Summary: Vin faces a difficult situation.
This is a sequel to my story, Diversionary Tactics. You should probably read that one first!
Disclaimer: This is a work of fan fiction. I dont own the rights to the Magnificent Seven and I dont make any money from this work.
Were needed down at the school house.
You could say that.
Vin, lets go!
Chris, from what I kin see through this lil window, there aint nothin moren a room fulla children in there.
Appearances can be deceptive. We need to go in, real quiet like.
Just what kinda trouble are we talkin about?
Theres no time to explain. Ill fill you in once were inside.
Mr. Tanner! Its lovely to see you, Im so glad you could come.
Mornin, Mrs. Patterson. Thats What?
The children have been so looking forward to your talk.
Of course. Dont tell me I have the wrong day? Mr. Larabee assured me
Oh, he did? CHRIS! Chris?
How strange; he was right behind you a moment ago.
Oh, yeah. Real strange.
Mr. Tanner, are you all right? You look a little pale.
Im fine, its just
Well, good. The children are very excited. If youre ready, well start straight away.
Ready? Mrs. Patterson, you dont under
Wonderful. Class, this is Mr. Tanner. He has very kindly agreed to talk to us today about his experiences of surviving in the wilderness.
Buck, wheres that black-dressed, black-hearted, good fer nothing
Hey, Vin. Whats put a burr up your butt?
I Chris, he I need a drink.
Inez, darlin, a whiskey for Vin.
Were ya in on this, Wilmington?
In on what?
Dont go givin me that innocent look! You were in on it, werent ya?
Now, Vin, theres no need to get all riled up. It was just a hey, Chris! Look, Vin, Chris is here!
Something wrong, Vin?
You worthless, sneaky, connivin, son of a
Dont you think youre overreacting just a mite?
I I you
Calm down, Vin, it cant be good for you, going all purple like that. Do you like my new hat? Its a gift from Mrs. Patterson you know, the teacher down at the school.
Ya kin just wipe that smirk off of yer face right now, Larabee, cause Im gonna just where dya think youre goin? I aint finished! Get yer skinny ass back here! CHRIS!
What was that all about, Ezra?
Retaliatory measures, Mr. Dunne. Retaliatory measures.