From last time ...
Billy Two Feathers stood in the doorway and watched her drive away. Not bad lookin' for a white woman. I bet she'd make a good Squaw. He went back into the shop and started making telephone calls.
And now ...
Jake watched her drive off south, toward the store, and then he got in his car and headed back down the gravel road the way he had come. It was going to take him longer than he wanted it to, to get to Ma's, but his car would never make it across the loose soil of the desert so he had to stay on the gravel.
By the time he got to the blacktop and turned southwest toward Ma's, he was concerned that Stafford would have already gotten to Ma.
The thought infuriated him. He tightened his grip on the wheel.
He was about a half mile up from the Diner when he saw Stafford's car move away from the Diner and into the dusty parking area in front of Ma's. He felt relieved. They had taken their time getting to her. Now, if I've just got the time to set this up ....
He pulled off the road in front of the Diner, out of sight of the car. Jake got out of his car and pulled the Skorpion out of the back seat and then went to the trunk, wrapped some tape and a blasting cap into some dynamite and hooked up an egg timer to the whole thing and did it in less than a minute.
He walked around the corner of the Diner and across the lot to the back end of Stafford's car - turned the handle and opened the trunk.
The driver hopped out of the car and headed for the back.
"HEY! What do you think ...." Jake stuck the muzzle of the Skorpion in his face and took the gun from his waistband.
"Alright. Turn around and walk through Ma's front door. One bad move from you, Asswipe, and I will blow your brains all over Ma's ceilin'."
"Sure, Jake, sure. Just don't shoot, okay?"
And they walked through the door, Jake holding a gun on the driver with one hand, and the Skorpion in the other.
Meanwhile, Sarah was just getting her Jeep stuck in the sand, Two Feathers was hiding behind a bush, and the Sheriff's men were just beginning to find pieces of Skinny scattered around Jake's trailer - or what was left of it.
It was the beginning of a very interesting day.