Business As Usual?

A few minutes later Freddy and Simon entered the Prickly Cactus and went up to the bar. The place was lightly populated at the moment, and the two went to the bar and sat down.

"Hey!" Freddy shouted. "Two beers, my friend here lost to a windmill, so he's buyin'!"

Jen looked up from mixing a drink when she heard Freddy’s voice. That meant Jeffrey wasn’t far behind. She laughed, hearing that Jeffrey had lost and was buying the beer. It was funny; he didn’t look like a Jeffrey.

Jen gave the drinks she mixed to the waitress, who delivered them to a table. She then poured a couple of frosty mugs of Bud for two of her favorite guys. Placing the beers on the bar in front of them, Jen teased Jeffrey, whispering in his ear, “Let’s hope you have better luck hitting the hole tonight.”

She giggled like a school girl and went back to her work. Jen’s life had totally transformed in the past six weeks.

Hunter and Kelli were together. As the owner and Jen’s excellent management skills, Hunter only worked evenings now. This gave him free time to spend with Kelli.

The two of them had just climbed The Gallery, a difficult sport rock climbing route up Red Rock. Now, they stood, sweaty and hot at the top. Well, Kelli stood. Hunter took a knee, opening a box to present a different kind of rock. Kelli leaped into his arms, nearly knocking them both over the edge. Hunter made the mental note not to do something that exciting near the edge ever again. Not that he ever expected to propose again. It seems Gus and Carson weren’t the only ones desiring to make a commitment.

"Here," she handed one mug to Jackson and smiled. She wouldn't say it to his face, but Jackson had kept up pretty damn well for an older guy. "So... what's on the agenda for us today?"

Jackson looked up at her perfect body. He grinned a sideways grin. Accepting the cup of coffee, Jackson placed it on the nightstand, then turned back to Allison.

Holding out a hand to her, he said, “I like what you’ve put in this morning.” He chuckled, then added, “I’m so up for more of the same.”

Coop sat at the diner alone. He came here often to honor Daniel. He was the best friend a guy could ever have. When he heard that Daniel’s ghost had actually protected everyone at the Prickly Cactus, Coop has to laugh. That would have been one ghost of whom Coop wouldn’t have been afraid.

He just finished up his lunch and was about to return to work. Things were picking up at the office with newcomers coming through the portal all the time to vacation at Jackalope Crossing. It was the perfect name for a place for unusual beings to cross over into his world.

Coop laid a substantial tip on the table for Nodia. She had seemed to recover well from being pushed into the trauma she experienced six weeks ago. Coop was happy for her. He got up and crawled into his rare

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