Love Along the Cattle Trail – Extended Epilogue


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Five Years Later…

Jason and Sierra stood on the front porch of Lonnie’s ranch, watching as the final preparations for Steven’s birthday party were made. The warm, late afternoon sun cast a golden hue over the ranch, making everything seem even more vibrant and alive.

“Look at him,” Jason said, a smile playing at the corners of his mouth as he watched their three-year-old son, Steven, run around with a group of children. “He’s got more energy than a herd of wild horses.”

Sierra laughed, leaning against Jason. “He gets that from you, you know. Always on the move, always curious.”

Jason wrapped an arm around her shoulders, pulling her close. “I don’t know about that. I think he gets his curiosity from his mother. Always asking questions, always wanting to know more.”

Sierra sighed contentedly, her eyes following Steven as he played. “It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we started our life together here.”

Jason nodded, his gaze softening as he looked at his wife. “We’ve come a long way, haven’t we?”

They were interrupted by the arrival of Nate and Cody, who came bearing gifts for Steven. Their wives, along with their own children, followed closely behind. Nate clapped Jason on the back as they approached.

“Looks like quite the celebration you’ve got going on here, Jason,” Nate said with a grin.

Cody nodded in agreement. “Yeah, Steven’s a lucky boy. Three years old and already having a party that’s the talk of the town.”

Jason chuckled. “Well, we wanted to make it special. He deserves it.”

Sierra greeted Nate’s and Cody’s wives with warm hugs. “I’m so glad you all could make it. Steven’s been talking about his party for weeks.”

The group moved toward the long tables set up in the yard, covered with an array of delicious foods and a beautifully decorated cake that Sierra had baked herself. The air was filled with laughter and the joyful shouts of children, creating a scene of perfect harmony.

As the party went on, Sierra found a moment to steal away with Jason. They stood under a large oak tree, watching the festivities from a distance.

“I can’t believe how much has changed,” Sierra said softly. “It feels like just yesterday we were riding across the prairie, trying to outsmart rustlers and outlaws.”

Jason took her hand, intertwining their fingers. “Those days were tough, but they brought us here. Every challenge, every danger—it all led us to this moment.”

Sierra looked up at him, her green eyes shimmering with emotion. “I’m grateful for every moment, Jason. Even the hard ones. Because they made us stronger.”

Jason leaned down and kissed her gently. “I love you, Sierra. And I’m grateful too. For you, for Steven, for this life we’ve built together.”

Sierra smiled against his lips. “I love you too, Jason. And I wouldn’t trade our life for anything in the world.”

They stood there for a moment longer, holding each other close, before returning to the party. The rest of the afternoon was filled with joy and laughter, a testament to the love and happiness that had grown from their shared adventures and the life they had built on the rugged frontier of the Wild West.

As the sun began to set, casting a warm, golden glow over the ranch, Sierra and Jason gathered their family and friends for one last celebration. They raised their glasses in a toast, grateful for the journey that had brought them together and the promise of many more adventures to come.

A few weeks after Steven’s birthday party, the Cassidy ranch was abuzz with preparations for the upcoming cattle drive. The air was filled with the sounds of men and horses, the clinking of harnesses, and the low murmur of voices making plans and finalizing details. Sierra and Jason stood side by side, overseeing the preparations, their hearts both eager and heavy at the thought of leaving their young son behind for the first time.

“You sure you’ll be alright without us, Steven?” Sierra asked, kneeling down to her son’s level. His bright green eyes, so much like her own, shone with excitement.

“I’ll be fine, Mama!” Steven declared, puffing out his chest proudly. “I’m gonna help Aunt Emily with the chores and play with Jake and Susie.”

Jason ruffled Steven’s hair. “That’s my boy. You take good care of everyone while we’re gone, alright?”

Steven nodded solemnly. “I promise, Papa.”

