The Thing in the Snow – Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner

snow

We were within a mile-and-a-half of the service roads when we found it.

The wind howled around us, shrieking like it was full of ghosts. I did my best to dismiss that image from my mind. This was a time for professionalism, not superstition. I had to keep my mind clear and focused.

There, buried amidst the white snow and jagged grey rocks, was the body, frozen solid. Frost wrapped tight around leathery muscles and skin.

Some people would have thought that it was only days old, but my team and I knew better. Extremes preserve corpses remarkable well. Dry heat gives us the Egyptian mummies. Cold like this gave us Ötzi the Iceman.

This body had been here for thousands of years, recently exposed by shifts in the snow.

“Secure the area,” I ordered. “We don’t want anyone seeing this.”

“What is it?” one of the team asked.

“I don’t know,” I admitted. “But it certainly isn’t human.”


Word Count: 146

This is my second entry for Flash Fiction For The Purposeful Practitioner, which is run by rogershipp. Follow the link to see the prompt and other entries. Image is from http://publicdomainarchive.com/public-domain-images-mountains-snow-birds-white-black-grey-fog/. 

 

26 thoughts on “The Thing in the Snow – Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner

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  1. I knew it was going to be an alien… I could just sense it!
    “The wind howled around us, shrieking like it was full of ghosts. I did my best to dismiss that image from my mind. This was a time for professionalism, not superstition.” Loved those lines!

    Great job. I enjoyed it! Thanks for participating in Week #3. Hope to see you next week.

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    1. Thank you! That’s actually a possibility I hadn’t considered, but it certainly fits. One of the things I like about writing “ambiguous” stories is seeing all the solutions people come up with.

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        1. They’ve found a few. I mentioned Ötzi in the story, who was in Europe (I think?), but there are also mummies in South America and other places. I’ve never heard of one in Alaska, but I think there could be one.

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    1. Thank you! I think that even the researchers don’t know what it is when they find it. Other than “not human,” I wanted to leave it ambiguous. Alien, Yeti, Bigfoot, ancient human, other monster… there’s a lot of possibilities.

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  2. Nice story. Since you only used 146 of the 200 word limit, I kind of wish you’d written just a bit more to heighten the drama/suspense. Perhaps the protagonist spotted the creature holding something in its frozen hand like a human arm or a modern device like an iPhone, or maybe it was found next to some kind of alien ship.. Still, it was a fun read. Well done.

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