Harrington – Steel Horse Saviors – 2017 A to Z Challenge – Day 8

HSteel Horse Saviors is about three Civil War veterans, two Yankees and one Rebel, who take their steam locomotive west to seek their post-war fortune. In the process they encounter Clementine O’Grady an auburn-haired beauty fighting to save the family business who causes the Saviors to rethink their concerted efforts to escape checkered pasts.

Harrington is the growing city that both O’Grady Timber & Lumber and Rollins Lumber have hitched their wagons to as they seek to expand their market share. Penley River is established, but cannot provide the growth needed for both businesses to survive.

A large contract with Carlisle Company, the organization capitalizing on this opportunity on the ground in Harrington is the coveted answer to Clementine’s woes. Of course that is only if she can meet the contract requirements, which may just be stacked against her. But the potential for growth offered by a deal with the Steel Horse Saviors may put her over the top.

Here is an excerpt:

Clementine stood with Quentin as they listened to Ueley Carlisle talk about his grand plans for doubling Harrington’s potential for population within three years. The sheer audacity of the amount of timber and lumber he desired would stretch both O’Grady Timber & Lumber and Rollins Lumber to their limits. For one to snag this contract would mean the death of the other.

She wished she could get Carlisle’s ear in confidence for a few moments, but Quentin was watching her every move just the same as she. In the high stakes business of survival no quarter could be surrendered to your competitor. What Clementine found so baffling was how Carlisle figured he could build a city with no industry nearby. Where did he think his citizens would earn the money to pay for his construction? Perhaps there would be a new labor source of O’Grady T & L.

Come back next time for the introduction to the middle O’Grady sister, Ingrid.

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