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The Wagon Train Diaries...3

Updated on September 7, 2013

The Hangman

The Wagon Train Diaries...3

The Hangman


Eric Skye shrugged, his blunt, rough features giving away nothing.

"Are you going to do it?’ asked someone standing in the shadows of wagon train 23. "Are you going to hang Charlie Brooks for murdering those kids and his wife."

"If I do it, Alastar Brown might have me swinging."

"He will have you arrested, I have no doubt about that," said the man hiding in the shadows. "But when we reach the nearest town, the entire train will come to your aide. How can we allow this to happen?"

"What about Charlie’s sister?"

"Audrey is caring for the surviving child," replied the man in the shadows. "She will be too busy to know what’s going on."

"When do we do this?"

"Well, we ran into a stroke of good luck."


"That Indian scout set off to get a better look at Dead Crow’s Valley, and the train has stopped here for a day awaiting his return," said the whisper in the shadows. "This will give us the opportunity to hang that butcher!"

Eric Skye was the perfect traveler chosen to be the hangman. In several different capacities, Eric had proven himself to be cunning, aggressive, and very good at whatever job he does.

That was the main reason the travelers on the wagon train had chosen him. The other was an ability to remain expressionless. He was the only traveler that never confided in any one. He would hang Charlie Brooks, and if no one saw him, he would carry that secret to his grave. In other words, he was the perfect hangman.

"I’ll hang him tonight."

"I’ll let the others know," said the whisper in the shadows.

Eric shook his head. His face remained blank. The man hiding in the shadows was not surprised by the hangman’s expressionless face. He was just more concerned about tangibles. He wanted Charlie Brooks to hang for the killing of six children and their mother. Charlie was a monster, and the only way to destroy a monster was to set another monster after it. Eric Skye was that other monster. He was a predator so fierce that no other living creature could face it and live. He was the perfect hangman...

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© 2011 Frank Atanacio


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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Sue for taking the train ride :)

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Frank

      The suspense is building. I am wondering about the man hiding in the shadows.

      Voted up and awesome

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Debbie!!! glad you're here

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      I can see the poker face expressionless. Nothing behind the face.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      LOL Poetvix you're making my day

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I'm loving this western. I smell a whiff of horror too. This is engrossing! Off to the next installment.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks H for reading you are the best:)

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Shiver! There are many mean people out in the world. It is frightening when they come into our vicinity. Eric Skye was like a modern day mercenary I suppose. I like to believe the old west was a place I could be happy but I will skip the wagon train! This is a great installment Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      You got me Skye.. :) Becky Katz welcome aboard the Train, Writer20 thanks so much.. VG thanks for the compliment..Audrey I used your first name here on a character.. I need a good strong female name.. and Our Ms Brooks.. I needed a good last name.. thanks for reading all you guys :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      so excited .. I cant wait to read the next one.. you are a great writer.. I voted up..

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Got me hooked now!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I'm enjoying the stories in this series. I think this is going to be be popular like mckbirdbks's Emerald Cafe

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great story continuing. Waiting for more.

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Another good part. I am enjoying these stories.

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      So it was you , yeah it will take a great Author to get away with things like this.


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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for stopping by Marlin and Skye I mean Sky thanks for your comments too

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Oh Eric take that e off your last name let me confirm you are my long lost cousin. lol.

      You held on to the SM as a true trooper would and I love the linking you will teach me one day when I grow up .

      A great continuing story Frank . It's heading up the perfect alley for your style of writing, and I noticed the diversity between the the mannerisms of those detectives nowadays and and those of our past, so PT will have to write his autobiography showing his links in ancestry.

      Great story great work, it's simply in you keep bringing it out.


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      Marlin 55 5 years ago from USA

      Frank, really great job here. You are really progressing as a writer. A lot of suspense that makes me want to read more. Congratulations on such a fine job. Up and awesome.