I had a year to think about things while you slept on your way across the stars. I think it almost scared me when things got easier, and when I finally realized that what we each have now is what we wanted all along. Because if you’re still the girl that know, you’re happy out there on the very farthest frontier.
And I hope the happiness you feel now lasts forever. I hope that the sunsets over there are as gorgeous as they are over here and that if you search far enough on a rainy day some rancher out there has a taco stand you can visit. I realize that last one probably isn’t likely to happen but it sure would be romantic, right?
I’m glad to have shared a part of me with you, Beatrix LeBeau. And I’m happy to know that maybe one of those stars I see up there in the sky is you.
I know, it was the right thing to do. I appreciate you letting me know, but it never felt the same as having you close by. London was an opportunity couldn’t pass up, an opportunity to tour and do what love.
But I still missed you like crazy. And when you told me aboutgoing to the Far, Far Range it made me miss you even more, even before you were gone.
I guess that’s just us: what we really want just so happens to be in different parts of the known universe. I mean, there’s long distance and then there’s being so far away that time itself might actually function differently. Why aren’t there more songs about that, huh?
The year we both came home, do you think it ever could have worked? I mean, being with you again every day instead of the long distance thing, that was great.I remember feeling really happy, but something was missing. We both knew that we were giving something up for it all.
I think about it all the time. That if we had been less honest about it all how you might still be running that little garden shop and I’d still be trying to write music out of a basement.
It doesn’t matter. I should have told you then what I never did. I should have said it a hundred times.
Thanks, Bea. I never knew you felt that way, picture you out there on a safari, avoiding the clutches of lions on the savanna, riding elephants across raging rivers, and then, as you sit under the stars at night, your weathered hand opens up a locket and there’s a picture of me inside. And then your loyal chimpanzee companion gives you a somber, knowing look.
ls that accurate? haha
Well, for what it’s worth I missed you too when I was in LA. Uuugh, that bar was just awful, but at least got some stage time.
Do you remember New Year’s Eve when we were looking for that party?
While we were wandering around the city, lost, got my bearings and didn’t tell you because I knew we were close to that coffee shop run by the tyrant. And since it was starting to rain thought it would be really romantic to stumble across the place again. I guess I finally found the courage.
But the coffee shop went out of business and it was a taco place now. So, we ate tacos in the rain and it was just the best thing.
We were on the roof of your old apartment hoping to see the fireworks. I was going to tell you something then but that’s when you told me about Africa. It sounded like an amazing trip. I was really happy you were doing what you loved to do.
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The 7Zee Corporation would like to congratulate you on obtaining the rank of Skylark I. With this rank you now have access to a new avenue of creative self-expression: Chroma Packs.
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Haha, it wasn’t THAT bad. You just don’t have the fortitude to make it as an artist, I guess, Beatrix LeBeau can climb a mountain before breakfast but can’t spend a few days in a *ahem* modestly accommodated, breaks-down-only-half-the-time, VINTAGE touring van. You were so miserable, still laugh about it.
But I really did appreciate it for those few days. It was great to have you in the crowd.
That van still runs by the way.
P.S. That was a lie. The van literally caught on fire while we were driving it. It died like a viking.
Do you remember when you took me hiking? I still didn’t know how serious you were about the whole outdoors thing then and your idea of a hike just about killed mell showed up in normal clothes and shoes and you were decked out and had a pack and gear, it was a nightmare for me, haha.
I think it was around the five mile mark, when I was drenched in sweat and ready to collapse that realized our ideas of fun were two very different things. Also you weren’t even out of breath then and still totally hate you for that:)
I got your mail; of course remember that day. I feel like that was when you and really connected. It was raining so hard that the streets were flooding and we took shelter in that cafe. It was like a scene from a movie only we both looked like wet animals. And the guy running the shop was a real tyrant. The only way we could stay inside was by ordering one coffee after another.
I felt like we learned more about each other that day than ever. Maybe it was the coffee because we were both talking really, really fast. I told you about my dreams; making music and all that. At least that’s how I remember it.
Walking home, when the rain came back you got closer to me and my heart was racing. But I couldn’t blame that on the coffee.
Well, well it seems like another wanna be rancher has signed up for a lonely existence on a faraway space rock, Congrats Beatrix!
