Shut Up and Kiss Me
The barn door opened with a
creaking sound that he was sure echoed throughout the way station
property, giving his location away. But when he didn’t hear any
approaching footsteps, he slowly stuck his sandy-haired head out the
small opening he’d allowed so he could see outside. A glance in
the direction of the bunkhouse then the corral and finally Emma’s house
showed absolutely no one in view. He didn’t take the time to
ponder on where the other boys were; all he was concerned about was
that he didn’t see the person he was hoping to not see.
With one foot planted softly in front of the other, the rider crept
across the shadows the barn cast on the dirt. When he didn’t hear
his name called out from having been spotted, he dug his heals in and
ran the rest of the way to the front steps of the bunkhouse. As
he raised his foot to take the first step, he turned his head for one
last look around the yard. He breathed a sigh of relief at seeing
nothing but open space and turned to take another step, only he
realized too late that he’d already taken that step so his foot had no
where to go and … THUD!
Jimmy opened the bunkhouse door and didn’t have far to look to see what
had made the noise he’d heard from within. With a grin on his
face, the longhaired rider crossed his arms over his chest and looked
down at the figure sprawled out on his belly on the porch, his feet
hanging in the air over the steps.
“What’s the matter, Kid, you forget how to climb steps?”
“Jimmy, come here,” Kid whispered as the only thing he moved was his
hand in a sweeping kind of motion toward his body.
“I’m right here, Kid.”
“Would you get down here!” he hissed through clenched teeth.
Jimmy raised his eyebrows then, very intrigued that his usually
together friend sounded anything but, tugged at his trousers and got
down on his haunches. “Alright, Kid, I’m down here; now what is
“Is she in there?”
“Is who in there?” Jimmy almost had to strain to hear the voice
speaking to him, it was coming out in such a soft whisper. But he
heard loud and clear the next words spoken to him as the stilled figure
suddenly whipped out his hand, took hold of Jimmy’s shirtfront and
pulled him down until he was almost eating hair.
“How many ‘she’s’ do you know that live in the bunkhouse?!”
Jimmy ripped his shirt out of the strong hands attached to it and moved
back out of reach, though he still stayed low to the wood beneath
him. “Oh, that ‘she’. Nope, she’s not in there; actually I
haven’t seen her all afternoon.”
Kid let out a huge multisyllable sigh as he laid his head on the wooden
“You’re relieved to hear that?” Jimmy asked in complete surprise.
“I thought you two love birds were tighter than a snake being hugged by
his old skin.”
“We are; that’s the problem.”
Hearing the distressed tone Kid was using had Jimmy nearly bursting
with the need to know what was going on but while he wanted to find out
each and every little detail, he couldn’t ignore the little voice deep,
way back in his head, telling him that the Kid was really troubled by
something and needed their help. “Kid, I think what you need is
some alone time with the boys. It’s been way too long.”
Kid lifted his head and with hopeful eyes, looked up at his
friend. “Yeah, Jimmy, you may be right. Some time alone
with the boys might be just what I could use right about now. I
just have one question to ask, though … is the coast clear?”
It took the other rider a few moments to figure out what Kid
meant. Trying to hide a smile from the serious face looking at
him, Jimmy dramatically stood up and, looking one way across the yard
then the other, finally leaned down close to the Virginian and
whispered, “She’s no where to be seen now hurry before she comes back
from wherever she’s gotten to.”
Hearing that, Kid was on his feet in less than a second. Wanting
to make sure Jimmy was telling the truth, Kid turned to glance behind
him but this time, didn’t look behind him and walk at the same time,
instead he firmly planted his feet before checking the yard for
occupants and when he didn’t see anyone, he then moved to the
door. He turned the knob and opened the door just wide enough for
him to squeeze through.
Jimmy took one look at the foot-wide space Kid had left for him to
enter through and shoved the door open the rest of the way with the
palm of his hand. Upon seeing the startled look on Kid’s face as
the door hit the bunk behind it, Jimmy grabbed hold of the wooden edge
and quickly pushed the door closed to satisfy his friend.
