The last of his kind

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Velociraptor by Alex CF

He was the last of his kind.
Wearily he lay down,
waiting for the end.
He’d sensed it coming.

The heavens darkened,
flames filled the sky.
The celestial destructor bore down
upon his Mother Earth.

Would she survive?
Would others come after?
No answer came.

His body crisped to dust.

 


This wonderful piece of artwork was posted by Jason H. Abbott last week, as part of his science fiction art series. This was what I was moved to write.

Here’s the link to Jason’s original post: https://aetherealengineer.com/2019/05/10/10may19/

 

 

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Hide and Seek

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My big brother said to go hide while he counted to a hundred. Then he’d come look for me.

I can’t count that high, but I’ve been here ever such a long time.

I think I’ve found the best hiding place ever and maybe he can’t find me.

I WON!


From  a prompt by Hélène Vaillant of Willow Poetry
https://helenevaillant.com/2019/05/07/what-do-you-see-may-7-2019/

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And just because it’s such a lovely sunny day here, I thought I’d share this with you:

 

The Rain Forest Revolts

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The Foremost Developer had taken the bait: 100 acres of rain-forest, ripe for replanting with oil palms. He rubbed his hands. His bulldozers were ready. But this time Gaia had been awakened; she too was ready for destruction. This time the earth would revolt. It would not be the last.


50 word story written in response to Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith’s Genre Writing Challenge.

The Fall of ‘The Sparrow’

 

The Sparrow by Chris Hall lunasonline
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Small, brown-clad, zip-lining across the city skyline, the bird-like acrobat would alight on the tiniest ledge. Clip on, push off, hurtling through the topmost branches of the urban jungle. But tempted, the bird became a cat, a peeping tom. His wings were clipped and now The Sparrow flies no more.


50 word story, written in response to Paula Light‘s Three Things Challenge: PL51

The Secret Ingredient

magical realism challenge by teresa 040419
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The restaurant was closed the following day and I was leaving that afternoon. What potent ingredient had been in the aperitif which caused the world to change before my eyes?

A seemingly innocuous ruby concoction which rendered people’s reflections invisible and gave me a voracious appetite for the steak tartare.

 


50 word story written in response to Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith‘s Genre Writing Challenge. I’m not quite sure that I pulled it off, but it’s just a bit of fun!
Based on a strange evening I once had in Seville. I’ll tell you about it sometime.

Going Undercover

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He was dressed in an orangutan suit. It must have been itchy as he scratched himself rather a lot. Or perhaps it was part of his act. We thought it was just a prank, but then we discovered he was an undercover insurance agent, tracking a gang of kleptomaniac chimpanzees.


50 word story, written in response to Paula Light‘s Three Things Challenge: PL47

The Wedding Anniversary

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Mina comes every year to this ruined church on a windswept cliff, after the sun has set over the bleak moorland.

It might seem a strange place to remember her wedding anniversary, but to Mina and her Sisters it is special, for once they were all the Brides of Dracula.


50 word story, written in response to The Haunted Wordsmith’s ‘Main March MadnessNo. 31 – Wedding Anniversary.