I’m Mochi Miles. That’s ‘Miles’ as in Tatsuya Miles, the billionaire. I’m here to do important business for my dad but that doesn’t mean won’t make all the rest of these backwater types out here look bad in the process. No one conquers the plort market like I do: day in, day out.
My dad gives me the inside track so look forward to my requesting plorts that know will make me huge profits later on.
So I wish you the best of luck, Beatrix. Maybe you’ll even reach second place! And at the very least you can tell your friends that you helped out the great Mochi Miles in her conquest of the Far, Far Range!
The name’s Ogden Ortiz. I’m a slime rancher much like yourself but mostly fancy myself as a farmer. I came to the Far, Far Range to grow fruits and veggies the way we used to back on earth: by getting down into the soil and getting your hands dirty.
Did you know that carrots improve your night vision? Yeah, seriously, they do! I don’t see why all ranchers aren’t just gobbling them down every chance they get. Being lost out on the range at night can be so dangerous.
Well don’t let me ramble on ya here. We’ll be in touch via the Range Exchange. I tend to only raise slimes that eat fruits and veggies, so expect those kinds of requests from me.
Lookin forward to doing business with ya!
P.S. – Ever hear of gilded ginger? It’s a mythical veggie that is said to be the favorite food of the equally mythical gold slime. But some say that neither of them actually exist!
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Viktor Humphries; professional slimerancher, slime scientist, and amateur musician. My understanding is that Ms West has already informed you of how the Range Exchange works so I will spare you any further education.
Instead, I’ll illuminate you on what you can expect from my own requests. As a slime scientist/rancher have a tremendous interest in the liquiform legion that we share this vast range with, the slimes.My studies often keep me from venturing out on the range daily and when find myself short of a particular species, I use the Range Exchange to fill that gap. Don’t worry though, I will reimburse wou handsomely for your efforts.
Good luck in your new venture, Ms LeBeau. I look forward to seeing life breathed once again into the former Twillgers Ranch.
Sincerely, Viktor Humphries
P.S. – once lost my most favorite fiddle while fleeing a feral boom slime. Its value is only sentimental but should you find it, I’d very much love to be able to play it again.
Hi there, Beatrix! The name’s Thora West. I’ll keep my introduction short on account that we all got work to do: I’m along-time rancher here on the Far, Far Range and head of the Welcome wagon for your local Range Exchange.
The Range Exchange is a network of ranchers just like yourself who are looking to trade what they got for what they need: slimes, plorts, food- whatever. All you need to do is check out the Range Exchange machine daily and be sure to get your trade completed by noon.
As more ranchers get added to your network, you should receive a hearty hello from them so check your inbox.
Well, enough jawin,’ we’ve both got slimes to wrangle. Adios, Beatrix.
The 7Zee Corporation would like to welcome you to the Far, Far Range:
And extend our support in your bold new venture as a slime rancher:
We would also like to request that you exercise caution in your first few days on the range. Until you get more familiar with your surroundings, traveling at night is not advisable.
Lastly, should you require any additional tools for your vac-pack or items to make your slime ranching experience easier, the 7Zee Corporation would be pleased to provide them to you from the shop located just outside your ranch house.
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I just wanted to say thanks for taking care of the ol’ ranch. know left it in a bit of a sorry state and from what hear, it’s lookin mighty fine these days. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy knowing that it’s in such good hands.
As a little thank you, I’ve activated three secret vaults that I built years ago to stash a small fortune of mine. I had always planned on using it as Walking around money in the great beyond, but I ain’t needing for that no more.
But you know me, like a good adventure. I’m not telling where the vaults are located. Go explore!
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You seem to be making a name for yourself and I like your style so let me cut right to the chase: I’d like to offer you a job doing a little side Work for me. I’ve got a chunk of land on the outskirts of my property that has access to a place called The Wilds, a land of primitive, feral slimes and dangerous as all get out, but also home to a delicious, rare fruit that I love.
If you’re up for a challenge come on down to a little retreat of mine near The Wilds and learn more. I found a derelict teleporter on your network that I’ve activated on your ranch; it’ll take you right to it.
The other ranchers won’t shut up about you and it’s starting to get annoying. So let’s see what all the fuss is about.
I’d like to talk business with you. So I went ahead and activated a spare teleporter in that horrible cave you call a ranch expansion. The teleporter will take you to my estate (I have others too) where we can work out the details.