Already spooked, the rustlers retreated to the rig as Isaac yelled “Git!” and led the ranch hands in a charge. And just like that, it happened. Turning, one of the rustlers fired before jumping into the back of the truck. Isaac stopped short. The ranch hands kept running, hooting and hollering as the rig drove up towards the ridge. Isaac felt the bloody hole in his belly, then fell into the dry earth with a thud. He lasted one night in the infirmary, and then, clutching his weeping daughter's hand, passed away at first light.

Solia's Revenge (2021)