Strangers on the trail

Previously:

The coach pulled up in front of Silverthorn’s and the supplies were quickly loaded into the rear boot. Cy and Matt were occupying the driver and shotgun positions atop the coach and Sarah aboard Windy positioned in front, she would scout a head of the coach. As soon as Doc & Phil McLean boarded, the stagecoach adventure began…

Season VI, Chapter 8, Episode 48:

About the same time as the stage left Danger Bay, Larry, Bartholomew Nathaniel and Boomer left for Williams’ Station. They were riding at a leisurely pace for now, and each would occasionally look behind as all felt they hadn’t heard the last from Deputy Kidd.

Boomer, Larry & Bart on the trailThe morning seemed to pass as slowly as they were riding and by eleven o’clock, “I don’t think Kidd is following.”

I don’t either, Larry,” Boomer too, was anxious to put more miles behind them at a quicker rate, temporary as it was, Williams’ Station was home, “Let’s pick up the pace.”

They set a faster pace, which seemed to please the horses and mule. The horses were a bit upset that the mule seemed not sentient, and they were unsure how this strange human, Nathaniel, would respond if they spoke—so they remained uncomfortably silent.

Riders approaching from behind us,” the mule announced—to everyone’s surprise—but for different reasons.

Strangers on the trailDammit, Sally, you were told not to speak!”

Oh, it’s all right Human-Bart,” Pal whinnied, “Everyone here can speak, apparently.”

Well, I’ll be hornswaggled, HORSES can speak? I thought only a mule could speak!”

Larry found himself only a little surprised, he was more concerned with, “While you all are settling the speech issue, I’d like to know if these riders are friendly or not.”

Uncertain,” Sally brayed, “Anyone else?”

Uncertain,” Rachel and Pal agreed in unison.

Okay, let’s act like we don’t notice them, at least until the are in easy range—fifty-yards will do.”

I’ll bray at fifty-yards, Human Deputy Boomer.”

She brayed moments later and the humans made ready, “Give a little buck, Pal, if you sense danger. Othewise we’ll turn to face them when we actually hear their hoof beats.”

Moments later they heard the hoof-beats and turned…

To be Continued…Refreshment Banner

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About Jack Boardman

Just a little bit of a Curmudgeon.
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12 Responses to Strangers on the trail

  1. Wow lots of good horse art Jack!

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  2. Sarah Cooper says:

    I’d trust an animal’s judgement of people more than a people’s judgement of people.

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  3. Linda halvorson says:

    The suspense is killing me!

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  4. sgtmajcarl says:

    I don’t like the look of those fellas. 😐

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  5. John James says:

    Showdown?

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  6. Chris Shouse says:

    Drama coming our way? Yes I would always trust the instincts of an animal!

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