Old Acquaintance- by Trekfan

The title for this is from the song sung at New Years "Auld Lang Syne" source is from Wikipedia http://en. old acquaintance be forgot,

and never brought to mind ?

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

and days of long ago?


For auld lang syne, my dear,

for auld lang syne,

we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,

for days of long ago.

And surely you'll buy your pint cup !

And surely I'll buy mine !

And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,

for days of long ago.


We two have run about the hills,

and pulled the daisies fine ;

But we've wandered many a weary foot,

since days of long ago.


We two have paddled in the stream,

from morning sun till dine (dinner time) ;

But seas between us broad have roared

since days of long ago.


And there's a hand my trusty friend !

And give us a hand o' thine !

And we'll take a right good-will draught,

for days of long ago.


It was just a few days after Christmas and Ennis wasn't really happy having to take this long trip to Douglas, he was hoping to stick around Riverton. Spend more time with his girls, ever since the divorce all he'd been doing is work. Except for seeing them one weekend a month he didn't get to see them much and they were both growing like weeds. Stoutamire had told him he had to deliver some horses up to a friend's ranch, he'd sold two of his best horses to him and he needed Ennis to drive them up there. In fact Stoutamire made it hard to refuse cause he promised Ennis a bonus for doing it. He knew he needed that money real badly. The child support he had to pay really ate up his salary. At least with this bonus maybe he'd have something left over to buy himself a new sleeping bag. His old one was wearing out, no wonder with what he and Jack did in it. He smiled at the memory of their get together last month in Don Wroe's cabin.

He sometimes couldn't help thinking of what it would be like to just do it, chuck it all and start that sweet life that Jack had talked about a while back. Then he'd be spending his holidays with Jack, imagine Thanksgiving with Jack, Christmas with Jack. New years! Well no use in thinking about that. Jack is probably down in Texas with his family, he'd just have to spend another New Years ringing it in with a glass of whiskey and trying to get a good picture on the TV of the ball dropping in Times Square.

Ennis put all those thoughts out of his mind as he loaded up the horses and made sure they were secure in the trailer then set out east on route 20 towards Douglas.

Jack never expected to be in Lightning Flat after just being there in November with Ennis, but when he heard his mother had taken ill he took the long drive up there to see how she was. Turned out that she has some bronchitis, luckily the doctor fixed her up and he was going to be heading on back to Childress. Lureen reminded him that he needed to be back for her grand New Years eve party, though he didn't feel she really needed him there. In fact their marriage had been a big joke for years, they barely even had a friendship at this point and Jack had been thinking about asking for a divorce for several months but kept chickening out. But now with New Years coming up he was determined to cut himself loose. He couldn't live this lie anymore, so after her party was all said and done he was going to drop the bomb. He only wished he had some better plans on what he was going to do. He had some money saved up, he's always been a good salesman and the commissions kept him comfortable. He only wished Ennis would agree that living separate lives was not how he wanted things to be. That they could start a cow and calf operation together, but he knew that Ennis wasn't going for it, so Jack was going to have to strike out on his own and try his best to make the most of it. The next day he said his good-byes to his mother even said he was leaving to his father. Though all he did was grunt out 'good riddance' and went back into the barn. He started up his truck and headed south down route 59, his usual drive when he was heading back to Texas. Down 59 through Douglas.