No Kinda Life
by Ryan King
Copyright 2012 Ryan King
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“Being a lawman’s no kinda life,” his father had told him in that deep gravelly voice. The man hadn’t seen the inconsistency in the fact that he was a lawman himself. “The law’s a bitch of a mistress’s to serve…worse one to actually have feelings for,” the tough old man had added on his deathbed, but by that point he knew it was no use. By then, Austin was already a Ranger.
Austin often thought his father had been right. Looking down the long dusty road made him uncharacteristically introspective. It was like any other in the northern part of the New Texas Republic...dry, hot, and deadly. He could have made a good living as a blacksmith, or a farmer, or a scavenger like many did, but he found out early that his choices were either to serve the law, or get served up on it. Without the benefit of a badge, his fierce temper and highly emotional nature would have seen him hung for sure. Beating fools, shooting bandits, and hanging criminals just seemed to come easy to him.