Beans for dinner


…You’ve been reading too many dime novels, probably by that hack Edward Judson.”


He writes as ‘Ned Buntline.’ An outlandish liar and teller of tall tales.”

You mean?”

Pure lies and exaggeration,” Kidd snorted. He was gazing off to their left and observed a large bird, circling in the distance and only half paid attention to it.

They continued their conversation as Kidd instructed McLintock in the real west. Kidd again noticed the bird.

Hold up a minute,” Kidd pulled his big Henry Rifle from it’s scabbard, “I think I see dinner.”

You can hit a bird—with a rifle?”

Watch and learn.”

Season VI, Chapter 3 Trackdown, Episode 16:

Larry FlutterMatters had fallen into the trap that almost all on surveillance duty do from time to time, he was engaged in woolgathering, daydreaming, if you will.

Flutters woolgathering ©2012 Jack Boardman

Flutters woolgathering

His thoughts went to the mountains beyond the farthest reaches of the West. Blue mountains, higher than high. Mountains few had ever seen and no one had ever climbed…

He was flying in a very predictable S track back and forth—this was not lost on Kidd as he carefully took aim..

Kidd followed Flutters through one after another complete lazy “S” track and noted he never varied his speed or altitude—over and over again.

Kidd paused for one more pass, and fired.

The shot zipped a quarter inch from Flutters’ tail feathers…

Flutters spun by the near miss ©2012 Jack Boardman

Causing him to spin a turn or two...

Causing him to spin a turn or two…

Disoriented, he regained control flying rapidly towards the ground—the ground was where the sky should be!

Flutters temporarily disoriented ©2012 Jack Boardman

Disoriented, he regained control flying rapidly towards the ground

Moments before a disastrous face to ground meeting, Flutters managed to regain some manner of control and flew inches above the ground for several hundred feet.

You missed, Kidd.”

I reckon I did. Beans for dinner.”

To be Continued…


About Jack Boardman

Just a little bit of a Curmudgeon.
This entry was posted in Pioneer Danger Bay Stories, Season 7, Season 7—Chapter 3--Trackdown and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

12 Responses to Beans for dinner

  1. Chris Shouse says:

    Poor bird he will be a little more disorganized now. I am sorry Flutters that your tail feathers were ruffled! 🙂


  2. I haven’t shot a bird in a long time.


  3. Sarah Cooper says:

    Wonder if Flutters knows how lucky he was?


  4. fluttermatters26 says:

    and just when you thought ……

    Ah methinks thinks Fluttermatters little did those horse jockeys understand the ways of the Master’s training wherein the learned one said “that the art of deception is to do that which is expected”.


    • Jack Boardman says:

      Yours was the 11,097th comment on this blog. I just thought you’d like to know. As for your comment…#BiteMe™ #TheCurmudgeon™ 😛


  5. …actually I’d much rather have beans than pigeon for supper!


Speak your mind!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s