Retiring Sheriff Jake Weller was coaxing him over for a roadside chat.
"I thought you were Jake Weller," Dean said with a smile.
I thought Jake Weller already had an under sheriff.
I'm pleased Martha trusted us enough to confide in us, even though now I have to take my hat in my hand and talk Jake Weller into spelunking after a skeleton.
I want to stop down and see Jake Weller about Martha's bony little problem.
But the smile disappeared quickly when he came face to face, not with Jake Weller, but Lieutenant Fitzgerald.
Well, maybe your buddy Jake Weller came running when you yelled hide-and-seek, but I don't.
Jake Weller has a moustache.
Jake Weller looks good in a moustache.
Don't feel just because Jake Weller thinks you'd make a good sheriff you have to run.
It was Jake Weller telephoning long distance from California.
"Hi, sheriff," Weller said in greeting.
They chatted further about general matters—mutual friends, and from Weller, some advice on campaigning.
Kiss a bunch of old ladies for me, Weller said as he hung up.
Jake Weller said his family was from here.
Just because Jake Weller has a pot belly doesn't mean all sheriffs are supposed to be fat.
Jake Weller had said Larkin was at one time a guard at the Cañon City prison, where Martha Boyd's mother was incarcerated.
The familiar voice of Jake Weller boomed in his ears.
"Sit down," Weller said.
Dean thanked Weller for his concern and asked, What's the deal with Fitzgerald?
Dean then brought Lydia Larkin into the picture by telling Jake Weller how she had radioed Fitzgerald with the two Denver investigators in her car, making the call from the spot where he claimed she'd be out of reception.
Weller added, "Maybe Lydia reported that business to Denver and that's why Fitzgerald got recalled."
"Nope," Dean answered honestly but Weller didn't let him off the hook.
Weller seemed to consider just how much he wanted to know.
Weller yawned, a sure end to the discussion.
Weller rose, picking up a form from his desk.
"I can't believe Fitzgerald had the nerve to even fingerprint the old guy," Weller said, shaking his head.
Jake Weller gave him a cold stare.
There was a question of jurisdictions and when Weller volunteered that Martha was safe and comfortable at Bird Song where she'd spent the last six months, no one seemed to protest.
And no, Jake Weller told them, there were no further details on Fitzgerald's absence.
A quick telephone call to Jake Weller produced no further word on whether or not Fitzgerald had reported as summoned to Denver.
Dean started to get out of the car but Weller waved him on and Ryland pulled away from Bird Song.
That's why Sheriff Weller came by this morning, to let us know.
Weller said Shipton knows where Edith is staying.
Weller says Shipton claims he doesn't.
But Weller doesn't believe him?
They both agreed to let the situation take its course now that Weller was involved.
This time he'd bury Jake Weller in a mountain of minutiae.
"I'll give Weller a call when I get back," he said, generating a look of surprise on his wife's face.
"It's been a while," Weller said.
Dean's past involvements with Sheriff Weller had always managed to cause the lawman untold grief.
While the two maintained mutual respect, Jake Weller appeared unsettled in Dean's presence, a combination of insecurity over Dean's more extensive experience and memories of past encounters that had pushed the lawman into compromising situations.