Sunday, 5 March 2017

Drabble: A story in 100 words

© Prashant C. Trikannad
James Green, alias Sudden, stabled his hoss to ride shotgun with me on the Churchgate-Bhayandar stagecoach. The Bombay outlaw waren't much of a talker 'cause he usually let his six-guns do most of the talkin', tho' he told me how he urned the infamous moniker of Sudden. "I'm jus fast with 'em guns, seh, but I ain't no outlaw," he drawled. Then he quietly pulled his jacket aside and showed me a silver badge — Deputy Marshal. I wus shore glad he rode alongside 'cause he quickly disarmed a han'ful of unruly compadres who hopped the coach at Bandra.

18 comments:

  1. Oh, I like the blend of the Western and India, Prashant. Really interesting! And it makes me want to know more about that character, too.

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    1. Thank you, Margot. I have written a short story along similar lines that I need to polish.

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  2. Love the blend. Thanks, Prashant.

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    1. Thank you, Elgin. It's so far out from the way we commute here!

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  3. I like the way you are using older paperback novels as a starting point, Prashant. And that is a great cover.

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    1. Thank you, Tracy. I have two other SUDDEN titles with different covers. I'm building a collection of all 15 rare Corgi titles — 10 by Oliver Strange and five by Frederick H. Christian who continued the series.

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  4. Funny and exciting story, Prashant.

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    1. Thank you, Oscar. I'd fun writing it while commuting home by a suburban train.

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  5. This made me giggle! I used to read Sudden stories years ago, so the idea was full of nostalgia.

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    1. Thank you, Moira. Oliver Strange was an Englishman and it continues to surprise me how he wrote so well about the Wild West without once crossing the Atlantic.

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    1. Thank you, Charles. I'm working on a short story based on this theme.

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  7. Well done mate - I'll bet it took a helluva lot longer to write than it did to read and enjoy!

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    1. Thanks very much, Col. Well, I did rewrite it a dozen times. Even now I can think of replacing a couple of words with better words. Writing is a constant struggle.

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  8. I like me some cross-cultural genre contamination - thanks Prashant!

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    1. You're welcome, Sergio. I have been contemplating a story on those lines. In fact, I have written one that needs polishing.

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  9. Appreciate the word choice in names.

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    1. Thank you, David. They are a few of dozens of stations on the suburban networks.

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