By Zane Grey
Logan Huett inspiration he knew the West. as soon as a scout with the military, he used to be conversant in either the hardships and rewards of pioneer existence. yet no longer even Logan may possibly foresee the demanding situations that lay forward for him and his younger spouse Lucinda--raising a brood of headstrong childrens, suffering to accomplish monetary defense within the wasteland, concealing a long-buried kinfolk mystery, and, ultimately, surviving the tragedy dealt them by way of a devastating struggle.
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He pointed with his index finger at invisible objects and murmured incomprehensible words. Other than you, no one paid him any attention. You guessed from this that he lived in the neighborhood, and that this square was his living room. Other homeless people hung around, some sitting on the ground, others standing still, waiting for who knows what. They were indifferent to each other; the passersby didn’t know they were there. They had become invisible. You approached a street sign in order to know where you were.
You decided to take the same route as the day before, to verify if what you had seen was now anchored in your memory. You didn’t look at the map, you didn’t hesitate once over changes in direction. You noticed the same details, signs, sidewalks, roadwork. Only the passersby broke the monotony of the spectacle. You felt your body tiring; this urban strolling was turning into an accidental gymnastic exercise. Having come back to your point of departure, you had lost any notion of time. You looked at your watch and were flabbergasted to discover that four hours had slipped by.
The private tennis court of a neighboring residence had been abandoned. Even in its heyday, it was only put to 34 use for ten days of the year. Poorly maintained, it ended up being forgotten, the net sagging in the middle, the white lines darkened, the clay invaded by green mushrooms. You used to see it through the thuja trees, at the edge of the property’s grounds, surrounded by a rusty fence, abandoned by adults, rediscovered on certain Sundays by children, similar to a haunted house where ghosts in old-fashioned sports outfits would prowl about in broad daylight.
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