Slick and Torry and the Cat
Howard R Music
Cover art: Howard R Music
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A small, single engine, private plane flies low in a heavily wooded canyon, following the path of a river below. The pilot, a broad shouldered man named Nielson, nonchalantly handles the controls. Aviator glasses shield his eyes. Short brown hair is streaked with grey at the temples. A starched white pearl-snap shirt is tucked into equally starched denim jeans that slip over a pair of alligator cowboy boots. The confidence of the forty year old pilot is in stark contrast to his passenger in the seat next to him, a pale, diminutive man in a stiff business suit with a heavy briefcase in his lap, who nervously grips the seat with both hands and stares straight out the front window, as if afraid that turning his head would cause the wings to fall off.
The ground is rocky, lined with sparse thin-bladed grass and broad leaf cactus. Short live oak trees dot the hills, vying for space with small groves of thorny mesquite trees. Near the waterline an occasional cottonwood towers out of the rugged ground, stubbornly seeking life in the arid hill country of central Texas. The pale blue sky is clear except for a few scattered white clouds.