Susan said. "I want to go outside for
a while, its stuffy in here." They lived above the General
Store that Kitty owned.
Susan grinned as she stepped outside the General Store.
"Hey Susan!" Andrew Roals, who was thirteen years old
greeted as he ran up to her.
"Hi!" Susan said. "I'm waiting for Kylie James."
"Really? She's also a friend of mine too!"
"That's interesting." Susan said shyly. "Is she nice?"
"Yeah, she's really nice... for a girl." Susan laughed.
"Then you are a nice boy... for a boy of course. At least
you don't tug on my braids." Susan said yawning.
"Tired?" Andrew asked. Susan nodded. "Do you mind if I ask
you a question, Susan?" Susan shook her head.
"What do you want to ask?"
"Um... Did the Rifleman really save you, your brother and
sister?" Susan stiffened but tried to relax.
"Yes, he did! It was really brave of him to do so. I think I
better go inside." She turned away till Kitty walked out of
"Susie! Look its Kylie!" A girl with dark hair stepped out
of a buggy.
"Oh! Hello Mrs. Kitty!" The girl greeted smiling. "Hi, I'm
"I'm Susan." Susan said shyly smiling back at her.
Kylie and Susan started to talk like they were best of
friends when two rugged men on horses rode into town.
"Kylie, Susan, Andrew, get inside." Mrs. Kitty ordered
noticing the men.
"What's wrong, Mrs. Kitty?" Kylie wanted to know.
"Yeah what's wrong?" Andrew asked. Kitty shook her head.
"Just do what I say." The children walked into the General
Carter grinned at Benji, his business partner.
"I wonder if Kitty still lives here in Royal Springs."
Carter asked himself.
:WellHe walked inside the General Store when he immediately
noticed that Kitty was behind the counter.
"Kitty!" He greeted. She looked up, all blood draining from
"Carter?" She whispered. "What are you doing here?"
"Coming back for you, of course."
"I know, isn't it crazy? I finally got my fortune and
everything for you."
"Kitty? Who is this?" Another man said stepping beside
"I'm Carter, Miss Kitt---"
"You mean Mrs. Carlyle." The man snapped.
"What?" Carter looked between Kitty and the man.
"I'm sorry Carter. I thought you had died and I..."
"You MARRIED another man?" Carter asked blinking with shock.
"Not just another man, Carter. Your brother." The man said.
Carter gasped and realized that this was his brother, Jack.
"Jack." Carter fumed. "You always wanted to take Kitty for
yourself didn't you?" His hands turned into fists. "That's
why you told me that I should go take care of Ma! You wanted
MY fiancé the whole time!!" Kitty stepped towards the two
"I'm really sorry Carter. I am. Believe me; if I had known
that you were alive I would have married you." Kitty said
trying to assure Carter but he didn't listen.
"YOU LIED!" Carter yelled to his older brother. "I trusted
Kitty trembled. "Please, there are children in here." Carter
snapped his head towards Susan, Lynn, Kylie, Sammy and
Andrew who stood in the General Store with wide eyes.
"So... This is the children you've had while I was gone for
only two years...." Carter snarled.
"No! We adopted Susan, Lynn and Sammy, Carter. I can't have
children and we decided to adopt them." Kitty explained
quickly. Carter swung at his brother. Kitty let out a scream
as Jack stumbled back into a shelf.
"Stop it! Stop!" She screamed but the two brawling brothers
wouldn't listen. "Andrew! Get Marshall Dylan!" Andrew ran
out the store to get help. Kitty noticed that Carter had a
gun holster on his hip and she grabbed it. She cocked the
gun. The click made everyone freeze.
"Will you just stop fighting?" Kitty begged as tears
streamed down her pale cheeks. Carter and Jack looked at
her. "Please." They looked both at each other then hung
"I'm sorry." Jack said first. "I was in love with Kitty when
I realized that you were marrying and... I was selfish, and
cruel to do that to you. I'm sorry I involved you with that
gun fight two years ago."
"I'm sorry too." Carter said softly. The Marshall ran inside
with his gun out of its holster.
"Is everything okay now?" Dylan asked.
"Yes, it is." Carter replied. The Marshall left the building
as the two brothers hugged each other. "But you know, it
will take time to regain the trust." Jack nodded.
"I understand, brother.” Carter smiled and they embraced
Kitty watched two girls play with each other while Jack,
Carter, Sammy and Andrew fished at the nearby stream. She
sat on the blanket with Lynn in her lap underneath the
"You were saved by Mr. McCain? Will you tell me the story?"
Kylie asked eagerly. Susan nodded and began her tale.
Kitty was having a wonderful time with her family... but
would the old wounds heal and families rebind? She sighed in
happiness things were going to be all right…for now.
“Hey Mama! Look, it’s a snail!” Susan exclaimed. Kitty
grinned at Lynn who took off running towards them.
“I’m coming, Susan!”
....but the story will continue.....
Kendrick Gang's First Appearance
A Continuing Saga ―
Royal Springs is a spinoff of The Rifleman after "The Shack"
This is a story based on the TV
series The Rifleman
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