“What’s goin’ on?” Buck asked since he and the other riders had noticed
Kid slip into the room as if he was being shadowed and how he had
nearly jumped out of his skin as Jimmy had shoved the door open.
“Boys, it seems Kid here has a bit of a problem and its name is … Lou.”
Cody got up from his bunk, his mouth hanging wide open and his finger
digging into his ear, as he walked toward the table. He gawked in
shock at seeing Kid turning around in circles like a dog chasing his
tail, looking every which way. He’d never seen the man so on edge
before. He finally closed his mouth but kept his finger in his
ear, sure that the screech he’d just heard had done damage to his
Jimmy went to Kid and placed his hands on the southerner’s shoulders to
get him to stop moving. “Kid … Kid … Kid!” he finally snapped to
get the man’s attention. “She ain’t here; I was just tellin’ them
what the brunt of your troubles stemmed from.”
“Oh,” Kid breathed. “Thanks, Jimmy, you’re a good friend.
Oh … oh, my troubles; you don’t know the half of it.” He pushed
his way past Jimmy and went to his bunk. He lay down and threw
his head back on his pillow, covering his eyes with his arm.
Cody, Jimmy, Ike, Noah, and Buck all stared at each other then at the
occupied bunk then back at each other.
“Alright, I’ll ask,” Cody finally said as the silence was getting on
his nerves, not to mention feeling like he was about to burst with the
need to know what was going on with his bunkmate. He cautiously
approached the bunk, taking a step back once or twice when he detected
movement from his destination. Once at the side of the bunk, Cody
knelt down next to it then thought better of it and stood back
up. “Um, Kid, is there somethin’ going on with Lou that you might
wanna tell us about? I mean, sometimes it helps to have a neutral
party hear all your concerns so they can offer advise without hurtin’
anyone’s feelin’s.” He nodded his head as he looked at the others
over his shoulder. He’d almost sounded like a lawyer there and
found he almost liked talking that way … almost.
Kid slowly let his arm fall off his eyes enough for him to see the
blonde standing over him. “There’s nothin’ goin’ on with her that
I can’t figure out on my own with time,” he began as he sat up.
“But then she won’t give me the time for that.” He flopped back
down on his pillow and covered his face back up.
“Well things can’t be that bad if she’s at least givin’ you time for
some things,” Jimmy offered, however lame it might sound.
“I’d say more than just a little time if judging things by how many
nights a week the two of you sneak out of here is any
indication.” Cody crossed his arms over his chest, knowing he was
right because his bunk was closest to the door and their leaving always
woke him up.
“If you only knew the whole of it,” the muffled voice of Kid called out.
Noah let out a chuckle. “What could be a problem with your woman
wantin’ to give you a little lovin’?”
“‘Cause she won’t let me stop dancin’ with her!!”
Five sets of eyes stared at the man now sitting straight up in his
bunk; well, as straight up as he could sit without hitting his head on
the bunk above his.
“That’s your problem?!” Cody voiced for all of the boys.
“Oh yeah, and it’s a bad one.”
“Every man should have it as rough as you apparently do,” Noah mocked
with a shake of his head.
“But it is … I tell ya it is.” Kid got up and went to sit at the
table. He was quickly surrounded by five bodies as they all
leaned in close to hear what he had to say.
“That don’t sound like a problem to me, Kid, sounds like a delight if
ya ask me,” Jimmy told him with a grin.
“Yeah, it’s a compliment of sorts,” Buck agreed as he shared a smile
with the others, a smile that Kid completely missed as he kept staring
at the table.
