[Short Story] - Wild West - 5 minute freewrite

in #freewrite3 years ago (edited)


Wild west

“James Wesley? Why would you want to know about James Wesley, boy?” The old man looked away for a second, expecting an answer, then quickly back at Tom. “Don’t answer that. Listen. For a bottle of bourbon I’ll tell you everything I know about James Wesley. What do you say?”

Tom nodded and signaled the bartender, pointing his finger at a bottle of Jack.

“Not much is known of the man you seek, but he did cross our town once. It was 14 years ago today and boy does it feel like yesterday. It was a Sunday afternoon, the mass just finished, and he rode his black horse straight into the saloon. Damn straight inside. Didn’t hesitate one bit and shot the owner right between his eyeballs. Bang! No words, no nothing. Just looked around the place, tipped his stetson at the fine townsfolk and rode back out of the saloon and out of town, same way he came in. Those people still haven’t recovered, I’ll tell you that much. He had a certain aura about him. Like the smell of death in the hospital, you know? There, that’s all I know of James Wesley. Now hand over that bottle!”

Tom slammed a $100 bill on the bar, tipped his Stetson at the old man and left the saloon.

Link to part 2.

*James is Tom’s father.

The prompt was:


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Previous writing prompts I have fulfilled:

Happy ending
#1 - Living off the grid
#3 - A young thief
#8 - A traitor from hell
#9 - Not alone
#10 - Millitary testing grounds
#13 - Bigfoot
#14 - And angel in love with a whore
#15 - Down the rabbit hole
#18 - Reborn as a 10 year old
#19 - A struggling door to door salesman
#24 - Rebellious talking food
#26 - Ssssnails!
#28 - Mission Erased
#32 - Dog's breath
#38 - Abducted
#2 - A dolphin tea party
#4 - Stained hands
#7 - The giant depressed onion
#21 - The red star
#25 - Long-distance Relationship
#27 - A dream
#30 - Potato
#31 - Dragons
#33 - The Jungle
#35 - A life lesson
#36 - Unicorn meat

#5 - The homeless man
#6 - A blind date
#11 - The wealthy man
#12 - Happy ending
#16 - Asshole soulmate
#17 - My bunny Fluffy
#20 - War veteran
#22 - Wishing to meet a villain
#23 - School trip

#29 - Green Chewing Gum
#34 - Turkey Trauma
#37 - Stuck in a loop

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Five minute freewrite challenges I have fulfilled:

Fire, Toilet, Flash, Soft feet, Pillow, Grounding, Surprise, Ending the pain, Going for a walk, Car Mechanic, Murderer, Dog hair, Ducks, Untested medicine, Forbidden love, Vacation, Awakening, Dentist, Wild west.

Next writing prompt to be fulfilled:

"Purple road"
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You rose to the occasion of the new word!! :)

Good story! I'd like to read a continuation. Why James killed the salon owner 14 years ago? Why his son is back in the towm?

Hmmm. I might consider writing a continuation with today's prompt :P I haven't checked what it is yet, so no promises.. But I'll definitely try :P

I have continued the story using today's prompt, and will continue again using tomorrow's prompt :P
You can find it here.

Very entertaining. Great work.
Standing in for Marianne today with the link to the latest prompt