The Desrick on Yandro (fiction)

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John the Balladeer (AKA Silver John or Hillbilly John), while singing a folk-song to city-folk about the desrick on Yandro (an old-fashioned fortified shack on a mountaintop named after the family that owns it) attracts the interest of greedy, skeptical, and sneering Mr. Yandro, who, upon learning that his ancestor had generations before abandoned a wealth of gold on the mountain top to jilt the love of a witch who lived in a cabin there, coerces John into accompanying him to the top of the Yandro mountain, braving the unnatural dangers of the remote mountaintop, to enter the witch's desrick cabin and claim the gold, the only thing Mr. Yandro truly believes in. John agrees, and, honor-bound, guides Mr. Yandro to the cabin, where Mr. Yandro meets an unnatural doom....


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John the Balladeer (AKA Silver John or Hillbilly John), while singing a folk-song to city-folk about the desrick on Yandro (an old-fashioned fortified shack on a mountaintop named after the family that owns it) attracts the interest of greedy, skeptical, and sneering Mr. Yandro, who, upon learning that his ancestor had generations before abandoned a wealth of gold on the mountain top to jilt the love of a witch who lived in a cabin there, coerces John into accompanying him to the top of the Yandro mountain, braving the unnatural dangers of the remote mountaintop, to enter the witch's desrick cabin and claim the gold, the only thing Mr. Yandro truly believes in. John agrees, and, honor-bound, guides Mr. Yandro to the cabin, where Mr. Yandro meets an unnatural doom at the claws of the supernatural beasts of the woods, and the witch's ghost, who has been waiting for generations for her greedy lover - whom Mr. Yandro resembles exactly - to return to her.


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