Nate’s wife, Emily, approached, a kind smile on her face. “Don’t worry, Sierra. We’ll take good care of him. He’ll be so busy, he won’t even notice you’re gone.”

Sierra smiled gratefully. “I know he’s in good hands, Emily. Thank you.”

Emily hugged Sierra briefly before turning to Steven. “Come on, Steven. Let’s go check on the chickens. They need to be fed.”

Steven waved enthusiastically as he followed Emily, leaving Sierra and Jason to finish their preparations.

Jason looked at his wife, a hint of concern in his eyes. “Are you sure you’re ready for this, Sierra? It’s been a while since our last cattle drive.”

Sierra straightened, her eyes determined. “I’m ready, Jason. Besides, you know I can’t resist the call of the open prairie.”

Jason chuckled, pulling her close. “I know. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

As they saddled their horses and gathered with the other ranch hands, Lonnie approached, his expression serious but proud. “You two take care out there. Keep an eye on each other.”

Sierra hugged her father tightly. “We will, Pa. Don’t worry about us.”

Lonnie nodded, his gaze shifting to Jason. “Look after my girl, Jason.”

Jason met his father-in-law’s eyes, his voice steady. “I will, Lonnie. You have my word.”

With a final wave to Steven, who stood at the edge of the ranch with Emily and her children, Jason and Sierra set off with the cattle drive. The rhythm of hooves and the lowing of cattle filled the air as they rode out, the vast expanse of the prairie stretching out before them.

As the sun dipped lower in the sky, casting long shadows across the land, Jason and Sierra found a moment alone, riding side by side. They reminisced about the first cattle drive they had embarked on together, the trials they had faced, and how their bond had grown stronger with each challenge.

“Remember that storm we got caught in?” Sierra asked, a smile playing on her lips. “I thought we were done for.”

Jason laughed. “I remember. And how you saved my life by shooting that rattlesnake right before it struck.”

Sierra shook her head, her smile widening. “And I remember how you looked at me like I was some kind of hero. You were the one who kept us all together.”

Jason reached over, taking her hand. “We make a good team, Sierra. Always have, always will.”

As they rode into the fading light, their hearts were filled with a deep sense of gratitude for the journey they had shared and the life they had built together. They knew that whatever challenges lay ahead, they would face them side by side, their love and determination stronger than ever.

The following morning, they resumed the cattle drive, their spirits bolstered by their resolve. As they moved through the rugged terrain, Jason and Sierra found comfort in the familiar rhythm of their work and the camaraderie of their companions.

One evening, as the sun set in a blaze of colors, Jason and Sierra rode ahead of the herd, seeking a quiet moment together. They stopped at a small hill, overlooking the vast expanse of the prairie.

Sierra dismounted and walked to the edge, gazing out at the horizon. “It’s so beautiful out here. It reminds me why I love this life.”

Jason joined her, wrapping an arm around her shoulders. “It’s moments like these that make it all worthwhile. The freedom, the open sky… and having you by my side.”

Sierra smiled, leaning into him. “Do you ever miss bounty hunting?”

Jason thought for a moment before shaking his head. “Not really. I found something better—someone better. Our life together means more to me than any bounty ever could.”

Sierra turned to face him, her eyes sparkling. “You know, I think this might be the best cattle drive we’ve ever had. There’s something special about it.”

Jason kissed her forehead. “Maybe it’s because we’re finally at peace with everything. We’ve built a good life, and we have so much to look forward to.”

They stood there for a while, watching the sun dip below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the land. As the stars began to twinkle in the night sky, they made their way back to camp, their hearts light and full of hope.

The days passed in a blur of activity and hard work, but Jason and Sierra made sure to cherish the small moments of joy and connection that came their way. Whether it was sharing a laugh over a meal or stealing a quiet moment under the stars, they knew that their love was the foundation that made everything possible.

