This is a slightly rewritten scene from an old story.
Heyes, Curry, and Clem stared at the table momentarily before all three started speaking simultaneously –
“I just wanted to…”
“Clem, how you doin’…?”
They stopped and laughed with the ease of long acquaintance, the temporary awkwardness gone.
Kid reached his arm around Clem and pulled her close. “I’ve missed ya, Clem. Sorry it took this to bring us together.”
“Oh, Ki… – Thaddeus!” She stopped as she caught herself and conspicuously looked around.
The blond ex-outlaw squeezed her shoulder. “We’re alone, Clem. It’s okay, as long as you don’t shout it out.”
Clem lowered her voice so only the two partners could hear. “No, it’s not all right. Someone can walk in any minute.”
Heyes’ and Kid’s eyes met, and the pair exchanged a look, seemingly of “Where is this going?” – or perhaps of understanding.
Clem continued, sotto voce, sadness in her voice, “And Josh… – Heyes! – even though this is all over, I can understand now why you needed to keep the disguise. If anyone, those men who watch my house, saw us… Well, how would we…? I think I know now how you two feel all the time, having to hide out, being on the run…” She sighed.
The dark-haired man regarded Clem. “Honey, you know we feel responsible for this happening to you, and we can feel bad, but it’s all over. Let’s look on the bright side. We’ll just have to be real careful when we’re in Denver. Better yet, we can meet up with you other places. Let's just enjoy the moment.”
Clem smiled. “I am. But, tomorrow it’ll be nice to get back to normal at home.”
Kid sighed. “Yeah, tomorrow we have to leave and find ourselves some work to settle up."
Clem pulled away from Kid and regarded him, then Heyes. “Thank you, boys, for offering to pay. But, you won’t have to do that, after all.”
“Huh?” The two men exchanged a look and shrugged.
Clem continued, her grin growing broader. “Well, it's all been taken care of. No one said anything so I'd be able to surprise you."
Two ex-outlaws’ visages lit up; they were left speechless.
“Although… I owe you both a lot… So, I’ve decided to,” she paused as she reached into her purse, “give you a present.” She handed an envelope to Heyes. “I thought you might like this. Keep it safe, and close to your hearts.”
Kid eyed the envelope, then Clem. “Clem, is that what I think it is?”
There was a twinkle in her eye. “Well, let’s just say it might be a likeness I think you’ll appreciate. After all, with you two headed out in the morning, we don’t know when we’ll see each other again.” She yawned and started to rise. “Gentlemen, I’m going to take my leave now, and will see myself upstairs. I hope we’ll see each other soon.”
The trio exchanged farewells. Heyes and Kid watched Clem exit the room, and turned their attention to the envelope.
Impatiently, Curry urged, “Well, what are ya waitin’ for? Open it!”
Heyes grinned, and gingerly opened the envelope. He peered inside, and a frown appeared. He pulled out a photograph – of Clem!
Heyes chuckled. “Well, she did say it was a likeness we’d appreciate.”
Kid laughed. “Yeah! She hornswoggled us again!”