Short Story: Prairie Girlfriend

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Suzanne Mays


Josie faces disaster - before breakfast.


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Josie put her hand on her henhouse door. The morning rays of the sun reached out to her. She scanned the upper ridge for him, but saw instead a small dark cloud on the horizon. She couldn’t quite make it out. She swept the upper pasture where her cattle grazed, and all seemed well with them. Maybe it was only a shadow.

Yet, her chickens clucked restless as she pushed inside the henhouse. She gathered their eggs in her basket and felt the pistol in her pocket. Something was wrong. Pushing back out the door again, she scanned the distant horizon. The shadow was bigger now – and moving!

A whirlwind of dust was bearing down on her cattle. As Josie watched in horror, the cloud tore down the ridge and engulfed her whole herd. Their bellows became enraged and they started to run. The ground shook violently beneath her feet as they stampeded straight at her small brown soddy.

She put down…

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Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Thank you, Robert. If I could just be a cowgirl - but with indoor plumbing and warm heat. Pretty much a television version now, Suzanne"
4 years ago
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Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Thanks, Jay. In another life, I would so be a cowgirl. They built houses out of sod or prairie turf. They were comfortable and strong, for those with muscle rather then money. Dirt floors and dirt roofs, sometimes."
6 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor said "Well if it was paltry I guess the message was a bit too subtle - tee hee. or did you mean poultry?"
6 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor replied saying "No I did have at one time but I'm Ova it now - (ow ow ow sorry)"
6 years ago
Adam West Guest Editor replied saying "Have you got a thing about eggs Diane! o\_/O"
6 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor said "Absolutely typical man - Not there when there's real work to be done and then just wants feeding. Just teasing, this was a different read and for such a teeny piece it was as Adam says stirring stuff (and I'm sure he wasn't referring to the eggs!!) - Diane"
6 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Thank you, Diane. I've watched too many westerns in my time. Have always wanted to have chickens, though, but perhaps they are easier left in the mind. Suzanne"
6 years ago
Adam West Guest Editor replied saying "I can see straight through your paltry attempt at being sexist, Diane - tut-tut :-) BTW Suzanne - what's a soddy?"
6 years ago
Adam West Guest Editor said "And did her young cowboy have a broad muscular chest and six pack to go with his six eggs? Stirring stuff...many thanks, Adam"
6 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Adam, in my understanding, they could lay the sod as shingles over boards for the roof as well. So, daisies could grow from the roof tops. Let's hope that's the origin of this name."
6 years ago
Adam West Guest Editor replied saying "Thanks Suzanne for the info - I have an internet pal who lives in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, which creases me - never thought to ask her about the origins of the name - now I know :-)"
6 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Oh, he had a broad chest, boots, hat, the whole works. A soddy is built by cutting up the prairie sod/turf and stacking it onto the sides of a wooden frame like bricks. Comfortable and dirt cheap, they say. Thanks, Adam. Suzanne"
6 years ago

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