All right--I'll tell you why, fast eugh. His tone was grim. I'm going to leave the country because I can't stay any longer--t while you're in it. Why--Kent! She seemed inexpressibly shocked. I don't kw, he went on relentlessly, what you think a man's made of, anyhow. And I don't kw what _you_ think of this pal business; I kw what I think: It's a mighty good way to drive a man crazy. I've had about all of it I can stand, if you want to kw. I'm sorry, if you don't--if you can't be friends any longer, she said, and he winced to see how her eyes filled with tears. But, of course, if you can't--if it bores you-- Kent seized her arm, a bit roughly, Have I got to come right out and tell you, in plain English, that I--that it's because I'm so deep in love with you I can't. If you only knew what it's cost me this last year--to play the game and t play it too hard! What do you think a man's made of? Do you think a man can care for a woman, like I care for you, and--Do you think he wants to be just pals? And stand back and watch some drunken brute abuse her--and never--here! His voice grew testier. Don't do that--don't! I didn't want to hurt you--God kws I didn't want to hurt you! He threw his arm around her shoulders and pulled her toward him. Don't--pal, I'm a brute, I guess, like all the rest of the male humans. I don't mean to be--it's the way I'm made. When a woman means so much to me that I can't think of anything else, day or night, and get to counting days and scheming to see her--why--being friends--like we've been--is like giving a man a teaspoon of milk and water when he's starving to death, and thinking that oughta do. But I shouldn't have let it hurt you. I tried to stand for it, little woman. There were times when I just had to fight myself t to take you up in my arms and carry you off and keep you.
GAYLON BARROW, is a retired Veteran of the U.S. Army with over thirty-three years of service. Sergeant First Class (Retired) Barrow is a graduate of the Army Institute for Professional Development, located at Fort Eustis, Virginia with a Bachelor's Degree in Literature. He is a veteran of the Cold War, Era of Vietnam, and Desert Storm. He is married with three children, has nine grandchildren with eight of them being granddaughters. His oldest son is also retired from the Army while his youngest son a Bronze Star Recipient is a Colonel in the U.S. Army Infantry, with one tour in Afghanistan and is scheduled for his fourth tour in Iraq. As an author Mister Barrow writes of a territory that is real; the creeks, rivers, towns and the big woods are there. He has personally crossed the rivers and creeks and camped in the very woods he writes about. His love for nature and exclusion often take him into the woods alone for extended stays. His favorite genre is English mysteries. He is the best-selling author of 44 previous novels, published by Longhorn Publishing Inc. He lives with his wife and two dogs in the Piney woods of Northeast Texas.