BC: Reuben tells us that the excitement doesn’t quit while he is away in the other country. Waltzer fires three more shots at the car and five rounds into the house. In the meantime, Roxanna calls the sheriff and Dr. Nokes, while shouting at the girls to stay down. Swede tries frantically to find Dad’s gun and shells to fill it, until there is nothing but quiet left. Davy has taken the car and driven off, Waltzer has disappeared, and Dad is propped up on his elbow on the gravel, bleeding abundantly from a hole in his side. Reuben is on his face in the lee of the porch. Dad is still alive at this point, but the exit wound of his gunshot seems to be bleeding far too greatly to sustain life for long.
FC: Pease Like a River By: Hannah Steel
1: So, as Reuben thinks he has betrayed his brother. They all assemble the next morning on horseback at Lonnie Ford’s ranch. A few hours earlier, a rancher had found Andreeson’s car parked on a country road. Mr. Juval, the new federal agent, has now joined them and is unsure of taking Reuben. However, Reuben is the only one who knows the way even though he had only ridden to the cabin at night. Dad insists that Reuben can do it, and Reuben sees that Dad is counting on him to lead them to Davy. Swede hates the fact that Reuben sold Davy out, and now sees him as a liar and a traitor; one of the bad guys. This chapter builds up the concept of consequences, and even if we don't acknowledge them, are there.
2: Dad marries Roxanna on a Saturday in March back in Roofing, Minnesota.They had returned to Roofing at the end of February. The ride with Mr. Juval and the hunt for Davy leaves Reuben’s lungs in horrible condition. Roxanna doesn't seem sad about leaving her place and it occurs to Reuben that leaving for Roxanna symbolizes starting over with a new life. They end up moving into a red farm on top of a hill and selling the Airstream to Dr. Nokes. They move into the farmhouse, Dr. Nickles had told Dad to take Reuben home, at the same time inferring he hadn't long to live. They're also waiting for Davy to contact them and tell them how he's doing.
3: Reuben finds himself wading on the shore of a stream with no idea why he is there. He realizes this place he is in is being watched over by someone who has already made note of his presance. Then, off to his right across a valley, he sees a man afoot who he discovers is a knight who has served his king to his deepest ability, and now he is almost running to greet Eternity. Reuben Land is in heavan where he sees his father, he wants to stay, but can't. Jeremiah tells Reuben to help Roxanna and take care of Swede.