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by Glass
Rated: 13+ · Short Story · Western · #2258211
All he wanted was to be a bad man

In 1883, Goody Twoshoes taught grammar to the children of the affluent at the most prestigious Brooks School of Latin Studies in Boston, Massachusetts. Even though he was an exceptional educator, Mr. Twoshoes did not enjoy his work. His passions lie elsewhere.

Goody Twoshoes spent much of his off-time from classroom academics, reading dime novels and fantasizing leaving his teacher life behind and head to the Wild West.

The more he read, the more fascinated he became with the wildness of the Wild West. So much so, he swapped out his books for a pair of six shooters and purchased a ticket on the Denver Stage. Goody Twoshoes was determined to be like the men he read about: gun tootin’, hard drinkin’ bad hombres.

Unfortunately, Goody lacked the emotional wherewithal basic of all ruthless outlaws. He did not smoke, drink whiskey nor did he play poker. He did not lie, he did not cheat, and he did not steal nor did he swear. He was not mean to old ladies, children, or animals. Alas, he was destined to fail from the get-go. Regardless of these flaws, Goody was determined to be a bad man.

On Friday afternoon, July 31, 1885, in his first attempt at doing something bad (rob the town’s bank), bad luck befell the want-to-be bad man: Goody Twoshoes was shot to death.

Goody Twoshoes
Born: ? Died: 1885
He never made it good as a bad man.

Word Count: 239

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