|Splinter (standard:mystery, 2161 words)|
|Author: stanley mcqueen kentucky backwoods writer||Added: Apr 26 2007||Views/Reads: 3042/1609||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|short backwood story|
Splinter backwood writer Stanley Mcqueen Pa and I went into Muddy driving pappy old pickup truck we was going to pickup one of pappy life long friend.. Irvin Webb, Irvin had been in the brownville prison for eight long years, sometime bad luck and being at the wrong place at the right time can sure get a person in a lot of trouble. well that was Irvin fate, him being a farmer like pappy and a good man whom pa had new many years in these parts , it just so happen that he was in the small general store and went there to buy him a new pocket knife eight years back, well at that time the store keeper had a display of new Barlow knifes , there were two of them that had speckled handles , different that the others but still the same brand, well Irvin bought one of the speckled knifes and it just so happen that the Muddy Fork township sheriff was in the store and saw Irvin buy the unique looking speckled handled knife.. the sheriff took a look at it and told Irvin is was sure a strange looking knife.. So Irvin paid for it and leaft the store, and it was about a week or so later that a man is found dead in the drive way of a tobacco barn with a speckled handed knief sticking in his back.. so the sheriff was called to the barn to look at the man and to investigate the murder he reconized the knife . and he went went to to Irvin farm and told Irvin if he could not produce the knief that he had seen him buy with his own , eyes that he would be arrested for the murder of a strange man that had been found about a mile or so from Irivn farm.. so Irvin reached in his pocket to retrive the knief that he thought he had, and it was missing , Irvin told the sheriff that he had lost the knife and he swore to almighty God he was telling the truth, but the sheriff arrested him on the spot and landed him in the Muddy Fork township jail house, and they had his trial and the sheriff swore against him, and he was convicted and senstance to eight years in the prison work house..The poor Man lost his farm and everthing , his wife left and took off with another man and took Irvin two son, she sold the farm , with the counties permission because of Irvin being a convicted murderer..pappy had never believe and new well that he was not the one that killed the murdered stranger that was later idenified as a man by the name of nath woodbury, woodbury had come into Muddy Fork to help a tobacco farmer put in his crops, and thats” how the strange man was in Muddy fork that was discovered later...so today we go to pickup Irvin his time is over and he is a free man again, when we arrive in the township Irvin is already waiting on us at the train station, the lean man with grey hair now and wrinkles on his face greet my pa with faint smile on his face howdy luther his voice says to pa it been a good while he says to pa and then pa hugs his frined and said welcome home buddy.. I noticed a tear falling from one of his eyes as he got inside our pickup .. boy things have change here he tell pa , yes we have two new boarding house in town now and the town has gotten some bigger pa replys”it sure is good to be back he said to pa and luther i never thought i live threw that prison time to ever see this place again he said” Mary has you a good dinner fixed pa tell him , she is anxious to see you pa added” well luther i ,m lucky to have a friend here and i so oblidged that you believe that i never kill that fellow, I will never figure out what become of that knief that i bought loseing it cost me everthing i had worked so hard for my farm my wife my two sons and everything i had is gone now he addmited “ well friend you can stay at our place and things will be better pa assures him,....your so good and kind a true friend Irvin tells pa” well Irvin we been friend since we grew up and went to school together at that one rooms school house in the valley and i know you better than i know any man here and about and i know your no killer and that the fact of this all , you got a bad wrap and that, that pa explains”the two of them talked on and renewed old events of there childhood days growing up here in Muddy Fork township together, when we arrive home ma, greeted him with a hug and set our dinner on the table , Irvin said he never tasted so good of food in eight years , the said that prison food was terriable and half cooked at times, we relized how he must of suffered in there and how awful it was having to spend time for something he was not guilty of.. after dinner we all went our on our porch and set down and Irvin shared his feelings about what happen to him, my life is ruined he said” ever one here will look at me and say he is a murder and i guess i have to leave these parts to where people don,t know me he expained. i might as well stayed in prison he said sadly , i havent nothing leaft here nothing he added, well irvin we have crops to tend and i will help you get back on your feet , we,ll take on some more tobacco crops and we all can pitch in and help you ..and things will be looking up for you again, pa assure him ..well at this point i don,t know what direction i,ll be taken he said” pa lite Click here to read the rest of this story (79 more lines)
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