Saddle Buddies (Flash Fiction)

Saddle Buddies
By Russ Towne

Sam and Joe met in Saint Louis when they were both on their way to gold country. Sam was headed west to help a brother build a ranch on land they’d just bought, and Joe was off to seek his fortune. They became fast friends.

The trip was as long and arduous as they’d heard. Two thousand miles of hardship and danger: Indian attacks, snakes (human and reptilian), sleeping in the rain, fording swollen rivers, slogging through mud and early snowstorms, and running low on water and food. Through every challenge they had each other’s back and saved each other more times than they could count.

When, at last, they reached San Francisco, they got married.

Joe Johnston had found his treasure long before reaching the rowdy young gold town, and Samantha “Sam” Burdock had known from the start she’d found a man worth fighting for.

About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.

4 comments on “Saddle Buddies (Flash Fiction)

  1. The story led me astray for a heartbeat. o_O Then, I came back on track. 😀 :-D.

  2. I imagine you aren’t the only reader who followed a similar mental path while reading the story. Thank you for your feedback.

  3. I had “Sam” pegged as a woman from the beginning; have a sister-in-law with the same name and… how else would Joe have survived without a female along 😉

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