Oh, my! This in-depth look inside the head of Adam Cartwright. The death/murder of Ed Payson exposing suppressed feelings which bring roaring to light of day pent-up anger, frustration and self-recrimination one would not have expected from the usual logic calculating Cartwright.
How wonderfully you've painted big brother Hoss - the Cartwright anchor. A perfect balance to his elder brother's rocky and at times fragile state of mind.
Both Ben & Roy mostly unable to see rhyme nor reason and at times only adding to the fury beneath that hirsute Cartwright chest.
A powerful read indeed it is! And thoroughly enjoyable! And as Tracy mentioned, a read well worthy of a second run at.
I must confess to the shallowness of my thoughts ... your descriptions of a certain method of Adam's striving for cleanliness sent my pulse and heartbeat into overdrive. This for which I give thanks for at my age anything that pumps up the major, life-sustaining organ is only to be welcomed.
Well, ansi, a boy's gotta keep clean!
In the episode, I always felt that Adam recovered far too quickly from Ed's death and, in a manner, it was murder even though technically, it would be self-defense. I'm pleased you like the first person POV and my interpretation of Hoss. And as we all know, as far as Roy is concerned, what's legal and what's "fair and just" are often opposite.
Thanks for reading and reviewing.