Mail-Order Husband:The Millionaire's Debt

By: Rebecca Tilley

“He evicted me! He told me to leave all of my belongings for the auction and get out. I don’t know what they’ll do when they see the mess I’ve made, but I really don’t care. The worst part of all was that the one person that was supposed to be on my side in this thing was missing, so I was just all alone…like always.”

A deep look of shame stole over his face. Her last shot had hit him directly in the heart. Shame was soon replaced by steely determination and fury as he walked over to Daphne. Placing his hand under her chin, he tilted her face upward to meet his gaze. His eyes were tender and caring, but ablaze with rage at the same time. “Daphne, I’m sorry I wasn’t here for you this morning. I’m sorry you have been subjected to the shame put on you by Mr. Gantry and his cohorts. I wish I could take all that away, but I cannot. What I can do is try to make it up to you. I’m gonna’ ride into town right now, and I will have a conversation with the folks at the bank. I think we may be able to work somethin’ out.”

“You don’t know these people, Micah. They make all the rules ‘round these parts. They have all the money, and all the power. I’m just gonna’ leave; I’m so tired of fighting it.”

“Don’t leave. I’ll be back in a couple of hours.” He walked across the sitting room to his bedroom and pushed the door open. He slipped inside the room and came out a couple minutes later strapping a pair of holstered six-guns to his waist. He tied the holsters down to his legs with a small leather string. Micah looked like the kind of man who had used these guns in the past and it scared Daphne. As much as she hated Mr. Gantry she did not want to see anyone get hurt. What good would that do?

“What are gonna’ do with those, Micah?”

“Nothin’. All I am going to do is talk with the folks at the bank. You stay here and I’ll be back in a couple of hours.”

Micah walked out the front door, mounted his horse, and rode away. Daphne walked out the front door to watch him as he went. She was nervous about what may happen between him and the bank, but she was excited because no one had every stood up for her like this before. She felt like this was the kind of man that could take care of any situation no matter how big or small. This was the kind of man she wanted…she wanted him bad.

Chapter 6

When Micah arrived in town he went directly to the bank. He tied his horse to the hitching post out front and walked in the door. He spoke to the first person he saw that seemed to be employed by the bank, “Excuse me sir, who is the manager of this bank?”

A thin man wearing a dark grey suit answered, “Mr. Albertson, sir.” His voice was nasally, and he had an air of superiority about him. He looked Micah up and down and seemed to disapprove. Micah couldn’t believe the arrogance with which this bank was operated.

“First name,” Micah did away with the pleasantries. He figured if a man was going to treat him like dirt he would return the favor.

The man, taken aback, answered, “Alvin.”

“Alvin Albertson? Typical banker name. What about Mr. Gantry.”

“Yes sir, what about him?”

“I’m afeared you have the wrong idea about what’s happenin’ here. When I ask a question I expect a direct answer. What is Mr. Gantry’s first name?” Micah spoke in an even and calm voice that conveyed the fact he was done with any and all games this gentleman wanted to play. His eyes were fixed directly on the other man’s eyes challenging him to smart off one more time.

“Lonny,” the man’s voice cracked. He was not used to being treated in such a brusque manner, especially by a man of such enormous size. Micah decided to let him off the hook, he had made his point.


“Yes sir.”

“Where might his office be?” The man pointed to a door at the back right corner of the bank. “Is he here?” The man nodded yes. “And Alvin’s office?” The man pointed to the opposite corner. “Is he in?” Another affirmative nod. “Thank you.” Micah started walking toward the office that he had been told belonged to Mr. Gantry. He knocked on the door and patiently waited for a reply.

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