The Other Side of the River by Christine

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The Other Side of the River – Two Perspectives

“This looks like a good place to set up camp for the night.” 

He looked around, nice level ground, high enough to see what was around them, some trees to shelter in, there were sure to be some dead branches for firewood.   Yes, this would be just fine, the river at their back – good place to camp.

“Why don’t we try the other side of the river?”

“Now, why would we want to do that?  This place is perfect.”

“But you don’t know what’s on the other side.”

“And I don’t need to, got everything here that we need. “

“Aren’t you curious?”

“No!  We’ll cross in the morning. We’ll find out then what‘s on the other side of the damn river.”

Scott shook his head as he led his horse to the trees.  As many risks as his brother took, sometimes he wouldn’t take the little ones, the ones that didn’t hold any danger.  He’d always like to explore.  It had been a sore point with his grandfather.  Scott would be exploring, what was down that street, over that hill, across the river.   It was an adventure and it was one of the ways he learned about a side of life he wouldn’t have seen otherwise, a side not in his grandfather’s world.  

Scott looked to the river’s far bank and wondered what was there, what adventure might be in store for them tomorrow. 

Johnny shook his head as he unsaddled Barranca. He just couldn’t understand why Scott was always looking to go exploring.  Didn’t he know that it was like tempting fate?   You never knew what was down that street, over that hill, across the river.  But whatever it was more often than not, it meant trouble.   He’d gone those places, but not because he wanted to find out what was there.  It was because there was something that needed to be done.  No, he’d be happy on this side of the river, there was enough time tomorrow to find out what trouble the other side of the river might hold.  

He tossed the dregs of coffee away from the camp.  “We’ll cross in the morning?”

“There’s a place a way’s down steam that has a good ford.”

“We’ll find out what’s on the other side of the river come morning.”

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~end~
September 2009

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7 thoughts on “The Other Side of the River by Christine

  1. Vivi
    Thank you for reading and commenting. If I remember correctly (the story was written 10 years ago) this might have been in response to a challenge. One has the think the brothers would have rather different perspectives on things based on their upbringing – just a small vignette of that behavior.

    Christine

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  2. Charming story, Christine. I love when writers explore each brother’s behavior and attitudes with a bit of a twist. Thanks!

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  3. One brother’s experience with the darker side of life and the other brother’s life just the opposite. Lancer lives on!

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