Mail-Order Husband:The Millionaire's Debt

By: Rebecca Tilley

“Johnny on the spot I see,” Micah chuckled and shook his head. “You can give that to Ms. Haynes when you two come out to her farm to apologize this afternoon. I have also heard some unpleasantness about Ms. Haynes heirloom candlesticks.” The color drained from Mr. Gantry’s face. “I see you know what I am talking about, Lonny. Tell me about that.”

“That was a legal sale of collateral put on deposit with the bank by Ms. Haynes. The board approved the sale of the items.”

“Well did the board know it was not their right to sell the candlesticks?”

“It was within the rights of the board to make that decision.”

“Boys, I know a little something about banking, and I know what you have done is against the law. I am done talking about who had the right to do what, and when. I am going to tell you this once, so listen carefully. I don’t care what you have to do to get those heirlooms back, but I don’t want to see your sorry faces on her farm until you have Ms. Haynes’ candlesticks. And I expect you there in an hour.”

The two men nodded in agreement, and watched Micah walk out the door. As he left he held up one finger to emphasize the one hour time limit. He mounted his horse and galloped away in a flash.

Chapter 8

When Micah made it back to the farm, Daphne was waiting on the porch. Her eyes were red and puffy, and tears were still brimming in her eyes. She sat quietly in a rocking chair, barely looking up as the horse pulled to a stop in front of her. Micah climbed down from his horse and the six guns on his waist made a clacking sound as he hit the ground. His face looked grave as he walked toward the porch to meet Daphne. He had been working for the last mile of his ride to wipe the smile off of his face. He had finally succeeded when he had rounded the bend into the final stretch to home.

“Well?” Daphne’s voice had a bite of anger in it.

“Well what?”

“Did you get the deed back?”

“I don’t have it.”

“I KNEW IT!” she shouted. “Those people at the bank don’t do anything they don’t want to. Why did I let myself believe you could change things?” Micah looked sad. “I’m sorry. I’m just angry. Not even about the farm, I’ve been expecting that for a while and resigned myself to it. It’s my candlesticks. I hoped to give those to my kids one day,” her countenance softened and tears welled up in her eyes again, “but, I’ll probably never have kids anyway.” She stood up, tears still rolling down her cheeks and looked into Micah’s caring eyes, “I guess I better collect my belongings and get out of here. I am sorry you wasted your time coming out to Colorado. I wish I had something I could give you for your trouble, but, well, you know my situation.”

She turned to walk into the house. Micah caught hold of her wrist and pulled her into his arms. She looked up at his face while his large hand gently wiped the tears from her eyes. “I didn’t come here for a farm, or money, or candlesticks. I came here for a wife; I told you that.” He leaned down to kiss her soft lips which were ready to accept his. They stood, suspended in time, enjoying each other’s embrace. For the first time in years, Daphne’s heart felt light and her stress melted away. She wanted this to last forever, but she felt the pressing deadline to get off the property.

When the kiss ended, Micah looked at Daphne, seeing a new woman. Her face had completely changed. She looked younger…no, happy. “Daphne, I have to tell you something about…” He was cut off by the beat of hooves coming down the road. Daphne was seized with fear again. The two bankers, Mr. Albertson and Mr. Gantry, were riding at full speed down the lane.

“Oh no,” Daphne exclaimed, “I’ve never seen Mr. Albertson out here before!”

Micah reached down and took her hand, intertwining his fingers in hers. She squeezed his hand and looked up at him. He gave her hand a little squeeze back and a faint smile crossed his face. Her fear subsided. She had nothing to fear, her strong man was here…she felt safe.

When the men arrived in front of the house they both jumped down from their horses and ran over to the front porch. Daphne noticed something different about Mr. Gantry; he was acting strangely…scared. She looked at Micah quizzically. What had happened at the bank?

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