No one paid much attention to the rider on the stallion; he was nobody, just another drifter and if they looked at all the only thing they would have noticed was that he wasn't wearing spurs. This was cattle country where men lived by the gun, the rope and the spur. It was strange to see a man without a pair of the star shaped tools attached to his boots; even the faded black hat that had turned brown with age brought him no attention.
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"Damn you," he whispered. Then he tried in vain to raise the barrel of his weapon; that was when the last of his strength left his body. I watched in silence he slowly slid down the base of the tree and flopped face down in the mud. Small ripples of blood and water floated across the tiny pond and then slammed against the far side.
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People said I was bobcat mean, but they had no idea what he was like. The old man was one of those people who could smile when he was facing you, then turn into an animal when your back was turned. I guess that was why Ma married him after Pa died. Not that she wanted to, it was just that she didn’t have much choice, not with pa gone and her stuck with a small kid and a broken down farm.
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