It Happened in Texas

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“Howdy. Have room for one more by that fire?”

“Sit yourself down, Stranger. Coffee’s over there–help yourself.”

“Much obliged.  I gather I’m in Texas.”

“That you are.  You walkin’?  Didn’t hear no horse.”

“He’s real quiet”.  The Stranger whistled and a Paint walked out of the darkness.

“Nice horse, Stranger.  I wouldn’t mind you giving him to me.”

“Now why would I want to do that?”

“My boys have their six guns on you.”

The Stranger sipped his coffee, and between swallows, drew his gun, and shot all three–never spilling his coffee.

“Seems Texas needs a better class of people.”

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Photo Prompt:   Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Word Count:  100

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23 comments on “It Happened in Texas
  1. Doobster418 says:

    Imagine a world without Texas. I love it. I lived in Texas for a few years. In Dallas. I managed to get out alive and in one piece.

    • Lucy says:

      I lived in Kerrville, Texas for 9 months when getting cancer treatment. Beautiful little town. I lost weight because everything is fried and I don’t like fried food. They deep fry pickles. Lucy

  2. Ankush says:

    I need to come down to Texas once in my lifetime 🙂

    Cheers,
    Ankush,
    Catch my story on http://wheneveridontgetbored.blogspot.in/2014/09/fireflies.html

  3. yarnspinnerr says:

    You reminded me of old days …… days when i loved reading western. Great work.

  4. Gosh, I’ve got friends who live in Texas. I’d better warn them about the stranger. 🙂 Fun story.

    janet

  5. Dear Lucy,

    The stranger must’ve been Clint Eastwood. 😉 Straight out of a western. Love it!

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  6. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Lucy, Wow, I think ‘Paint’ doesn’t want to stay with the horse rustlers. I love Texas, been there many times! My twin lives in Houston and when you drive from Kansas City down there (it takes 14 + hours) when you get to Dallas, you start seeing billboards for Buck Buck Buckies! It is a huge rest stop that is so well advertised all the way to Houston (another 5 hours). Boy, I do talk a lot don’t I. Love your story! Nan 🙂

    • Lucy says:

      Thanks, Nan. I underwent some of my cancer treatment and surgery in Texas. Kerrville, Texas. Nice little town in the Hill Country. Great hospital: you called room service and ordered anything off the menu any time. I just like to pick on Texas. It’s a whole other world. Glad you liked the story. Lucy

  7. Texas does need a better class of people, but that aside…
    Clint Eastwood would be great for the part, I think.

    Fun piece, Randy

  8. Lucy, Good story. My grandmother wintered a couple of years in San Antonio and just loved it. My dad drove Mom and me to Texas one year. We stopped in Dallas, and then we drove down to San Antonio to visit his friend. While in Dallas, I bought a couple of outfits at the big Neiman Marcus store there as I was working by then and had my own money. Well written. 🙂 —Susan

    • Lucy says:

      II lived in Texas for about a year. In Kerrville, about 40 minutes from San Antonio. I really liked San Antonio. And the town I was in is in the Hill Country. Very pretty place. I used to pick on my Texas friends but I ended up wearing boots and a cowboy hat. Love that hat. I would live in Neiman Marcus if they’d let me. Glad you liked the story. Sometimes these photo prompts leave you wondering what the heck you can write about. Thanks for coming by. Lucy

  9. That stranger must have ridden a pale horse… _:-)
    :-

    • Lucy says:

      Hey, Bjorn/ That would’ve been a better idea. I never thought of that: “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death…” Well, I had Clint Eastwood in my head when I wrote the story. It would still work. He did star in “Pale Rider”.. Glad you stopped by. Lucy

  10. I heard crackling fires, horses snuffling, smelled the smoke – of the fire and the gun. Great dialogue.

  11. Kate Loveton says:

    The Sisters Grime strike again – on the same wave-length. 😀 Just saw this fun short story. You captured the laconic strangers of the old West who talked little but had the ability to take care of business. I love a good Western. Oddly enough, I wrote a tale of the West this week – and that is why I say we were on the same wave-length!

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