The Swamp – Alastair’s Photo Fiction

AnElephantCant always be prompt here
Yesterday he goes to the beach
So this is the best he can manage
For Alastair’s Challenge
And this is the end of his speech

This is a weekly invitation to write a short piece of fiction (c. 150 words) based on a photo prompt (below) provided by Alastair.
Follow the link to see some great stories by some great writers.
But please read AnElephant’s absolutely terrifying tale first.
He suggests you hide behind the sofa before you start!

Copyright Alastair Forbes

Copyright Alastair Forbes

The Swamp

They know this is the most dangerous place on earth.
The treacherous, swampy, humid area where the last, and most savage, of the beasts hide.
They move slowly along the bank, eyes straining, watching for the slightest indication that danger is near.
They are almost soundless, yet the leader raises a hand in warning.
They stop as one, listening for a breath in the undergrowth.
Nothing.
Not even the sound of a bird.
Their eyes scan the surface of the pool.
Nothing.
Not a hint of wind.
The water lies silent.
The trees are silent.
The grass is silent.
A barely heard whisper.
Can you see anything?
A pause.
Not yet, but I think we are close now.
The leader replies without turning his head, his eyes focussed on a tree hanging low over the reeds.
There!
He points with his weapon, drawn and primed.
It’s a dragon, Grandpa!

About AnElephantCant

An artist/writer/poet combination whose blogs reflect an approach to life that celebrates nature and takes a tongue-in-cheek view of most issues. So you get rhymes and doodles, photographs and comment. Irreverent and irrelevant. Occasionally funny, sometimes serious, mostly pointless. https://anelephantcant.me/
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9 Responses to The Swamp – Alastair’s Photo Fiction

  1. julespaige says:

    Poor dragons… that primed arrow could belong to the brave. I suppose though that some dragons might be dangerous.

    Thanks for your visits. I’m not all that prompt these days with anything, especially watching two little ones most days during the week.

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  2. Willow says:

    What a fabulous story and a wonderful piece of writing.
    I will definately read this to my grandson!

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  3. emmylgant says:

    De la magie pure et simple. Peut ȇtre pas si simple que ça, en fait!

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  4. Anja says:

    awwww I really enjoyed this! Dragons huh? I once saw an alligator and was able to touch it. I was told that was the closet I would come to touching a dragon 🙂

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  5. yarnspinnerr says:

    Wonderfully narrated. Excellent.

    An elephant can sue tell tall tales 🙂

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  6. nightlake says:

    Like the description and the suspense

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  7. summerstommy2 says:

    Good one sir, I had these visions of Terry Pratchett’s Wee Free Men appearing…..very well done.

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  8. Al says:

    Love it. An excellent story

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