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Chestnut springs part six.

Town criers walked all over the town announcing the swaring in of the new Marshall.  The ceremony was to be held in the center of town at noon.

While the swaring in was merely a formality. The Marshall was invested immediately upon commissioning. Durgans wanted to meet and greet the town.he wanted to make friends.  He wanted to maje connections.  If he could build relationship, perhaps they could build something together.  He did not want to be seen as an outsider,he knew he would at first. That was unavoidable.  He wanted to prove to them that he was not the enemy. He knew that that would be a tall order. He had to be patient.  He had to earn there trust. He knew that. 

People from all around the town flocked to the town square for this event. Some for curiosity, some out of boredom.  Some saw it as a civic duty. While some stayed away for various reason including opposition, averson to crowds etc. Manny did come. There was a huge crowd.  

People from all walks of life. From profesionals to comon people and everyone in between.  At noon the doctor got peoples attention.  “If i can have your attention!  Welcone to this historic event. Marshal!”dr. Brenen said.

“To f.s.a Marshall bryan j.durgens.you are hearby asssigned to take up residence within chesnut springs to fulfil the duties of the Marshall for and around chesnut springs. This is efective immediately signed clifton j weber attoney general ane robert j wheeler director Marshall service. ” he said.

“As pursuant to the order of attoney general and director of the mwrshal service i hearby announce that i am hear and fornally assume my duties. ” he said.

“On behath of the town i welcone you to chesnut springs!” dr.Brenen said. The people clapped. 

“As my first act as marshal i am naming dr. Jacob brenen as mayor for a two year term. At the end of the term will have a moyiral election. I have named timouthy hyde as my deputy.  I am issuing a full and unconditional pardon to choe wales. Order of relese is to take afect at once. I am your servent. I am hear to work with you and along side you. Chesnut spring can be a beacon to the outlands. I believe that with your help,that will happen. This can be a dawn of a new day but it will require hard work. The road ahead will not be easy but we can make it together.  “He said. 

There was a perade after ward. It was folowed by a chior and a marching band. 

“A full pardon. I expected to do some jail time !” choe said.”you did a couple of days. I promised you i would helo you if i could. ” he said.”i wont let you down. I feel like i have a new lease on life. ” she said.”you can start over. “He said. “I intend to. ” she said. “I could use your help from time to time if your interested.” he asked.  “Do i get to be one of your deputies? ” he asked. “Well we will see. ” he said. “Ok fair enough!” she said. Nicky saw them. She tried not to get jelous. 

“You ok ?” reverand luter asked. “Of course reverand. ” nicole said. “Your quite taken with our new marshal?”he asked. “He seams fine.”she said. 

He shock the hands of various people. He got to one man.”anarchy foever!” he said. The man was about to take out a granade. The marshal pushed people out of the way. The granade exploded but no one was hurt. The man got away. 

Doctor brenen checked everyone out. Luckily there were no casulties.  No one recognized the man. They saw him just before the attack. 

“Do you think this was a petty criminal or a member of a gang or mage?”tim asked. “I dont know. The mesege was clear. They dont want me hear. ” he said.”un civilization is striking back.”elizebeth said. “There will always be push back. The f.s.a could withdraw from the outlands. The gangs would fight it out. Eventually it will spil over to fsa.catilonia even cademer. We need to take a stand now. “He said.

Neither nicole,choe or bryan said much at dinner. Leah babled a bit. “This was very good. ” bryan said.”it was a collaborative effort “nicole said. 

Later on in the evening nicky was outside. She was looking at the moon. Bryan came out. “Lovely evening!”bryan said. “You know you could have died today you know?”she asked.

“I do. I am been though far more dangerous situation. This is my fith or six brush of death this week. I have lost count. I am aware of it. I am stil hear!”he said. “Dont you worry you wont be able to dodge every single bullet?  Dont you fear you will run out of nine lives?”nicole asked.  “It is a risky job nick. I had no illusions.  Someone has to take a stand. There has to be someone wiling to stand in the way of the lawless. ” bryan said. 

“I dont agre with elizebeth. We should not just ket this area fight it out. I thought you were a goner. “She said.  “So did i? I was fearful.  I am now. I believe in this. I treuly do. I feel this is inportent. “He said.

“It is importent.” she said. “Look i still respect you. The respect that i have for you cant be easily lost. Nothing has changed. ” he said. 

