It was dark when Tal stopped the truck and horse trailer next to the barn. He had been in the saddle at sunup looking for cows, watching for game, and doing the job he loved—being a cowboy.
Mac’s voice rumbled through the darkness near the barn door. “How’d it go?”
Tal smiled into the night, before turning to answer his boss.
“Found twelve head, caught a fish for my lunch, and I’ll sleep in my own bed tonight. I’d say the day was a winner.”
His stomach grumbled. Dinner would have to wait. Always the animals came first.
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“Write a romance. Focus on a relationship.” She instructed.
“Not my genre!” I screamed back at the screen.
“Try writing what you know.” Came the silent words from the picture on the desk.
“I know the West and crusty old cowboys!” I countered to the voice in my head.
I could hear him laughing.
“Oh, what the hell, it won’t hurt to write an outline…”
Young hearts in love…Separated by fate…Reunited by a chance call…Devoted to each other…Ripped apart by life…
“Keep going hon. You got this.”
“I’m not ready yet,” I whispered through tears.
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There is nothing left
The soul is gone
Though aged and tattered
Drab and lifeless
Dressed in brown and grey
A welcome hearth, frozen
Expecting no one
Laughter long since vanished
Life drained from within
There is no remorse
With no appetite to return
Solitary and waiting
Darkness is everywhere
Lanterns hang, unlit
Lifeless forms peer out
Past craggy glistening shards
Edging traumatised storm windows
Wooden shutters hang lifeless
Snow swirls around collapsed beams
Mournful, piercing, wailing sounds
Challenging the lifeless rooms
The storm, it rages on
Outraged and unforgiving
The homestead lives no more
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