“Well I kinda took it as that at first,” Kid admitted proudly, not
being able to stop himself from smiling, “and did what any other man
would have done – I set about tryin’ to please her. But then it
was like, the more we did it, the more she wanted.” Realizing just what
he was saying, Kid paused before continuing. The southerner wiped
his forehead as he felt wetness forming there then lowered his head as
he was sure his cheeks were now a bright shade of red. It was one
thing to hear Cody or Jimmy talk about women but Kid was finding it was
a lot harder to be the one doing the talking. But he’d been
around the others long enough to know they wouldn’t let him stop there
and he really did need this problem of his cleared up and this was the
only way to do it so he took a deep breath and plunged into the rest of
his explanation. “And I know we shouldn’t have done it in the
first place ‘cause it’s wrong but I’ve gotten past that and I’m glad we
did … so glad we did.” Kid smiled as his mind began to drift to
places like Red Fern and the barn and the pond and out behind the …
He sat up straight and shifted uneasily in his seat, mad that his mind
was telling him how nice it is. “So I’ve tried to keep my
distance but that’s not easy … this is Lou we’re talkin’ about … when
she sets her mind on somethin’, there’s no stoppin’ her. I’m
tellin’ ya she’s wearin’ me out!” His arms slumped heavily on the
“Kid, no offense, but we just don’t see the problem you’re havin’,”
Buck told him as he glanced at the others. He knew they were all
thinking the same thought because at the moment, Kid was the only one
of them with a girl.
“It’s like she’s obsessed with dancin’! She - wants - to - do -
it – all – the - time!” Kid spoke each word slowly and distinctly
so they would understand where he was coming from once and for
all. “She arranges for us to be alone together – we’re always
ridin’ with each other … and I’m not just talkin’ about deliverin’ the
mail! It seems like whenever Rachel needs somethin’ from town,
Lou and I are the ones to go retrieve it then the ride home winds up
takin’ hours longer than it should ‘cause she takes a detour and we
wind up at our spot by the pond. How can I refuse when she’s
found us our own spot?!” He looked around the group for an
answer, knowing none of them would be able to provide one because none
“And it’s not just her wakin’ me up in the middle of the night to head
out to the barn,” he continued, “‘cause we wind up there in the daytime
too. We’ve tried the hayloft, each and every stall … though I
can’t be sure of that ‘cause I’m kinda busy at the time and not paying
too much attention to which horse is watchin’ us! It’s all she
wants to do. I try to hide but she finds me … she’s a tricky one,
I tell ya. Once in a while is fine but she’s takin’ things a bit
too far in my opinion. I turn around and there she is,
waitin’ for me, ready to pounce. She even ambushed me in the
“I think I’ll skip askin’ for details on that one,” Cody muttered.
“Not that I’m sayin’ I don’t believe you but that doesn’t sound like
you’re talkin’ about Lou, Kid,” Buck admitted as Ike nodded his head in
“Now hold on a minute.” Cody held up his hand to have the
attention brought his way. “I’ve heard tell of women actin’ all
different like when they have the deed done to them; never thought it
would affect Lou but she is a girl so anythin’s possible I
guess.” He shrugged his shoulders as he looked at Jimmy for
“I don’t know about the actin’ different thing Cody’s talkin’ about but
I do know women and if I had one wantin’ to dance on a regular basis, I
sure wouldn’t think twice about offerin’ my assistance.”
“I do offer, that’s my problem! It’s just never enough!”
Jimmy looked around at the other boys as he tried very hard not to
laugh. “Like I said – don’t sound like much of a problem to me,
Kid. Actually sounds pretty good.” He deliberately tried to
sound envious to get Kid all riled up, thinking that might pull Kid
back to thinking practical again but unfortunately, Kid was so wrapped
up in his dilemma that he hadn’t noticed.
Kid sighed as his body relaxed for the first time since coming into the
“Ahh, yeah it is good … no! It’s bad; very, very bad!
I keep tryin’ to tell her what we’re doin’ is wrong, that it could have
disastrous effects if we’re not careful but she won’t hear any of it.”
“Then just tell her no,” Noah offered.
“’Cause there’s just somethin’ about her – those eyes, those lips, her
hips,” he paused for a moment as his head tilted to the side, his eyes
took on a faraway look and he let out a soft sigh before continuing,
“and when she says those words to me …”
Cody gave a shudder as he tried to picture Lou in that way, only he
kept seeing her running around in her boy togs and not all girlie like.
Jimmy rolled his eyes as he did picture Lou that way and realized he
shouldn’t be. So to cover up his thoughts, he turned to Kid and
asked, “What words?”
