Today we’re pleased to announce the winner of the eighth weekly Flash Fiction competition at Indies Unlimited.
The winning entry is rewarded with a special feature here today and a place in our collection of winners which will be published as an e-book at year end.
The 14 entrants received a total of 72 votes. With 35% of those, the winner is: Contestant #8– Angela Rigley.
Congratulations to Angela, and thanks to everyone who participated – excellent entries! Now, without further ado, (cue marching band) here’s the winning entry:
Fire on the Mountain
by Angela Rigley
Hania dragged his weary legs up another ridge. He had been out since daybreak, hunting the mountain lion that had killed his mother the previous evening.
“Come, Kohana, my swift one, you should be thankful this terrain is too steep for me to ride you. We must return home before the dark descends even though our task has been unsuccessful.”
Checking the position of the sun, he decided he could afford a brief rest so he lead his palomino to a small clump of grasses almost hidden in a crevice. Taking out his penknife, he cut off a slice of the dried caribou meat he kept in his soft leather pouch, picturing his beautiful wife, Mapiya, cheeringly sewing on its colourful beads. She would be preparing his dinner by now. How lucky he was. Their son would be born in the Summer, a welcome addition to the Sioux camp. Well, he hoped she would bear him a son, but maybe a daughter…
But he had to get home. No time to daydream.
Picking up Kohana’s reins, he continued onwards. Suddenly, he was alerted by the sound of shifting stones. His hand went straight to his knife as a body of brown fur leapt towards him. It dropped harmless to the ground, his knife embedded in its heart.
Gathering some dried grass, he lit a fire to tell his father of his success. Within minutes he had the welcome reply.