The Funeral

It was a beautiful day in Cowtown, but it wasn't such a beautiful sight when Cowlamity Kate found out her dad had died of old age just a week earlier. While she had agreed to marry Dakota to save her father's inheritance, which she eventually claimed, she still felt the sting of pain. It wasn't normal for Kate to be shedding tears, but this was an exception. Funeral plans were going to be expensive from her perspective: $3,000 at least.

Moo, Dakota, Cowlorado, and Miss Lily found Kate sitting on her front porch one morning, shedding a few tears. She wasn't crying at full strength, but it still caught Dakota's attention. "Wonder what's the matter with Miss Kate?" he asked.

"Don't know, but something sure has upset her," said Miss Lily. "Let's go see." The group made their way over to Kate's front porch. "What's the matter?" Miss Lily asked her.

"Oh, hi, Lily. Hi, Marshal. Dakota. Cowlorado. Just letting the tears out before the funeral."

"For who?"

"My dad. He died just last week at the ripe old age of 93, but his health was doing so well, I thought he'd live a few more years. Apparently not. The funeral's at least going to cost me $3,000."

"$3,000?" said Moo. "Funerals sure aren't cheap these days. But like it says in the Code of the West, 'If you don't go to folks' funerals, you can't expect them to attend yours.'"

"That's true." Kate walked inside to grab a tissue and blow her nose before she walked back out. Dakota thought to himself, "There's a Moo Mesa cowgirl for you. Miss Kate's just as easily brokenhearted as she is stubborn and also purdy."

The funeral was a small one. Miss Lily, Cody Calf, and the C.O.W.-Boys attended, as did Mayor Oscar Bulloney, J.R., Tanya, and several other citizens, including Sally Sue Holsteen (who had a crush on Cowlorado, unbeknownst to him). Sheriff Terrorbull did not attend, due to his dirty duties as the Masked Bull. Moo and his deputies provided the music with their harmonica (Moo), accordion (Dakota), and guitar (Cowlorado). J.R. had the privilege of being the emcee of the funeral, although funerals are something you generally don't wish to be emcee of; J.R. handled it professionally, however.

When it was over, Kate felt better about the situation. "We all have to go at some point," she said as the pallbearers left. She placed a bunch of flowers on her dad's tombstone.


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