A/n: I'm so sorry for neglecting this. I just lost all inspiration and I couldn't find out what I wanted to do, so this is a short chapter until I get my feet back on the ground. Please review. Thank you. Crazed and Dazed.


When I woke up the next morning, all I had in my head was sweet Amelia, and how she seemed to show some sort of interest in my. She was a pretty girl, so there was no doubt that I felt some sort of attraction towards her, and it deathly scared me because I hadn't had a girlfriend in my entire life. Rolling over in the bed, the sound of people talking in the other room caught my interest. Cautiously, I tip-toed through the room, and pressed my ear to the door.

"Amelia," I heard Matthew reprimand. "That's too risky. Don't."

"But!" she protested. "Matthew, please let me explain."

He said some sort of crude comment causing Amelia to burst into tears and I heard her run off, crying. Anger coursed through my veins as I opened up the door, and literally flew at Matthew, but somehow, I managed to hold my ground and just stare him down.

"What was that all about?" I whispered harshly.

"Nothing that concerns you."

I didn't understand this. Matthew had changed so much from yesterday. What had happened to him? Unsure of what to say or do, I took a seat beside him, never taking my gaze off of him. My heart was beating out of my chest and I didn't like that he would yell at his sister. Men weren't supposed to act in such an absurd way.

"Listen, I know you said something to upset Amelia. What did she want?" I knew that I was overstepping my boundaries, but I wanted to know what had happened for everyone to be in such a bad mood. Bitterly, I stood up, hovering over Matthew. He seemed to resist me every single time. Apparently he didn't want me to know. Taking a deep breath, I brushed past him and walked over towards Amelia's door.

"Amelia," I trailed off. "Please open the door."

At my voice, she only sobbed harder and mumbled a 'leave me alone.' Dejectedly, I walked out into the living space and took a seat. I could tell that Cole and I had overstayed our welcome. Rubbing my chin, I grabbed my guns and decided to take a little target practice outside with some old bottles. I needed some time to myself.


Bliss. It was the only word to describe quite how I was feeling when I woke up. My mind trailed off to the thoughts of Amelia and how truly beautiful she was. Excited, I threw the covers off myself, knowing that today I'd round up the rest of the crew, and hunt for Pinkerton and Rain's son. Butterflies danced in my stomach, causing me to feel lightheaded for a moment.

"Whoa," I mumbled as I ran into the door. Laughing at myself, I threw open the door, surprised to be greeted with quietness. What had gone on? Curiously, I walked towards Matthew who was sitting at the table, a forlorn look on his face. Something wasn't right; I could tell by the sad look in his eyes.

"Thinking about your father?" I asked softly.

He simply nodded his head. "Amelia and I got into an argument. I don't want her to leave. She has to stay with me, Cole. I promised my father that I'd never keep my eyes off her. You just don't understand," he muttered, looking out the window.

"Where would Amelia be going?" I asked cautiously.

"Well, she wanted to go with you and Ben, but I won't allow it......" he confirmed sadly. "I've realized something this morning and I can't let her deal with the heartache of it all. My sister deserves better," he rambled, never caring what he said or how much he relayed to me. Interested, I tried to keep my opinions of the matter out because Amelia wasn't the main concern. I had to save my family. Missouri was looking up to my brother and I; we were the only ones who could keep the Rock Island Railroad from trying to steal our town again.

"What are you talking about, Matt? Why would Amelia get hurt if she came with us, who I wouldn't allow anyway......?" I really tried to define what he meant by his sister getting hurt, but I couldn't come up with anything. Rubbing my eyes, I yawned, and patiently waited for him to say something, anything at all.

"Are you really that blind? Ben likes Amelia. You 'like' Amelia too! Do you see a problem here?"

A bit thrown back from his statement, I tried to object to his statement, but it was true. In a sense, Amelia was a pretty girl, who was so different from most girls this day and age. Sighing, I covered my face with my hands. "We don't have to worry bout this. I'd do anything for Ben and Amelia, so I'll back off, Matt." Feeling a bit down, I was proud that I was able to do the right thing. The last thing I needed was a girl in my life to mess things up with our scheme. Besides, she showed more of an interest with my brother anyway.

Matt smiled. "I think I can deal with that, but it wouldn't be safe to drag Amelia along without me."

"Are you saying what I think you're saying?" I asked, a bit happy that things had turned out.

"Sure, Cole. I'm going to help you out. Amelia will come along. She can handle a gun, and she can be a vital part of our plan by wooing the men we want to kill. It actually would work out very well."

"Great." I smiled widely, thrilled, and looking at the positive side of the situation; I had to get back to my father and mother and tell them the story. "Matt, I'm going to tell my parents, and I'll round up a few more guys. Keep an eye on Ben."

"Sure thing."

I tipped my hat at Matt, walking out the front door, and mounting on my horse. "Giddy up!" I shouted.

A/n: Oh man. This chapter sucked. It was sort of like a bridge chapter. I just wanted to address the Amelia situation and get the plot moving. Soon, the action will really pick up and I'm sure that the few of you that are reading this will be pleased. Umm, I think I should be updating on a regular basis now. Please review if you're reading. Thank you.

Next update: Wednesday. Yes, I promise to update on that date this time.......