askdesertbluffs:

His were kind of unexpected, honestly. Don’t know if it’ll be a trend or anything yet. But y’know, family doesn’t always have to mean married with kids. Family can be two people and some friends. Or animals, if you’re more into pets than people.

I have a dog. Name’s Orion. [grins, pulling out her own wallet and pulling out a stack of pictures; a few of her and a dark-haired girl, a few of a black and tan dog, and one of a very young girl; sets the pictures of the dog on the table] The girl with me there’s my sister.

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askdesertbluffs:

Just one right now, but he’s our pride and joy. [puts his map away and takes his wallet out instead, showing her the picture of his family inside] Didn’t ever think I’d meet the right one, either, but they’re out there. You’ll find them.

Dunno if I want to, really. I mean, I love kids, but… families’re messy. [smiles, looking at the photo] …Yer kid has the same eyes. Dif’rent, but. [gestures to her cheekbones] Extra pair. That some family traditional thing?

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deadnvcrintern:

Perfect. And you did it just how I like it, too. 

That right? [grins]

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deadnvcrintern:

Damn. That’s pretty far. 

Oh well. [raises her glass] Here’s to… Fuck if I know. You pick. 

To new friends in backwater Colorado places. [raises an empty glass]

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deadnvcrintern:

That’s sweet. 

Where’d I end up anyway? I was just kinda driving. 

Shit middle o’ nowhere. Also known as Stratton, Colorado, about two hours out from Denver.

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askdesertbluffs:

Sometimes places are better when they’re unnoticed. [smiles at her again, carefully folding his map back up] I never really had the chance to experiment with how I looked when I was younger, so I’m just kinda having fun with it now. I’ll probably tone it down again when my kids start getting older. Don’t want to be that embarrassing dad still trying to look twenty when he’s fourty.

[relaxes slightly at the mention of kids] You have littl’uns? How many, if I’m allowed t’ know? I never meet a man I like long enough to have kids, I’m jealous.

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deadnvcrintern:

Everyone seems like they need it, I’m sure.

Nah. Ol’ Eli don’t need it, but he buys a bottle worth of whiskey off me every Friday anyway. ‘S how I can justify not chargin’ you, and keep Mike from firin’ me.

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deadnvcrintern:

Thank you. I really, really appreciate it. 

Sure thing, hon. You seem like y’ need it.

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scoutmasterearlharlan:

Sorry. How do you feel about California and deserts?

Never lived in either before. It’ll be an experience. [frowns, leaning on the counter] I hope Ma Annie and Mike are alright. They live on the second floor.

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deadnvcrintern:

God, I guess I owe you two bucks, ‘cause there isn’t even a story. I’m just totally fucked.

…Y’know what? It’s on me anyway. And when Ma Annie comes down, I’ll get ‘er to make ye somethin’ to eat, too.

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