|the fight (standard:drama, 3118 words)|
|Author: stanley mcqueen kentucky backwoods writer||Added: May 24 2009||Views/Reads: 1976/1166||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|wife beater learn lession|
Click here to read the first 75 lines of the story till this all blew over , but that was not going to happen, at about three in the evening I has laid down in under the shade tree in paw and mammy yard , and mammy wakes me up and tells me that they is a woman at the gate of our shack that wants to speak to me about something, mammy said “ she would not tell me what is was she wanted of you, I walk out and see a young looking woman, standing from without our gate, I greeted her with and howdy and she spoke back to me, Mr are you the one that got in a fight with my husband earlier today? Yes I am but I never want to have to strike him, it was all you and Walker fault not any of my doings and Walker told him it was me that was seeing you while he was at his work, what I want to say to you might make you understand that I never wanted to marry the man that I am married to it was Mammy and pappy who forced me into marrying him' he is a mean and brute he beats me and want hardly let me out of his site he is so suspicious , and I meet your friend Walker and we loved each other and I aim to run off with walker soon and shed myself of this man, well I don't feel sorry for you and all but I expect your man to kill walker if he can find him, he would have killed me if I had not got the drop on him and hit him in the noggin knocking him out cold, he is the biggest man I ever laid my eyes on and I dare say there is a man in Muddy Fork county that could whip him, I added!! Why I come here for is to ask you to tell Walker when you see him again that I am ready to leave these parts with him so we can have a life together I made up my mind that if I stay with him he is eventually going to kill me , and I know he is capable of doing it with one lick, he don't know his own strength and he is dangerous man, she explained” I will do you a favor I will tell Walker when I see him again” he left the saloon running for his life and I figured he is hiding out somewhere in the country, I slipped over here Walter told me where you lived some time ago and I know you both are good friends for a long time, the young woman looked scared and I cannot say I would blame her for leaving such a man, her maw and paw had no business in having her marry such a man as this, I tried to explain to her that Walker was too much of a home body to leave these part where he has lived all his life , leaving his paw and maw and he has one younger sister also told her, well” he said” he was taking me away from my misery and I am scared of my husband and I haven't got any kind of life here she declared” well I don't want in the middle of all this I tell her , and it seems I already probably got your husband looking for me to kill me because took his ax handle and warped him over head and knocked him out I explained” I know that I am fixing to ask you a special favor , she said' I need to hide out some where and I was wondering if you would mind if I stayed in your paw barn , at least till walker comes, back from where ever he is hiding out, she asked ? I have to check with paw on that I will explain the situation with him and I expect he will allow you to stay due to this mess with your husband, he a honest caring person , my paw and maw both are, she walked up to the front door with me and I called for paw to come to the doorway, paw come and I told him the story and what had happen with walker and her husband being a abuser of her and all and paw told her it would be ok , but reminded me that he never wanted to bring any trouble on his place, because he is a peaceful soul, she seemed glad and Maw offered her some food because he told me that she has not eat in quiet a while , she eat and set in the shack with Maw while me and paw fixed her a place to hide in the barn, maw give her some old quilts to take and some water to drink if she got thirsty, my friend Walker had sure got me into a fix, now here I am hiding out the mans” wife that I hit over the head with and ax handle, it was about dark and Walker showed up and he was tired and hungry the young woman was sure glad to see him , and the first question he asked ? Was do you think Hank will show up here still looking for me and you and do as he promised to do was to whip the tar out of the man that is slipping and seeing his wife, he asked? Well if he does I am not running ng to face this man like a man , I never slipped out with running and Mr you have got me in over my head in your trouble not mind I bluntly told him' well I want say I want run another time he said ‘ right in front of the young woman, your nothing but a coward I tell him , and after all these years I have learned what kind of friend I have, when the chips are down you run off I spurted” and I am not going to say I am you friend now after I have seen your colors, so you take that woman and head get her out of here before her husband come and find the two of you