As the cattle drive continued, Jason and Sierra remained vigilant, aware of the potential threats that still lingered. But they faced each day with optimism and determination, ready to confront whatever challenges lay ahead, knowing that together, they could overcome anything.
The cattle drive drew to a successful close, and the team returned to the ranch in high spirits. Steven ran to meet them, his small legs pumping as fast as they could carry him. Sierra scooped him up, spinning him around before settling him on her hip.

“Did you miss us, sweetheart?” she asked, kissing his cheek.

Steven nodded enthusiastically. “Yes, Mama! I helped Aunt Emily with the chickens and even rode a pony!”

Jason ruffled his son’s hair. “That’s my boy. Did you take good care of everyone while we were gone?”

Steven puffed out his chest proudly. “I did, Papa. I was real brave.”

Sierra and Jason exchanged a smile, their hearts swelling with pride and love. As they settled back into the rhythm of ranch life, they found themselves reflecting on the journey they had taken to get here.

One evening, after Steven was tucked into bed, Jason and Sierra sat on the porch, enjoying the peaceful night. The stars were scattered across the sky, and the moon cast a gentle glow over the landscape.

“I’ve been thinking,” Jason began, his voice low. “About the future.”

Sierra turned to him, curiosity in her eyes. “What about it?”

Jason took her hand, his expression thoughtful. “I think it’s time to make some changes. We’ve done well here, but I want to be around more. For you and Steven.”

Sierra’s heart skipped a beat. “What do you have in mind?”

Jason smiled. “I’m considering taking the position of the area marshal. It would keep me close to home, and I could still help maintain the law.”

Sierra’s eyes sparkled with excitement. “Jason, that’s wonderful! You’d be perfect for the job.”

Jason nodded, his grip on her hand tightening. “And there’s more. I’ve been talking with Lonnie. We’re going to expand the ranch. Build a few more cabins, hire more hands. Make this place even better.”

Tears filled Sierra’s eyes as she leaned into him. “I can’t believe how lucky I am. How lucky we are.”

Jason kissed her gently. “We’ve built a good life, Sierra. And it’s only going to get better.”

As they sat together, the sounds of the ranch at night surrounding them, they felt a profound sense of peace and fulfillment. They had faced danger and adversity, but through it all, their love had only grown stronger.

Jason and Sierra faced the future with optimism, ready to embrace whatever came their way. They had built a life filled with love, family, and adventure, and they knew that together, they could handle anything.

As they prepared for another day on the ranch, Steven running ahead of them with the boundless energy of youth, Jason and Sierra shared a look of understanding and gratitude. Their journey had been filled with trials, but it had led them to this moment—a moment of peace, love, and endless possibility on the rugged frontier of the Wild West.

And as the sun rose over the horizon, casting its warm light over the land they called home, they knew that their greatest adventures were still ahead of them, guided by the unbreakable bond they shared and the love that had brought them together.


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11 thoughts on “Love Along the Cattle Trail – Extended Epilogue”

  1. Hello, my dears! I truly hope you enjoyed our couple’s happily ever after! I would love to know which was your favorite part of Jason and Sierra’s story! Please share your thoughts with me here! Thank you – always! ♥️📚

    1. I loved how the parts of Mohe and his brother.! The story line was terrific. I did hope Lonnie and Grace got together.

  2. Such a fasinating, interesting and different western. Lots of danger, bruised ribs and so much more. The EE is a really nice ending.
    In the ARC, I saw 1 simple error – pg 407 – Tyler and Eli -both- had both been injured -Remove 1st both

  3. Main story a page turner with realistic characters. Extended epilogue inconsistent with main story. In main story it ended with Maxwell Pike being killed by Sierra when he was choking her father that Jason had to take body to New York to collect his bounty. It is during that trip that Jason and Sierra married.
    Thank you Ms Carol Colyer

    1. Thank you so much for your always precious feedback and your sweet support! I am glad you enjoyed the story and I will check the little details in the extended epilogue that need fixing!

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