Alternate Universe "Highlander"
Characters: JD Dunne and Buck Wilmington
Summary: Buck offers JD some advice about women.
JD was sullenly slinking along the boardwalk when he nearly ran into Buck.
Okay out with it, Buck demanded as he blocked the younger mans progress.
Dont want to talk about it, JD said as he changed direction to get away from his friend.
No you dont. Buck grabbed him by the arm preventing his escape.
Buck, it aint nothing. Can you just get outta my way? JD pleaded as he yanked his arm free.
Youve been lower than a rattlesnake in a wagon rut for days . Now, I aint letting you leave until you tell me why.
JD sighed. Its Jemma.
Buck smiled. Well now. Tell ol Buck all about it. The ladies man waggled his eyebrows at JD. You need some advice on how to - you know - handle her.
It aint like that! JD was practically shouting. I told you I dont want to talk about it. He sidestepped away from Buck and headed across the street.
Whoa there, hoss. Buck jogged after him. What happened? Thought the two of you were getting along.
JD looked around and led Buck into the alley between buildings. Slumping against the wall he finally confessed what had been bothering him. Jemma well its - . Ah hell, shes being courted by someone from Dona Ana. She told me it wouldnt be proper for us to be too friendly any more. Her new beau might not understand.
Her beau? JD, I thought you were gonna tell her you liked her?
JD didnt answer, just looked down and began kicking at the stones on the ground.
What did you tell her?
I was out at the ranch all the time. We talked, went riding and I just thought she understood. I thought she liked me too.
Buck reached out and smacked the bowler hat right off his head. JD, you gotta tell a woman exactly how you feel. Gotta bring em tokens of affection. Women dont like ta guess. They aint never gonna admit nothing lessin they know how a man feels about em.
JD retrieved his hat, placed it firmly back on his head and glared at Buck. Thanks for the advice. Dont do me no good now.
Buck laid a hand on the younger mans shoulder. Looks like I shoulda been teachin you more about women and less about gun fighting.
JD shrugged off the friendly gesture. Aint your fault. Guess she didnt like me as much as I liked her.
Im sure she liked you, she just wasnt sure what your intentions were and a girl that age, well shes only thinking about marriage.
The bigger man nodded. If you didnt want ta marry her, shes gonna look for someone who does. Aint got nothing to do with liking you. Trust ol Buck on this one.
JD smiled. Makes sense. Im pretty sure I didnt want to marry her.
Then ya got no reason to be upset that she found someone who did. Tell you what, next time you think you like a girl, you come to me. Ill make sure you get the courtin done all proper.
Sure, Buck, but I aint sure I ever want to get married.
Kid, never say never when it comes to women.