Clay woke up in a pool of sweat, he was shaking and breathing heavily. He blinked a few times, tying to shake off the nightmare he’d just had. "Uncle?" Clay looked up. Beside his nightstand was his niece, Sarah. She rubbed her eyes tiredly. "Uncle are you okay?" She asked quietly. Clay sat up and let out a small sigh. "Yes honey, just a bad dream." Sarah stood there for a moment, then handed Clay her little stuffed bear. "Chubkins will keep you safe Uncle." Clay looked at the little bear, it was the one his mother had made for Laura when she got pregnant with Sarah. "Thanks hun, but you keep him; I’ll be fine." After a few moments she hesitantly took him back, then walked back towards her room. "Goodnight Uncle." Clay sat at the saloon, drinking some whiskey. "Hey Clay." Clay looked up as his friend Levi patted his shoulder. "How’s Sarah doing?" "She’s doing well, it surprises me how big she’s getting." Levi nodded and sat down beside him. "Bartender, I’ll take a whiskey." The bartender nodded and brought Levi his glass. Clay finished off his drink and got up. "Come by the house sometime, […]

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