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Morgan Mining Company
by Jon Del Arroz
Lula Morgan watched as several men pulled the broken plasma drill out of the new vein of ghost rock that had been found weeks ago, rejuvenating Gomorraâ€™s potential as a moneymaker. Lulaâ€™s witch of a stepmother had a knack for sniffing out money. Lillian certainly latched on to wealthy Nathaniel tightly enough to ensure the inheritance. Then she ran Lula out of the ranching game, hoping some dead end mining job would pacify her. And after sheâ€™d worked so hard too! This time, though, Lula struck a mother lode â€¦ or at least a small vein, as the miners had told her.
The men heaved the contraption with a rope, revealing a metal cone at the end of a cylinder. The machine ran on ghost rock itself, but not nearly as much as theyâ€™d already discovered. The plasma drillâ€™s logo read â€œSweetrock Mining Companyâ€, which annoyed Lula to no end.
â€œMen!â€ Lula commanded, picking up her skirts so they wouldnâ€™t get ruined in the mud. â€œWhen True fixes this thing, have him file that off and engrave a new logo on it.â€
â€œWhatâ€™ll it say?â€ a voice said, boots and spurs clinking on the ground behind her.
â€œBit long, donâ€™t you think?â€
Lula narrowed her eyes. Was he mocking her? This mining operation was almost entirely hers, and she dreaded any association with the company Lillian had stolen from her. Yes, sheâ€™d show Lillian â€“ and then sheâ€™d take her company right out from under her as well. â€œYouâ€™re right, Lane.â€ Lula smiled and patted his arm. â€œWe must maintain the brand. â€˜Morgan Mining Companyâ€™ it is.â€
â€œYouâ€™ll need someone to guard the strike,â€ Lane said with a motion over to the sinkhole-turned-cavern. The building stood half-collapsed on its side in disrepair. It didnâ€™t look like much, but the ghost rock was there.
â€œThis and the other strikes weâ€™re going to find. Why donâ€™t you be a dear and see if those kind Shane and Graves fellows might be lookinâ€™ for some extra work. I need you to secure the maps.â€
â€œMaps?â€ Lane asked.
â€œIn my office. Hired a fellow called McDroste to do some prospecting. If thereâ€™s another vein, weâ€™ll find more.â€ And then weâ€™ll take over the whole Morgan empire and this town in one swoop. Lula flounced towards her companyâ€™s new building, and Lane followed her as expected. Once he was trapped inside, Lula would set Lane upon the much more important task of rearranging furniture. The office desperately needed redecorating.
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