“Stop right there sheriff!”Â the masked man said with a grin.Â The sheriff upon hearing the voice behind him slowly turned to face the unknown masked man who was pointing his pistol straight at him. The sheriff stood stone faced with no expression only a tautness to his muscles ready for action.Â The crowd on the boardwalk quickly ran for cover in all directions leaving the two of them facing each other alone in a standoff.
I held my breath in anticipation watching the scene unfold through the window of the department store.Â The black and white western capturing those thrilling days gone by where I wished I had lived when a man, a horse and a six shooter could conquer the world an always win the heart of a beautiful lady.Â Although, I wasn’t to concerned with girls at this point in my short life.Â As others passed by barely noticing my presence as I watched silently through the glass straining to hear the words from the television.
I was young. I was standing in front of a shop window watching something on the black and white television inside. A woman grabbed my hand and ran down the street, pulling me alongâ€¦
My feet could barely keep up with her as I struggled to free myself from her hold but her grip only became tighter.Â We rounded a corner narrowly missing other pedestrians and quickly headed down a dark alley.Â Suddenly, the world went dark the buildings rising higher and higher on each side until they blocked out the sun.Â I felt light headed and my breath came in ragged gasps.Â It was then that I realized I was floating, no maybe flying.
The woman was gone as I looked down and saw the earth below small lights twinkling from cities and towns as I sailed through the dark.Â I felt things flying by me as I moved through the night but was unsure what they were in the darkness.Â I closed my eyes tightly suddenly afraid of falling.Â After a few moments I opened eyes and realized I was floating on a log down a narrow river.Â The tree’s branches on each side reached over the water like long fingers.Â My young mind saw them reaching for me to pullÂ me into the water and I again clenched shut my eyes.
I waited for the inevitable and then slowly opened my eyes when nothing happened.Â The world was fuzzy around me and I blinked several times until I realized I was lying in my own bed.Â I felt a sharp pain in my arm as if needles were poking into it and I moved it ever so slightly from the position under me where I had been laying on it.Â As the blood began to flow back the pain at first became worse then began to lessen.
I lay quietly the silence of my room and the dark enveloping me.Â I remembered the words of the witch from the Wizard of Oz that I had watched earlier that evening with my sister.Â She had said to Dorothy, “I will get you my pretty.”Â Okay, that was weird she was a girl and I was a boy .Â As I realized this had all been just a dream I resolved right then and there to only watch cowboy movies from then on out and to always keep my feet firmly planted on the ground unless I was on the back of a horse.Â ~M Â©2013
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