Using the prompts to build character descriptions…
He leans across the bar, his boot casually kicked against the wooden backing, his leather hat tipped low over his eyes and casting a dark shadow over his tan, weathered face. A frosty glass of beer sits coolly on the bar top beside him. Almost as cool as him.
Is he watching the other ranch hands playing cards in the far corner or the barmaid singing on the stage across the room? It’s hard to say.
His dirt-covered boots and jeans haven’t been washed in days, maybe a week. Not much time for cleaning when he’s on his horse herding cows across the plains all day, sleeping for a few hours beside his fire before dusting off the hat at daybreak and doing it again.
Tendrils of dark hair curl against his neck. He’s due for a cut, but his early morning departure to the next ranch won’t leave him time for a trip to the town barber.
But while he’s here, he drinks in the night scene of a one-road town, listening with one ear to the jovial piano man’s fingers flying across those ivory keys, while the other eavesdrops on the gruff conversation between two unhappy men down a ways from him at the bar. Out of the corner of his eye, he can see one peering suspiciously at him, trying to make out who is stranger is, but the cowboy pays him no mind, reaching for his beer and cocking his head to hear the barmaid’s canary song.
– Written by Miss A on February 29, 2012