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was drawing near when Cindy received a letter from Lynda.
She said in
the letter that an old love, her first love had come back into her life and she
had married him. She said it was hard to
explain and she wanted Cindy to break the news to Joey.
Melvin or Mel as she called him heard that she was going to marry Joe and he
showed up apologizing for his treatment of her and after several dates she fell
back in love with him.
She said he
didn’t want to be nasty but she needed a whole man not a cripple for a husband.
One with whom she could be popular in
society and travel the world.
between the two men left Joe at a disadvantage and she succumbed to Mel’s
advances. After she had sex with him she
felt she had to go through with a marriage.
see that Cindy was upset and inquired as to what was the matter.
the letter and Cindy said, “I’m tired of doing Lynda’s dirty work.”
Joe read the
whole letter for Cindy only got through part of it.
Broken Hearts Don't Mend Easily
Joe gave it
back to Cindy who threw it in the fire place.
the embarrassment Joe would suffer from being jilted and how his joy will die
and sadness will live on.
He went to
his room and an hour later came out. All
the staff and the Huston’s were in the big room.
Joe said , "It seems the wedding is off. That’s the
end of it and I will not discuss it. You may feel free to talk about it among
yourselves if you want to but for me it is old news.
I have much work to do and am going to take
care of business."
could see this was a hard thing for Joe to bear but he handled it like riding a
bronco. It was hang on tight till it was
over and then wait till the bruises healed.
Then get on
another - - but Joe had no desire to find another for the bruise from this ride
wasn’t going away soon.
Cindy she would like to visit and show off her new husband and before Cindy
could write back they showed up at the ranch.
Joe was away
checking the herds and Cindy sent one of the stable hands with a note
explaining what was going on. Cindy told Lynda she had no shame showing up here
trying to rub it in on Joe by bringing this man she married to the ranch.
Lynda said, “I
wanted everyone to see why I married Mel instead of the cripple.”
overheard the ongoing conversation and told Lynda to take her man and go and
don’t come back for she was a disgrace.
She called a
couple cow hands to show these unwelcome guests the road and they can walk back
to town. She told Lynda they better hurry for it would be dark before they got
to town if they didn’t shake a leg.
Betty said, “That
trash better never set foot on the Circle O again or I will have both of them
shot and thrown into a gully for the buzzards.”
saw her Ma that mad before and believed she meant every word of it, even if it
was her own daughter and new son-in-law.
It was only
six weeks later when word came down that Mel, Lynda’s husband was caught in bed
with another man’s wife and hehad been
months later Lynda wrote a letter to Joe wanting to renew their relationship. She played the part of a deceived woman and
now the cad was dead.
indifferent to the whole event saying it was nothing to him but if Lynda was
ever invited to the ranch again he would leave and not come back.
the family was inclined to forgive and to invite Lynda back into the fold and
more so as days went by.