My dad loved to show people around his trophy room, so when my college roommate came over for Thanksgiving, of course Dad gave him the tour.
“You’ve done a lot of hunting!” Kiefer said. I rolled my eyes. Don’t encourage him.
“Yep, I sure have,” my dad said, making a sweeping gesture to encompass all the license plates on the walls. “This here was from my first one. It was a ’68 Chevy Chevelle. I got it going down Route 46, not far from here. Single shot—bam!—right to the engine block. Damaged the body a bit but stopped it dead.”
“So you mostly go for sedans then?”
I tried giving Kiefer a warning look. My dad was going to talk for hours at this rate.
“I have tried all kinds.” Dad was beaming now. “When Bobby was little, we’d go out for hatchbacks. We tagged two in one day over in Breathitt County. We could only bring the fenders home, although of course Bobby liked to keep the spark plugs as souvenirs.” I blushed.
“Do you think I could give it a try?” Kiefer asked. My dad’s face lit up.
“Why sure! We’ll go grab you and Bobby some licenses and head out tomorrow. You haven’t tried car hunting until you’ve done it on Black Friday. You can use my SUV rifle.”
“Aren’t you a member of Greenpeace?” I whispered to Kiefer.
“This isn’t nature,” he said. “This is cars!” He and my dad high-fived and I knew that I’d lost him.
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April 5th, 2015 at 8:12 am
Disturbing yet interesting
April 5th, 2015 at 8:57 pm
Yes, it has disturbing implications. I’m not anti-hunting but I liked to think of it from a new perspective.
April 5th, 2015 at 11:52 am
Different! Nice writing. I liked the twist you gave it. Very creative!
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April 5th, 2015 at 6:55 pm
I can imagine something like this happening! Very well written.
April 5th, 2015 at 8:45 pm
Thanks! In another world, maybe. 🙂
April 5th, 2015 at 7:23 pm
I loved it Great twist for thought! I just read your “about you” stuff. I am also a teacher. Now, before I retire, I am trying my hand at writing. I have loved teaching writing… but never had time for my own. I write historical flash fiction – right now- all under 250 words (usually),
April 5th, 2015 at 8:44 pm
Nice! It’s always good to meet other teachers. I’ve been a teacher an EFL/ESL teacher for 10 teachers but only recently have been able to teach writing, since my students before were too low a level for it. Unfortunately, I have to teach academic writing now, not fiction.
April 5th, 2015 at 8:48 pm
I have been blessed with having a junior high writer’s guild for the last four years. It has been awesome to watch students write fr the fun of it!
April 5th, 2015 at 8:50 pm
That would be fun. Kids can be quite creative. I teach in a university Intensive English Program now we need to prepare them for undergraduate classes, but there is time for fun sometimes.
April 5th, 2015 at 8:58 pm
Question: You seem to write a great deal. How do you schedule a job.. chores..family.. and writing…. plus I have one sport I participate in each season? Help? If you know the magic. I have written more over this vacation than any. Does it get easier as you get more accustomed to the writing? I have only been at my own thing for six months.
April 5th, 2015 at 9:10 pm
I don’t have as much time to write these days as in the past, but usually I can squeeze in some time in the evenings or on the weekend. I don’t have kids so that makes it easier. I’ve been writing seriously since 2006 and I think it does get easier over time to produce stories more quickly. Often I will think of a story during the day and then write it down when I get home, after it’s been percolating for hours. It is a challenge though.
April 5th, 2015 at 9:12 pm
Thanks for the encouragement!
April 6th, 2015 at 11:53 am
You have to pen more of these. They’re really great David, and you know I’d never lie to you. 🙂
April 6th, 2015 at 7:32 pm
Thanks. Do you mean more with these characters and theme or just more in this vein of craziness?
April 6th, 2015 at 11:42 pm
i think Susannah means this vein of craziness, I absolutely loved your medusa’s braid and this story 🙂
April 7th, 2015 at 10:20 pm
Well, in that case, there is no fear of me not writing more. When my psyche leaks stories, they tend to have a distinct tang of quirky to them. 🙂
April 8th, 2015 at 1:03 am
I really loved these two, they especially the medusa one came to life, I can still visualize her going crazy at the disobedient snakes!