IIG - What Can’t Be Bought.   Posted by Marshal.Group: 0
Marshal
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Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 03:38
IIG - What Can’t Be Bought
The morning air is pleasantly cool as McGraw sets out for the Gehrig farm, sunrise having turned the eastern edge of the valley into the color of flame, the rest of the sky the hue of faded roses. Lincoln’s Main Street is quiet as McGraw makes his way along it. The Montaño Store and La Iglesia de San Juan Bautista have lights burning in their windows, and the porch of Wilson’s Saloon already has a handful of loiterers, but otherwise all is quiet. Birdsongs and the buzz of insects become the inventor’s accompaniment as he leaves the town behind him.

When he reaches the Gehrig farm, McGraw finds young Micah Gehrig stepping down from the front porch, a hoe over one shoulder, his dark hair stuffed beneath a straw hat. The cart that the engineer repaired sits beside the fence, empty.

Micah blinks in surprise as he recognizes McGraw. ”Mornin’, Mr. McGraw. What brings you back out this way? You helpin’ another family nearby?”
Jake McGraw
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Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 10:45
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"Actually, I been lookin' into them weeds." Jake says. "Is your Pa around?"
Marshal
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Sat 21 Jul 2018
at 05:35
IIG - What Can’t Be Bought
Micah nods. Propping his hoe against the side of the house he disappears inside, returning a few moments later with his father. Paul Gehrig steps down from the porch and approaches the fence, a smile on his bearded face. ”Morning, Mr. McGraw. How are you today?”
Jake McGraw
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Sat 21 Jul 2018
at 06:35
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"Doin' fine. Me and a few other fellas went lookin' fer the source o' them weeds you were tellin' me about." Jake says. "We found...well, we think we found it, and I don't think them weeds'll be a problem. Won't know until you uproot the ones already growing here, though."
Marshal
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Sat 21 Jul 2018
at 16:30
IIG - What Can’t Be Bought
Paul gestures to his vegetable patch. ”You can come have a look for yourself, Mr. McGraw. They’re...gone. I mean, mostly.”

He leads the engineer over to the rectangle of broken ground, Micah in tow. It is covered by what appears to be ash, most of it the color of charcoal, some of it in large clumps. ”Found it that way this morning. We were going to clean it up. Get it ready to plant later.”
Jake McGraw
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Sat 21 Jul 2018
at 22:55
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Jake nods. "That's good to hear. I was hopin' that might be the case, but wanted to get in touch with you to make sure. Does this mean you're plannin' to stick it out?"
Marshal
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Mon 23 Jul 2018
at 00:51
IIG - What Can’t Be Bought
Paul Gehrig nods. ”I reckon for now, we’re going to give it a try. Don’t misunderstand...I believe this valley’s still got plenty of problems. But...at least now, I think we’ve got a fighting chance to make a go of it.”

He looks out at his untitled field, then back at the engineer. ”If you and Miss Castillo had anything to do with that, my family and I...we’re truly grateful.”
Jake McGraw
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Mon 23 Jul 2018
at 02:15
IIG - What Can’t Be Bought
Jake nods. "I'll send along your thanks, next time I see her." He says. "Here's hopin' there's a light at the end o' the tunnel."

He visits for a little while, but eventually heads out toward the Tunstall spread.