Roy Coffee opened the door and threw his prisoner a glance that spoke volumes. Adam wondered whether he should keep quiet, then decided against it.
“Why don´t you
let me out?” he asked calmly.
They had talked about that already yesterday, and the day before that,
from discussing to arguing to full-grown temper tantrums. Now it seemed
Adam Cartwright for once chose to show the good manners he was famous
even looked at Roy with a slight smile on his lips, expectation in his
His whole posure was one of relaxing:
to the wall he had pulled up one knee onto the small cot, looking for
world like he had no worry at all.
knew better than to approach him. He knew his friend´s reflexes, and he
cool calculation simmering in the deep whiskey-coloured eyes. If it
for his deputy sheriff coming in at the right moment, Adam Cartwright
have been out of the cell already yesterday morning.
took one step into the room. Adam didn´t move.
know quite well I can´t let you out. Your Pa brought up charges against
braced himself for the cot flying against the bars again, but nothing
Adam still leant back, resting against the wall. He looked almost as if
seemed to enjoy himself, the sheriff thought.
know as well as I do that the charges are ridiculous.”
shrugged his shoulders in a gesture of sympathy. He knew that the
indeed unusual – Ben had called it a precedent, and the fear and anger
voice had overruled Roy – but they were charges nevertheless. He had no
to sense his distress.
“And how am
I going to do what my father wants if I´m in here?” He leant forward
his arms on his knees. “Tell me that!”
had sat up, Roy had taken a step back. Now he lifted his hands in
Adam, but your Pa´s words were clear: You´re NOT gonna leave the
until he has at least ONE grandchild! And until then, you stay in here,
you want to disappear without an heir like last time.”
With that, Roy
Coffee turned on his heel, and slammed the door shut, but not before
the telltale sound of wood breaking. He smiled to himself. Well, he´d
alone anymore, he thought. And Adam Cartwright would stay on the