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The Tale of Tin Can Kade

On a quest for vengeance, a grieving outlaw’s chance encounter with a scam artist turns out not to be a chance encounter at all.



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The good old wild west ain't so good when you're on the receiving end of pure vengeance. Tin Can Kade is a man on a mission who goes about his person with a mysterious rattling tin can clipped to his belt.

He strikes up a conversation with a travelling medicine man, the type who used to go around the West selling miracle cures for whatever ails you. They share more than their fair share of drinks and confess a few truths about themselves.

The next day the medicine man wakes up hogtied to Kade's horse and heading towards an observatory on the top of a hill. Kade reveals their encounter was not by chance and he's been travelling the west on the lookout for such 'snake oil' salesmen like him. A few years ago, his wife and baby daughter fell foul of a cure sold by a medicine man. Both ended up dead with Kade grief-stricken. Since then he's been on the road, living by his own rules and seeking vengeance wherever he goes.

He hangs the medicine man from the telescope in the observatory, then glances through it to say a few words to his family up in the sky before taking his leave. And as for the tin can? Well, that contains mementoes. The first tooth from his daughter, along with teeth and bullets cut from the medicine men he's murdered over the years.

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Submitted: November 19, 2020
Last Updated: November 19, 2020

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The Writer: Mark Renshaw

Mark is a writer/producer and a Page Awards semi-finalist. He is also the winner of the inaugural Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship. He is based in the north-west of the UK, near Manchester. Mark has written and produced three award-winning short films in transatlantic collaborations. His first two films No More Tomorrows and Surrender are available on Amazon Prime. Both enjoyed a successful run on the independent film festival circuit and won several awards. His latest, a sci-fi short called The Survivor: A Tale From The Nearscape has a worldwide distribution deal with Meridian Releasing. Mark also helped produce a web series called So Dark and a short horror film called The Dollmaker which... Go to bio

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