The Writer's Corner
A Bring Milly Back Production
By Michelle Palmer
Chapter 12: Lucas’s Surprise
Lucas shook his head as Mark galloped into the yard. He turned
back to the wagon wheel he was trying to get fixed. “You’re
late, Mark. Where have you been?”
Mark jumped off his horse and ran over to the wagon. He didn’t
answer his father’s question. “Pa, you best come to town!” Mark
“Some kind of trouble, son?” Lucas grunted as he continued
working on the wagon.
“I’d say!” Mark pushed his hat back on his head. “Milly’s in a
tizzy! She is madder than a wet hen! She said you best get
into town if you know what’s good for you!”
Lucas groaned as he wiped the sweat from his back and put his
shirt on. “Did she say what it’s all about?”
“No sir, but she sure is mad! She wants us both there on the
double!” Mark declared.
“Alright.” Lucas started toward the barn to saddle his horse.
“Uh…P…Pa?” Lucas turned. “Don’t you think you should clean up
“You just said Milly said we best get there on the double, son.
When Milly says on the double, that means don’t stop to clean
up.” Lucas declared.
“Yeah but…” Mark scratched his head. “Maybe you should wash up
just a bit first.”
Lucas shook his head as he saddled his horse. “I’m anxious to
see what sort of trouble I’m in now.” He quickly saddled his
horse and mounted. “Let’s go, son.”
Father and son rode quickly into town. Lucas noticed all the
horses and wagons parked outside the hotel. “Don’t tell me
everybody got the date wrong for the wedding too!” Lucas
stepped up to the hotel, afraid of what he would find inside.
“Why’s it so dark in here, son?” Mark shrugged. Lucas opened
the door to walk in.
“SURPRISE!” Lucas stepped back in shock at the shout. Lamps
were lit then as he was suddenly surrounded by people. Milly
hugged and kissed him. Then she took his hand.
“Honey, what’s going on?” Lucas asked, still in shock as he
tried to figure out what this was all about.
“Lucas, this is my wedding gift to you.” She led Lucas into the
Lucas froze as he watched four men turn around. He stood in the
doorway speechless. He could not believe who was standing in
front of him! Lucas looked from one man to the other. His eyes
filled with tears as he hurried forward and embraced his eldest
brother. “Abraham!” Lucas cried. “Oh brother!”
Lucas moved on to his next brother, Jeremiah. They embraced as
they shed tears. Then Lucas embraced Peter. “I can’t believe
you three are here! Are your families here?”
“No, I’m sorry Lucas. We were the only ones in the McCain clan
who could come. Trains are expensive and…well, you know how it
is. If it wasn’t for your fiancé wiring us to let us know about
the wedding, we wouldn’t even be here!” Abraham declared as he
shook a disappointed finger at his brother.
Lucas wiped his tears. “I’m sorry…I sent you a letter. I just
never knew you’d be able to come!” They all embraced each
other. The four brothers stood together in a tight circle as
they shed tears over the reunion. “How are Emily and Laura?”
Lucas finally asked about their two sisters once they regained
control of their emotions.
“They so wanted to come, Lucas,” Jeremiah answered. “But they
are both pregnant and just couldn’t make it. They sent their
Lucas turned to the fourth man. He smiled as he punched him
playfully on the cheek. “I still have a good punch. Will I be
needing to show you this time around?”
“No, Lucas. I’m not wanted this time,” Johnny Gibbs answered.
He held out his arm. A woman came to stand in his embrace. “I
want you to meet my wife, Stephanie.”
“You’re married?” Lucas reached out his hand. “Welcome to the
family!” He kissed her on the cheek.
“That’s a wonderful lady you’re marrying there, Lucas,” Abraham
declared as he nodded his approval.
Lucas turned and held out his arm for Milly. “She IS
wonderful!” he declared as he kissed her softly on the lips.
Milly blushed. “You have had a chance to talk to her?”
Abraham nodded. “We spent a great deal of time together last
night and today.” Abraham reached out and patted Lucas on the
shoulder. “I’m so proud of you, little brother. I’m glad
you’re getting remarried. Margaret would approve.” Abraham
turned to Johnny. “Wouldn’t she?”
Johnny stepped forward and took Milly’s hand. “Yes. My sister
would LOVE you.”
Milly’s eyes filled up with tears. Getting the approval of
Margaret’s brother meant a great deal to her. She felt like she
was finally accepted into the family. She wiped the tears from
her cheek and turned to Lucas. “You have some other guests to
“Some more guests?” Lucas asked.
Milly smiled and nodded. “You have a lot of friends, Lucas.
Lucas nodded. Milly and Mark had indeed been busy! He’d have
to thank Mark. Then later when they were alone, he’d have to
He was still in shock at seeing his brothers. He hadn’t seen
them since he left Oklahoma and that was a long time ago. He
turned back and looked at his brothers once more. “It’s so good
to have you here.” Then they shared one more circled embrace
before Lucas walked out.
Lucas’s head was spinning. It seemed Milly and Mark had indeed
been busy. Among the many out-of-town guests that evening were:
Sam Buckhart, U.S. Deputy Marshal and family
Tom Benton, U.S. Marshal
Vernon and Nancy Tippart and children
Billy and Lucy Mathis
Ann and Lakota Taylor and children
Speed and Swifty Sullivan
The celebration went long into the night. Lucas mentioned that
Mark needed to get home and go to bed since he had school the
next day, but Milly informed him that as his future mother,
she’d taken certain liberties to dismiss him from school for
Thursday and Friday. Lucas raised an eyebrow, but quickly
lowered it after Milly raised one of her own.
Finally, the guests began drifting off as the night grew later.
The men agreed to get together early in the morning at the
McCain Ranch where they would catch up on what was going on.
The women agreed that their services would be needed in town to
help the frazzled Lou Mallory get the hotel ready for the
wedding, then to remind Milly to take deep cleansing breaths as
her big day approached.
Milly was exhausted, but very happy to see the joy in Lucas’s
eyes. She knew all the weeks of planning were well worth it in
the end. As she saw some of the guests to their rooms, she was
suddenly swept away and dragged outside. Lucas took her hand
and dragged her behind the hotel where they could have some
privacy. Then he took her in his arms and kissed her
passionately. Milly lost herself in his embrace as they once
again shared a kiss that reminded them of their love for each
After Lucas forced his lips to part from Milly’s, he held her
tightly in her arms and smiled into her dancing eyes. “That was
a thank you for what you did. Milly, seeing my brothers again
has been…I can’t describe it! I haven’t seen them since I left
Oklahoma. You really surprised me.”
“That was the intention, my love,” Milly said. “Tomorrow is
your last day of freedom. Are you going to miss it?”
“Not one single bit!” Lucas declared with a shake of his head.
“Oh Milly, I love you,” he breathed as he again pressed his
lips to hers and kissed her.
“Milly? Milly Scott?” Lou called.
“Uh oh…I’m gonna get…” Lucas started.
“Lucas McCain!” Lou planted her fists on her hips. “Two days
then you can have her all you want! Until then, mind your
manners!” Lou grabbed Milly’s hand and started dragging her
inside. “Lucas, you go home! Mark’s fast asleep inside on the
couch! Ye should have had him in bed hours ago!”
“Goodnight, my love,” Milly said as she blew him a kiss. Lucas
grinned as Lou whisked her inside and firmly closed the door.
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