|Mail order Bride (standard:romance, 3358 words)|
|Author: stanley mcqueen kentucky backwoods writer||Added: Apr 09 2007||Views/Reads: 2517/1441||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|tales of the old days|
Click here to read the first 75 lines of the story to kiss it or something, and he stands there like a possum that had been struck by summer lighting...say something you fool shouts a red face man... and old Melvin acts as if he had lost his voice or something...finely he muttered welcome im you new man and the crowd busted out chuckling at what the fool just said” I could tell right off that this doll of a woman would not cotton to such and hill billy as poor old ugly Melvin, when she seen that old leaning party rotten shack that he called a home she be on the next stage coach out of these sticks...when she got on his corn wagon beside him it made him look ugly that before somehow.. This was strange to me he looked even more ugly that he did before she come here. Folks parted when the two of them left out of town and headed down the wagon road toward there prospected homes. Paw drives our team and we headed toward our shack and not to many words come from paw lips, maw said that woman will leave before night fall when she sees what a pig pen Melvin lives in and she get to laughing and can't stop ..I thought she might be losing her mind over all this excitement. I would have give a weeks sawmill pay to have seen the look on the woman face when Melvin got her to her new home... that woman is a city power puff gal for sure Paw said” and old Melvin has wasted his corn saving money for sure.. It was something strange for the most part to even see Melvin with a woman but I was thinking like maw was thinking , she be a short time here, after seeing his place and the poor living conditions of moonshine maker, we never heard a word about Melvin nor his new bride it was going on two week now and no body had see him or his new bride neither, I was standing in the yard of our shack when I seen a horse and rider coming down the wagon road , it was sheriff Luther Cob, he was the high sheriff of Muddy Fork County, He came up fast and got down off his tall horse and asked if Paw or Maw was handy and around, yes Maw is in the shack there cooking vitals, run and fetch her boy I have some news.. I went inside and told Maw the sheriff was out by the road and was wanting to speak to her about some matter. Maw hurried to not keep the sheriff waiting and walked to where he was holding his horse beside the road... I just come here to tell you that the federal law arrested your Brother Melvin for making home made whiskey and they hauled him off to the federal pen in Brownsville, and his new wife is leaf alone with not a bite to eat in that old shack of his the sheriff declared” she has no money and no way to get back from up north where she come from Added the sheriff..I was wondering if you folks might take her in for a spell, till she can get some money somehow to leave these parts, ‘he ‘asked” well I guess we could keep her for a while till we figure out some way to get shed of her maw replied back to the sheriff...., ride over there and pick her up son Mam ordered me and hurry paws has some plowing he wants you to do directly she adds, I hooked up the mules to the wagon and headed off down the road to Melvin place. When I arrived she was waiting on the porch and I said howdy and told here to get her things and I would take her to our shack to stay , she was agreeable , and she pack a small suit case and got up on the wagon seat along my side, she was the pretty woman I ever seen anywhere and so nice and hospitable , I took a liking to her right off I told her I was Melvin nephew on mammy side of the kin, and she told me that she was sorry she had got involved in being a mail order bride , that old house of his ant isn't a fit place for a rat to live and that he was making old rot gut whiskey and that she hated she ever come here under as a mail order bride, I was hoping that I find a good stable man with a good roof over his head , but that sure never happen, your Uncle is a sot drunk he cusses and was mean to me these first few weeks and as soon as I get some money to leave im headed out of this God forsaken country..he is just as you say I tell her agreeing with her,,,,he don't deserve a woman she said?” he don't take baths and the stink of his shack is sickening if there ever was a devil he is kin folks to him” she declared”, my guess any woman could have eat chicken bones and shit a better man she said” and that started me laughing” and here I was ordered by that nasty rascal out of a mail order book. She said” well miss im just wanting you to know that im not so bad of fellow I have a shack built over a little way from paw and mammy and it has too good rooms and a good fire chimney, and you be welcome to use it till you can do better, maw has some extra things like cook vessels that im sure she would lead you I tell the pretty woman.. Bye the way I've been looking for a woman for a spell and all the gal are taken around these part , and I be willing to pay Uncle Melvin for your order charge if he would be willing and of course you have to be willing as well I added... Well im only twenty nine and by the way my name is Sara Williams and what did you say your name was she asked” im given name is Oliver.. We could move in that old shack and make a life of it I tell her, and by the way I a church going man and my folks are too, I tell here hoping she would be pleased at my words... i'll send Melvin a letter and tell him I want to buy his new wife off him I tell her that is if you was minded to take me up on my offer... he will need money in that pen for sure and I thinking he will be glad to trade you off