Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
I have taken this week’s prompt, which I guess is his own work, quite literally, for once.
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Cat and Mouse
This place is magnificent.
We are not far from Vancouver BC, hiking through a forest of towering trees.
‘Did you hear that?’ we both ask.
And we stare up at the rock to our right.
There it is.
It growls again, a low rumbling sound that turns my knees to jelly.
I push her behind me.
‘See if you can find something I can use as a cudgel,’ I whisper, somewhat frantically.
‘A what?’ she says.
‘What?’ I say.
‘What do you want me to find?’
‘A big stick,’ I shout, exasperated, ‘A club, a bat, something I can use to defend us against this monster!’
She stares at me, unmoving.
‘What did you think I wanted?’ I am nervous, yelling, waving my arms, ‘A spoon to make custard?’
‘No need to be like that,’ she pouts, ‘I didn’t know what you were talking about.’
Then she points.
The great cat, tail low, ears flat on its head, is slinking away into the forest.
‘Hey, I scared it,’ I say, throwing my arms around her.
She pushes me aside.
‘I don’t like you,’ she scowls, turning her back, ‘You frighten me.’