Essay on The Juniper Trees

760 Words Dec 17th, 2014 4 Pages
From the cover of the juniper trees Duvall watched the wranglers move a steady string of cattle in and out of the corral. If he wanted to get closer he could, but for now, he’d bide his time. In front of him, twin boulders provided the perfect cover. They were tightly wedged, but there was enough room to still slip his rifle barrel between them, make his shot, and leave unnoticed. He’d have to walk a ways. To avoid the chance of someone stumbling upon him, he’d left his horse far outside the canyon.
His eyes traveled to the woman who’d ignored her husband when they rode into camp—maybe she wouldn’t even miss him. No harm would come to her. He had his orders and those were to kill Masters. The sides of his lips turned up. He’d take great pleasure in killing the man responsible for his mangled leg and the scars he’d received from the Scarlett Rose.
Ready now, Duvall checked his Winchester and slunk low, passing over the prickly pear, and coming up behind the boulders. He needed one clear shot. His rifle barrel edged between the boulders and slid into the open. So close, he could almost touch Masters’ woman. His foe wouldn’t live to see another day.
Shouts and whistles sent the cattle into the corral. She kneed her horse within a few yards of the commotion and dismounted. A frightened calf bolted and slid headfirst down the muddy sides of the creek.
Masters scrambled into action, letting his lasso fly around the startled animal’s neck. While the gelding kept the rope taut,…

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