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Yours and Mine
By Richard Lee Orey
Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2007
Last edited: Sunday, February 09, 2014
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A half-breed of the Sycuan Tribe of the Kumeyaay Nation, guru mountain man McKinley Clearwater stands a giant
of a man, wisdom and humor his calling, the repartee of "Yours and Mine" a favorite pastime.


SHOWING his newly court-appointed young ward, runaway Shyler Lanier, around his ranch--the grounds, the small stable, the training corral, the feed barn--Kumeyaay Indian McKinley Clearwater introduced Shy to the horses in residence. "These two Appaloosas over there are Mine and Yours," he said. "We'll go riding this afternoon, if you like." Patting one fine horse on the rump, he said, "This is Yours." Pointing to its stall mate, he added, "And this is Mine." He paused to let his comments register. "When we go for our ride, I'll ride Yours and you'll ride Mine."

Shy's eyes widened in puzzlement. "Okay. But is there some reason I'll be riding yours instead of mine?"

"No, no. You don't understand. You won't ride Yours, you'll ride Mine."

"Now, I'm all mixed up. You just told me you'll be riding mine."

"No, I didn't. I said I'll be riding Yours."

"Right. So how come you'll be riding mine instead of your own?"

"Your Own? We don't have a horse here named Your Own."

There followed a long moment of silence as young Shy looked at Mac, totally confused. "Are you puttin' me on?"

"Names are somethin' we've got in common, young man. You're Shy, but you're not always shy. Okay? Well, this horse with the big brown blotch on her rump I named Mine. The other horse with the brown and white I named Yours." He rubbed his nose with a huge hand to hide the snicker on his face. "So," he said, pointing with a cigar-sized finger, "this horse is Yours and this horse is Mine. But, of course, when we go for a ride, I'll ride Yours so you can ride Mine."

McKinley Clearwater flashed a wide-mouthed grin and waited.

Young Shy Lanier erupted in hysterical laughter, giggling long and loud but still drowned out by the booming howls of the baritone tower next to him.

Outside, the Great Horned Owl perched in the craggy old oak tree turned his feathered head to listen. A new sound had been added to his Laguna wilderness, the sound of two human hearts overflowing with the joy of life, bonding in shared humor with trust and mutual respect.

A pastiche from the psychological drama novel

The Paradise of Revenge

Richard Lee Orey

Copyright 2006



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Reviewed by Kathryn Seifert
Thanks for this laugh. I love your writing. I have had a very hard week. it is important to remember to laugh. The smile from this will last a while.
Reviewed by Monica Lebo
That was great! This guy (Clearwater) reminds me a little of my dad, his inner strength and his sense of humour. What a wonderful character and so well written. :)
Reviewed by Sheila Roy
Very funny material, Richard! I enjoyed this excerpt.
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath

Richard I enjoyed this short story it did bring about a smile.
I like your style, continued blessings to you in all you do!


Reviewed by Ann Scarborough
How wonderful for Shy! To be given a guardian like McKinley Clearwater! Again, tears of joy for Shy. No wonder his excitement when he realized that McKinley was looking at him. His beginning so horribly and then to have someone who loves him as McKinley does. I must buy "The Paradise of Revenge". Thank you Richard, for another story that brings tears both of joy and sadness. Love the Abbott and Costello nod.

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper
I clearly recall this excerpt from your book, "The Paradise of Revenge" and thought it was a very cleverly done little puzzle of fascinating interest.

When I read the book, your characterization of McKinley Clearwater was so well written that I could easily picture a giant of a man standing tall, his head always reaching toward the sky--a man of principle, decency and moral strength. Now I have a face for him.

Pulling an excerpt from your book and treating it as a short-story is an excellent way to present a pastiche of a more important written work.

Nicely done, Richard.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Thank you for sharing this delightful story, Richard. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten
Isn't it any wonder he was a half-breed, for a full pedigree would have had five names for his horse! LOL! and he wouldn't have come within ten feet of a horses' ass...still rolling~
I love this!
...anything to make me think!
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Sharon Jordan
Dear Richard,

Clearwater reminds me of a dear friend of mine, also my drama coach for over two years. Ruben has that same wicked sense of humor and is such a joy to know. I must look up your book now!

Reviewed by H. Lena Jones
Great excerpt, Richard. The dialogue drew me in. Sounds like a novel that's full of intrique and humor.

Love and respect
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
Enjoyed this very much...humor, wisdom, and a warm the title, perfect...Your and Mine...great write!
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Sandie Angel
Heeheee!!!!! Names can be confusing, sometimes. Like...What's on 1st, and Who's on 2nd. - You can just keep on and on. Heeheee!!!

Wonderful excerpt, and kept my attention from beginning to end!!!

Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Delightful story, very well done! BRAVO!

(((HUGS))) and love from Texas, your new friend, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Carole Mathys
A delightful story told with the wisdom and humor of a very sage man...splendid offering

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU

"Yours and Mine" is a wit-wise short-story painted with the colors of the rainbow of humanity.

In gratitude and admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Pier Tyler
ROFL, still. You are so right...(the sound of two human hearts overflowing with the joy of life, bonding in shared humor with trust and mutual respect.)

This one is a keeper for when I need a bit of humor in my day.

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