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Chapter Four



It wasn’t until his second day back that Bo gathered the courage to speak to Shep. Knocking on the main house door, he took his customary seat on the porch swing and waited for Shep to join him.

It felt good to get his hands dirty again. He’d hated to put Lark out of a job, but he knew the boy was meant for better things anyway.

Shep stepped outside with Jeremy on his arm. “It’s about time you came by.”

“Sorry. I got in pretty late and I was eager to get started this morning.”

“Lark told us about your wife. I’m sorry.”

Bo nodded. It was still hard to imagine Jan was gone, but from the sound of it, she was in a better place. “I appreciate that. I guess she was in a lot of pain there towards the end. Did Lark happen to tell you anything else?”

Shep glanced at Jeremy, they both shook their heads. “Nope,” Shep answered.

“Jan had a baby going on seven months ago. She left him for me to raise. And before ya ask, no, he’s not mine by blood, but that don’t make a spit of difference to me. I love Joey like he was my own.”

Shep’s eyes lit up and Jeremy’s jaw dropped. “Hot damn. We’re gonna have us a little mascot running around the ranch.”

Jeremy elbowed Shep. “He’s a baby, not a puppy.”

Shep looked insulted. “I know that.” He grinned at Bo. “I’m happy for you. I’m even happier for myself. I’ve always wanted a nephew to spoil.”

Bo couldn’t believe his boss was taking it so well. “Just so you know. I’ll be looking for a house for the two of us in town. I hope that’s okay.”

“No. It certainly is not okay. What’s wrong with the bunkhouse? Now that Jeremy’s not sharing your room there should be plenty of space for a crib.”

Bo scratched his head. “I’m not so sure the other cowboys will be as excited about Joey as you are.”

“Well, why don’t you ask ’em before you run out and buy a house? It should work for a couple years at least.”

He’d never get over the kindness of the folks in Cattle Valley. Bo went on to tell Shep and Jeremy all about the baby, even bringing out the few pictures he’d brought along. By the end of their visit, he reckoned Jeremy was almost as taken with the idea of having a baby around as Shep.

“It’s Tuesday, which means Taco Night in town. Care to join us?”

Bo rubbed his stomach. It had been over two months since he’d sat down to eat greasy tacos with his friends. “I’d love to. Sunrise Garden’s is great if you want fresh produce, but it sucks if you’re hankering for junk food. Just let me run to the house and get cleaned up, ten minutes max.”

Shep nodded. “We’ll be here.”

Bo jogged towards the bunkhouse. Flying through the door, he almost ran over Rance. “Sorry,” he said and kept going.

Stripping off his clothes, he jumped into a warm shower, and quickly scrubbed up. For the first time in recent memory, the sight of Rance hadn’t made him hard. Bo thought that was pretty good progress.

He was out of the shower and dressed in comfortable shorts and a white muscle shirt within eight minutes, leaving two to spare. After slipping on his flip-flops, he ran a brush through his hair and was out the door.

“Made it,” he panted, running up the porch steps.

It was then he noticed Shep and Jeremy enjoying an evening make-out session. Damn. I guess there had been no need for him to rush after all. One thing the cowboys on the ranch had learned pretty damn quick, was not to interrupt the boss when he was gettin’ some sugar.


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