Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Dteach50 would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Hunting in the Woods

By Dteach50 All Rights Reserved ©

Adventure / Scifi

-

"Wake up, it's time," my dad said.

It was still dark outside, but at least he had already lit the hissing Coleman lantern. I got dressed in my jeans and camo shirt, with hat, boots and an old army green jacket to cut the morning chill. The floor of the hunting cabin thumped with our steps, loud in the quiet of pre-dawn morning.

No breakfast, for now. But wrapping some toilet paper around my hand to put in my pocket, just in case, along with some skeeter spray. Took my Marlin .35 down from the rack by the door. It was old, a hand-me-down from my great grandfather. Accurate, but kicked my teenage body quite a bit whenever I fired it. No problem, though, since I probably wasn't gonna be shooting at anything today. Never have, except for practice. Maybe I'd finally get lucky.

We walked quietly down the old logging tram in the swamps, keeping an eye out on the clear spots where we might see something. I got to sit in the tree-stand about a half mile from our camp, while my dad went on a bit further. "See you about an hour or so after sunup," he said softly. "Unless you get something," he added with a bit of a grin. Right.

Boring, boring, boring. Watching the darkness slowly growing into light as the sun started to rise, but nothing else to see. I thought back to last weekend when I was sitting in the same spot, just after a bit of misty rain stopped, when I'd seen some little brown spotted buggers timidly stepping out of the bushes with their mom, only about 50 feet from me. Cute to watch, but only the males were legal to kill now, and none of them were around. They walked back into the woods after a few minutes, disappearing as quietly as they had come. Maybe I'd see them again this week.

And maybe not. I'd been waiting for over two hours, hearing the sound of a dog baying in the distance, growing louder and softer as he tracked his prey. We didn't use them, preferring the sit-and-wait method at a proven spot. My butt was getting sore from sitting on the damp wood, and I had already carved my initials into the tree next to me to pass the time. The dog sounded like he was getting closer.

Wait, there! That dog suddenly burst out of the trees about a hundred yards to my right. Weird looking dog... no! It's one of them, a male, with those things sticking up from his head! I pulled my rifle around to my right, but he was closing in fast, going almost right underneath me. I got one bad shot off straight down and missed, then time seemed to slow as he went out from my left. I took aim at the back of his head but suddenly thought "No, I want this one as a trophy." Like I had all the time in the world I moved my aim down and put one round at the base of his neck. He dropped like a dead rock. Yes!

I was shaking like a leaf with excitement for hours, telling the story over and over again to my dad. Despite it being pretty heavy, he proudly carried the carcass back to camp, gutted and cleaned it, and put it on ice. When we got back home, he had it stuffed. The head of that alien is still hanging up on the wall of my mom's living room, his two big antenna-thingies sticking up. At Christmas time we often put a festive hat on him. Stupid bugger.

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, Dteach50
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

heavyreader: great scifi novels but needs a better spell checker (check auto-substitution level) and grammar checker!!! otherwise, ready for mass market publishing!!

Alex Rushmer: I just read the first two chapters of this story and really enjoyed it. I have to admit......I have a real problem with insects, especially nasty ones like what are in this story. I don't think that I'll read any more, but I did like what I read. It was interesting seeing different instances in w...

spooky jedi: Love your story!I really hope more people read this story!Its amazing!! The plot is very unique and different, which is very good to have in a world full of stories. You have very complex and intellectual plot line, with your many loveable character and that hint of 'will they, won't they' is ju...

Christopher Chew: Been a while since reading was this fun. The plot was easy to follow and built at a gradual but good pace. The dynamics between each character were interesting and kept things fresh and exciting, very much so that you would forgive it for not going deeper into the back stories of each character. ...

makaylakay: I love love this story! It's written incredibly and well thought-out plot! I love how it's a different twist in fantasy fiction, other then the usual vampire or werewolves. Love the romantics and drawn to the two characters so much already! This book will draw you in within the first chapter and ...

Dina Husseini: It was a great hook. I do not like reading scifi because they end up being like all the rest but this one kept me wanting more.

CookieMonster911: The story overall was an adventure that is appealing to any age. The way the characters develop adds a more human characteristic to the novel. The writing style itself is amazing because you can learn every character's thoughts and emotions. The awkward love triangle and jerk moments adds to the ...

Giuliana Cassetta: My face is full of tears, I never cried like now with a book or even a movie. I loved every single chapter. I truly don't know what to say, I'm out of words and my eyes hurt from crying. Such an bittersweet story, it's so wonderful. One of my favorites for sure. Keep it up!

Lydia Walters: I really enjoyed this novel. It gives us a view of what could be if we really tried.Also that there's nothing wrong with loving our LORD and our fellow humans. couldn't wait to get to each new chapter (mission). Thanks, Joe!

More Recommendations

Pille: I have never read a ... werewolf/urban fantasy/any other genre ... story with this brutal honesty about kidnapping and mafia. It was a chilling experience but you also managed to write it as the best thriller and also give it a happy end. I must praise you for the amazing writing skills you have...

mitchreed519: Truly fantastic, I would buy this book and any other prequels or sequels there after. An empowering and intriguing novel, and well written. Best literature I've read in a while, beats out published books as well.

Karl12: This is a very unusual sci-fi mystery. I enjoyed the suspense which was present throughout the story. I loved how I never knew what to expect from the characters. This made the story thrilling and made me suspicious of everything and everyone. You have a great style of writing – one which captiva...

Nymeria: Really can't get enough of this story. It flows well, it captivates the reader from page 1, and throws you into such a well-written, well conceptualized world that you'll believe it's real. Everything in the book is meshed together really well. From character backgrounds to plot twists, you can t...

themyronus: Vanessa has made 'amazing' the norme. I didn't want to read this as I am waiting for the finished and polished book to come out. But then I decided to read one chapter for kicks...well hours later I finished what was posted. Fortunately, my memory is not to good and I hope I will read the book wi...