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Riding into the sunset (Part 3)

Posted on: May 13, 2013

(A few days later…)

He was looking out of the window, staring at the dreamy sunset. He couldn’t make up his mind on what to do next. On Tom’s insistence he had stayed back until he had recovered from his bruises completely. The lack of a destination or a goal was what bothered him. Until he had found what he wanted to do, there was no point in pondering over the question. Flashes of his past caught up with him time and again, and he reluctantly shrugged off the urge to go back and fight his devils.

Whilst he stayed with the Wilson’s he helped them in household chores, he thought of himself as the handy-man, working odd jobs, fixing things, helping out on their farm. He did not care about the work that he did, it was a distraction and a pleasant one at that. The Wilson’s did not mind an extra hand but they were wary of his past. So far they had only learnt his name, Gordon.

Tom walked in and saw Gordon gazing out of the window. “Have you decided where you want to go? There is a wagon going to the next town tomorrow and maybe you can hitch a ride with them, if you want.” Gordon nodded, it was time to move on he thought. “I’ll speak to McArthur, he’s driving the wagon and should be able to accommodate you for a small fee”, Tom said. “I am grateful to you and your family for all you have done for me. I hope to be able to repay you for the kindness you have shown”, said Gordon. Tom said nothing. He would have felt a little more compassionate towards Gordon had he known him better, however no such thing had happened over the past few days.

The next day Gordon set out with McArthur toward the next town, Greenville, not knowing where it will lead him. It was important not to let inertia set in, and he did not wish any harm to befall the Wilson’s. It was good this way, him all alone and in his elements! The journey was just over six hours and McArthur was not the chatty kinds, which suited Gordon all the more.



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