The Oregon Trail – Six Sentence Story

Copyright C. E. Ayr

This challenge is produced by GirlieOnTheEdge with the following simple rules:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word – KNOT

Click here to hear the author read his words:

The Oregon Trail

As I travel through the wintry Wild West I become aware that I am being tracked by a tall thin man, a Scrawny Straggling Senor and Bald.

I know he isn’t Gary Cooper, because it’s long past midday, or Jimmy Stewart, because in the remake Liberty Valance will, I sincerely hope, blow his fool head off, or even Jim Coburn, because, quite frankly, he just ain’t magnificent, so I wonder if it is perhaps Judge Runner Bean, with his propensity to inflict direly long and barely intelligible sentences on any unwary Scottish Sentence Scrawler and Bard.

Then I figure he must be a reject from the Six Shooter Saloon and Bakery, concerned because I haven’t visited in some considerable time, but as I’ve voyaged across lands far beyond his puny knowledge, speaking languages more sophisticated than his new world tribe, with their ‘pidgin inglish’, might even imagine, I am barely sufficiently interested to acknowledge his existence.

I vaguely recall that another sect has been spawned from this nefarious cult, a Seriously Subjective Sunday and Beyond group, who feel that peace in our time can be achieved by talking the enemy either to death or at least into a self-induced coma.

I decide therefore that, instead of heading home to the Sun Sea Sex (oooh!) and Baguette of my southern abode, I will try to lead my pursuer even further afield, into a land of education, grammar and punctuation.

Then I think ‘Nah, Scotland’s Snowy Sleety and Baltic at this time of year, so I’ll leave him to his Structurally Suspect Scribblings and Baffling blah blahs, and try to write something slightly more meaningful than this uninteresting drivel’, but then I do knot.

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24 Responses to The Oregon Trail – Six Sentence Story

  1. Liz H says:

    Evocative trip to the Wild West and word wranglin’. SOME of those names have gotta be made up, right. Entertaining, as expected!


  2. clark says:

    I enjoyed this Six.

    Speaking only for myself, and, at the very real risk of sounding more quixotic than usual, my attitude towards others in this imaginary corner of (a) virtual world is reflected in the old saw, “Anyone who would create, while insisting harmony and agreement from those around them, at best deprives themselves, at worst, cheats their audience”.

    That said, best be on guard against an invitation to participate in the Livestream sometime in the coming year. Not that I’ve ever been accused of seeking to manipulate others… lol

    I just looked up at Jenne’s Comment and realized the fun that your writing engenders is not limited to the post.


    (like I mentioned in the Comment that I wrote earlier this week (and was promptly spirited away by the god of WordPress), since I arrived in the blogosphere, back in ‘aught nine, I’m been undeservedly fortunate in the company I’ve kept.)

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    • ceayr says:

      As usual, Clark, I only understand fragments of your Six Sentence Comment and Badinage, but I’m happy that you enjoyed my tale of the trail which discloses a secret known only to thee and me (and a few dozen others).
      And if that last bit contains a compliment then I thank you.

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  3. Reena Saxena says:

    Structurally Suspect Scribblings and Baffling blah blahs,

    Words wonderfully built into the script.


  4. Oregon Trail? Or Donner Pass? Seems some folks got roasted, and well done too.


  5. A delightful tale perfectly strung together by your final word.


  6. Spira says:

    Sharp, ceayr!
    (I can assure you that more than one members of the Seriously Subjective Sunday and Beyond sect have proven in more than one ways how to deal with the enemy… and I mean that not in an Aesopian foxy manner).


  7. dorahak says:

    This Scottish Sentence Scrawler and Bard: my only disappointment with him is that his “education, punctuation, and grammar” led him to disparage his own writing as mere sentence scrawling. An American to the rescue (as always), to wit, his writing is nonpareil and all the more for its trademark wit and humor. 🙂


  8. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice phrase at the end: “but then I do knot.” Also very enjoyable descriptions throughout.


  9. jenne49 says:

    A delightful word-romp through continents, languages, climates – and sanity – that I believe only the Scottish Sentence Scrawler and Bard could achieve.
    Clever, witty and a fun dance with the tall thin man.


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