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


About The Mithril Guardian

I like stories.  Whether they’re on film, in song, or in print, I always remember a good story.  They remind me of paintings.  People cannot see them without learning something.  So it’s a good idea to look at a story from as many angles as possible.  I can watch the same movie a million times and still I will learn something that I did not know before.  Thoughts on the Edge of Forever is where I get to focus on what I learned from stories; what was not obvious the first time, the second time, or the umpteenth time. Earlier posts are written in the form of letters, usually to specific characters, to point out what I saw in a particular story or heard in a piece of music. Some of those letters, though, are like letters to the editor. Why did someone write a story this way and not another? Would the story have turned out better if the writer had done something different? These ‘letters to the editor’ will probably never be answered by the writers - the characters certainly will not answer anything - but their contents are still up for debate. After all, unless you ask a question, you will never get an answer. Still, civil ground rules apply. Any foul language or other form of abuse will not be tolerated in Thoughts on the Edge of Forever. I mean, who wants to be around the guest at the dinner party who is being nasty? Practically nobody, since people go to a party to have fun, not to hang around a grouch. So let’s have fun! The Mithril Guardian
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