Congrats to Ed Drury

Ed Drury is the readers’ choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge.

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.

Without further ado, here’s the winning entry:


Photo by K.S. Brooks

Watching the Watcher
by Ed Drury

Kit wasn’t even aware that her camera had slipped from her hands as she gaped open mouth at the beast watching her from the tree line. He was perhaps seven feet tall, covered in reddish brown hair, and had deep set large brown eyes which seemed intelligent – almost benevolent.
Before Kit could speak, the creature brought his hand up to his mouth as if he was indicating a wish for her to remain silent. Nodding his head in an almost conspiratorial manner the beast pointed toward something downstream. It was a crew from Discover TV filming a special on the wildlife of this area. As kit watched the group trudging along the bank of the river she was startled by a huge hand on her shoulder. Slowly she turned to face the creature who now held her camera in his other hand. Gratefully she took the camera and mouthed, “Thank you.” The beast gently removed his hand, turned back toward the tree line, and loped away at a surprising speed, disappearing into the thick forest.
As the film crew approached Kit inquired about the results of today’s shooting. “Got some great footage today,” replied a member of the crew. Another asked Kit, “What about you? Any good wildlife sightings?”
“Pretty much the usual,” Kit answered with a broad smile. As the crew headed back to the trail Kit scanned the tree line for any sign of her friend. There was none, but she waved goodbye just the same.

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