The Writer's Corner
The Kendrick Gang's
Written by Vanessa Rose aka
Springs is a fictional town. This would be during the season
two of ‘the Rifleman'.
"NO! Don't you dare come closer?!" Susan shouted. Kitty ran
inside the girls' bedroom in her nightgown. Lynn was trying
to shake her awake.
"Get out of the way, Lynn." Kitty whispered. Lynn scrambled
off the bed and ran out the door. "Susan!" She grasped
Susan's shoulders and shook her.
"Susan! Wake up! It’s just a dream!" Susan thrashed for a
moment then stilled. Kitty let out a sigh of relief. She
watched Susan finally sleep peacefully.
"Good night, Susan." She whispered as she walked out leading
Lynn into her own room.
The Next Day
Susan inwardly groaned as she was handed the lunch pail that
was for her and Sammy. She hoped there would be something
good to eat in there unlike yesterday.
Lynn was too young for school; Mama had decided to keep her
at home until she could finally learn to read before she
started to go to school.
"See you this afternoon, Susan." Mama said giving her a kiss
on her forehead.
"Bye, Mama." Susan called as she and Sammy walked outside of
the General Store and onto the street to the schoolhouse.
"I like school!" Sammy said. Susan smiled at him. He had
always liked school until Moe had forced them not to go...
Susan knew that she shouldn't be thinking of what had
happened with Moe and Mother... but it was so.. Awful, she
just couldn't keep the memories away. 'Jesus, help me,
please. I really need you.' She prayed silently. Warmth
flooded her body and she felt happy again.
"Be careful!" Susan said as Sammy ran inside the
schoolhouse. She liked the teacher, Grace Manwell; she was
kind but very smart. She really didn't want to step inside
the schoolhouse yet... She wanted to be by herself... Ever
since what happened Lynn had stuck to like glue but finally
Susan would have time for her.
"Hey its orphan girl!" Beatrice, the school's bully taunted.
Susan ignored the three girls as they stared at her. "Did
the Rifleman really save you or was it all a lie?" Susan
stiffened and kept walking when Beatrice's friend, Faye
stuck out her foot.
Susan found herself sprawled on the ground, her lunch pail
open with food on the ground. She glared at the three girls
when a hand appeared in her face. It was a boy's hand,
"You okay, Susie?" Andrew asked as Susan accepted his offer.
She brushed her dress from the grass clippings.
"Yes, thank you. We should go inside." Faye and Beatrice
stared after them because all the girls liked Andrew. He was
kind, thoughtful and really cute. Once inside, Andrew and
Susan laughed together.
Later that day....
Larry and Keith Kendrick were sitting in the Royal Springs
saloon, not drinking anything, normally they would but they
had better plans instead of getting drunk and thrown out of
town. The local man walked inside the saloon and the two
brothers nodded at him. The man slid onto a bar seat.
"Well, Carter?" Keith asked. Carter Carlyle grinned at him.
"My family will welcome you." Carter responded.
"But we're part of a gang." Larry said dumbly and a little
loudly. Keith socked him the arm. "Ouch! What did you do
that for?" Keith shook his head.
"Stupid, just plain stupid." Carter said.
"You callin' me stupid?" Larry asked his voice raising.
"Yeah, in fact, I think that you're so stupid that you can't
even spell economy!" Carter replied putting his hand on his
gun. Over Larry's shoulder, Keith nodded at Carter.
"Uh. Economy? Why, I didn't go to fourth grade, Carter! How
many grades did you go through?" Carter stifled a laugh and
tried to make his voice sound very serious.
"All the way through high school, Larry." Larry's eyes
"Hey, you're just tryin' to get me into a fight, that's
all!" The young Kendrick brother exclaimed. Keith rolled his
eyes and mouthed the word 'stupid' to Carter.
"Hey Carter," Carter's older brother, Jack greeted stepping
inside the saloon. Carter stiffened at the sound of Jack's
"Hi." Carter said turning around.
