Hunters in the Starlight

Posted: February 13, 2017 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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Nobody knew who they were. They’d just appear every night, faces hidden by their helmets, vehicles roaring. The stars glistened on the black of their visors. They wove between the cars, always keeping together, as if following some intricate formation nobody else was aware of. They were a pack, linked by instinct.

And they were hunters.

Everybody knew this, but no one knew how they knew it. It was something in the way they moved, the way they looked, the way the air parted around them.

Those amongst them who remembered the old ways, the half-whispered stories of their ancestors, recognized something otherworldly in the silent riders. They kept it to themselves. The Hunt – not just a hunt, but The Hunt, singular, capitalized, ancient, terrible, beautiful – was not a thing to be spoken of.

Night after night, they appeared, drifting wordlessly through shadows.

And they hunted.

Word Count: 146

This is for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and Sunayana for providing the prompt photo!


  1. Jade M. Wong says:

    Oooh love the dark and gritty feel of the story. It really matches perfectly with the atmosphere in the photo.

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  2. Michael says:

    Excellent piece of writing, you created the mystery of the riders so very well.

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  3. That sounds like a great beginning for a novel, J.A.! You really drew me in with your story. Great story!

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  4. Su says:

    Oh those mysterious riders huh!t.. very nice..!!

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  5. Mike says:

    I enjoyed this – dark and ethereal and up my street.

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    I’m going for vampires, mainly because of the night setting. Would love to know more.

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  7. KL Caley says:

    Hmmm very intriguing. Feels like this could be the start of a much larger story – nicely done! KL ❀

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  8. Love the imagery of this one. I would love to see it turn into a longer piece πŸ™‚

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  9. James says:

    The question is, hunting what? Doesn’t explicitly say people.

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  10. Joyfrida says:

    Lovely dark tale. I enjoyed reading it.

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  11. Chris C. says:

    Curious story – love the atmosphere! Something about a “pack” of motorcycling hunters makes it all the more intriguing.

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  12. mandibelle16 says:

    A fascinating piece these nomadic bikers hunting. Jade is right gritty and dark for sure, wonder who they hunt and why? Probably not very nice answers to those questions I’d think. Nice write JA.

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  13. I feel for them, eternally linked to hunt – hunt for the perfect buffet – and never able to find it…such a torturous existence of the immortal…

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  14. Everyone hide. What a dark thrill!

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