“Shut up and kiss me.”
Buck raised an eyebrow as he looked at Noah and Ike. They
simultaneously shrugged their shoulders at the Indian so he turned his
eyes to Kid and questioned, “What?”
The Virginian gave a smile as he pictured being told those wonderful
words and the result they produced each and every time. “Shut up
and kiss me,” he repeated dreamily.
Noah shook his head as a chuckle escaped his lips. “Let me guess
– you shut up …”
“… and kiss her!” Buck finished as his shoulders began to shake
“And don’t stop there!” Jimmy raised his eyebrows at the
blue-eyed man, wanting more details.
“I have no will power where Lou is concerned.” Kid slumped
forward on the table once more. “I’m a goner.”
“You’re gonna be a goner from the Express in about nine months time if
you two ain’t careful!” Cody told him with a disapproving shake of his
head. “‘Love ‘em fast and sweet and pray they don’t remember your
name’ that’s my philosophy.”
“That’s why you can’t ever get a date, Cody, and why you’ll never have
the problem Kid thinks he has,” Jimmy said as he got up from the
table. He walked around to the other bench and slapped his hand
down on Kid’s shoulder. “Don’t listen to anythin’ he says,
Kid. Lou’s a grown woman; she can do as she pleases. Wish
there were more like her around actually so I’d say enjoy it while you
can ‘cause in my experience, it’ll fizzle soon enough and you won’t be
able to get a kiss out of her, much less drag her to the barn.”
“You think?” Kid asked hopefully as he glanced up at the other
rider. But before he could get a response, he heard the door
begin to open. Knowing how many of them were already in the
bunkhouse and realizing the footsteps had been light enough to not be
heard, Kid jumped to his feet, nearly knocking the bench over in his
haste to get away from the table. As he noticed the lustful
person now standing in the doorway, Kid jumped behind Jimmy and cowered
there until Hickok’s strong arms took hold of his and forcefully
brought him out into the open until the table was in front of him and
Jimmy was breathing down his neck behind him. So Kid glanced from
one side to the other, thinking he could make a run for it either way
but before he could move, Cody and Noah moved to stand on one side of
Jimmy while Buck and Ike took up residence on the other side of him,
blocking off all routes of escape. He now had five faces in
varying stages of grins and smiles all watching him closely. Kid
frowned at the pleased expressions on their faces but quickly erased
that look as he had no choice but to acknowledge the girl in the room.
“H – hey, Lou.”
“Been lookin’ for ya, Kid.”
Kid tried to back up as Lou was now slowly coming closer to him but
Jimmy’s big body was in the way so Kid cast him an annoyed look over
his shoulder then turned around and pasted a smile on his face for the
female rider’s sake.
“Really?! How about that?” He let out a nervous bit of a
laugh, which he quickly covered by giving her a small grin. “I
been around. Fortunately … I mean, unfortunately, it appears as
if our paths just haven’t crossed yet today.” His shoulders
relaxed as he sighed in relief but an elbow in the back forced him to
stand tall again. Kid’s hands began to fidget with his belt,
pockets in his trousers and the buttons on his shirt but when he
noticed Lou’s eyes boring holes through the fabric, he quickly rested
his hands on his hips and left them there, unaware her dark eyes had
followed his hands there.
“I was just checkin’ in the barn to see if you were there.” Lou
took another few steps closer to Kid, causing Buck and Ike to back up
as she did. She stopped to look down at the floor then turned her
long eyelashes upward in his direction. “Kid, I feel I should
tell ya - as I was leavin’ I happened to notice somethin’ out of sorts
with one of Katy’s legs.”
“What?! Her leg? I was just in there for hours and she was
fine!” Kid left the safety of the table and Jimmy and, using the
opening Buck and Ike had provided, crossed the short distance to where
Lou was standing. “Maybe she hurt herself on my ride yesterday
and I didn’t know it. Maybe the ground was too hard and she took
a wrong step and now some swelling is forming. I better go check
it out.” The southerner brushed past Lou in his haste to get out
the door to his beloved horse.
Lou turned on her heal as she stared at the now opened door.
