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

Ruby O'Keeffe: I'm only a few chapters in and I love this book! The writing style fits the setting and theme perfectly, and the descriptions of the characters, setting and more are beautiful! I would love to read to read more from this author!

snowview03: This is the first book I have read on this app and I loved it! When I read the title I thought about the hunger games, but this novel is so much more. Some book have a comparison between other books that fallow like premises so i will do my own: Arena has the compellingly emotional stresses and t...

spatiaangelus : Loved reading this novel. the intricacy of the storyline, the amount of detail and the development of the plot was amazing.Not only is it a unique read, I found it utterly enjoyable and cannot wait to read more

Drew C. Elyon: I've only read one chapter so far, but from what I've seen, this is steampunk at its best. The narrative flows so beautifully I could envision every scene in an almost cinematic fashion. I believe in the complexity of simplicity, and this story has that in its descriptions.

William Elliott Kern: A young boy," later found on the highway by General Jarda", was murdered by Barbarians, came back to life as he was an Anmah, age 6 when the loss of his family had occured.........General Jarda, took the boy, gave him a new name, and introduced him to another Anham and the King, This Story is w...

larry: I’ m not a professional book reviewer, but this is a good one! I liked it enough to read it non stop!

More Recommendations

Hali McGowan: when will the third book be done? I am absolutely hooked. I red the first two books within less than a week. I'm itching for the third one. The plotline is absolutely wonderful. I've never been much for sci-fi ish books. but you've got me hooked on this series

bloodrosemaiden: I love this book!! I have read it several times and though there could be improvements I applaud the author. I know positive feed back is appreciated!! I enjoy reading about the learning the different character's backstories, and the affects in the overall story!

sujitha nair: What's so distinct about this story was that it could easily be real.Praveena can be your classmate, neighbor or that girl you saw at the coffee shop today. The important decisions she makes and the dilemmas she faces, remind us of our own twisted lives.

JWalker: I loved this story from start to finish! It flows at a really nice pace and the story world feels so real. The fight sequences are a treat especially when Isanfyre is training to become a warrior. I found the names really cool and thankfully easy to pronounce. Personally I have always struggled w...

Jordano Quaglia: I was taken to the future, to the shock of worlds among the people in the underground versus the mutants. The characters are well defined and rich in details, as I felt that I empathized well with them and envied their adventures while being scared by their predicament. It i a world that I would ...

{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.