Hearing the sounds of gunfire and someone falling to the ground; the rest of the men hurried up the stairs and down to the open door. O’Hara entered the room just as Emily cried out "Jarrod!"
Adam looked up at the sound of the door banging into the wall.
“Hendricks, get away from her!” Demanded Jarrod as he entered the room.
“Raise your hands up.”
As Adam slowly got up from the bed he relaxed his grip on Emily, which allowed her to scurry away from him.
Adam was just about to give an off-handed remark when he noticed the gun Jarrod was holding pointed directly at him. Keeping one hand on the bed, he felt for the revolver that he kept under his pillow.
“I want to see both of your hands. NOW”
“You don’t make demands of me, Barkley. I will show you who is in charge here.” He said as he pulled the gun from its hiding place, cocking and firing it as he did.
Jarrod felt the pain of the bullet hitting his body. As he fell to the ground he fired at Adam. He heard Emily cry out his name as he slowly drifted into unconsciousness
When Rupert, Dierk, and O’Hara burst into the bedroom they found the frightened Emily cradling a wounded Jarrod in her arms. Across the room lay a critically wounded Adam Hendricks.
Rupert rushed to his nephew. He noticed Jarrod was bleeding from his left shoulder and carefully he turned him over looking for an exit wound.
“How is he Greene?” Asked Dierk as he knelt down beside Rupert, Jarrod and Emily.
“Looks like the bullet hit him in the shoulder. We need to get him to a doctor.”
Rupert pulled his handkerchief from his vest pocket and placed it on the wound trying to stem the flow of blood.
"Emily, are you okay?" questioned Rupert.
Emily held Jarrod closer and tearfully replied, "I'm fine. Jarrod saved me from Adam. He just has to make it.”
O’Hara, seeing that he had two shooting victims, was just about to call to Dierk, when he noticed his men entering the room.
Looking at the grisly scene, Duggan said to O’Hara.
“What happened here?” Duggan asked.
“What are you doing here?”
“Sergeant, we were just going to tell you that the Hayes woman was not at Dr. Barkley’s home. Looks like you found her.
Yep we sure did. Is there anyone at the Barkley’s home now?
“We left a man at their home.”
“Good, that’s very good. We need to get a doctor here.”
“Sergeant, Dr. Stevens’ is at the gala. He can be brought here to help my nephew and Hendricks. The orphanage is closer than the hospital.” Rupert said looking up at the Sergeant.
O’Hara nodded his head in agreement then turned to Johnson saying, “I need you to go to the gala and have Dr. Stevens come here. Tell him there are two men who have been shot. Both are critical. Be quick about it.”
“Sergeant, my wife and sister in law need to know what has happened here. Can you send someone to the house?”
“Duggan, head over to the Greene’s house. Kilpatrick is already there and inform the ladies what has happened.”
Adam had taken a bullet to the abdomen and was bleeding profusely, gasping for air. Chelsea burst into the room and ran to her dying son’s side.
As she attempted to stop the flow of blood from Adam’s wound with her hands, Chelsea demanded for someone to help her. Seeing that all the police where engaged, Dierk moved over to help Adam. As he knelt down he took out a brown handkerchief from inside his pants pocket and applied it to the gapping hole in Adams stomach. Hearing Adam’s labored breathing the two Hendricks looked into each other’s eyes knowing that Adam would not make it.
A crying Chelsea said, "Adam my precious you hang on; mother is here. Emily and Jarrod Barkley will pay for what they have done to you."
About twenty minutes passed before Dr. Stevens’ and a distraught Audra Barkley arrived with Johnson. Rushing into the room, Dr. Stevens quickly moved to Jarrod’s side along with Audra. He did a quick appraisal of the wound noting that the bleeding had stopped.
“There’s no exit wound, doctor, but the bleeding has stopped.” Rupert told Stevens.
“He will need surgery to get the bullet out. I will have him moved shortly. Let me just check on Mr. Hendricks.”
