The Day the Stranger Came to Town
by Greg Liles
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Limbo, a dusty, west-Texas border town, was first an Indian village. But the white man took the land by force, killing many of the Indians and chasing away the rest of them.
The Indians buried their dead on the outskirts of Limbo, fled to the mountains, but later returned and massacred everyone and left the town in ashes.
A Comanche spell, cast upon Limbo, prevented the souls of those who died there to be released into the spirit world and established a boundary to hold them there forever. The citizens of Limbo resurrected. They picked up where they'd left off, unaware how their lives had changed, but after certain suspicious events took place they realized that there were two sides to life - the one they lived in now and the one they all wanted to return to.
The townsfolk believed it was God who brought them back to life and that he would provide a sign that would show them how to return to their former lives. Given a second chance, they vowed against violence and all other sins in hopes they would be forgiven and released from their captivity.
Those who had risen became the regulars and those who wandered into Limbo were called outsiders. Regulars had no trouble spotting outsiders, but they soon found that outsiders could neither see nor hear them so it was impossible to communicate. Not many passed through Limbo, and those who did, didn't stay long. But those wanderers, who were unfortunate enough to die of dehydration, malnutrition, heat stroke, or gunshot wounds, while inside the city limits, were surprised when they were rewarded with new life.
It didn't happen often, but whenever it did, the regulars would vote whether to accept the outsider, and allow him to become a regular or banish him from town and send him across the boundary where he would cease to exist completely. In the course of time, a few good people had been accepted, but others who had been less desirable, had not.
Josh Duncan's fate was yet to be determined the day he rode into town, ...
Length: 170 Pages (395 KB)Lending: EnabledAdded: May 30th, 2020