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Ride, Ride, Ride

I was born and raised as a country boy in the rural Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. I love the art of writing..


I was living in the mid 1800s, a young boy of about 16. I had a tough life, my father left when I was a young boy. That left me often fending for my own since my mother was an alcoholic. Without a father or mother to care for me, it left me with no one.

I often fell asleep under this one large tree on the prairie. I guess you could call it my home since I never really had one. I don't know what it was about this tree but I felt safe there. I don't know how I the tree could have protected me, but I was sure it could.

There were a lot of bad men in the area. Town was about ten miles away, but men often roamed the area. Whenever I saw any men I would huddle around that tree. It was like a fort to me.

It was in the sweltering heat of mid summer that I saw a cloud of dust coming my way. As it got closer I could see there were eight men on horseback. I knew they were trouble. I glanced to my right and there was one lone buffalo standing a few feet from me. It turned its head staring straight at me as much as to say, "Hop on young man."

I ran to it and jumped on the back of that buffalo and we took off. Going across the prairie at breakneck speed. I turned and saw the cloud of dust caused by the men chasing us. It looked like we were faster than the men but they were not giving up. It seemed like an hour more or less when the buffalo jumped off of a cliff. It never saw it as we tumbled toward the earth several hundred feet below us.

I screamed like I had never screamed before. The next thing I knew I was sitting up in bed shaking like crazy. I was in a cold sweat. It was a dream, I had a bad dream. Yes, this is a true story. I had that dream many years ago, but every once in a while I will think of it. The other day I saw a buffalo on TV and that dream flashed back to me. I guess we all have dreams, many we forget and some stick with us.


Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on April 22, 2018:

Yes Linda, that nightmare did wake me up in a cold sweat.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 22, 2018:

That was one heck of a dream! Great storytelling.

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on April 08, 2018:

That was a dream when I was much younger and I worked in a job that had a lot of stress. I had some other over the top dreams in that time period. Now that I am retired I don't have dreams like that.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on April 08, 2018:

Wow, your dreams are much more exciting than mine. That would make you sit up in bed.

I wonder what a 'dream expert' would say the meaning of that was.

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on April 06, 2018:

That was a crazy dream, Bill. I used to have many crazy dreams when I was younger. Now that I am older my dreams are more peaceful.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 06, 2018:

Yellowstone is my favorite place on Earth...the bison...majestic....frightening...that would be a humdinger of a dream,my friend. Wonderful short story!

Larry W. Fish on March 17, 2018:

That is highly possible, Eric. Around that time I used to read a lot of Zane Grey.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 14, 2018:

Great story. Seems to me you may have been reading some Zane Grey book before sleep.

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on March 09, 2018:

Yes, that was a crazy dream, Linda. Now that I am older my dreams are more pleasant.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 08, 2018:

That was certainly an interesting dream, Larry! It's interesting how some dreams stay with us over the years. Riding on a buffalo would be an interesting experience.

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on March 07, 2018:

Talking with you over coffee and cake sounds enjoyable, Flourish. I had that dream many years ago. I used to get some very strange dreams when I was younger. Now that I am older I don't get scary dreams anymore, but more pleasant ones. When I worked in manufacturing for 30 years I often had a lot of stress. Now that I am retired I have no stress.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 07, 2018:

If you and I were neighbors we’d sit over coffee and cake and analyze your dream so you could understand it better.

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