Welcome to Sample Sunday. This time I am offering the begining of The Chosen One due for release by Rebel Ink Press in early 2011.
I hope you enjoy.
The Chosen One
by Lisa Day
It was only early May. It felt more like late August. The drought of
1860 and it's extreme heat added to the normal discomfort of traveling by
stagecoach in this arid part of the country. The road from Austin to San Antonio
rutted with the wheel markings of earlier coaches already made the trip
Today, for the passengers it would be worse. A thick layer of the fine
light brown dust, with a hint of dark orange and brown specks settled on
everything and everyone in the stage-coach.
An older woman, one would guess around fifty year old, was returning
from visiting her son in the east. She held a lace handkerchief to her nose
trying to filter some of the particles out. There were also two different types
of men inside. The man wearing the brown bowler style hat fancied himself a
gentleman. He continued to send more sand and grit everywhere as he incessantly
slapped it off himself, carrying on as if the annoying dust chose only him land
on and irritate.
The other man was a cowboy heading to a new job three stops down the
line. He just took the fine layer of dust as an expected part of travel in this
part of the country. He started to nod off. Of the four passengers aboard, the
young woman had already drifted off to sleep and the dust no longer plagued her
for the moment.
The man handling the reigns slowed the conveyance, eventually coming to
a stop. At age fifty-four Buck was an experienced guard. He was riding shotgun
today and did not like the look what he saw at all. Stopping in the middle of
nowhere was not a good omen. Everyone now aware the coach had decreased speed. Resulting in all the passengers became very alert.
“Sam, we got trouble the tree limb blocking the road ain’t right there
ain’t no trees for another three miles yet.”
“Buck, Buck!” Sam said as he nudged, Buck to look left, “Yep and here it
Four masked men, guns out aimed at the driver and mate. Each rider
watched with tense alertness as the carriage slowed to a complete
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