I had read the story as a P with P and thank goodness, I had forgotten it. And because I had forgotten it, the story had the same visceral impact it had on me the first time I read it. It made me teary. The attention to detail only emphasized Adam's emotions and the ending is perfect.
Beautifully done!Author's Response:
Thank you, Adamant. You know, people talk about the "middle child" vs the "eldest child" vs the "youngest child" -- Adam had to be a little of everything to his baby brother Hoss. A mother a lot of the time - Inger was gone. A father at times - Ben was leading the wagon train, then settling on the small piece of land that started the Ponderosa, working to run the whole thing by himself. And especially, Adam was the big brother. So much responsibility and pressure. But Adam took pride in that responsibility and it defined him and his 'place' -- and then along comes Marie, whom I'm sure he liked, even grew to love, but at first, she had to be a threat.
I'm so glad you liked the story, and I appreciate your review!