D’Ross took a deep breath like he was going to jump feet first into a pond of cold water. Then he said, “That’s when I took her on my horse and we… “ Here the heavy boy fluttered his meaty hand in the air. “You know… we…” There was the flutter again. “Back in the woods.”
Turkey listened to the gasps go through the room. “Are you telling me, that Verna Ware, the very first time she ever met you, spent intimate time with you? Is that what you are unable to say, when you do this?” The lawyer fluttered his own hand in the air, a touch a drama he liked.
D’Ross answered, “Yep.” He was starting to enjoy being the center of all the hub-bub and whispers. “And Abe too.”
Turkey spun around with his mouth open to look at the pretty young lady standing between her father and her brother at the back of the courtroom, and he asked, “Did you say Abe Finney also had relations with Verna Ware? That same day?”
Not a person in the jury was breathing, waiting for the paunchy young man to answer. D’Ross started to smile and flutter his hand, thinking that would make everyone laugh again. And then his body jerked right. A loud crack sounded, filling the air with a roar and smoke, and D’Ross fell out of the witness chair. The sound repeated, just as loud, louder, and everyone was jumping up or flattening out on the floor.
THE LONG WAY HOME is book-club women’s fiction about the first paternity suit filed in frontier Texas in 1908. A father ends up in court, with a judgment as independent as the Wild West, affecting 4 generations of the Ware family. The themes of gun ownership and women’s choice are central to the story.