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Buddy grinned, getting the point. ’ Buddy Elder smiled at me as if he had found a kindred soul. ’ ‘We better get back to the party,’ I said. ‘And Buddy, if you’re thinking about coming out for a ride sometime… think again. ’ I gave him a wink and patted him on the shoulder. ’ Molly and I were standing in the pasture watching Dean Lintz wipe out a stretch of white board fence as he crashed through a shallow ditch. The party was still going, but it was winding down now. Only a few more drunken administrators to kick out and we were home free.
One weekend everything would be fine. The next she might not even take a saddle. I expect a lot of kids would have given up. Hell, I was ready to give up. But not Lucy. Lucy had what she wanted. Now it was time to learn how to handle it. Molly and I ended up driving her and Jezebel to one riding clinic after another. When that failed to turn things around completely we drove up to a professional and boarded Jezebel and Lucy for two months. From dawn until dusk Lucy rode every kind of animal that came through that barn.
Tubs meant it. That’s why it worked. Ever hear of a car salesman that wouldn’t tell a lie? That was Tubs. The George Washington of the Wastelands. He could take all your money but he would never tell a lie while he was doing it. ’ Buddy grew thoughtful. ’ ‘Maybe you should have. ’ ‘I wrote another book about that. ’ Buddy grinned, getting the point. ’ Buddy Elder smiled at me as if he had found a kindred soul. ’ ‘We better get back to the party,’ I said. ‘And Buddy, if you’re thinking about coming out for a ride sometime… think again.