Fiction by SLIM RANDLES
To The Desert Independent
October 5, 2017
When Florencio Ortiz sent off for that new slicker, everyone in town and out at the ranch knew about it. He described in detail how waterproof it was and how a cowboy just couldn't possibly get wet with this slicker on.
Then it came, and Florencio tied it behind the cantle of his saddle each day. And Florencio looked to the sky for any sign of a cloud, and then patted that slicker affectionately.
"If it rains today," he'd say, "I'm ready. Did you know this slicker keeps the saddle dry, too?"
Finally, during the gather, Florencio and the other hands were horseback about 10 miles from the truck, driving cows back to the home pasture. And the clouds came, thick and black and fast, and the rain poured.
With a joyous whoop, Florencio donned the new slicker and climbed back aboard his horse. But his buddies just sat their horses and watched. Their slickers were back in the truck.
They were amazed when Florencio dismounted, took off the slicker, tied it behind the saddle, and mounted again in the rain.
"Why?" they asked him.
"When my friends get wet," he said, “I get wet!”
Brought to you by Slim’s new book “A Fly Fisherman’s Bucket List,” from www.lpdpress.com.
"Home Country" columnist Slim Randles won three regional book awards for the two books he wrote in 2014. "Max Evans and a Few Friends, the 90th Birthday Book" took honors for best non-fiction book, and "Saddle Up: A Cowboy Guide to Writing" won for best how-to book and best cover design at the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards in Albuquerque. Randles lives in Albuquerque and has a dozen books currently in print.