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Leigh Hawthorne, a widow and local farmer in Beckham, Massachusetts, answers an unusual letter from former Pinkerton detective, Cyrus Decker, who wants to marry a woman with ranching expertise. Cy hopes that Leigh is the answer to his prayers. Brought together by necessity, will Leigh and Cy find love or will their romance meet with disaster? Join the Chance City adventure as its citizens battle opposing forces and mayhem in their searches for love and a brighter future.
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Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?
I was born in 1838 in a Comanche village. As a child, I was taught respect for others and Mother Earth. The adults were all very indulgent and gently guided us into growing into responsible, considerate adults. We never had to worry about having enough to eat or a warm place to live. I wish all children could be so lucky.
Do you have a close relationship with your family?
Yes. I have always been close to my family.
What is the happiest memory from your childhood?
Listening to the elders' stories about the origins of our people and their fierce battles.
Who is your enemy?
The military. Need I say more?
Who do you most admire in your world?
He was only a young man when he was paralyzed. He could have become bitter and angry, but he overcame great adversity and made the most of his life. He's an intelligent, kind person who is a living example of what a man should be.
Tell us a little about your world, and where you fit in?
I live outside of Chance City, Oklahoma. My family escaped going to one of the reservations when I was twenty-seven winters old. My wife and children passed away before we escaped and I've never remarried. I'm happy entertaining lonely ladies and helping my family with their various businesses. I have three nephews and one niece. I'm the fun uncle who doesn't care what other people think about me.
Where is the best place to visit in your world?
Two of my favorite places are the Chowhound Saloon and Big Benny's Saloon. Both places have dancing and gambling, but only the Chowhound has soiled doves.
What places should visitors avoid?
Avoid the church. Pastor Clem is a stubborn old fool who wouldn't know "nice" if it bit him on the...behind.
Do you have any hobbies?
Does helping my nephew Det. Cy Decker track down criminals count as a hobby? If so, that is mine.
Do you have a secret you've never told anyone?
Even though I enjoy being a "ladies man", I would rather be married again. I am just too scared to lose someone I love so much again.
What kind of clothing do you prefer to wear?
Buckskin or cotton (no pun intended).
What is your favorite food?
What do you own that would be hardest to part with?
My father's weapons.
He was a skilled hunter and brought down a lot of game with them. They have great power and losing them would be a big blow.
What was your greatest achievement?
Learning how to live in another culture that's so different than mine.
Name some of your bad habits.
I sometimes drink too much and I seduce women.
What is your greatest virtue?
Why do you think this is so?
I was taught by my elders to be honest no matter the cost. There is no place in our culture for lying, cheating, or stealing.