Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sweet Saturday Sample: Excerpt from Cottonwood Cowboys

I can't believe how fast the first two weeks of January have flown by! And that I completely forgot to post my Sweet Saturday Sample after I signed up to participate. I'm very sorry. Here is an excerpt from my short story, Cottonwood Cowboys, available as a ebook at all Kindle stores, or at in many ebook formats.

Cottonwood Cowboys

The week ran along fine until Thursday night.

Then the big cottonwood came crashing down on the corral.

It about ruined my weekend.

I guess I didn’t mind so much that I was stuck on the two-man saw with Curly, but Saturday afternoon working toward evening was a poor time to pull tree clearing duty, especially this Saturday, with the dance all laid out at the school house, and a new schoolmarm to gaze at.

I reckon it wasn’t Curly’s fault; there wasn’t a finer hand than Curly, except maybe for me, on the whole Four Rivers, Arizona, spread. It was just that I was itching to get to that dance, having caught a beforehand sign of that schoolmarm when last I was in town.

The trouble was, Curly was just as anxious to get duded up and out to the school house as I was, and I didn’t want him to get an edge on me.

I guess it weren’t Amos Ramsey’s fault neither. But I sure cussed him some under my breath while I worked that saw back and forth as fast as I could stand. Old Amos owned the Four Rivers Ranch, and I thought sure he was going to leave that old, rotten tree for another day or two, seeing as how it had been laying there since the storm brought it down on Thursday night, and he hadn’t seen fit to give orders to clear it away.

Old Amos changed his mind along about Saturday noon, and decided he surely could use some firewood from that stringy tree, and while Curly and me were at it, we might as well clear the whole mess from the corral. And after that, if we didn’t mind, we could fix the section of fence that got mashed with the tree atop it.

“Tarnation,” I said, along with a few other little things, once Old Amos was safely out of earshot. “I reckon I hired on to do just about anything, as long as it could be done from the back of a horse.”

Curly growled something in reply, and yanked on the handle of the saw.

“Well, I allow as how I hate to dig postholes about as bad as anything,” I came back.

Curly wasn’t thrilled, neither.
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  1. Love this scene. Makes me want to climb on the back of a horse and ride away into the sunset!

  2. Can so feel the frustration, and almost smell the dust the scene is so vivid

  3. Love the language. Fits thee setting!

  4. Love how you write! Wonderful sample! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love it. I like how you catch the men's personalities so clearly. :)

  6. Such a strong, distinctive voice to this. I love it!

  7. You are so good at taking us back to the era of cowboys and rocking chairs and vittles. Thanks for sharing.


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