“I saw the way you looked at me. I could tell you respected me. I wish i had not seen that tatoo. I let my gaurd down. I want to believe you. I just want a chance to prove myself. ” nicole said. “You dont have to prove anything to me nick. I am not judgemental at all. I am wiling to give anyone a chance. ” he said. “Like i said i want to trust you. Its hard. ” she said. “I understand that.”he said 

“Marshal!”tim said. “What it is tim?”bryan asked. “I have good news and bad news. “Tim said.”ok! “Bryan said. “The good news is that we have located the bandit leader who attacked you at night. He saught refuge at sand dune ridge. “Tim said. “Elikon has declared it his private fiefdom. Not even the red ember challenged his claim to that teritory. “Nicky said.

“I am not allowing a figitive to get free. I will need a pose. “Bryan said.”your going to atempt to enter sand dune ridge?” tim asked. “I am.magic is ilegal in the federated states. It is ilegal to fortify areas to keep awat legitimate agents of the law. One way or another, buz greyhorn is myne. ” bryan said. 

Bryan, choe and tim rode off. They rode to town where they met up with the pose led by mayor doctor Brenen.  They rode out.

They rode just outside sand dune ridge. He motioned for them to stop. “What is going on?”dr. Brenen asked.  “Have everyone rest up. ” bryan ordered. The pose members were confused but complied.

 He put out a red ribon. He waited. Then felix larson arived. “Your not riding to the front door to elikon’s lair and demanding he turn over greyhorn? “Larson asked. “I give up on greyhorn,  i send a meaege to every two bit thug that all they have to do is run to elikon. I tell elikon that he is in charge.  If the red ember had chalenged him right away, it might have gone different for you. ” he told him. “Your playing a dangerous game bryan.” he said. 

“Dont you want us to solve your problem. I cant beleve red ember wants to see this area go down in flames.” he said. “I dont want that. Taking him directly might not be the best idea. ” felix said. 

“Look i was hoping you could help. ” he said. ” yes. I have information for you.  I have a map of this property. I hoped i could convince you not to do this but i have a feeling any atempt to do would be fruitless. ” he said. “Your right.  It would. ” he said. 

“Until next time. ” felix said. He walked away. He left the area.he returned to where the orthers were.”ok we are not going to thr front gate. ” he said. He put the map on the floor. 

“Where did you get that? ” dr. Brenen asked. “Non consequential. “Bryan said. They looked it over. “We can go hear. There is a look out tower.  We will have to go in weapons hot. ” tim said. “I am fine with that.  ” he said. 

They rode and went into an area. They rode in. They were fired on by a sniper.  They fired back. A bett came at them. “It is a holow image. “Choe said. Choe hit the image. It vanished. The sniper fired. 

Bryan climbed up the tree. He was fired on. He fired on the sniper. The sniper fell off of the stand. He then got down. 

“That was really risky? ” choe said.”no choice chlo.” he said. A mage crawled though the ear. He sent creatures that went after them. They tried to eat the pose. One was bit. The town person developed rashes all over his body. They fell back. 

“It is a crime to asult federal agents.”bryan declared.  “I do not recognize your authority.”a projected image of a gigentic ekikon said.

“I do not recognize your authority either elikon! “Bryan said. “I own this area. My authority is unchallenged. ” the chief magician said. ” not quite. You have a man who was is wanted for trespasing and threrining a federal agent. I want him!” bryan said.

“He is under my protection ” elikon said.  “You are not above the law!”he said. “I am my own law. I define law. ” elikon said.”not hardly !” he said. 

The mage attacked them with a wound. One of the townspeople was enveloped by the device. Bryan schot at the wand. The waund exploded. The mage was forced to withdraw. 

Bryan tackled the mage. The mage tackled the marshal. He knocked the mage out. Bryan ordered the team to keep going. The team went futher into the compound. Closer to danger as well. 

End of part six 

Chestnut springs part four 

Newly minted federal states of anglomer marshal Bryan durgens was on his way to take up his post In  the town of chestnut springs. He had been acoasted by a mage. He has been targeted by bandits.he had even made an arrest. He and his prisoner was on there way with the captive. They were nearing the area. 

” You know your crazy to think you can tame this land. This land is made to be wild. Wild canions,wild animals wild people. It is crazy to think that you can civilize this vast reigon. Your dream of making this reigon part of the federal state and is crazy. “Choe said.

“All of the great nations had to start somewhere. Tori g tribes,small city states,families. It can happen. Maybe it won’t. Something has to happen. I can’t believe the outlands will remane as it is now. It can’t. Something has to happen. ” Durgens said. 

“The red ember just wanted to get rid of it. They needed a slump to but it. They tried to sell it to Carolina.they passed on it. Cadamer passed on it. The nation of Ferdinand passed on it. Ruso passed on it. It is too hard to manage . The area is unmanigible . Why not just leave it alone. Let the bandits fight it out. “She said. 

