Big Bill Backward’s True-Faced Western Tales, 6: The Halcyon Kid

The Halcyon Kid & Pal‘They called him the Halcyon Kid back then, because he killed kingfishers, n made a coracle out of their carcasses.’

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‘Used ta sit out there on Lake TooGone in his feather coracle gluing dragonflies into fishin rods. Called it the SS Iridescent.’

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‘When he started stitchin trout tails to the heads of cougars that’s when we knew sumpn was wrong. Called em “catfish” but they wusn’t.’

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‘Made friends with a bear had a bad reputation for twistin folks so their fronts wus their backs. They’d get ugly drunk on pitcher plants.’

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‘Had me some of that pitcher plant moon bug juice once – you don’t even know what century you’re in. That’s some powerful future juice…’

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‘The bear’s tearin up natterjack n raccoon, n the Kid’s skewerin corkscrew spines thru the critter parts. Calls em “toves” but they wusn’t.’

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‘Bear n him had a con-tray-tomp n the Kid had to stitch himself up. Ended up part-bear. Took off to college n next thing he’s some kinda “Doc”.’

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