As the doctor moved to check on Adam, Audra knelt down beside her brother passing her fingers lovingly through his hair. She noted how pale he looked. She then turned her attention to Emily to ask her what had happen. But the question died on her lips when she looked into Emily’s eyes. Seeing how distraught the young woman was, she quelled her inquiry. Instead she said,
“Jarrod, you hang on big brother. Everything will be alright.”
While the doctor tried his best, it was to no avail as Adam Hendricks succumbed to his wounds.
Upon her son’s last breath, Chelsea cried out, “Not my baby…my precious son.”
Standing up the grieving mother rushed toward Emily and the Barkley screaming, “It was all because of you. Emily… you horrid creature… you should not be in society.” O’Hara caught the frantic woman and held her back from her query. With tears streaming down her face, she pointed hysterically at Rupert and Jarrod saying, “And you… you Barkleys how dare you…If that, Wyatt Thomson or Gene Barkley… whoever he really is hadn’t stepped in this creature would be put away from the good people of society. You all will pay… I will get you for this!”
“This is not over Emily, you and the doctor have not heard the last of me” Chelsea screeched as the police dragged her from the room.
Victoria and Maggie arrived just as the police were escorting a still hysterical Chelsea from the room. Seeing her oldest on the floor of the bedroom Victoria rushed to his side.
“How is my son doctor?”
Dr. Stevens said, “the bleeding has stopped, but the bullet is still in his shoulder. I will need to do surgery to get it out. I am worried about transporting him to the hospital. He’s weak. So I will need to do the surgery here. Sergeant I need some help moving Mr. Barkley to the bed so I can get started.”
While Dr. Stevens tended to Jarrod, removing the bullet from his shoulder, Maggie sat embracing the frightened Emily reassuring her that everything was going to be alright.
Sergeant Cochrane spoke with Victoria, Emily and Rupert assuring them that Jarrod would face no charges in the shooting death of Adam Hendricks as he had acted in self-defense as well as in the defense of Emily. Turning to Emily the sergeant said.
"Miss Hayes, when you are feeling better I will need to speak with you about the kidnapping so the proper charges can be brought against Chelsea Hendricks and any accomplishes."
The good doctor stepped out into the hallway to talk to the waiting family and police.
“How is he?” Victoria asked.
“I was able to remove the bullet. He lost a fair amount of blood, but with a lot of rest and fluids that should not be a problem. We will watch for development of fever, but he will recover.”
At the news, there was a collective sigh of relief.
“How soon can he be moved?”
“Give him a couple of hours and then we can move him to the hospital.”
“Oh Dr. Stevens, I would prefer my son be taken to Gene’s home.”
When Dr. Steven’s felt that Jarrod could be moved, Rupert had Dierk bring the carriage to the front of the Hendricks home where Dierk along with Rupert and Dr. Stevens carried Jarrod to the carriage and helped make him as comfortable as possible for the trip to Gene’s townhouse.
The party slowly made their way to the townhouse. When they arrived at the townhouse Myles rushed out to help the men carry the unconscious Jarrod into the house and up the stairs. Dr. Stevens spoke to Victoria once they had Jarrod settled. He ordered at least a week of bed rest for Jarrod before he would be ready to meet with the judge on Emily's behalf to conclude the legal issues concerning Emily’s trust. Dr. Stevens also indicated that a few days after that Jarrod should be strong enough for the weeklong trip back to California.
The next morning Rupert went to the telegraph office to send the message Victoria had written to her sons back in Stockton.
Wanted to inform you of last evening’s events-Stop
Adam Hendricks and mother kidnapped Emily-Stop
Jarrod and other men rescued HEr-StOP
EMILY unharmed but shaken -Stop
Adam Hendricks dead-Stop
Jarrod shot and wounded now recovering-Stop
Return will be delayed by ten days-Stop
Love and miss you all-Stop
As the Barkley Brothers were enjoying breakfast there was an urgent knock at the door.
