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Nature’s gift (Friday Fictioneers)

April 26, 2018

PHOTO PROMPT © Jan Wayne Fields


“Such a long way down.”

The words from the unremembered song played over and over in my mind. I stared at the back of the guide’s head, still aggravated. To have my intelligence questioned like that! How dare he, he didn’t know me.

A shout and he was on the ground before I could blink.

“What is it?” I scrambled to his side. The two red punctures were obvious. So much for Mister Outdoors.

“Get help!”

Ya think genius? I grabbed the bag he’d called extravagant. “Cell phones won’t—”

I hauled out my satellite phone.

“Ah, yes. Smart thinking.”



This is a Friday Fictioneers prompt

word count: 100


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  1. Now that’s foresight

  2. Snakebite or vampire? Good story!

  3. Dear Laurie,

    I echo Liz’s question. At any rate that’s one guide who got his comeuppance. 😉



  4. That’ll teach him, she will enjoy saying ‘I told you so’.

  5. Loe the voices in this. Their early relationship and the guides know-it-all attitude come across so well. Good job he has a more sensible companion.

    • Yes absolutely! Thanks Sarah Ann. I often get frustrated with the knowing attitude. This was an outlet haha

  6. Snakebite? The guide was lucky she didn’t listen to him!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  7. So much for Mr. Outdoors indeed.

  8. Ha! to Mr. Smartypants.

  9. Well, that’s one well-prepared woman! I guess this time she had the last laugh.

  10. Great fun – the biter has been bitten 😉

  11. Loved that ending. Not so helpless, after all 🙂

  12. Preparation is key. Great story.

  13. Calling for help is probably the best option, sucking out the poison seems gross.

  14. Some guide…
    Well done, Laurie

  15. Well done, Laurie. It’s great to watch the pompous get their comeuppance

  16. I love it… sometimes it takes planning to save the day. Hope all went well and I could hear him apologize

  17. This was great and well described. I can see him strut along until he falls. Good for the narrator to believe in herself.

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