Sunday, August 25, 2013

Natural Selection

Melvin didn’t wish to unnecessarily alarm his siblings but he had every reason to believe their mother would not be returning. While their nest had been built in a sturdy protected location, mother was constrained to leave that security on a regular basis to provide sustenance for her children.

The woods abutting the park offered an ample supply of the worms and small insects they so enjoyed but those woods contained, as well, creatures for whom birds were considered every bit as enjoyable a repast. As the sun climbed higher in the sky without his mother returning, Melvin could not help but wonder if she had run afoul of one of those.

From the woods, he saw it emerge. The hulking brute exuded an air of menace, blending into the foliage by dint of the natural camouflage provided by its understated caramel fur. The feather caught among its sharp, rending teeth confirmed his worst fears.


This story was written for the weekly Saturday Sunday Tails flash fiction challenge photo prompt and the phrase prompt: understated caramel.  

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