A couple days from Cheyenne, out of food and luck, we follow the shallow river. In late afternoon, a lone, dappled horse grazes on the far bank.
“It’s a wild horse,” George says. “I’d eat horse.”
I have the rifle. It’s an easy shot.
“Go ahead,” George whispers. “Before he spooks.”
I take aim. The horse lifts its head and looks across the river at us. George and I stand still in the shadows, hardly breathing. I start to squeeze the trigger. It isn’t right. I know it isn’t right. We’re almost to Cheyenne, and a long way from starving.
I wrote this story for the 100 Word Challenge #341 at Velvet Verbosity.
I like the the use of present tense in that first sentence, and it’s just a neat piece overall.
Rick C. says
I liked this. I really thought he was going to shoot… there’s a huge story that’s hinted at here, too. Nicely done.