here and start trouble before paw and mammy, I don't what them to be bothered with a big fight right here in front of our shack , I told him bluntly' I promise we will lite out of here early in the morning at first light , we both are going to Virginia any where so we can be together Walker said, we don't have nothing but the clothes on our back , but someway we will make it to Virginia walker says' Well I hope she can live a good life with you and I guess living with a liar and a coward is better that a brutish man like she says' her husband is, about the time I got that said “ we see a horse coming at distance coming down the wagon road that leads to our shack and it looked to be her husband big hank was his called name, better hide I tell walker and the woman, it him and looks like I am going to be the one that faces him and settled this once and for all. They both hurry to the barn and got out of site before he got close enough to see them and me, and when he see me at a short distance now he kicked him horse so make it trot faster , he was mad looking and red faced from the heat of the day or anger, he rides up close and hopped swiftly off the big horse and starts to come at me violently and I say stop right now don't take another step and let me explain that I am not the man that has been seeing your wife , it my use to be friend that lied to you , he is the man that your looking for not me,...I tell him , well one of you is a lair and how am I suppose to know the one that is telling the truth , so I am going to whip the both of you and that way I will get the right man, I knew that this big brute would kill me with his bare hands, and I was dreading to tangle with him, he bigger and much older than me, and my chances of winning the fight was zero, and about the time he was advancing to hit me , I heard the click of my paws rifle as he injected a shell with the leaver of the rifle, you stick my son and you fall where you stand paw said' my son told you the truth and I be dogged if you going to beat him on my land or anywhere else in the county, and Mr you have beat that young woman for you last time paw blurted. she was forced into marrying the likes of you by her paw and mammy, and today is the first time I ever laid eyes on the woman, but what you need to do is get back on that horse and ride out of here, and before you go I need to promised you this , if you lay a hand on the young woman or my son or walker I will hunt you down to the ends of the earth and put a bullet right between those blue eyes of yours, and rid this county of a woman beater, we don't cotton to wife beaters here in these part and after its known to the neighbor men here they will all back me up to stop you and run you out of the county or bury you one,,, the big man wilted at paw words and looking down the barrel of a large rifle and it pointed right at his big wide ugly face,. The big man somehow new pappy was a man of his word, you could tell he took in all paw said to him , I will ride out of here sir he said to paw, and I want bother neither one of them no more , and to think about it I have been mean all my life and my paw I watched beat my mother , and I guess I though by him doing that , that I suppose to do the same, and if my wife is here listing to me and would want to start out all afresh I would be willing to change and be gentle to her and that is a promised he said “that is if she is listening from somewhere here, suddenly out come the young woman and Walker cowardly following like a scared rabbit , she come close to where her husband was standing and said do you really mean it what you just said' she asked? Ever word I said I meant, he answered quickly, and I am sorry for being a foolish man , you are a good woman and there is quiet of difference in our age but I swear I will be a different man, from here on out, she looked at walker and walker look deeply at her, do you love me walker she asked?do you really love me or not... I told walker it was time to be a man and tell the woman one way or the other , he looked down at the ground and paused a moment and look up and said ‘ no I don't really love you, I just felt sorry for you and thought it was love , I am being honest , so if you like go with him, she told her, the big man reached out his big hand for her and she went to him and grabbed his big hand and he helped her on his horse , and the big man looked at my paw who now has lowered the rifle. Mr he said thanks for helping me see what kind of man that I was. And he reins his horse and rides away, walker looked at me and said could you ever forgive me for getting you involved into my troubles, and lying and nearly getting you killed or beat nearly to death? Yes I expect I can Walter but if you ever do the likes of that again ‘ we will part friendship for ever , things turned out quiet well no blood was shed and walker and I remain friend and still fish together in the muddy Fork river, sometimes a man just has to let hard feeling go , guess that part of being a man, ...hope you enjoyed this yarn Tweet
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