On the Road

John Douglas Porter
Fictitious
7 min readMay 11, 2022

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I could get a job of work, or I could step into a saloon

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I’d been running Red, my big sorrel gelding, for I don’t know how long, glancing over my shoulder every minute, expecting to see somebody. I glanced again and didn’t see nobody. So, I slowed Red to a trot, then to a walk. I still had to put distance between me and the Wet Whistle, the saloon I’d stepped into for a beer this morning and stayed in until midafternoon, when that cowhand…

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John Douglas Porter
Fictitious

John Porter manages his family’s cattle ranch in California, where he also writes screenplays, essays, and stories.