“It did not work that way. Eventually it would spread into the federal states or catilona or into cadamer. The termoil in the outlands won’t be confined to the outlands forever. It will spread. “,Durgens said.”you are going to have to fully mobilize.an all out military occupation. The factions will have to put down. The money ,the blood that will have to be spent.”she said.”fight it now or fight it later. We chose to do it now”he said. 

“Your government is crazy to come up with this plan. Your crazy to go along with it.”she said. “Your not the first person to question my sanity. “He said.”the life of a lawman is solitary. You resigned to bring a belchor. “She asked. “Many in my profession chose to be belchors. It is a hard job,a hard life. I want to be maried! I hope I am not doomed to perpetual singleness. “He said. She smiled. 

They kept riding. All of a suden he started to feel weird. He had a massive headache. He fell to the ground. She dismounted. She ran to him. “Bryan! Brain!”she said. He started to be OK. “I felt light headed. I think I am OK!”he said. ” Rest for a second!”she insisted”this has never happened before. I was fun and then it hit me. It was a genetic Strom cloud schot a massive lightning bolt on my head.”he said. “I don’t think this was a fluke event . I think it is a mind qake device. “Choe said.

“What is a mind  quake device?”durgens asked. “It is a device used by mages. The device is able to cause head aches. There are rumors that it could kill. No one knows if it is true. The mages claim that these devices are mythical.part of anti mage propaganda. Everyone knows it is true. No one would admit it. ” She said. “I would say this was the opening salvo. They already attacked me once”he said. “The mages won’t quit. There strategy is keep attacking. They go small and escilate” she said. “This is going to get worse?”he asked.”yes. The mages are letting you know that they know about you. Your on there racer. You are on there crappy list. It get worse then hear!”she said.

He rested for a while. Then they rode again. They continued on the way to the town of chestnut springs. They neared the town. 

The mages alied with elikon reported back to elikon.”we sent the message to the devil law man. He got it!  A mage said.”is he trying back?”elikon asked.”no he is still on his way to chestnut springs. “,Another mage reported. Elikon smiled with a devilish smile.”good. I had hoped he would be brave.i want to have a competitor. A bemused. It seams I have one. I look froward to being able to challenge this man!”elikon said.he laughed. 

The law man and his prisoner rode closer to chestnut springs . They saw a sign for the town. ” Vani have a minute? ,” ,She asked.”yes. “He said.they got off the horse.she took food and eat it. She sat down. She looked around. She took everything in. She looked at the sun. The sky. “You going to try to escape?”he asked. “No. I am tired of running. I don’t have it in me. “She said. ” I could over look this! “He said. “No you can’t. You would hate yourself and you would hate me. Work within the syistom. “She said. 

“I wish I had not caught you. I don’t want to turn you over to the authorities. “He said. “You will fight for me?”she asked.”it may take time. I will do what I can. You have my word on that. The law is a bit merky out hear. Yes I will. “He told her. 

 He heard a noise. “What is it?”she asked. “Wait hear.”,he said. He got his gun out if the holster. He moved slowly but in a determined fasshon.he moved further out. He saw a red ribbon! He kept going. He went into a cave. He saw a tall man. He was six feet. He had a well trained mustache. He had brownish hair. He apeered to be his mid thirties perhaps a bit older. He looked seasoned but work has vigor. He looked disciplined. He had a stager. He  guessed that he had served in a military and was probably a unit commander. Either a sergeant or an officer. He had his gun out. 

“You have guts. Putting that red ribbon. If bandits or gangs or mages came in you,they would shoot you on sight or worse ! I hear mages have impalled people with those magic wand of there’s. That is just a rumor. I hear the outlands is full of them. “Durgens said.

“,Well you cannot believe everything you hear! ” The other man declared. “Perhaps not. Let me guess red ember external affairs directorate. “Durgens said. “At your service! Felix Larson. “He said. ” Red ember has no jurisdiction hear. The deal to buy the outlands stipulated that the red ember would fully withdraw form the area including clandestine operations. “Durgens said. ” I am no longer part of the read. I resigned form the agency. I have a personal steak. I fear that if you fail to govern this area, it could spread like wild fire. Eventually it could soil over into catilona,and giveldi and even into cedomer. Someone needs to keep an eye of things.besides I did not want to take a desk job back in red city.”Felix said! 

