FFftPP– A Legacy

Posted: February 5, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction, Uncategorized
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“You lookin’ at me?” Paxton asked, waving an accusing finger.

The deer head didn’t react, possibly because it objected to his attitude, but most likely because it had been dead and stuffed for a long time. It was a family heirloom, shot by Paxton’s grandfather, an industrialist with a great deal of money, free time, firearms, and disregard for the natural world.

That disregard was a bit of a family heirloom as well, passed down through the generations. His grandfather had pumped the air full of smoke. His father had pumped the oceans full of chemicals. Paxton was in the process of felling a forest.

Not to say that he’d be swinging an axe around. Manual labour was exhausting. He had other people for that. All he had to do was sign on the dotted line.

It would have been easy if the deer didn’t keep staring at him.

“I’m signing this,” he roared as he picked up his pen again, “I don’t care about your little forest friends.”

The deer seemed to stop staring then. Paxton smiled. That was that taken care of.

Then he heard the sound in the hallway outside– a slow, horrible thud of footsteps – and remembered the stuffed bear.

Word Count: 200

This is written for Week #6 of Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Thanks to rogershipp for running the challenge and publicdomainarchive.com for the picture!


  1. mandibelle16 says:

    Nature taking it’s revenge. Nice ending.

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  2. Hahaha! He may not care but the bear sure does! LOL!

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  3. The Voice says:

    Nice story. I particularly enjoyed the line “That disregard was a bit of a family heirloom as well, passed down through the generations.” That was a nice transition from the deer head to the theme of the story. Well done.

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  4. swritings says:

    ‘…disregard was a bit of a family heirloom as well,…’ I really liked this line! Nice story! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. rogershipp says:

    Seems the survival of the fittest might be in play here? Enjoyed!

    Liked by 1 person

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