Quiet Is Not the Same as Safe

Papago Wells

“Are there Indians out there? Really, I mean?”

“There are.”

“But it’s so quiet!”

“That’s proof enough. The desert has its own small sounds and when you don’t hear them something is out there warning them to be still.”

“If there are Indians, why did you go out?”

“Looking for places they’ll use for cover when they attack.”

“You might have been killed. You were inviting trouble.”

“Yes, I might have been killed. Each of us is in deadly danger every instant from now until we get to Yuma. But I wasn’t looking for trouble – only a fool takes chances. Fools or children who don’t know any better. Danger is never pretty, it’s never thrilling. It’s dirty, bloody and miserable. It’s choking dust, the pain of wounds and waiting that eats your guts out.

“Nobody but a fool or some crazy kid goes hunting trouble. It’s different when you meet it face to face on a dark night than when you read of it in a book. All this talk of people who look for adventure is from people who’ve had no experience.”

Exchange between Logan Cates and Jennifer Fair in Last Stand at Papago Wells by Louis L’Amour


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