U is for Uncle. Have you ever had a family friend you called uncle? I can’t recall any but Starr Winslow has one. Starr is the heroine in The Starr-Crossed Cowboy and her Uncle Rudd has played a very important role in her life.
Uncle Rudd and Starr's daddy had been lifelong friends. He owned the Double R Ranch, adjacent to Starr's ranch. Rudd and Starr's dad always hoped that his son Josh and Starr would get 'together'. It didn't and wasn't ever going to happen but Uncle Rudd still looked after Starr after her dad's passing. In this scene, he's calling her to tell her he's checked out her ranch foreman candidate.
Starr looked at her cell phone and was surprised at the number. It came up Double R Ranch, but it didn’t come up Josh Randall so it meant something else. She pushed the button.
“Good Morning Starr, this is Rudd Randall. How are you doing?”
“I’m fine Uncle Rudd, how about yourself.”
“I’m fine but how many times do I have to tell you to call me Rudd. You’re a grown woman; you can drop the uncle now. The cattle drive work out okay?”
“Fine. I guess Josh filled you in, huh.”
“He mentioned you hired yourself a foreman. Jude Barlow. Wanted you to know I checked him out, he’s an excellent man, good for you.”
“Why thank you but why did you bother going through that?”
“Your daddy and I were friends, and now that he’s gone; I feel a responsibility toward you. We always hoped that you and …”
“I know what you and daddy hoped, but it’s not going to happen ever. Who knows, maybe you’ll have better luck with the next generation, if there is one.” Rudd laughed that hearty laugh. It made her miss her daddy.
“Anyway, I think of you as my daughter, and I’ll always keep an eye out for you.”
“Buck’s doing a good job.”
“I’ve no doubt of that, but I know he’s moving on eventually. Jude Barlow is a good choice. Well, girl, if you need anything, you can count on me.”
“Thank you Uncle Rudd. I know; I know, but calling you Uncle Rudd makes me feel better.”
“Suit yourself, girl.”
Starr smiled to herself. She felt good knowing that Rudd still had her back. Why couldn’t Josh be more like her Uncle Rudd? He might have stood a chance?