Note: It took some time but here is the sequel to Making Up's Half The Fun, so if you haven't read it, I recommend reading it before going any further.
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Vin then hears a door open and turns to watch Ezra exit Samanthas room. Ezra tips his hat to Vin who does the same, signaling to Ezra that his secret was safe with him.
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Sam sits up in bed with a jolt, eyes wide and heart racing. It had been a dream, all of it. Just a dream, she thinks to herself, as she tries to slow her breathing and come to her senses.
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Later that day as Samantha sits on a hay bale, in the livery, having just come back from a ride, she looks up to see Buck enter.
"I've been looking for you," the ladies man says.
"Whatever it is, I didn't do it," she exclaims, throwing her hands in the air in mock surrender.
"Nope, it's nothing you've done, more like something you haven't done," he replies, with a grin, sitting down beside her.
She looks at him, confusion written on her face.
"You haven't been quite yourself this morning. Is there something bothering you?" the peacekeeper questions.
Samantha looks down wondering whether or not to explain it all, what she's been feeling and the dream that she had.
"Whatever it is, you know you can tell ol' Buck," he continues, trying to look under her hat to see her eyes.
Sam looks back up, knowing Buck's going to probably get it out of her, one way or another.
"Well, see, I've been doing some heavy thinking. I'm young and have my entire life ahead of me," she states, getting a nod from Buck, "and I'm not ready to fall in love or get married, not yet anyway, so I've been thinking that I should just live day to day and take my life the way it unfolds."
She smiles, and nods her head, agreeing with the conclusion she's just come to and feeling relieved at having said it out loud. Taking a deep breath she notices the confusion on the ladies man's face and tilts her head at him.
"Thanks Buck, for listening. You've been a great help," she says, with a grin, standing up.
She gives him a quick hug and kiss on the cheek and turns to leave.
"Uh...anytime," the confused ladies man replies, as she exits the livery.
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"Hey, wanna join in?" the youngest peacekeeper questions as he, Ezra, and Vin sit at a table, playing cards.
"Sure, but you still owe me five dollars from the last game," she states to JD as she sits down.
"Yeah, well I plan on paying you off this game," he replies.
"Ah, confidence," Ezra says, as he deals the cards.
"Full of it ain't he?" Vin smirks.
"JD, if you win this game, I'll give you the five dollars," the girl states, with a grin, feeling like her old self again.
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