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The Sommersagan's By madairifa Characters: 8907

Updated: 2018-01-12 12:53


Mack let out a frustrated snarl as he pumped the lever and no water came out. He had pulled it apart and inspected it, seeing there was nothing obstructing the pipes, he put it back how it was, but the damn water pump would not pump. He pulled his hands up to his face and exhaled harshly trying to bring back the sensation back to his fingers. The cold was excruciating, making him go out into the ranch to do his chores with three layers of clothing. He feared the windmill was broken and he had no idea how to fix.

He rubbed his head as he turned to look out towards the town and wondered how long it would take him to go to the windmill to figure out why he wasn't getting any water.

"You having problems with the water too, Mack?"

Mack turned to Hanna who stood with a blanket around her shoulders outside her door. "Yeah. I'm gonna go and check it out. Will you keep an eye on Joanne?"

Hanna gave him a teasing smile. "Sure." She closed the distance between them and asked quietly, "How is she doing?"

"She's better."

"Well, it's a good thing she's got you to lean on."

"Yeah, I guess so."

She nudged him with her elbow softly. "Don't be so bashful, Mack. I saw you two the other night. You were all close and snuggly."

"We were not, " he replied looking down at his hands feigning disinterest in the subject.

"You like her, and don't you deny it. I saw it the first time I saw you two together."

"Be sensible, Hanna. The woman just lost her father."

"I know, " she replied offended. "All I'm saying is that if you like her, you make a move now before it's too late."

The front door of his house opened, and Joanne appeared wearing heavy wool pants and boots, and Mack's jacket. Hanna recognized it immediately. She gave Mack an all-knowing look and he did his best to ignore it. "Morning Miss Sommersagan. How are you?"

Joanne smiled politely as she replied, "I'm fine, thank you."

"Say, if it's not too much to ask, would you accompany Mack into town? We're not getting any water, so he's gonna check the windmill. You know about that stuff, don't you? You could teach him a thing or two?"

Mack gave Hanna a disapproving look, how could she be so obvious? But Hanna gave him a smile.

"I know some, " Joanne replied probably catching on Hanna's little scheme.

"Good! Tell you what, when you return, I'll have breakfast ready for you two."

"Sure, " replied Mack. "Let that be part of your payment from when we fix the pump."

Hanna laughed as she turned away and walked back into her house. Mack turned to Joanne. "Alright, should we take some tools with us?"

Joanne smiled. "We should."

They had deci

"How?"

"Well, one time, while we were in Spain, my father and I had stayed with this very nice woman. She was advanced of age, so her thinking was old fashion. She didn't like the way I spent my time helping my father, so she found a man for me to marry."

"But you didn't marry him."

"No, I had told her I was not interested but she was resilient. She had tricked me to accompany her to church one day and there my suitor was, with the priest ready to marry me off."

"What did you do, then?"

"What else could I do? I ran away. They had locked the doors so I threw a statue against a window and made my escape."

Mack did his best to contain his laughter. "You broke a church's window?"

"Well, yes, I couldn't see any other way out. Luckily, we left the following morning." She paused as a thought came to her. "I never told my father."

"Why not?"

"I supposed I feared he would chastise me for running away from it. I think he would have liked me to get married. He never said so but I had just turned twenty-one. Etiquette dictates I'd be married and with children already."

"But he wasn't much for etiquette, was he?"

She pondered his question and replied, "You're right. He was the one who taught me how to combine sulfur with nitrite to make an explosion."

"That lady was mad, " he said. "To force you into marriage like that."

She laughed. "She was a lunatic. But she seemed normal at first, those are the ones you need to watch out for."

They arrived at Mack's ranch, and as if she was waiting right by the window, Hanna appeared cheerily. "The pumps are working as if they were new, come on, I owe you breakfast!"

She ran back to her house hurriedly and Mack gave Joanne a nod. "Come on, she makes the best breakfasts in town."

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