"Who are your friends?" Jack asked. Carter blinked. Friends?
They weren't friends at all. They were outlaws--he was just
a normal cowboy... but he kept a secret that only he knew
except for his superiors knew.
"Right. This is Dale," Carter motioned to Larry. "And this
is his older brother, Kenny." Jack shook their hands. "Boys,
this is my older brother, Jack."
"Oh! The Jack who married your fiancée, right?" Larry said.
Carter closed his eyes. That a stupid man.
"We all thought he was dead." Jack said quietly.
"Yeah, I thought he was dead too." Keith said. Carter's
heart quickened. Did Keith know his secret? If he did,
everything would be for nothing. Wasted, completely wasted.
"How long have you known my little brother?" Jack asked
sitting beside "Kenny".
"Oh, about two years... Why?"
"I have to go now. See you around." Carter said putting his
hat on his head. Jack grabbed his arm stopping him.
"Need work?" Jack asked.
"That's why I'm leavin'." Carter replied sharply.
"Do you wanna work at the store?"
"No thanks. I'm gonna work somewhere else... Maybe the
livery or something." Carter felt awful for being so sharp.
"But thanks for the offer, Jack." Jack smiled at him and
"Of course, little brother."
Keith narrowed his eyes at Jack who was sipping water.
"Wimpy, huh?" He said. Jack looked at him quizzically.
"Yeah, you're wimpy." Jack shrugged his confused expression
still on his face. "You aren't drinking anything stronger
"No. I'm married and my wife doesn't like it if I drink. I
don't like drinking anyway." Jack replied.
"Then why are you in here?" Keith asked.
"Get out of the store for a while, I guess."
"You really don't know your brother, do you?" Keith asked.
Jack's brows furrowed together.
"What do you mean?" Keith shook his head and paid for his
drink and left the saloon.
"Any messages for me?" Carter asked the hotel manager. The
elderly man shook his head. Carter sighed. How long were his
superiors going to be quiet? He trudged up the stairs and
opened his hotel door. He stepped inside and suddenly
someone wrapped his arm around Carter's neck. He grunted as
he struggled against the intruder but a knife was pressed
against his throat. He stilled.
"We know that you're working for the government, Carlyle."
Randy Kendrick hissed in his ear. Randy was the leader of
the Kendrick Gang and the father of Larry and Keith. "Why
don't you just go home where you belong?"
"I can't leave. This is my home." Carter said. Randy pressed
his knife harder into his skin.
"You don't want anything to happen to your sister-in-law
or... your nieces and nephew." Randy threatened.
"You better not do anything to them!"
"Just leave and I won't bother them again, Carlyle.
Understand?" Carter nodded. Randy let him go, shoving him
into the wall. Carter reached out to steady himself instead
he felt nothing but pain as his head hit the bed stand
beside the bed.
Several Hours Later (6 PM)
"Carter?" Jack said knocking on the door. "Carter?" He
leaned close to the door. No sound. He twisted the doorknob
and walked inside gasping as he saw his little brother
sitting on his bed rubbing his head.
"Carter! What happened?" Jack asked rushing towards him.
"Someone jumped me that’s all." Carter replied not looking
at him. Jack narrowed his eyes.
"I know when you're lying." He stated. Carter groaned.
"Fine, someone was waiting for me in the room. He threatened
me and that's all." Jack peered close and saw a little bead
of blood on Carter's neck.
"That's all? So they didn't press a knife to your neck?"
Jack asked trying to keep his furious anger down.
"Jack, I can take care of myself." Instead of replying, Jack
inspected his head.
"Well, there's blood. We better go to Doc."
"Does Doc Garner still live here?"
"Yes. He does." Carter groaned.
"Great! He's always hated me." Jack's brother complained.
"Because you always got into fights and he had to stich you
up." Jack responded helping his little brother up from the
"This isn't fair." Carter grumbled. "I don't want to go see
"Well, too bad. I have to tell Kitty that I'll be late for
supper... again." Jack shook his head and sighed.
....the story will continue....
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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