Paraiso Perdido

Paraiso Perdido

A Story by barleygirl
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excerpt from my latest book . . .

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Donnie brushes off his pants, wipes his gun with a bandanna and strolls over to his truck like it’s just another morning cleaning pools and taking out the trash.

He backs up and pulls around, starting down the trail in his truck but then veers over toward the pump house, clattering cross-country when he sees Warren bent over scratching his head in a quandary.

Donnie thinks of his boss fondly, like an antique uncle who needs help, but who wants to be part of the solution. Warren has wrangled this wild piece of land with his own two hands and it’s hard to let go. Donnie lets him think he hasn’t let go, but most of the time Warren watches Donnie fix things around the place while the old man spins a bunch of yarn around his long-ago conquests.

Like the time a towering eucalyptus tree was slumped over the lower forty, threatening to crash down on some trailer homes situated under that grove. Warren coaxed that bad boy down using a cross-cut hand-saw, dropping it into a slender clearing. He loves telling that story. It reminds him of virile days, back when he’d routinely buck a huge tree by hand as effortless as sipping lemonade in the summertime.

Being a vintage-car afficionado himself, Donnie gets particular pleasure hearing Warren ramble on about his various vehicle conquests.

The ole man tells of rigging a single-tree (used for hog-butchering) and creating a rack that he and friends used to pull an engine or two. Since this is bumfuck nowhere they don’t bother to clean up spilled fluids which soak into the dirt right where the guys would grind out their cigs. Nobody had a care about fire danger back then. Warren milks this tale for a good half hour before reaching his storytelling climax . . . they didn’t consider the weight of this big block V8 they were pulling from a sixty-two Olds Cutlass  . . . the tree branch breaks and bonks them whiskey-blind just as they began to yank that engine.

Most entertaining of Warren’s wilderness-taming war stories . . . that’s when he physically mounts this ancient dozer in the boneyard that’s so rusted, it must’ve been caution-yellow a hundred years ago. It’s a wonder all the moving parts aren’t fused, mind-blowing when he fires that mutha up, which he always does, stroking her like an old war buddy. This tractor is barely as long as Warren is tall, but sitting atop ole Bessie, anyone can see his rickety contraption rivals the majestic earthmovers chewing through mountains to lay down freeways . . . at least, in the old man’s musings.

In the early days, Warren rode ole Bessie up and down some scary-a*s steep ridges to put in all the original fire trails around the property.

The old man’s steady stream of verbal memoirs makes Donnie feel honored, finding out about all the letters he’d written, never meaning to send.

© 2020 barleygirl


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Thank you for posting this brilliantly written excerpt for us, Margie. I'm looking forward to adding it to my next Amazon order. I enjoyed reading it.

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barleygirl

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Thank you so much for an enthusiastic response! I will be walking on air for the rest of the morning.. read more
Loved the excerpt Margie. Trying to re-open our old account with Amazon and get a copy of all you books. We had unwelcome problems with the account before and closed it. We now know what to avoid, so "fingers crossed"

(((Hugs ))) Norm.

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barleygirl

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Thank you for stopping by & for considering my books & good luck in getting them! I'm starting to ge.. read more
I like this so far. There is not much action in this piece but the use of language is striking and vivid. I can see the things you describe. I love reading about old vintage things because I see the dirt and smell the air.

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barleygirl

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These 2 books are intended to illustrate this historical location (local to me, where I lived for 10.. read more

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