Weak and broken, George stumbled on across the moor. The heavy mist that shrouded everything was a hindrance and a help – he couldn’t see where he was going, but neither could they find him.

He held onto his stomach where the blood flowed from the bullet wound. The hounds were getting closer again and he heard the distant horn call signalling that the hunt was on once more. He didn’t have enough energy for another chase.

Out of the mist the Lord’s country manor loomed. Servants who made it back would be spared – those were the rules of the game. No one had ever returned before.

George felt his legs go weak beneath him and stumbled over some roots. He felt the jagging prickles of a gorse bush slash at his skin as he fell to the ground. He heard the joyful whoops of the riders as they gathered round their prey.


At the front door of the manor, Samuel, the new House Boy, arrived to take up his new position.

© Joy Pixley

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story, in around 150 words based on the weekly photo prompt. For more information visit HERE.

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34 responses to “A COUNTRY HUNT”

  1. The right mixture of mystery and spooky too. Poor Samuel, he has no idea what he is getting himself into. I have to confess tho, I was pleasantly surprised at the ending, I thought it was going to be a happy ending 😄, but I loved it.

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  2. Oh no, George was so close! Almost succeeding at this horrible game makes failing that much more chilling. I could really feel his despair and see the scene — well written!

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  3. It appears this picture has drawn out the sadness and darkness in all our writing. Poor George. It’s bad enough having to be a servant, but to be considered “huntable” because you’re a servant. The Lords obviously did not consider a servant a person, otherwise, they wouldn’t be hunting them. Great write!

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  4. Great suspense. I kept hoping George would find a way to avoid his captors and I don’t even want to think about what they did to him! I’d like to think that Samuel would fair better, but I highly doubt it!

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