” Understand or. I was offered verious posistions in the f.s.a  bureaucracy. I ran. Form it as fast as I possibly could. “He said. “I wanted to introduce myself. I try to keep a low profile. I could be an ally. At some point you might need me. I will be there. ” Felix said. ” I am surprised . Red ember people tend to be full of themselves. Out for own.”durgens said. ” I have spent most of my adult life in the atune. This is more of my home then the mother country. “Felix said. 

” How did in contact with you?”he asked. “Put out a red ribbon. Do it outside city limits. I will come.”Felix said. “I see. This was just an introductory meating?”durgens asked. “I felt it was important. Every petty theef to bandit to gang to mage is tuning for you. You will be the most distent marshal in the outlands. They want you gone. If they can behead you and send the head to the Congress in federal city,they will do it. ” Felix said. ” Great! I am really not that unlovible. ” Durgens said. ” It’s not personal. It who you represent well what. This is chaos vrs order. ” Felix said. 

“I will see you around?”durgens Said. “You got it.”he tiped his hat and walked off. He got on to his horse and rode off. He left the cave . “You were gone for quite a while. “Choe said. “We are fine? We better get going. I would like to get to town before it gets dark. ” He said. 

They rode to town. They entered. “I’m doctor brenen. I am chestnut springs doctor. I am the closest thing to an authority. We have not had a mayor of town council in a few years. People come to me. “He said.”Cornelius Bryan durgens f.s.a Marshall. “He said. He showed his badge and have his papers.the doctor looked them over. ” Everything seams in order. I have aranged an official sharing in cerimony. The whole town will attend.”the doctor said. “,Of course. “He said. “The old beraks have been reserved as your home. You can live in the commander’s residence. “The physician said. “Excellent.”he said. 

“Who is this?” The doctor asked. “This is choe walles. She is under arrest. “Durgens said. “She will be taken to the jail at once. “The doctor said. He told her he would help her. A man named Tim offered totwke him to his home. 

“You a veterin?” Bryan asked. ” Yes I am.” Tim Hyde said. ” I need deputies.i will have to reconsisiton funds . I won’t be able to pay you much until the paper work. Are you interested?”he asked. “Yes I am. I was decorated with the star of alpha, rings of two. I left as a warrented sergeant. “He said.” Iam not surprised. You look like a veterin “he said. “I grew up near federal city. I was a farm boy. I was conscripted during the war. I never planned to stay in. I had nothing else to do. I tried to go home. It was not me any more.i left and somehow I ended up hear.”he said.” I understand. It is a common thing. I went to the war college.i ment it to be a carer. My dad intended me to be in Congress,a senator or may y even president. “He said. “Do you want that?” Tim asked. “One day at a time.” He said. 

They  came across the property. It was large house with our buildings. They was place for a farm. They parked the houses. They got off. They saw a young mom with a young child.” Someone is living hear?”he asked.”the building was unused. We had no news on a marshal. We began to think that no one as coming. She is a squatter. The doctor told her she should stay until the marhsla came. “Tim said. “Where will she go?”Bryan said. “I don’t know. She will have to find another abandoned buildings I suppose.,”Tim said. 

Tim and Bryan said Good byes. He went inside. “Your the marhall? ” The young mom. Said. “Yes . Bryan durgens. F.s.a marshal. ,”He said. She picked up he baby. She got her things. “What are you doing ?”Bryan asked. They headed out. “We are leaving?” She asked. “That’s not nesisary. I don’t need this much space. Six of me did not need this much space. I see no reason can’t stay. I will square it away with the local clergy so that there is not an issue.” He said. ” I cook. I can earn my keep.”she said. “We can discuss the later. What is your name?”he asked. “I’m Nicole this is my daughter Leah.”he sais. “It is good to meet you. “He said. 

” Welcome to chestnut springs Marshall.,”she said.”,call me Bryan !,,”he said.  “OK!”she said. 

Elikon was informed that he was hear. Elikon was preparing a porter eleco me for the law man. 

End of part four. 

 

Chestnut springs part two. 

Marshall Bryan Durban’s heard the sound of a single horse. He stopped. he got the rifle ready. “You want me! Come and get me! ” He declared. The horse and the Ryder came to him. It was one of the ladies that belong to the gang that previously tried to hijack him earlier. 

She came at him with a rifle. “Stop right there! No sudden moves! ” The female outlaw demanded. “This is a really bad idea! My gun is f.s.a issue. As is my horse. If you ride my horse and cannot present a valid commission paper,you will be shot on sight. I don’t think you will pass for Bryan Durgans!” He responded.

