FFftPP – What Lurks in the Night

Posted: June 9, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction, Uncategorized
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The first one was a surprise and a fairly inexplicable surprise at that. When the dig had unearthed twelve more of them, Professor Morgenstern was no closer to understanding it.

They’d been digging for grave goods and refuse: the footprints of ancient civilizations. Bones had been expected, yes. But human bones. Perhaps some animals bones – pets, meals, that sort of thing.

Not these. He had no idea what to make of them. Experts were being flown in, people with as many letters after their names as he had, but very different fields.

I’d almost have said they were dinosaurs, he thought. Some sort of massive reptiles, anyway. But that’s not possible. Mixed in with the remains from the human settlement like that… They couldn’t be more than a thousand years old. 

That night, Morgenstern couldn’t sleep. He turned this way and that in his bed, trying to think through it.

Then, from the still night, the sound came: a low, grumbling roar.

Morgenstern darted upright, breathing heavily. He listened intently.


Of course not. That would be… Beyond impossible. Absurd. Ludicrous. No chance at all.

He still slept with the rifle within reach for the rest of the night.

Word Count: 193

This is for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner Week #24. Thanks to rogershipp for running the challenge. Photo from pixabay.com.

  1. maryruth16 says:

    Clever! Great ending..

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  2. mandibelle16 says:

    Interesting story. I wonder what kind of creatures the bones belonged to, actually dinosaurs? I like how you left it so we don’t know. I enjoyed how he woke up hearing roars in his sleep, and slept by his gun. I don’t know if I’ll write on this picture. First time I looked at it, it really disturbs me for some reason. Your take was well done 🙂

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  3. The Voice says:

    The ambiguous ending worked well. My imagination is now off and running (it could take me all day to get it back… thanks for that.) 😉

    Really nice take on the prompt.

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  4. Really enjoyed that take on the prompt, very clever indeed and a good way to keep everyone guessing 🙂

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  5. Dahlia says:

    Very interesting! Can’t help wondering what it was…nicely done 🙂

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