Tuesday, September 27, 2011
An Unusual Encounter
A while back I indicated that I would be including an occasional piece of fiction on this blog. Below is the beginning of one. Your feedback in the comments section would be greatly appreciated. Where should I go with the story? What adventure will this encounter lead to?
An Unusual Encounter
The little old man at the bar appeared as though he was pushing a hundred. Perched on the stool with a tall glass of some dark beer in front of him, he looked a bit like a garden gnome except he didn’t wear a pointed hat. But, the white beard and shaggy white hair peeking from under the black Fedora perched on his head made him look like a fictional character from a 50’s era movie – or, a garden gnome out of costume.
Chance Hunter was just passing through town. It had been years since he had been in Albuquerque, but, here he was again. Old Town had been calling his name ever since leaving Grants and he needed something to quench his thirst as well as his appetite. He just wasn’t in the mood for New Mexico style Mexican food so he ducked into what looked like an Irish Pub. Surely they would have a sandwich or something to go with a good drink.
Originally, Chance had intended to make it to Amarillo before stopping for the night, but, a flat tire had altered the plan. It didn’t take long to change it, but, getting it fixed in Grants took a little longer than expected.
The transition from the bright sunshine of the New Mexico day into the darkness of the pub caused Chance to pause briefly just inside the door. It was a typical pub with tables and booths of some dark wood and various signs clinging dustily to the walls advertising an eclectic collection of ales and stouts, most of which no longer existed except in memory. The bar looked inviting and since there was only one other patron sitting there, it was easy enough to find a stool.
Chance eyed the little old man with curiosity. The look wasn’t unnoticed. With a twinkle that reflected a deep-felt joy with life, the old man said, “Sit down youngster and take a load off.”
“I don’t mind if I do,” said Chance.
So began an encounter that would change the life of Chance Hunter forever.