out of sight. It took some time, but he found the ideal location before the cool of the evening descended.
As the sun set, he walked to the river to fill his canteen. As he leaned over the river a sharp pain sliced through his skull. He fought to stay conscious, and he turned to face his attacker. A vision with waist-length auburn locks tossed a large rock aside. Nate’s senses slowly came back to him and he wrestled the vicious woman to the ground. When he had her arms twisted behind her back so she couldn’t do him any more harm, the little vixen started kicking. A blow to his shin sent him stumbling back. He reached out and took hold of her wrists again and handcuffed her.
“What do you think you’re doing, Miss?” He held her still.
“From what? A man getting a drink of water?”
“From a man intruding on a woman’s private washing time.”
“Well, excuse me. How was I to know you were here washing?”
“You’re going to pretend you innocently stumbled down here? These cliffs go for miles and miles, yet you just happened to come to my bathing hole for a drink of water.”
“I had no idea you were here. I didn’t even see you until after you’d hit me in the head with a rock.”
“I’m sorry I hit you. Would you kindly remove the handcuffs?”
“Because I’m a bounty hunter. As delightful company as I’m sure you’ll make, you are a woman wanted for murder, so I’ll have to put up with you.”