Welcome to Day 20 of the A-Z Blogging Challenge. My theme is:
This is an edited version of a piece of flash fiction I wrote for an online competition. It is loosely based on a real experience:
The tigress sat high on the ridge washing her face. She pricked her ears. The humans were stirring.
‘Hurry, hurry,’ said Ashok.
In the watery-grey dawn his guests bundled into the jeep.
‘Let’s go.’ Ashok threw the vehicle into gear and they were away, bumping along the rutted road at bone-rattling speed. The stinging winter wind snatched at their clothes.
They slid to a halt at a waterhole. Ashok examined the sandy soil.
‘Look.’ He pointed at fresh pug marks. ‘The tiger was here last night.’
They raced on. A second waterhole yielded more evidence. Spotted deer barked in alarm. Ashok's head snapped up. He shot off in the direction of the barks, bouncing onto a corrugated track.
Ashok braked. ‘Shh!’
The deer called again. They scanned the ridge with their binoculars and the tigress sat quietly in the impenetrable vegetation.
Ashok wobbled his head. 'Tiger's up there, laying still.'
The jeep wove up a steep track, negotiating fallen rocks, swaying tortuously. Ashok paused to listen for the alarm calls, pinpointing the cat’s position. As they closed in, she languidly rose and melted into the jungle.
My apologies for the quality of the tiger photos... but they were taken on genuine game drives in Rajasthan!
See you on Monday – I’m heading south west. Can you guess where and what the next animal will be?
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