HUNTING SEASON

White gives way to green. Cold to warmth. Life returns.

I feel invigorated. Hibernation is over. Fresh blood runs through veins.

Months since anyone came through. It’s been lonely recently.

I’m eager to entertain. Soon the tourists will return.

The young and adventurous. The healthy and vital.

The thrillseekers. I’m happy to oblige.

The highway will open again.

Final checks. Rooms cleaned. Fresh sheets. Walls painted.

Into the office. Hit the switch. Neon light.

Motel. Open. $12 a night.

Just like Daddy before me. Keeping the family business running.

The swamp no longer frozen. A watery grave once more.

The axe is sharp. It’s not needed for firewood anymore.

All is ready. Now I wait.

It’s hunting season.


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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. Thanks as always to the challenge host Priceless Joy. For more information visit HERE.

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60 responses to “HUNTING SEASON”

  1. Really well written. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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  2. What a gory family business! I shudder to think how many bodies went into that swamp

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    1. I think some of the family might have ended up in there too…

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  3. The axe is I expect for cutting firewood.😉

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    1. Sure, just firewood, nothing else 😉

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  4. I love this Iain – such vivid imagery!

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  5. Very vivid imagery. Well written Lian.

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  6. What a picturesque description….

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  7. You created beautifully that sense of expectation through the change of season..well done

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  8. Very vivid. I love the way you’ve structured the lines.

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    1. Thank you, glad you liked it, trying to do something a little different.

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  9. That’s an extreme, but effective, way of avoiding a bad review on Trip Advisor. Terrific writing though.

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    1. Ha true, a lot of people check in there, no one ever writes a review… 🙂

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  10. Very well written! I wonder if it’s only the not so nice guests he does this too?

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    1. I’m not sure what criteria he uses, but it would be best not to cause too many complaints! Thank you.

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  11. I think I’d rather stay at Bates Motel! Nice one Iain.

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    1. I think he may have seen that film… 🙂

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  12. I am kind of scared. who are you really ?
    Amazing build-up, Iain.

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    1. Just your average Joe who likes to dream 😉 thanks for your kind comment.

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  13. Oh my gosh! Chilling! It reminds me of that movie, Psycho. Great story Iain! The twist at the end is chilling!

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    1. Thanks PJ. Definitely a hint of Psycho in there!

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  14. Yikes! Nice rhythm, an ironic intro to something potential grisly!

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    1. Thanks Annie. Grisly is a definite I fear!

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  15. Yeah, tell me where that motel is so I know not to stop there on my next vacation! Great story!

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    1. No stars on trip advisor last I checked!

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  16. I love how creative you are Iain! The way you were able to concoct this eerie murder story from this photo. Well done!

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    1. Thank you Jade, very kind 🙂

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  17. This post went so gracefully from most pleasant to outright Hitchcockian. Loved it!

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  18. Well that’s particularly nasty. I don’t like swamps anyway but this seals the deal. Never visiting one.

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    1. Best avoided. Thanks James.

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  19. Somehow I knew that was going to take a dark turn, but you still surprised me with it. And thanks for the warning not to stop by this guy’s hotel!

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    1. Your welcome, keep driving, there’s plenty more motels down the road! 🙂

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    1. In a good way? 🙂

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  20. Uh oh, Nice transition Iian

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  21. I log ethe anticipation in the narrator’s voice, he Is one eager worker! 😀

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    1. He’s certainly looking forward to it 🙂

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  22. A different kind of hunter indeed. A vampire type creature or just a Norman Bates type human? Interesting tale!

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    1. I was going for the Norman Bates type. Thanks Mandi.

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  23. I really like the way your story plays out Iain – and I didn’t see that ending coming! Hunting season has taken on a different meaning here. A gruesome tale with an intriguing main character. I’ll avoid staying in motels from now on. Very well written.

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    1. Ha, I’m sure most motels are not run by people like this… hopefully! Thanks Millie.

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  24. I was afraid of this! I like the way you unfolded this story. I could see it coming, but kept thinking, “Nooo…” Well done in anticipation and suspense.
    The Snow
    Annie at ~McGuffy’s Reader~

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    1. Thank you Annie, glad you liked it.

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      1. I am following you, now.

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  25. nice slow innocent build up to something more below the surface, nice!

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  26. That certainly sounds alarming and thrilling too. I wonder what wickedness he’s up to.

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  27. Okay, this gave me the chills. I should have known that when I’m reading your posts I have to be aware! Glad to read them 😁

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    1. Thanks, maybe stay away from motels for a bit 😉

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      1. Haha, you bet 😁

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