by Purple Lacey

Characters: Ezra, Vin, Chris and Buck mostly, with the rest of the Seven making various appearances.

Rating: I'd give it a PG- 15

Warnings: There is implied sexual abuse as well as physical abuse of children in this story, nothing too graphic, but if the idea bothers you then don't go any farther. You have been warned!

Disclaimer: Is there is anyone out there that doesn't realize by now that I don't own any part of the Magnificent Seven in any way, shape, form, or fashion, and make absolutely no profit from this? Can I see a show of hands, please? Ha, that's what I thought! <G>

Author's notes: This is a new AU set in the Old West that I'm calling “Double Bond”.

(What is a double bond you ask?

double bond : noun
A covalent bond in which two electron pairs are shared between two atoms.
--The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company-)

It was inspired by a challenge on the Ezra's Littleverse list. I don't claim to be submitting it as a real challenge response because I have a hard time following rules imposed on me by others. I have been known to bend, break, and completely ignore them when it suits me… and this time it suited me. It's just so much more fun to color outside the lines!

The only reason I mentioned it at all is because I thought Bec deserved credit for the inspiration (or blame, depending on your point of view J) for this one. This is the first story of the series; others will (hopefully) follow. The universe will be open as soon as I finish setting up the background.

My thanks go out to Jenn for her suggestions, advice, and encouragement. You're the best! And a HUGE Thank You goes out to Karen who beta-ed this for me. Any mistakes you find are my stubborn own because Karen really, really tried. J

Size: Approx 320K

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