Soar Like an Eagle; Run Like a Chicken
An autobiographical story by Steve Rice
Dragbike.com August 1997
Illustrated by Steve Rice
Soar Like an Eagle; Run Like a Chicken is an autobiographic story of three friends who were serving in the United States Army, a story of thrills, adventure and terror. This story takes place during the summer of 1974 set in the West Texas city of El Paso in the farming and orchard areas near the Rio Grande River. Beginning with how boredom and poverty leaves soldiers lonely and bored, on payday weekends the friends would head out for adventures and motorcycle rides. Picking up girls, driving fast and taking chances, having run ins with local residents and police usually accompanies Steve, Dave and Ken on the weekend adventures, this particular weekend the adventure was more than Steve had bargained for.
Soldier, 19 years old, military hair cut parted in the middle, when not on duty usually wears civilian clothes with the highly polished boots that were issued to him when he first joined the service. Blue jeans were not new and showed signs of wear. While in uniform he tries to be a good soldier but when he is off duty his ego, belief in his immortality and good looking demeanor could get him out of any trouble that he might get in.
14 year old girl, long blonde hair, short pants, her father is a staff sergeant in the Army so she is referred to as an “Army Brat”, her parents don’t really keep track of her comings and goings they only want to know that she is OK. Mary is just coming into her own and discovering that she has female parts and that they can be used to garner the attention of those around her.
Almond orchards located on the south western side of El Paso, Texas where mountains are rugged and the desert floors are very flat, there are surrounding housing developments and larger ranches.
Hot summer day, late morning to early afternoon there are no clouds in the sky with the typical West Texas wind blowing. Set on a two lane road that goes through the Almond orchards ending in recently built housing developments. Trees line both sides of the narrow street with their branches reaching to meet each other at the center of the street. Trees grow on the sides of the roads with no fencing or shoulder on the road, irrigation piping is laid across the orchards crossing the streets. Pavement is laid over the top of the irrigation forming “humps” in the road.
Housing developments are recently built (within the last ten years) in the typical “ranch” style that is popular in the area, single level homes with large yards where residents keep their cars in driveways and RV’s along the side of the houses. Since the area is close to the Rio Grande River where there are incidents of illegal aliens and Continue Reading