Preservation – Six Sentence Story

Artwork by Phil Burns

This challenge is produced by GirlieOnTheEdge with the following simple rules:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word – GUIDE

Click here to hear the author read his words:


I have to guide the hunting party which is being organised by Sir William Harrington-Smythe, the most important man in the region, owner of the largest company that is destroying our land.

He says the hunt is for the protection of his employees, and the villagers, but I think he just likes to kill things because he, or rather his company, has already killed pretty much everything that grew on the lower slopes of the mountains, leaving only a high, narrow band of trees, and above them just gorse and rocks.

The disappearance of their natural habitat is clearly why the animals are scavenging around the villages, occasionally taking a child, while the company people are, of course, safe within their gated communities.

Since there is almost no forest, there is no real need for a guide, but Sir William likes to pretend that he is the intrepid leader of a dangerous expedition.

So I will guide them, very carefully, letting them see wild boar and, perhaps, a wolf, but staying well away from the area where the big cats still roam free.

There are billions of children in the world, and so few Bengal Tigers.

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25 Responses to Preservation – Six Sentence Story

  1. There are so many Sir Williams’, always have been, always will be, sadly.


  2. trishsplace says:

    Well, he has his priorities sorted 😄


  3. Reena Saxena says:

    A powerful commentary on the system!


  4. UP says:

    Good job
    Good use of the prompt


  5. clark says:

    (imo) We should kidnap all Big Game ‘hunters’ and drop them into the middle of the hunting grounds of their most desired prey wearing nothing but A1* sunscreen.

    seriously, people who kill animals for fun or sport should be in some form of jail, unfortunately, as depicted in your Six, these moral imbeciles usually are possessed of a skill to hunt their fellow man and therefore are inordinately wealthy.

    *the steak sauce, that is


  6. Chris Hall says:

    The balance needs to be redressed. Leave those gates open and let the tigers feast!


  7. There are many Sir William Harrington-Smythes systematically purging our planet of healthy forests and wildlife all in the name of (fill in the blank). Sobering tale, C. E. Well done.


  8. Okay, in a previous Six where children were victims I said No!, and here children are victims and I say yes. Yes, this is a story that tells of greed and avarice on a huge scale (so listen up, Readers) and yes to those few tigers, (the real ones, not the metaphorical ones).


  9. I often wondered where the Bengal Tigers ended up but never imagined they were child-eaters. 🙂


  10. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice description of him: “he just likes to kill things because he, or rather his company, has already killed pretty much everything”

    Liked by 1 person

  11. jenne49 says:

    Powerfully scathing and accurate comment on our Lords and Masters.
    And the ending…Johnathan Swift, eat your heart out!
    An excellent tale for our times.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Prior... says:

    Those were some well developed sentences and great layered story!


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