Chapter Four

More from my friend Aaron. I fear he’s a better writer than I am.

Breakfast, Nudity, And A Ladder

This is Chapter Four of my continuing fiction experiment, as always your feedback and suggestions are much appreciated.
Chapter Three is here
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The next morning found Connall on the bustling wharf street, eyes wide, mouth not shut.

He had been to town on only a few occasions previous in the company of his father, and they’d never come down to the docks.  He gaped in stupefied wonder at the sheer mass of activity, dockhands swearing jovially at one another as they swung cargo on and off the ships at dock; sailors stumping along, purses clinking fat for the last time on this shore, whores and vendors with their wares on full display.

He’d intended to find the blacksmith his father had often traded with, but it was just darkening as he arrived at the edge of town, and rather than risk running afoul of the local nightlife, he’d slept…

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About swampyankeecyclist

I'm Andy Engel, just a middle-aged, middle-class guy from Roxbury, Connecticut. I've been married to my best friend since 1988, and we have two grown sons. I like riding bikes, and my biggest accomplishment is the 180K D2R2. I own 5 bikes but my go-to rides are a 2016 GT Grade gravel and commuter bike and a 2016 Specialized 650b hardtail mountain bike. Additionally, I have a 2000-something carbon-fiber Orbea road bike, a 1990-something Specialized Sirrus that's my old dirt and commuter bike and which now serves as a spare and a trainer bike, and a 1985 Ross Mount Hood MTB. All but the 650b have Brooks saddles. I work from home now, but used to commute 32 miles round trip to work by bike year round. I was a carpenter and still love building things, but regular paychecks, insurance, and vacation time lured me into journalism. I've written a couple of books on carpentry, and I've been an editor at Fine Homebuilding, Fine Woodworking, and Professional Deck Builder magazines. Currently, I manage construction events at the JLC Live and Remodeling Show trade shows. Additionally, my wife and I run Transylvania Guest House, an Airbnb. Find us on Instagram. Come stay with us and I'll show you some great cycling.
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