It’s been quite some time since I posted anything here, Friday fictioneers piece or short story. This was not from a lack of wanting, more a busy and tiring period of my life, with the birth of another child and other general things that happen in life.
Anyway, that’s enough excuses, on with the story. This week’s piece took initial shape quite differently from the finished result. I guess that’s how most stories go, evolving as you go along and taking on a life of their own.
Anyway, ‘Bear with me’ is my latest submission for the Friday Fictioneers challenge. Photo prompt this week is courtesy of Karuna.
I will try to read everyone’s submission, but of course there are quite a few. Sorry if you read, like or/and comment about mine and I do not return the favour.
Finally, a short word on the weekly challenge. The Friday Fictioneers are a friendly group of online writers from all over the globe who endeavour to create short but fantastical tales with which to enthral and inspire both reader and writer alike. The genres and styles of writing are varied, so there’s something for everyone to be found within its midst.
Bear with Me
Cleaning off the mud splattered bear, Todd glanced over his shoulder.
“Fifteen”, he muttered, “twenty minutes at most. She might…”
Shaking her head, Chen gave Todd a grim expression. “Maybe, but I doubt it.”
Kneeling down, Chen studied the ground intently. “Look” she said, waving Todd over. “Fresh tracks.”
Todd hurried over. “Damn, a cougar.”
“I know ”, replied Chen, “damn drone has her scent i’d guess.”
Unslinging his rifle, Todd began following the tracks. Cougar drones were merciless hunters, modelled on an extinct animal from Earth’s past. He’d told his daughter not to wander out, but like her mother, she never listened.