The wisdom of Bud and Gus ....Cowboys

Short story........

"I don't know how'n the hell you can talk like that to me " Bud said with a phony hurt look on his face ......"If you follow your average gossip circles you'd a known I was dern near born ahorseback anyways......." and as he cantered ahead of me he leaned off again to one side as he always had looking back at me with a shit eatin grin.......
Well it was true no one does quite sit on a saddle the way Bud does .

"Well thats for sure and for certain ", I said to no one in particular and as I gave Bullet his reigns and he galloped ahead to catch up with Buds mare. I caught him just before he rounded the barn , and headed for the corral.
"I'm just saying maybe it''s time you got some tri-bi- focals or somethin' before you ride off a cliff or somethin an bust yer noggin , that's all ".........I said .

"Wal ' I busted my noggin hundreds' a times or more and it ain't never from fallin off no mountain in Montana I can tell ya that "........with that said ,he dismounted and fell right on his ass ' , ..............
"Well now that was one flourishing dismount if I never saw one "........I said butwe I couldn't help laughing as he just as quickly jumped up and dusted off his britches........

'Wall you knowed I hain't never been no dandy dancer or somethin" , ........and I could tell he was getting fiesty so I thought I'd better let it go, at least for now.

" Dancer , Hell if you was to get all ballerina like , you'd have to go to one of them finishin' schools where they teach you how to be dainty an such!"..........I said.

" DAINTY , just where in The hell do you come up with these ideas of yours anyways ?" ....... and with that Bud began to unsaddle his horse and bridle , and then stood up arched his back, stretching his muscles and said .....
"I'll tell you one thing now , dainty or not ....I need a cold beer just to ferget your special insult of the day " he said and walked towards the old propane ice box we kept in the barn for just this very thing........

" Now there you go again .....gettin all upset over nuttin', just because I suggested you might need glasses ! " I said.

And with that, I dropped the whole issue but to telll the truth I knew it was only a matter of time before he went completely blind and rode himself over a butte or something , and if theres one thing I knew it was the value of a good man with a little too much pride getting himself hurt , and for what ? A little vanity...........I knew I would have to bring this up later anyway , that was always the best way with Bud , a little bit at a time .
After bedding down the horses and watching the sun go down over the front range , the beer was just beginning to give us both a pretty good buzz when Bud asked me ......

" So do you really think I'm gettin dangerous ? ,Cause if you do , I spose' I could git me oner' those appointmints' with a eye doctor or sumpin' . W-eell'....... at least I could go an talk to her ! " ......
Oh noooo I thought , Buds ex- wife was now a eye doctor up in Bozeman , allthough they had been seperated for years , they still kept in touch ........in more ways than one too! Rumor had it that they'd been seeing more of each other since the began living seperately.
" Of course , I haint the kind of guy to trust no eye's with a ex- wife eye doctor now , am I? And then I knew it! He would go ...............

"Gimme another one of them Lonestars will ya Gus ? Maybe ....if I drink enough cold beer , my eyes'll git better on thier own"..... ! And with that .......the issue was dropped . And on into the night we drank beer and talked and then laughed about the old times ........


Sometime about midnight I awoke to the moon coming over Saddleback butte stood up and knocked over the empty bottles around buds feet , all of which only startled us both back to drinkin beer again........
"And that's anudder' thing about you Gus , damned if you haint always bringing me awake with some turrible amount' a racket too! , I havent had a good nights rest since we was started riding fence together ..........give me 'nother Lonestar whilst yer up wudja Gus."........of course he went back to sleep before i got back with the beer !.

Still later just before the false dawn Bud arrose and went over to the outhouse two holer to relieve himself and came back a bit later caughing and spitting up something ." I swear ta god gus , maybe its all this damn dust out here that makin my eye's a-go this way "

"Dust in the air , jumpin' jehosaphats' , the only damn thing you haven't run over in all of Montana with that horse of yours is a damned buffalo jump.......but you go ahead and blame it on the dern dust in the air.!.......Might swell' anyways , I know only one damn thing , Bud you sure can't see well enough to see no Dust in the air ..........

On and on we went like this well into Sunday , before Bud finally agreed to see his ex- wife.... the eye doctor........After church and the dinner put on by the old ladies of the church down to the river as Bud and I said or good byes and drove on home , all I could think of to say was ...........
" Bud ......to tell you the truth I'm a little worried about you trusting whats left of yer eye's to someone so damned feisty as yer ex-wife , you gnowed' I never was one to run someone down but if anyone deserves to damage you beyond repair ......it's yer ex-wife.......

And with that a whole new round of debating the future of our riding fence together took on a whole new meaning .........But to tell you the truth I think Bud was abit worried about that too , Cause if there's one thing I know fer sure and fer certain is that Bud and I , neither one can remember all the experiences that drove his wife to leave him for no medical school!
oh well.........maybe its about time to look fer a new partner anyway!

The end .........

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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I like the way you use dialogue. I'll share with followers.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

hi Dahoglund , Thank you sir , I appreciate that . At first I was trying witty , I'm not sure it worked out !


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I haven't heard 'jehosaphat' since my Dad used to say it! :-)


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Nellieanna , I gotta million of um!.....:-}


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Big grin! Why am I not at all surprised? hehe


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Nellieanna , Where I grew up they still speak the "language " of old , I have a older brother who always says , "I'll be plum go ta hell"!.......:-}


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I've never heard that one! But 'plum' is used all through the language of old with which I am familiar. "Plum" loosely means 'thoroughly" or "all the way" - - all of whatever 'plum" is used to describe. As in "I'm just plum pleased that you're here." Or, "She was plum bowled over that he asked her to the hoe-down."

It serves your brother's meaning there, too!


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Nellieanna , I just love to hear the old languages of our families histories , the pearls of wisdom spoken in plain and direct words. No fluff , no bull!...He he .....Be well my dear lady!

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