Saguaro ‘N Seek

Pal spat into the wind, instantly regretting he’d done so. “Ware be Kid?” he growled as he wiped his face.

“Ware be you?” the wind answered.

Pal whipped around. He slid off the rocky outcropping he’d carefully climbed and scooted across just a few minutes before. His gun flew after him, landing stock first into a Saguaro and shooting its contents sky-high.

“Hey!” yelped the cactus, falling over.

Pal squinted. “Kid?”

“Nah, yer gramma.”

Pal laughed. “Welp,” he said, standing and walking over to his dusty, cactus-clad friend. “I guess you won this here round o’ hide ‘n seek.”

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©2020 Chel Owens

I’m sure D. Avery would object to playing games in the desert, but this came about ‘cuz o’ Carrot Ranch‘s prompt:

October 1, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that happens on the dusty trail. It can take place anywhere. Who is your character, where are they going, and why? Bonus points if they meet up with Kid and Pal from D. Avery’s Ranch Yarns and Saddle Up Saloon (they hit the trail so TUFF could take over the saloon). Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by October 6, 2020. Use the comment section [on Carrot Ranch’s site] to share, read, and be social. You may leave a link, pingback, or story in the comments. If you want to be published in the weekly collection, please use the form.  Rules & Guidelines.

Also, consider moseying over to The Ranch tomorrow, and every Monday this month, to participate in their TUFF challenge. The final submission will be at the end of October. There will be prizes!!

28 thoughts on “Saguaro ‘N Seek

  1. ellenbest24 October 5, 2020 / 1:44 am

    Chel is this for the TUFF challenge? Love the sugaro by the way. X

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  2. masercot October 5, 2020 / 3:36 am

    Anyone who lives near the desert and owns a shotgun has fantasized about shooting a cactus in the face…

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    • Chel Owens October 5, 2020 / 6:27 am

      😀 I only fantasized about not living near the desert ever again.

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      • masercot October 5, 2020 / 6:28 am

        I loved El Paso… But, the more severe deserts, I think I could also do without, Chelsea…

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        • Chel Owens October 5, 2020 / 6:30 am

          I think you’re suggesting I shouldn’t have lived near The Mojave.

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          • masercot October 5, 2020 / 6:35 am

            Suggesting? Hell, I’d tattoo it on my arm…

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  3. Norah October 5, 2020 / 3:59 am

    You get the bonus points, Chelsea. What a fun story!

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  4. Frank Hubeny October 5, 2020 / 12:54 pm

    An unexpected hide-and-seek game even though it was hinted at in the title.

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  5. D. Avery @shiftnshake October 5, 2020 / 3:48 pm

    I’m D. Avery and I approve this message. (Though I am going to give Pal a talking to regarding shotgun safety. Play, but play safely, People.)

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    • Chel Owens October 5, 2020 / 4:43 pm

      😀 I thought you’d tell me he wouldn’t have misfired so irresponsibly…

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  6. Jules October 6, 2020 / 5:53 pm

    Ya needled Pal n’ Kidd just right! 🙂

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    • Chel Owens October 8, 2020 / 7:19 am

      It all comes back to you when you do!


  7. Liz H October 8, 2020 / 8:50 am

    So clever–you did a real bang-up job with this. Fun!!

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  8. H.R.R. Gorman October 10, 2020 / 12:21 pm

    That would be an intensive hide and seek – to be found with bullets!

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