The ‘eadless Ratt’ler’s Back

Fire black and smoke all red, the sun shone ‘gainst the West.
Glint in eye an’ tale in head, Old Jack sized up his guests.
There warn’t much to impress ‘im ’bout the two who stared ‘im back:
City-boys, all barn and raised, with city-boy rucksacks.

“Ah’m tellin’ yuh, an’ ah don’ lie,” Jack told ’em, face set stern,
“You’d best watch out when sunset’s red, when sand feels like to burn.
“The ‘eadless ratt’ler’s comin’ out –Look! Behind yuh now!”
An’ shore enough, those tenderfoots, yelped like they’d jus’ learned how.

An’ Jack, jus’ laughed.
“Ah gotcha now!”

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©2020 Chel Owens

Told ’round a campfire for Carrot Ranch‘s prompt this week:

October 22, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a spooky tale told around a campfire. It doesn’t have to include the campfire; it can be the tale. Go where the prompt leads!

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17 thoughts on “The ‘eadless Ratt’ler’s Back

  1. masercot October 26, 2020 / 5:40 am

    Does a headless rattler have teeth? If so, where does he keep them?

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    • Chel Owens October 26, 2020 / 1:04 pm

      Thank you, Frank. I need a few more words to even that meter out nicely.

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  2. Norah October 27, 2020 / 5:16 am

    Well done, Chelsea. That’s a spooky tale around a campfire.

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