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Episode Eighteen of One Arm Lightning

Episode Seventeen concluded with:

            Connors moved quickly to pick up the lantern from the floor. He set it upright so it would no longer spill kerosene. He then checked Oliver, who he thought had been knocked unconscious by something falling off the shelf.
            He was wrong. There was a knife protruding from Oliver’s back. Lying beside the corpse was a pretty piece of gingham cloth with a paper pinned to it.
            Connors’ voice trembled as he read aloud, “Four.”
            A red explosion filled his head. Forrest Connors dropped the piece of cloth before his entire body slumped to the floor. 

Episode Eighteen


            Rob Laverty was jittery as he went about his evening patrol. The lawman admitted to himself that he was scared of a ghost. He wondered if quitting his job and leaving town would make him safe.
            But where do you go to escape a ghost?
            The sheriff remembered some things his mother had said to him long ago about the powers of a guilty conscience. He wondered if his conscience had created a vision of Wes Torveen. But he didn’t wonder for long. No, what he had seen was real.
            The lawman nodded his head to the owner of the town’s only hotel and continued down the boardwalk. He had been a fool to tell people about seeing the ghost of Wes Torveen. Nobody believed him and his actions could have angered the ghost.
            Laverty was approaching the Rome Saloon. He didn’t want to go in. Fenton Goulding would probably be inside and Laverty didn’t want to be seen palling around with one of Wes Torveen’s other targets. In his desperation, Rob Laverty was trying to concoct some scheme that would put him in favor with the strange spirit he believed was stalking him.
            A shot fired from across the street. The sheriff turned his head toward the noise. It came from behind Oliver’s General Store. Damn! He would have to look into it. Laverty hoped the ghost wouldn’t take offense at his helping Blake Oliver.
            The lawman drew his gun and moved, not too quickly, across the street. Entering the alley beside the general store, his pace became even slower and more cautious. A dark alley provides a great location for a ghost. But Laverty found nothing unusual. Maybe it was just a drunk making noise.
            Returning to the boardwalk, the lawman saw a glimmer of light coming from the front window of Oliver’s General Store. He looked inside. The light was coming from the storage room. Maybe Blake was in the back getting some work done.
 Maybe not. Laverty entered the store and moved cautiously toward the storage room. As he drew near, he could hear odd, scraping footsteps: a spirit from beyond the grave!
            The sheriff’s gun hand was shaking as he stepped inside the room. He spotted Forrest Connors, face pale and uncertain on his feet. One hand was carefully feeling the back of his head.
            “What are you doin’ here, Connors?”
            “Blake Oliver is dead.” The young rancher wheezed out his words as he pointed downward.
            Rob Laverty stared at the corpse. His face began to contort when he shifted his eyes to the cloth and piece of paper that Connors handed him. “Now, there are only two of us left: me and Fenton Goulding.” 
            “I’ll go get the undertaker…”
            “You’re not going anywhere, Connors, ‘ceptin’ to jail.”
            The sheriff held up the gun which shook in his hand. “I’m arrestin’ you for the murder of Blake Oliver.” He motioned with the gun toward the front door of the store. “Move!” 
            Forrest Connors did what he was told. The sheriff’s eyes were filled with desperation, and his entire body was beginning to tremble. He seemed possessed by a demon. Forrest wanted to get into a jail cell before the weapon in Laverty’s hand went off.
            The sheriff was terrified, but in an odd way, he was feeling happy. He had a scheme in mind: a plan which might pacify the ghost of One Arm Lightning.

Tomorrow: Episode Nineteen of One Arm Lightning