I'm a big believer in exercises to keep writing skills fresh, so a bit of flash fiction using six assigned words is a nice break from the usual.
Smell of bacon always brings 'em.
these beasties would be smart enough to stay clear, but a little
combustion and pork turns them into zombies, heading right to me like a
moth to a flame. Can't say I blame them, since it's delicious.
But so are they. Best source of protein on this rock.
critters come skittering in-- eighteen horrible legs each. I pick up
my knife and get ready. First one approaches, and I aim right for the
top of its thorax. Piercing the hard exoskeleton, I slice into the
gelatinous nerve center-- closest thing it has to a brain. It goes down
fast, which is good, because the next is already right on me. Another
quick stab puts it down as well, and then a third.
Now the scent in the air changes, and the beasts know what's up. The rest run off.
Three kills. I can eat well for a couple weeks on that. Which is good, since I'm running out of bacon.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Flash Fiction Challenge
Posted by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Marshall Ryan Maresca is a Fantasy and Science Fiction Novelist, as well as a playwright, living in South Austin with his wife and son. He is the author of the Maradaine Novels:
The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages , The Alchemy of Chaos, An Import of Intrigue , The Holver Alley Crew, The Imposters of Aventil , Lady Henterman's Wardrobe , The Way of the Shield (October 2018) and A Parliament of Bodies (March 2019).
His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced.
Visit his website at mrmaresca.com