Character Focus: Chris, Vin, Buck, JD, Ezra
Summary: Its Easter, and a special surprise has been planned for the children of Four Corners
Disclaimer: This is a work of fan fiction. I dont own the rights to the Magnificent Seven and I dont make any money from this work.
Thanks: to Angela for the usual awesome beta job and to everyone on the Vinfeedback List who keeps encouraging me to write more M7!
Notes: This is the fifth in a series of short, dialogue-only stories. The earlier stories are: Diversionary Tactics, Retaliatory Measures, Escalating Hostilities and Evening the Score. You might want to read these first!
Hope you boys are all planning to be in church for my Easter sermon tomorrow.
Wouldnt miss it, Josiah. Me and Buckll be there in the front pew. Wont we Buck?
Well, the thing is, JD, I kind of have something I gotta do.
Anythin we kin help with, Bucklin?
Oh, I think I have it covered, Vin. The delightful Martha Warblers invited me on a picnic for the day
But Buck! Youll miss the childrens Easter egg hunt!
Well, thats a real shame JD, but some opportunities just cant be missed.
You git everythin done, Josiah?
Pretty much. Nathan and Ezra were out this afternoon hiding eggs in the schoolhouse garden. Should be plenty for all the children to find a couple each.
Yer kiddin me. Ezra hidin eggs?
He owed me one. And with the big surprise, it should be a perfect afternoon.
What big surprise, Josiah?
Now, Buck, if I told you it wouldnt be a surprise. Vin, you sure you got everything covered?
Sure do, Josiah.
Vin, youre looking mighty pleased with yourself. Whats going on?
Bucklin, all I kin say is, was I you, Id cancel my picnic with the lovely Nancy, cause this is surely gonna be an afternoon no-onell ever forgit.
Vin. Howd you enjoy Josiahs sermon?
Aint really my kinda thing, but he sure kin make his words sound purty.
That he can. You off to Netties for dinner?
Yeah. After the Easter egg hunt.
Wouldnt have thought thatd be your thing, Vin.
Pard, I wouldnt miss it for the world. How bout you?
Kind of promised Mary and Billy Id be there.
Well, Im headin over to the schoolhouse now, promised Josiah Id help him set up. You headin to Marys?
See ya later, then.
Chris, youre just in time!
Howdy, Mary. All right, Billy?
Mr. Larabee! Its delightful to see you!
Uh nice to see you, too, Mrs. Peabody. Mary didnt tell me you were joining us.
Silly boy! Where else would I be? Its my job to look after the guest of honor.
The guest of honor?
Mr. Larabee may I call you Chris? I just dont know how to thank you enough for stepping in at the last moment and volunteering to help us this afternoon.
When I ran into Mr. Tanner yesterday and told him about our little problem, I had no idea hed come up with a solution so quickly. Hes such a clever man and so handsome!
Of course. My brother Will was going to do it, but he broke his arm yesterday, and I was getting quite desperate to find a replacement at such a late hour. And then Mr. Tanner mentioned that you and Will are about the same size and said he was sure youd be willing to help. Well, when he came back and told me youd agreed to do it, I was just overjoyed!
He told you I volunteered to help.
Chris, is something wrong? I must say, I was a little surprised that youd agreed to do this, but I think youll look very charming.
Charming? Just what exactly did Vin whats that in the box?
Well, your suit, of course. Isnt it wonderful? Mrs. Jenkins is such a clever seamstress. She used three wolf pelts and dyed them to the appropriate color.
And arent the ears delightful? Tanned leather stuffed with hay. I hope they wont be too heavy. Though I must say, I think the feet are the crowning glory. Mrs. Jenkins will be along shortly to sew you into them.
Its its .
An Easter Bunny suit! Of course it is! You didnt think you were going to play the Easter Bunny in all that awful black clothing, did you? Oh, Im so sorry, I didnt mean to insult your habitual choice of clothing, but really, we cant have you scaring all the children away!
