The Quest

By Sissy(

& Chris (

I began working at the courthouse as a law clerk right out of school. I had high hopes of becoming a famous lawyer sometime in the not too distant future. But this was a beginning. I was working in the law library with another clerk, Jesse Randolph, when she walked in. She was confident, professional, and very beautiful. After she left, I asked Jesse, “Who is that lady?”

“That’s the Assistant District Attorney.” 

So that’s THE Alex Cahill. I had heard of her exploits in the courtroom.

“WOW.  She’s beautiful.  I just might have to ask her out.”

“Whoa, man, I think you better forget that.  If I were you, I wouldn’t waste my time.”

“Why? Is she married? Engaged? What?”

“Noooooo, none of those. But she sometimes dates one of the Rangers and they may have something going on.”

“Well, if she isn’t married, or engaged, then the field is open. I think I’ll take my chances.”

Two weeks later, I finally got my chance. I had to deliver some papers to her office. I knocked on her door and when she said, “Come in.” my knees turned to water. On shaky legs, I finally managed to open the door. I walked in and handed her the papers but I couldn’t say a word. My mind went blank.  All I could do was stare at this beautiful woman. I stood there so long that she finally looked up at me and asked, “Is there something else?”

I mumbled something, shook my head and backed rapidly out the door. Man, did I make a fool of myself. I couldn’t believe it.  I had acted like a tongue-tied teenager. I’d never been shy around the ladies before so I promised myself the next time would be different.

I was at C.D.’s with Jesse one evening a few days later when she walked in, went to a booth in the back and sat down.

“There she is Rick. Now’s your chance.”

I had just started to get up when this Ranger came in and went straight to her booth, slid in beside her, gave her a kiss on the cheek and proceeded to spend the rest of the evening with her.

“Jesse, who is that guy?”

“Rick, that’s the one and only Ranger Cordell Walker.  I’m sure you’ve heard of him by now.”

You couldn’t be anywhere in Dallas and not know of Ranger Cordell Walker. But I didn’t care. I thought I still had a chance.

She came into the library the next day when I was alone.  Just as I opened my mouth to ask that important question, this cowboy Walker came rushing in. “Alex, we need a search warrant real fast.” And she left.

I slumped down in a chair and put my head in my hands. Jesse walked in laughing. “I told you to forget it.”

“Not yet, Jesse. Not yet.”

I had two more chances after that but they both ended just as badly. I should have given up, but I just wouldn’t let go.

“Rick, there are other gals out there, why do you keep banging your head into the wall with this one?”

“I don’t really know. There’s just something about her. She’s beautiful, smart, and a great DA. She seems special, the way she carries herself. She is one classy lady.”

I saw Jesse’s eyes get real wide, and I just knew she was standing behind me. I didn’t want to turn around but I hadn’t said anything derogatory so I did anyway. I was shocked to say the least. It wasn’t Alex Cahill. It was Ranger Walker. And he sure didn’t look happy. I’ve heard people say Walker’s eyes could put the fear of God in you. And on that day, I believed it.

“I came for the papers Miss Cahill left in here.” He said in a voice I will never forget to this day. Silently I handed him the papers. After he left I released the breath that I didn’t realize I was holding.

“You know Jesse, I think maybe you might be right.”

He smiled and I just shook my head. ‘But it sure would have been nice.”

The End.