“I am hardly a delicate flower. I can elude the authorities. This is a vest frontier. ” She answered. ” You have probably elduded the authorities thus far. You kill a Marshall it is a whole new game! ” He said.” I have no desire to harm anyone. If you don’t put that weapon I will do whatever it takes to disarm you!” She said. ” Put the weapon down! ” He said. “So you can attest me and take me off to a prison I don’t think so. ” She said. “You will lose .Maybe not now but eventually. No one who chooses crime wins forever. Your time will run out. It always does!” He told her. 

All of a sudden ,he heard a noise. He sounded like the wind. A large man in a gray robe flew though the air. He had a large stick like object in his hand. The man came at Durgans. He dodged the hit. The man came at him. He rammed the mage. Out of fear the lady ran away. 

“I know who you are. All who oppose us are our enemies. The resuregence of the magic orders is at hand. The outlands are destined to become the first nation sate of for and by the mages! You cannot stop us. We have overcome other empires and we will overcome your federated States! ” . He went back to the sky. He put a fire ball into an area near him. A small crater was formed. A rock was set up with an inscription. Future grave stone of f.s.a marhsal Bryan Durgans. ” This is either future or an opinion. Your choice!” The mage declared. 

He kept on going.he came on to the mysterious young lady. “Stop right there!”he insisted. ” Fine! My life is in your hands. Better you then the mage I guess” she said. “If you promise not to run I won’t put the cuts on you!” He told her. ” I won’t run! They say prison is horrible especially for women!” She said.” That is what I hear!”he answered.”I did not think you would care. I did the crime and all that. ” She said. The two rode off. 

“I do see the world I black and white. The world is right and wrong. The law is rigid. Having said that I am not without compassion. You work with me,I work with you. I am not hear to make enimies. ” He said. 

“I thought for sure I was a goner. I have stories of law man schooting unarmed prisoners. Some don’t like the hastle especially out hear. ” She said. “The marhsal service forbids such action but it happened. Unfortunately no Marshall has ever been prosecuted. The outlands is a foreboding place. We are under martial law. ” He said. ” It’s like mero once said,”in time of war the law falls silent!” She said.”you study ancient legal opinions?”he asked. “No I just heard it somewhere! “She answered. “I’m!”he said.

“Thank you for not schooting me!”she told him. “I promise you work with me I will work with you. I am a man of my word. “He assured her. They decided forest for a while. He helped her off of her horse. They set up a campsite. She slept for a while. She looked sweet. 

A few hours later, she woke up. “Good morning !” He said. “Morning! ” She responded. ” Sleep well? ” He asked. ” Actually I did. ” She answered. “You have a bright future ahead of you! ” He said. “I don’t see how!” She said. ” Don’t give up OK?” He told her. “OK!” She said. 

He then rested for a while. Then they rode off again. They heard the sound of horses.  “We are in deep do Doo!”chole decalred. He decided to give her her rifle back. She took it and got it ready. The horse men rode to them. The bandits opened fire.

Bryan and chloe returned fire on the bandits. They were heavily outnumbered. “I will distract them. Get out of hear!”he insisted. “But..”she tried to say. “Don’t argue with me go!”he told her. She finally relented. He ran towards them firing his gun. She rode off.

Durgans fired and fired. One of the bandits Schofield his horse. He fell off of the horse and fell to the ground. Another bandit finished off the other horse. He hated to lose his horse. He had been a constant companion. He would have to mourn himself if he did not run. He did. 

He was fairly certain his life was over.he did not see how he could win this one! He was not ready to die not that anyone truly was. There were still things he wanted to do. He had spent most of his life as a soldier and a lawman. That was not all he wanted to do. He did have other goals.he wanted to write and to paint. He also wanted to get married and have kids maybe live to see his grandkids. Maybe even Persue a carer apart from the law. Now that won’t happen. He would probably be dead soon! 

He heard a gun shot. Chole rode towards him. He grabbed her hand.She hoisted him up to the horse. They fired there guns. They attempted to ride off. They most ridnng. They rode over a revine! 

“You OK?” He asked. ” That scared the crap out of me! As soon as my heart return to my stomach I will be fine! “She told him. “You saved my life! I will never forget it! “He said. ” I knew what I was doing was wrong. I tried to justify it . The more I did less then legal acts it got easier. I am glad your OK. I am sorry about your horse!”she said. ” me too! He was a good horse! To all things there is an end! ” He said.”I thought I was cyinical. You have had a sad life. “She said. ” It has not been easy but it’s happeneds. It seams it won’t get easier. ” He said . “The outlands need people like you. This is your time!”she said. “I hope so! ” He said. 

The two kept riding towards the town of chestnut springs. There was still danger out there. The hard part had already begun! 

End of part two .