The sun was setting after a long day, and you could hear the din of women's voices coming from inside the small house that sat on the edge of town. The men of the house were walking towards the home with strange expressions on their faces; the cackles of laughter coming from inside, were strange. The boys had never heard them before. Kid whispered to his friends to be quiet so that they could sneak up on the house and listen to the conversation that was going on inside.
"Rachel, are you sure about this? I'm not sure if this is how you're supposed to do it," Lou stated with shock in her voice.
"Yes, I'm sure this is how it's done. Men love it this way and I've been doing it this way for years. I've never had any problems with it," Rachel replied with laughter in her tone.
"Oh my goodness! I can't believe that it's so big and juicy, there's no way that they come this big. Something has to be wrong," Lou stammered out.
The boys' had been standing outside the bunkhouse enthralled in the conversation of the two women. As Lou made the comment about size, the boys looked at Kid with amused expressions on their faces, and tried to hide their chuckles and snorts.
Cody playfully smacked Kid in the chest. "Maybe Lou needs a real man to show her just how big it can be."
Kid started to draw his weapon, but Buck stopped him. "Now hold on, Kid. Just wait a minute. You don't know just what's going on in there."
"I'd like to find out," Jimmy said with a wicked grin, "Sounds mighty interesting."
"Not to mention naughty," Noah added.
"Now Lou," Rachel said interrupting the banter outside. "You need to grab it with both hands and pull and jerk it."
"Like this?" Lou looked at Rachel with big eyes.
"No harderů fasterů"
"But won't I hurt it? Won't it bruise it?"
Outside, the boys eyes grew even larger, and their curiosity peaked even more.
Cody started to grab the handle of the door when Jimmy stopped him short.
"Just wait," Jimmy said. "We all know Lou never talks like this, and we may never hear it again."
"I promise you," Rachel insisted. "It won't hurt a bit. It'll be quick and painless."
Kid swallowed hard as beads of sweat appeared on his brow. The glare from the other riders grew harder as some of them even crossed their legs as they could only imagine what Rachel was teaching her.
*I'd sure hate to be in your shoes the next time the two of you have some alone time,* Ike added.
"What about all the stuff that's coming out of it?" Lou asked in a worried voice. "It's runny and sticky."
"It's supposed to do that."
Rachel nodded. "Sometimes it comes out too quickly, other times it seems like it takes forever. The bigger they are, the harder it is to work with."
More shocked expressions came over the boys standing outside the door. There was no way they were walking inside the bunkhouse now.
*I thought Kid and Lou had danced already,* Ike signed to Buck.
*I guess we were wrong,* Buck signed back, knowing Kid and Lou's relationship was a sensitive matter, and he was not about to pry into this area.
"But why does it get so hard when you get to the top? And what is this hole for?"
"You can put things inside of the hole," Rachel explained.
"I don't think the guys would like that. It just seems too weird to me."
"Trust me. You'll never know unless you try."
Cody could no longer control his laughter. The only thing stopping him from giving them away was Noah quickly covering the blonde rider's mouth with his hand.
"Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh," Noah whispered. "You don't want to give us away. Don't make me use my whip to drag you away from here."
"They might like that," Cody said in a muffled voice, his mouth still under Noah's hand.
"So now," Rachel continued. "You pick it up by the neck and start beating it."
"Lightly at first, but then harder as you go along, it'll be all nice and tenderized that way."
"I guess since you have more experience, I'll have to take your word for it."
"Have you ever heard the boys complain? Cody's usually begging for more."
Lou giggled. "That's true. They always seem satisfied."
The boys suddenly turned to look at Cody.
"Just what exactly have you and Rachel been up to?" Jimmy asked.
"And how would Lou know what you like?" Kid said, his anger intensifying.
Cody squirmed away from Noah as Kid started advancing on him. "I swear I don't know what they're talking about. I think of Lou as a sister."
"Well I've had enough," Kid said, suddenly turning back towards the door. "I'm putting an end to this right now!"
"So now just add the lard. That'll make it smoother and juicer. Not to mention if it's too big, you may still be able to fit it in with a little bit of wiggling and jiggling. You just got to make it fit."
As Lou was bent over, she jerked up as the bunkhouse door flew open, banging hard against the wall. Standing in the door way was Kid and the others.
"Just what in the hell is going on in here?" he demanded.
Lou turned and the boys' mouths dropped in shock as they saw what was in her hands.
Lou sighed. "Well this is just great," she said, as she looked at Rachel in hopelessness. "Now the surprise is ruined."
"What were you two talking about?" Noah asked, in confusion.
"Rachel was giving me a cooking lesson," Lou informed them.
Rachel nodded. "Of course, how else do you expect someone to learn to cook a chicken?"
As the boys turned red and looked everywhere but at Lou and Rachel, she continued. "What did you boys think we were talking about and doing in here?"
This short little story is dedicated to the backwards hermaphrodite chicken that sacrificed it life so that we could have a yummy dinner.