Well, I planned on reading this in two sittings but I couldn't stop. This story was wonderful.
Firstly, I not only love your portrayal of Sam, I love his voice - his witty metaphors "not a port for her high-flying clippers", his wisdom, "barkeeping is an education in gestures and expressions", his forthright speech ie. "I don't trust you,: and his carmudgeonly love and concern for everything. Delia's letters were absolutely hilarious. I want to go back and re-read them right now. What a character! And your descriptions of the snowstorm brought the setting to life... I also want to mention here that Adam in his 3-day beard sounds mm, mmm, good.
You've got the perfect ratio of dialogue and exposition, elizabeth and you really know how to build suspense. I love the ending and there are a few other things I would mention, too, but I don't want to give our spoilers. It's just a very, very, good story.
Thank you for Beale's little mare and for seeing Sam's horses and cow in out of the snow. Author's Response:
Lisal, Thank you for your very kind review and for pointing out what you especially liked about the story. I highly recommend taking one of the mainstay lesser characters of Bonanza and writing a story. The canvas is blank with maybe a little information. With Sam, it simply was his occupation and of course his physical appearance and way of being. It is an amazing experience. Someone else would write an entirely different story about Sam, which would be wonderful to read and compare notes.