Man walking into a forest

Photo Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my contribution this week to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, be sure to click first on the link given, and then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for all other stories is as follows:

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 3+15+150=168 Words


Not knowing what to expect, he made his way into the dark of the forest.

He only knew he’d been hearing strange sounds, and the wildlife disappeared.

A loner, having no phone, his only contact with civilization was the monthly bush plane. In good weather, a pilot took him for provisions to Pot Luck, Alaska. He stayed the night, taking the plane back.

He’d been walking for over an hour. Ahead, he saw a strange glow. Gripping his hunting rifle, he slowly and silently moved forward. There, in a large clearing where trees had been turned to ash, he saw it, a large glowing ball.

An entrance opened, and a creature exited. Formed like a man, the similarity ended there. It looked in his direction and motioned for him to come forward.

No one saw him after that day. All that existed was the clearing and an empty cabin.

Seventy years later, a confused man appeared in Pot Luck. He carried an old hunting rifle.

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8 thoughts on “THE DARK FOREST

    • Thanks, Diana. I couldn’t think of another reason a man would mysteriously enter the deep woods not knowing what to expect. I figured something had to draw him there. I’m very happy you enjoyed the story. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  1. At least as a loner living away from civilization he won’t have too many changes to adapt to after 70 years away! I hope his time abducted wasn’t too traumatic for him. πŸ™‚ Great story, Suzanne.


    • Thanks, Louise. I’m so pleased you liked the story. His age didn’t change as much as he spent time in space and didn’t age the same as on Earth. He’s confused by the changes in the settlement. He should adjust in time. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • I think part of the problem was the alien was using some mind control on him. The alien sensed he was there even before he showed himself. Who knows what powers aliens have. We’ll never know what he experienced, and he can’t remember to tell us.

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