The Odd Boy
I think I've been listening to too many Old Time Radio shows. Anyhow, this story is set in Dodge City, Kansas, in 1873. This is not a time-travel story, and Angel and his friends are in Europe or Asia.
"Gunsmoke" is a possession of CBS, and its actors William Conrad, Howard McNear, Parley Baer, and Georgia Ellis. The opening came directly from the radio show. The universe of BtVS is the possession of Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy, and Kuzui Films. I have no intent to infringe on their rights.
The Odd Boy
"Around Dodge City and in the territory on west, there's just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers, and that's with a U.S. Marshal and the smell of Gunsmoke.
"Gunsmoke [not] starring William Conrad -- the story of the violence that moved west with young America .....and the story of a man who moved with it."
"I'm that man. Matt Dillon, United States Marshal. The first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It's a chancy job, and it makes a man watchful.........and a little lonely."
I was at the jail cleaning my shotgun when I heard someone at the door.
"Come in. Hello, Doc."
"Hello, Matt. I haven't seen you much this week. Have you been hiding in here?"
"I know, I know. Two trailmen got into a fight over a foolish girl last week, and now both of them are dead."
"Foolish is right, Doc. She liked the attention. She was happy they were fighting over her. She was even a little happy when one pulled out a Bowie knife."
"And after the whole mess was cleaned up, she walked away in disgust. Foolish girl. Matt, I think what bothers you is that no one thanked you afterwards."
"A man likes to feel appreciated."
"Well, Matt, people came out here to get away from Law. When they find they need law, you can't expect them to feel thankful."
"I guess you're right." I put my shotgun back in its rack and put the kit away. "Let's head over to the Long Branch. Miss Kitty serves a mean steak."
"And a fine whiskey."
We got up to go, but we were interrupted by a shout from outside. "Mister Dillon! Mister Dillon!" the door squeaked open, and Chester came in. "Mister Dillon!"
"Calm down, Chester. What's all the yammering about?"
"Mister Dillon, Marl Stafford just rode into town, and he has a dead body with him. You'd better go see."