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The Pecos Bill: A Short Story

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Have you heard the tall tale about Pecos Bill? Actually, there are many stories about Pecos Bill, some of them true, some of them not. One thing they all agree on, though, is that from the day he was born, Pecos Bill was no ordinary baby. From the time he was tiny, Pecos Bill liked to ride. In fact, before he even took his first steps, he pulled himself up on a donkey and gave the old animal a kick in the rear. The donkey took off down a canyon with little Pecos Bill facing backwards. Pecos Bill was happier than a puppy with a bone, bouncing along on the donkey and admiring the view from way up high. That night, while the donkey slept, Pecos Bill crawled off in search of another adventure. He heard a pack of coyotes howling, and howled along…show more content…
It sounded like a freight train coming through the living room. The sky turned pitch black. The wind blew so hard it picked that little house right up. The home was whipped around and around. Soon the wind carried it down into the canyon where Pecos Bill was building a mountain with his bare hands. Pecos Bill saw the house flying through the air and heard the family shouting. When he heard the shouts, he knew-- those were his folks! Pecos Bill bent down, uprooted a big tree, and used its roots as a lasso. Swinging that lasso around his head, he grabbed hold of the tornado. He caught the house in one hand and set it gently down. With the other hand, he pulled himself up onto the back of the tornado. Pecos Bill rode that tornado halfway across the continent. It twisted and turned and bucked until it was all worn out. Finally, the tornado shriveled down to just a swirl of dust. Pecos Bill fell out of the sky and landed in the middle of the desert. But when he came down to earth, he hit the ground so hard he created a giant hole. That hole got a reputation as one of the hottest places in all the land, and to this very day they call it Death Valley. True story: you can drive through Death Valley, but you wouldn’t want to stay too long. Modern day rodeo riders look up to Pecos Bill. They usually stick to riding broncos,
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