The Wagon Train Diaries

In the Beginning

The Wagon Train Diaries...

In the beginning

 

 

Historian’s Note: These stories take place in the late 1860's.. a wagon train’s historical notes

 

 

 

The Wagon Master heard the footsteps outside his wagon several seconds before the Indian scout arrived. The warning gave him the time he needed to bring his meditation to a close.

A moment later, he was waiting by the back end of his wagon, alert. Continuing to track the sounds of footsteps, the Wagon Master calculated the precise moment when the Indian scout would reach his wagon.

Just as the Wagon Master knew they would, the footsteps stopped at the right side of his wagon. The Wagon Master waited just a heartbeat for the Indian scout to take a step toward the back of the wagon, then he struck, aiming the first blow at the Indian’s head.

Reacting quickly, the Indian dodged to one side and partially deflected the Wagon Master’s hand. Nevertheless, the blow struck the Indian on the shoulder, knocking him to the ground.

"Enough," the Indian said evenly.

"You’re losing it White Deer," said the Wagon Master. "You were the best scout a wagon train ever had. What happened?"

"Alastar Brown," said the Indian as he stood without help from the Wagon Master. "I am still the best scout ever. You just became a better Wagon Master."

The Wagon Master smiled.

"But we have to be on our best," said the Indian scout. "We are entering Dead Crow’s Valley."

"I heard."

"It’s haunted with the spirits of Indians and soldiers. The last wagon train that past through these parts never ended up in California. Their bodies were discovered in heaps, and their wagons burned to the ground. Horses slaughtered..."

"That’s what bothers me," Interrupted the Wagon Master.

The Indian looked confused.

"What ghosts, burn wagons?’

"We will soon discover the answer to your question Alastar," said the Indian scout. "We will have so many answers.....

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

It's very good But the end sounded like it's going on.

Voted up


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

hey writer20.. yeah Im going to try another little series.. I tried the alien invasion series and that didn't do so well here.. and Nick PT Barnum series did well at Triond.. but not so well here.. so we will see about a western drama/action thanks for being the first to read


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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

Frank, great read; voted "Up" and looking forward to more! Sounds like this will be an engrossing story. Quick question: Is it supposed to be "Diaries" instead of "Dairies", or am I missing something?


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Time2 rite thanks for catching that Diaries didn't look right to me .. but I guess I'm not much smarter than a fifth grader :) again thank you so much....


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I loved the open ending.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks VG :)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I LOVE CONTINUING STORIES... great hub.. the story is very good...cant wait to red more..I voted up and awesome


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

We love Westerns here at HubPages. I especially am a cowgirl at heart. This sure started off well. I like the two characters a lot. Sounds as if they have a long history.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I liked this hub and have to vote it up up and away.

Take care

Eddy.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks so much Our Ms Brooks.. and H.. you are a cow-girl..:) and Eddy thank you for stopping by


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well Frank you can do it all and cover any genre - love the title here and yes you are the consummate story teller and your writing is always so strong - lake erie time 12:40pm


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much epi


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Frank

Well I am off to Dead Crow's Valley.

Voted up and awesome.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you soo much sue...")


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

I'm right behind Sueswan. This was a great intro to what I think is going to be a truly engaging tale.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Poetvix thank you for riding my wagon Train :)


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

G'Day Frank. I will follow this story and see where it leads. Blessings, Debby


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Debby welcome aboard the wagon train


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

you're so funny! catch up later. Be good! hahha


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

you too sweetie :)

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