Vulture sitting on a post.

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.

I was happy to hear your health is improving, Barbara. I’m sure we all hope you heal completely.

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

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 2+17+150=169 Words


I watched the vulture looking at me hungrily as I lay on the ground bleeding and injured.

A man came and stood over me. I then noticed the leather band on the ankle of the bird.

“Well, Vulcan,” he said to the vulture, “I see you found another unlucky victim of the Black Riders.”

He next talked to me as he checked for injuries.

“They musta’ taken you fer dead son. Sometimes seein’ Vulcan is enough. You’re lucky we was scoutin’ this area of the hills. These hills are the huntin’ grounds of a dirty bunch of killers, thieves.

You’ve stopped bleedin’. Your breathin’ is okay. No ribs broke. There’s that bullet hole in your left shoulder. Your right arm and leg’s broke. You fall off a horse?”

“Yeah, they took it.”

“Figures. They musta’ been in a hurry to leave or they’d checked to see if you was still alive.

The rest of the Vulture Squad’ll find ’em. I got to get you back to our camp.”

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