I tell her, well that would be good if he would because whether he does or not im not living with a human pig she added im going to be real honest with you I tell her you're a pretty site to a man eyes and when I seen you get off that stage coach I fell head long in love with you at first site, I was going to try and take you away from my old sorry uncle and make you mine, and now I want have to take you a way from him...... the sheriff said he got six years in the pen for being caught six times making whiskey..so what I was figuring is that we could get married and live in the shack that I have already got built I explain” well what got me in this mess in the first place is when I got into the mail ordering bride business, she explained” What I done was sigh up on a contact that I would allow my name posted in a newspaper and be available to be ordered like a peace of merchandise, how stupid I was in the first place to have gotten mixed up in such foulness” she admitted” Well Sara I built my own shack because I was thinking I would be getting me a woman in the future to marry. And I know it's a sudden thing, but I would like to have you as mine ..so what do you say would you take me as your man and get rid of the contract that uncle Melvin had drew up we can have a good life here in these parts, and I will work like a dog to make you happy I promises her.. Well-let me think on this a while she Replied” we don't want to jump in to fast she advised” but I will think on it she added” when we arrived at the shack Mammy made the pretty Sara welcome. She was a saint from muddy forks and muddy fork saints are good caring folks and even Paw was friendly and all to her so thing was looking good for now .. I went and hitched up the mule to the corn plow and went off to plow corn, and when I was finished , I asked Sara to take a walk down to my shack and she agreed and we walked down the hollow and I showed her my cabin, it was made good and sturdy and she said “ that it was a good looking cabin which pleased me mightily, we set on the porch stoop in the home made swing together and was talking and enjoying the afternoon and before I could help my self my lips meet hers with a wet tender kiss , seems like lighting went out the top of my noggin , this gal had the best kissing lips my lips has ever embraced, I would have plowed two acres of rough corn ground for a few of her kisses,, I was hooked on her from the first time my eyes settled on seeing her , and like the old mountain saying I had been what folks call love struck... She seemed to enjoy my company and we talked on and set there on the porch of my cabin for quiet a spell, then she said” something that gives me some hope considering us being joined as man and wife. Its” good to be out here with a decent man she said” I guess you're probably the best gent that I have ever met she added” and before I make any decision on marrying you I want you to know more about me..she explained” my past life is not a pleasant one, I will tell you the truth I use to work in a saloon as a bar maid, and I was more that a whiskey and beer toter, I was a harlot a no good harlot, I was a orphan my folk just threw me away and I was raised by a old saloon man who was cruel to me , he was greedy and watered down whiskey and just a no good man.. And this is why I got into this mail order business, I thought just maybe a decent man would order me and I could make a good life with a decent man , so there you have it about me my past has many shadows linked to it and I just wanted you to know im not pure by any means she admitted” What you done yesterday do not make any difference to me it's what a person does today that makes for what the past has taken away. She smiled and we kiss again there before the porch post I was drawn to her like slim to a galvanized bucket, she was so pretty and all I guess any old clod hopper like me would have been taken by her looks and charm. We made it back up the hollow and mammy had the evening grub set and we eat and took a setting spell on the porch and enjoyed the rest of the evening , Mammy was pleased we she agreed to attend the little goose chapel church meeting on church night, that next week I rode down to the preacher house and had him to write a letter to Melvin and I had him put in words that I would pay Melvin whatever he paid for the Sara plus a young heftier that I had raised from one of paw milk cows.. He had the warren of the pen to write me back and said it was a done deal and that I was to send him some money every month while he was in the pen.. Sometime happiness is just bound to visit a man, after Sara read the letter she agreed to be my wife , we got joined soon after that and now we are happier than two coon in a log. Every month I sent poor old Melvin a hundred dollars he paid five hundred dollars for Sara and got and for good measure I threw in a find young milk cow, I have heard from gossip that I have the prettiest gal this side of the little paw paw river, one thing I have learned nothing is free in this big old world not even a good pretty wife..like I heard a man quote once every thing has a price....and I expect that be so , I'm having to work extra hours at the muddy fork saw mill to pay for Sara,, Some folks around here made light of me buying me a wife but im thinking they will get over that gossip after time passes. Guess ever man should take a wife and raised a mess of kids like the good book says” it not good that man should be alone.....the end Tweet
Authors appreciate feedback!
Please write to the authors to tell them what you liked or didn't like about the story!
stanley mcqueen kentucky backwoods writer has 82 active stories on this site.
Profile for stanley mcqueen kentucky backwoods writer, incl. all stories