Mrs. Peabody. Really. I cant possibly
Oh, its so exciting that one of our very own lawmen is taking part today what a wonderful example for everyone. I do so hope Mr. Tanner was correct and the costume fits. The children would be so bitterly disappointed if their special surprise failed to make an appearance. Ah, here comes Mrs. Jenkins. Ill leave you in her very capable hands while I go and check that Mr. Sanchez has everything under control. Goodbye for now!
Chris? Are you all right? You look a bit pale.
Mary, this is Vin when I get my hands on that sorry excuse for a Texan, Im gonna get my hands round his scrawny neck and Im gonna squeeze
Mary, you dont understand. I cant
Chris Larabee, are you getting cold feet? Well, you should have thought of that when you agreed to do this and
its too late to back out now. You heard the Widow Peabody the children would be so disappointed. ... Dont give me that look. Go and put the suit on. The hunt starts in less than an hour!
Well, children, its so lovely to see you all here on this beautiful Easter afternoon. Now, as you know, there are eggs for everyone hidden somewhere in the garden, so nobody need miss out. But before you go off to look for them, I want to introduce someone very, very special whos going to help you find them.
The Widow Peabodys a force to be reckoned with, isnt she Buck?
Sure is, JD.
I wouldnt want to get on her wrong Hey, would you look at that! Whats it supposed to be? It looks like a big pink rabbit!
It is a pink rabbit, JD, you blockhead. Thats the Easter Bunny. Didnt they have them where you grew up? Pretty impressive. How can it walk with those feet? And those ears!
The nose and whiskers are good, too. What dyou think theyre made of? Must be real hot in there, too, dont you think, Buck? I wonder whos in the suit?
Mr. Dunne, it is possible my eyes are deceiving me, but if you look closely, I do believe youll find that the Easter Bunny is our very own leader, Mr. Larabee.
Cant be! What do you think, Buck?
Are you kiddin'? Chris would never well, Ill be darn it, JD, I think Ezras right! Id recognize that mean Larabee glare anywhere. How dyou reckon they conned him into doing it? Surely even Mary couldnt just charm him into that get up!
Well, the large grin plastered over Mr. Tanners face leads me to extrapolate that our esteemed sharpshooter had a hand in this.
I was wondering when hed get Chris back for setting him up to take Nancy Willard to the dance.
Indeed, Mr. Dunne. I myself have been pondering that very same question.
Now, children, do behave. Please show Mr. Bunny some courtesy and stop pulling at his ears no, Johnny, it isnt polite to try to pull Mr. Bunnys nose off. Susie, dear, leave those whiskers alone! Now, its time to start the egg hunt. On the count of three, I want you to spread out and start looking. One, two three!
Hey, Ezra, whats Chris doing now? Isnt he supposed to be helping the children hunt for eggs?
Mr. Dunne, I believe our Easter Bunny has a less charitable objective in mind.
So why isnt Vin running?
JD, what do you think Chris is gonna do in that suit, hug him to death?
TANNER, Im gonna tear you limb from limb!
Aw, now come on, Chris. Ya sure look cute with them ears and them feet an all. And the childrn love ya.
Stop moving and let me get my hands on you, you no-good
Now, Cowboy, yer jist doin yer civic duty. Ya should be proud whatre ya doin? Dont oomph!
Ouch! That had to hurt. You think Vins all right under there?
Hes fine, JD. See? Hes squirmed his way out. All he needs to do is keep out of range of those feet.
A pertinent observation, Mr. Wilmington. Although, I fear Mr. Larabee may have some difficult in regaining his feet.
Wheres one of those photographer people when you need them?
Indeed. A reminder of this auspicious occasion would have been a very advantageous item to hold in our possession. ... Mr. Wilmington, perhaps we should go to Mr. Larabees aid? He appears unable to right himself.
Are you kiddin, Ez? I aint goin near him while he has that murderous glint in his eye. Why dont we go get a drink in the saloon? Im sure Josiah can handle this.
Buck, wheres Vin?
Over there, JD, mounting Peso. Be puttin a fair bit of distance between himself and Chris if he has a lick of sense. Now, cmon boys, lets go. I need a drink.
TANNER! YOU GET YOUR WORTHLESS BUCKSKIN HIDE BACK HERE RIGHT NOW OR SO HELP ME
Happy Easter, Cowboy!