Hunting Behemoth

Posted: December 18, 2017 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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Rowan Arkwright had hunted every beast on the face of the earth. He had slain tigers and elephants, golden lions and horned stags. His drawing room wall was lost in a sea of staring, glass-eyed heads.

He desired a challenge. A beast worthy of him.

The news reached him, whispers from South America of an expedition. There upon a plateau they had found wondrous beasts, a pantheon of lizard-kings.

With only his rifle and a local guide, he made his way through the vast jungle, wandering secrets paths to an ancient place. He took his place in a mighty tree, set up his rifle, and waited for the beast to appear.

The earth thundered beneath the creature, its tail swaying like a cedar, tightly-knit sinews driving bones like beams of bronze. It roared and all the world was silent.

Arkwright did not have the strength to pull the trigger.

Word Count: 149

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

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    I’m glad he didn’t kill it – I kinda hope he meets a sticky end for all the animals he has hunted up to this point! 🙂

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  2. James says:

    In 1952, Ray Bradbury wrote a short story called “A Sound of Thunder” about a big game hunter who traveled 100 million years back in time to hunt a T-Red. In 1977, a Japanese/American film production called “The Last Dinosaur” came out with a plot similar to yours. I seem to remember other stories and movies on the same theme, and if I wasn’t so literally with these prompts most of the time, it would have been fun to write one.

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  3. I agree with Iain! He needs to feel the revenge of all the animals he has killed and mounted on his wall. Finally! A beast that has an upper hand! Great story J.A.!

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  4. Beautiful. Even the most hardened of hunters have to bow before the majesty of such beings.

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  5. The Chad says:

    Great description of the enormity of the T-Rex. I really liked this one!

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