“I wonder who is calling this early?” said Nick. Silas answered the door and then came into the dining room carrying a telegram.
“Mister Nick, it a telegram. Youse boys want more coffee?”
”Wonder who sent a telegram” pondered Nick.
“Why not open it” said Heath.
“Heath he is trying to be a mind reader like the one we saw at the county fair years ago,” teased Gene.
“You are not funny baby brother,” said Nick as he opened the telegram and read the telegram out loud to the boys.
As Nick read Gene stood and hurried from the room uttering, "It's my fault."
Heath stood to follow but Nick stopped him "Heath let me talk to him."
Stepping in to the barn Nick could see Gene seated on a hay bale in the corner. He was slumped with his head in his hands. Walking over and sitting beside him Nick laid a comforting hand on Gene's shoulder.
"Hey there kid why so sad? You know it is going to take more than a little bullet wound to stop Pappy."
Gene stood and walked towards the nearby stall saying, "Nick, you just don't understand. If I had been there this never would have happened. Emily would not have suffered and Jarrod would be safe here in Stockton. If I had just left things alone instead of involving all of you…"
Nick stood taking a few steps towards Gene and with a forceful tone said, "Now you listen to me boy..."
"Nick I am not a little boy you can scold anymore; when will you realize that I am a man that has survived being burned nearly to death, overcoming the pain of recovery? I started my life again and then I made a name for myself as doctor. I should have been man enough to protect Emily without putting my family in danger."
Nick walked up behind Gene and gently turned Gene to face him.
"Eugene Barkley the greatest day this family has ever known was the day we were reunited with you. Any one of us would have done exactly what Jarrod did to protect a cherished member of this family."
Nick then reached to embrace his baby brother, "Please, Gene, stop blaming yourself.” Releasing the embrace Nick asked, "Now how about you joining your rancher brothers for a little calf branding today?"
Ida Martin had been forthcoming with the details of the kidnapping plot and as a result had avoided incarceration. Boyd Martin and the good Reverend were at large having fled to parts unknown when word of Adam Hendricks shooting reached the employees of Gene and Emily's estate. Emily had graciously forgiven Ida and invited her to travel west and continue as her employee.
A week later a still recovering Jarrod and Emily were in the courtroom of Judge Milton Hargroves. Chelsea Hendricks and Robert James, who would represent the estate of Adam Hendricks and the interests of Chelsea, were also present. Chelsea was under heavy guard as her mental state was in question and she was considered a flight risk.
After reading the brief prepared by Jarrod and the statement prepared by Mr. James withdrawing the Hendricks’ challenge to Henry Hayes’ will appointing Eugene Barkley as trustee of Emily’s affairs, Judge Hargroves dismissed the case.
The judge then addressed Emily about her marriage to Adam Hendricks. Jarrod had made a motion to have it declared null and void, as it had been performed under duress.
Prior to ordering the marriage annulled Judge Hargroves informed Emily that due to the death of Adam she was entitled to what assets he had. Also as Chelsea’s mental state was in question she would be, as her next of kin, in charge of Chelsea’s affairs.
Chelsea, who had remained silent during the meeting, upon hearing what the judge said turned on her charm and wailed “Emily dear you know I never wished you any harm; it was Adam's idea. Adam did love you he only wanted what he felt was best for you. I love you…please help me you can’t leave me without any money.”
Jarrod and Emily briefly conferred with one another after which Jarrod spoke. "Miss Hayes wishes to have the marriage voided. As for any assets of Mr. Hendricks they should be used for the care of his mother for the remainder of her life."
Seeing how Chelsea was mentally deranged the staff of doctors at the Pittsburgh Hospital for the Criminal Insane had recommended that she be committed. The final act of the court that day was for the judge to sign the commitment papers that sent Chelsea Hendricks to the insane asylum.
Judge Hargroves then concluded the hearing and Chelsea Hendricks was taken away to the hospital for the insane in Pittsburgh