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Hardly anyone, save sheriffs and marshals, carried a firearm. ” Clay crooked a smile, but his gaze, Dara Rose discovered, had found its way back to her. “That’s good,” he said. ” Edrina asked the man wearing her father’s badge pinned to his coat. “Edrina,” Dara Rose almost whispered, embarrassed. “I’ve already eaten,” Clay replied. ” “Oh,” Edrina said, clearly disappointed. “That’s a fine horse, mister,” Harriet chimed in, her head tipped way back so she could look up into Clay’s recently shaven face.
A piano tinkled a merry if discordant tune somewhere in all that roiling blue cigar smoke, and bottles rattled against the rims of glasses. The floor was covered in sawdust; the bar was long and ornately carved with various bare-breasted women pouring water into urns decorated with all sorts of flowers and mythical animals and assorted other decorations. Clay removed his hat, thumped the underside of the brim with one forefinger to knock off the light coating of snow and caught a glimpse of his own reflection in the chipped and murky glass of the mirror in back of the bar.
Edrina smiled serenely down at him. “Mama says we’ll all have to go to the poorhouse, now that you’re here,” she announced. ” Clay asked mildly, as he reached up, took the child by the waist and lifted her off the horse, setting her gently on her feet. Then he commenced to collecting Outlaw’s blanket, saddle and bridle from where they’d landed when he tossed them out of the railroad car, and tacking up. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw the town-council contingent straggling off the platform.
A Lawman's Christmas by Linda Lael Miller