My Sweet Lonesome Dove,
I have my hands full with this sordid lot of injuns and ingrates, that’s fer sure and fer certain. Half bubble off plumb, every solitary one of ‘em.
Why do they try my enduring patience so? I’m flattered that ye would ask. Permit me to indulge ye.
First off there’s Fubar – now he ain’t a complete and utter idiot. Not that I’m wholly settled about him, wanderin’ off all those months past and then miraculously showin’ up but a few days ago. Cain’t tell if he’s been sent as an Angel of Mercy, or one of Heaven’s rejects been tossed out on account of he couldn’t make muster in the hereafter.
Then there’s this Injun I mentioned, calls herself Foreign Sky. I ain’t entirely made my mind up about that one, neither. If for nothin’ else she’s so damn secretive. Tribal tradition my arse. She’s a might more astute than the rest of these heathens, though, I’ll give her that.
Then there’s Mercy Lee. I reckon she’s been bitten by somethin’ unnatural, as she’s got herself a vile thirst that won’t abide nothin’ but what’s sanguin. Easy enough to slake with pig’s blood from the butcher. But her behavior bears watchin’, lest she gets even more peculiar. I’ll be keepin’ a pistol loaded with silver bullets, and sleepin’ with holy water and a wooden stake under my pillow.
About this Theodore character that just showed up a few weeks ago. Well, he’s just a goddamn fool. Not a lick of common sense. A tree stump could best him at a game of wits. I’m of a mind to string him on a leash like a mangy pup to keep him from goin’ astray. Fitting enough ol’ Mustang Bill gave milk to the ignoramus. Liberating him of his tequila might of learned him. But I highly doubt it.
We also found this stray, Nine-Finger Nico. A relentless braggart and a plum idiot. And as dangerous as a rabid cur. He’s as big a damn fool as Theodore, and worse, more inclined to shoot off his mouth as his pistol. He took a couple of sore good lessons of late. Had run-ins with Red Revolver and Rattlesnake in nary a two-day stretch. I am fairly certain that nothin’ of any virtue sunk into that thick skull of his, however.
Fingerbanger ‘tis another stray that took up with us. Can’t hit the broadside of a barn most days, even when the runt has the good sense to draw down and shoot. His bragidotious mouth is nearly as wide as Nico’s, and both of theirs would put the Grand Canyon to shame. He’s handy with his tinker-tools, so he ain’t a complete loss. He’s proved useful enough to keep as a travelin’ companion, anyhow.
Might be there’s a glimmer a sun shinin’ on this lot. Or a curse spat out from hell a-hangin‘ over ‘em all. Only time will tell. This has to be the sorriest excuse for a posse I ever did throw in with. That’s fer sure and fer certain.
Angels of Mercy and Ministers of Grace protect us. We sorely need all the help we can get.
Sincerely yours, Jonah “Cuchulainn” Sterling