Megan Alexander is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In the case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.)
Without further ado, here’s the winning entry:
by Megan Alexander
Og looks back at the bush and grabs another leafcrawler. He holds it gently between his fingers and tosses it into the rapid moving river. Once again, a large fish jumps up, grabs the bug in its mouth, and dives back into the water. Og turns to the bush again. He grabs another leafcrawler and is about to throw it into the water when he pauses. A wonderful thought stops him cold and he turns to the bush once more. Og grabs the long vine on which the bug had been perched and pulls it from the ground. He carefully ties the end into a miniature slipknot and drapes it around the small body of the leafcrawler. He tightens it and dangles the vine out in the air. The tiny bug’s legs kick around frantically as if dancing to some mystical hyper beat. Og ambles down to the side of the river and tosses the secured bug out into the water. In a flash, another fish leaps from the water and takes the bug in its jaws. Og pulls hard on the vine, yanking the fish to shore. A smile spreads across Og’s face as the fish lies wriggling at his feet.
That night, the tribe of cavemen sit around the campfire, gnawing on the last scraps of elk meat. Suddenly, a sound draws their eyes to the edge of their camp. Standing before them is Og, holding a dozen dead fish and grinning from ear to ear.