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February 6, 2010 | 2,048 views | 1 comment

Amy had finally fallen asleep. Fred turned the door knob as quietly as a burglar sneaking out the door. Fred thought to himself, “I can’t let any one see me, I might be wrong. And what if I am wrong, what will I do then?”

Fred thought his best bet would be to stay out of the light when he passed the saloon. But he was going have to stay as close to the buildings as he could without walking on the creaky wood porches.

“Hi Mr. Wilson, not used to seeing you out at night.”

It was Herbbie, the town drunk. At first Fred was used to being called Mister. Fred never had anyone call him mister, but with Mr. Baker being gone he would get used to it. That was if he could save the bank. Fred said, “I’m just out for a walk Herbbie.”

“Well, were you walking to Mr. Wilson?”

“No where particular Herbbie, just walking,” said Fred.

Fred glanced around to see if anyone else was around. Other than the piano playing and the light from the saloon every thing was dark and quiet.

“Can I show you a rope trick Mr. Wilson?” said Herbbie with truly pitifully begging face.

Fred said, “Sure Herbbie.”

Herbbie began tugging on the end of a rope he had balled in his pocket.

Once he got the rope out of his pocket, Herbbie held it by the one end upright in front of Fred. Then Herbbie said,

“If in you like my trick, ya gotta buy me a beer, only cost a nickel, okay?”

“Sure Herbbie,” Fred smiled and said, “But it better be a good trick if it’s going to cost me a beer.”

With that Herbbie began his trick. With the rope in shaking hands Herbbie tied a small hangman’s knot in one end of the rope, bent down, and looped the rope around his feet. Herbbie pulled the nose tight around his boots where the sole and heel met and over the torso of his boot.

Herbbie stood up straight and said,

“Are you ready to see my trick Mr. Wilson?”

“Okay Herbbie, show me your trick,” said Fred.

Herbbie counted one, two, three. When he got to three, Herbbie jerked on the rope with all his might, pulling his feet from underneath him causing himself to fall in the dirt.

“Wasn’t that a good trick Mr. Wilson?” Herbbie held his hand out hoping for his nickel.

Fred felt sorry for Herbbie and handed Herbbie a dime..... to be Continued.
 
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SMCB  
La Vernia  
February 8, 2010 9:46pm
 
 
At least Herbie is "earning" his money instead of just begging!! LOL
 

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