Stories tagged “western”

  • What You Wished For

    She wasn’t holding a gun the last time I saw her. I probably wouldn’t be standing if she was, judging by the fresh body bleeding on the dusty floor of the saloon. The words slip out of my mouth before I realize I’m saying anything. &#...

    • Author: Geebs
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Strangers Round These Parts

    The chair’s legs squeaked as he rocked back, enough to let the man in black see the silver handle of the revolver in the holster, grooved for fast draws. As he pushed back the coat, dust fell from the white cotton. No one wore a white coat in tha...

    • Author: bluefish
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Right Behind You

    Pammy Barnum wasn’t always a killer, least, not an active one. Never shot anyone in the time I knew her, and I knew her from when she was three. Oh, but she knew how to shoot. Her daddy saw to that. “I seen enough nonsense and bad folk out ...

    • Author: Geebs
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Choices

    A gun is a way of making choices, Pamela, her father’s voice echoed in her head, the memory redolent of sunlit afternoons. But it ain’t the only way. Remember that. Her young hands were practiced as they ran over the contours of the gun. Th...

    • Author: lostsalient
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Walking After You

    I toss a couple twigs on the fire, and settle in against a rock. All my possessions in the world are in this tiny campsite, and by the time I’m done here I should shed a few of them. On the road I’m traveling you can’t carry much with...

    • Author: Geebs
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Kuiper Cowboy

    Tycho finished his pre-flight check. A pain in the ass for sure but even a small tear would leave him to asphyxiate in the cold depths of space. Tycho locked himself into his Equus VII and hit the ignition switch. The bike was dirty from the constant e...

    • Author: Wilson A.
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Seven

    ‘I got a job for us if your interested,’ said Brenner, tossing a bag on the table as he pulled up a chair. ‘How much?’ asks Jimmy, pruning a nail with his switchblade. Dexter and O’Reilly look at the bag and nod. ‘Th...

  • Kuiper Cowboy: Enter Dr. T

    Dr. Tiberius slammed his fist down on the console. Those fools on Titan, they have no idea who they are dealing with! Dr. Tiberius had just been dismissed from the colony board of directors and asked to leave the planet. While his passion was science a...

    • Author: Wilson A.
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Kupier Cowboy: Straight Flush

    Remmi looked at his hand and grimaced. He was already down 2000 credits and couldn’t afford to lose any more. Hell, he thought, I had to spend most of what we made on the Europa job on repairs to the ship and myself. Remmi’s finger twitched...

    • Author: Wilson A.
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Kuiper Cowboy: Six Shooter Therapy

    Remmi broke the silence, “Gentelmen, surely there must be some mistake?” “The computer doesn’t lie!” blurted the dandy as he thumbed the console in front of him, signaling the sheriff. Remmi had to think fast. He computed ...

    • Author: Wilson A.
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Kuiper Cowboy: Attack!

    Tycho keyed the final sequence of pulse beams needed to send the comet into orbit around Iapetus. Thankfully the hard part was over and all that was really left to do was collect his paycheck. Tycho and the boys finished the pulse sequence and headed b...

    • Author: Wilson A.
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
  • Thousand-Yard Stares Only Get You So Far

    The two men stood, back to sweaty back, under the Spaghetti Western sun. Thousand-yard stares leaped out of their eyeballs and ran off into the horizon. “Today,” cried the mayor, "these two men have challenged each other to a duel to t...

    • Author: Stovohobo
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Cornered

    Josh cussed, then spit, then cussed again. They were still down there, and getting closer. Ten of them, on horseback, packing Peacemakers and Winchester repeaters. Josh had his knife, his coach gun with only one shell, and that heavy as hell bag of do...

    • Author: N2UX
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
  • Flushed Out

    “Fold” I announce, throwing away a hand of four Jacks and a King. I’ve been on a hot streak all night. Problem is, Haunch has been staring me down, no doubt suspecting me of cheating. Of course, last time I was playing a game with him...

    • Author: DSCarroll
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
  • Ain't From 'Round Here

    Later… The sun was high overhead, shadows clinging to their owners like frightened dogs. The tall trees around the mine groaned in the light wind. The man in white lowered his hand to the well-oiled holster of his Colt revolver. “You’...

    • Author: bluefish
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • No Need for a Hatter

    Oily black smoke rose from the scuffed and battered pistol as though the grime on the weapon were seeping into the air around it. The man in black grinned, hopping over the four prone bodies before him with a step that was nearly a dance. He knelt at e...

  • The final hit

    I pulled up to the front. Silence. A trail of hoofprints in the dust, nothing else. No sign of a scuffle, even. “Anyone here?” Somewhere a door creaked and banged closed, something from a bad Western. “Hello?” I kept my hand o...

    • Author: Coccinella
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Focus Fire

    Three seconds. I stare across at “Kedge” Clawson. Small fellow, but steady as a rock. My hands are trembling. At this point I don’t even remember why we’re out here, ready to shoot each other in front of the saloon. All I know i...

    • Author: DSCarroll
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
  • By Any Means

    He had picked a spot up on a butte that overlooked the scrubland below. Besides him sat his Sharps rifle. It was outfitted with a brass telescope and set of cross hairs at the end of the barrel. Next to the rifle was three bullets, their brass casing s...

  • Cold Blood Moon (Mature)

    Half past one in the light of the moon The sheriff’s running ‘cause he ain’t immune To a bullet in his back beside the saloon And another one on its way Darrell Oakes never had no dossier Just a girl who’d stole his heart away A...

  • Tanya Knows The Price {Retro Ficlets}

    “What do ya want wid me?” I demanded. “Why, the bounty of course!” Tanya smiled. “Do ya have any idea of the price on yer head?” Of course I knew, but why would I let her know that? “A price?” I asked. “What price? I’ve never had no...

    • Author: Lone Writer
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Draw, Ya Sidewinder!

    The man in black barely tilted his head up and said “I reckon I didn’t hear you correctly. What did you say?” The young man stood his ground and said, “I said draw your iron, you sidewinder! I’m here to put you in the grou...

  • Another One of Those

    The swing doors parted and a man stood in silhouette. He waited. The music continued playing and not a single person payed him any mind. Except the bartender. Ol’ Pete knew exactly what was about to happen. This was another one of those guys. Pet...

    • Author: KevSaund
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Map

    Turner’s eyes bulged but he didn’t move. “I don’t have time for this.” Bella adjusted her aim, levelled her pistol at his crotch and cocked the gun. “Hand it over or your visits to the brothel are going to be a lot l...

    • Author: thelostgirl
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5