“I’ll give you a hand, Kid!” she called after him even though she knew
he was long out of hearing range. She brushed her hair back
behind her ears and biting back a sly smile, sauntered toward the
doorway, shutting the piece of wood behind her as she went out.
Jimmy stood in the middle of the floor with his arms crossed over his
chest. He stared at the closed door and shook his head.
“Damn, she’s good!”
“Well, boys, I’d say the barns off limits for the rest of the
afternoon; how about a game of cards?” Cody asked as he pulled the deck
of cards out of the top drawer of the dresser.
“Cody, you already owe me two dollars.” Buck took the deck of
cards out of Cody’s hand and began to shuffle them.
“You’ll get it … just as soon as I win it back from the others.”
He grinned as he took his usual seat at the head of the table.
“You comin’, Hickok?” he called to his friend.
“Poor fella ain’t even aware of what’s about to hit him.”
“Well I’m sure Lou’ll take real good care of him in his state of
shock,” Noah told him as he picked his cards up off the table.
“Yeah, you jealous, Jimmy?”
“Shut up …”
“And kiss me!” Buck and Noah shouted as everyone but Cody began to roar
“I wouldn’t kiss any of you if you were the last people on earth.”
“You just don’t get it, do you, Cody?”
The teasing continued as Jimmy left his thoughts on what was going on
in the barn and joined the others at the table. Meanwhile, in the
Lou closed the barn door tightly behind her and headed straight for
Katy’s stall. She found Kid exactly where she knew he would be –
bent over, running his hands up and down the paint’s legs. As she
walked through the opened stall door, Lou began to undo a couple
buttons on her blouse.
Kid finished running his hand down Katy’s rear right leg and went to
move to her left when he was met with an obstacle. “Lou,” he
cried, annoyed, as he tried to push her leg out of the way. “I
need you to move so I can check this leg out.” He tried to bend
over once more to reach the horse but only encountered the human leg
once more. “The other three were fine. Where did you see
“Right here, Kid.” Lou held her leg up and placed it in his
outstretched arms. She was glad she was very flexible, she
thought with a smile.
Kid caught the leg thrust into his hands and gulped down the lump that
had formed in his throat. He knew what the feel of Lou’s legs did
to him. “Lou?” he croaked as she began to run her hand from her
calf to her thigh and up to her hip. Oh, he loved those hips!
He shook his head to clear his thoughts, not too hard though so he
wouldn’t throw Lou off balance and cause her to fall as she was only
standing on one leg. “You used Katy to get me out here?
Makin’ me think her leg might be swollen and havin’ me all worried
while I feel for heat in her leg. That ain’t playin’ fair,
“Who said I was playin’?” she challenged him as she reached out and
placed one arm around his neck then moving so she was whispering in his
ear. “There is heat I need you to feel for. It’s a burning
inside of me that needs to be rubbed down; it starts in my toes and
goes all the way up to here.” Lou leaned her mouth toward his and
began to touch her lips to his.
Kid thought he was going to die from the breath touching his ear but
then when he felt the contact on his lips, he knew he had to stop her
now or forever hold his peace. He quickly backed his face out of
her reach, which wasn’t easy as she had a tight grip on his neck.
“Now, Lou, we talked about this. You know we need to be takin’
things much slower. Let’s try some hand holding; goin’ for a
walk; how about swimming? No, that wouldn’t work,” he realized as
his mind drifted back to their ‘spot’ by the pond.
“Shut up and kiss me.”
“You sure know how to wear a man down, Lou.”
Kid wrapped his arms around her and together they let themselves down
on the hay below them. Lou rolled onto her back, pulling Kid with
her as his hand reached out and swatted at the tail that swished in his
face before the annoyed horse moved away from having its space
invaded. He looked down into the face of the woman he loved as he
placed his hands on the ground near both sides of her face, caging her
He looked at her wickedly as Lou grinned triumphantly back at
him. “Now where were we? Oh, yeah … tryin’ to extinguish
some heat. Now enough talking out of you.” Kid smiled as he
lowered himself on her and met her lips in a passionate kiss.
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