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Cristy

 

Drabbles and Shorts

2017 Drabbles and Shorts

2017 Drabbles and Shorts

 

Hired Gun

Sitting tall in the saddle he slowed his breathing. This was the hard part—the waiting, the watching. In the valley, gun smoke thickened. Gunfire sounded like corks popping from bottles.

His breakfast of beans and bacon sat like rocks in his gut. It was kill or be killed today. Killing still didn’t come easy.

No time for soft thoughts. This was his job. Honour was at stake.

Someone said, ‘Ready to give Johnny Reb hell, Lancer?’

Before he could respond he heard the shrill notes of the bugle sounding Charge. Gripping his sword hilt, he spurred his horse forward.

4 March 2017
Thanks to Margaret P for the quick beta and wonderful suggestions.

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Stalked

He was out there. Every instinct told me he was close. Too close. I crouched in the snow behind a rotted tree, searching. A crow cawed, the sound made louder by the silence. Dios, I hate this feeling. Where is he?

Suddenly I felt the impact, a sickening thud to my side knocking me backwards. I saw wetness spreading over my jacket. Damn…

The sound of his boots crunching on snow came towards me - confident, almost struttin’.

‘I told you I was the best snowball thrower at Phillips Academy’.

I let him help me up. ‘Nobody likes a braggart, Boston’.

12 March 2017

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Goodbye

Visiting the family cemetery left him exhausted, more so now that he was firmly in his seventies.

Sitting at Murdoch’s desk, he turned to look out over the land. Murdoch and Johnny were gone, both deaths hitting him hard. He’d barely survived Johnny’s passing last year. And now Teresa…

‘Scott.’

‘Teresa!’

Words died away as he turned to her. She was young, her curls shining, her face unlined as she smiled softly.

‘They’re waiting for me.’ Following her gaze through the window, he saw Murdoch and Johnny on horseback, a spare horse by Johnny’s side.

‘Goodbye, Scott. Love you always.’

October 1017
(In memory of Elizabeth Baur, 1 December 1947 - 30 September 2017. RIP)

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