RAHNI OF THE HIMALAYAS

 

Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–January 14, 2018. Each week the host, Al Forbes provides a picture prompt taken by himself or sent in by one of the other participants in the group of writers. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt. This week’s prompt was taken by Al himself. Thanks, Al.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2018/01/14/sunday-photo-fiction-january-14th-2018/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

RAHNI OF THE HIMALAYAS by P.S. Joshi

Rahni, a magnificent female snow leopard had cubs and herself to feed. She’d found a deep den when the birth was near but it was far from the livestock of the village where she’d previously made her home.

Two cubs survived and nursed for a time but had now become big enough for meat. A solitary animal, she was on her own.

Then she heard something different, the voices of men. Creeping close, she spied them from above.

“Sahib, when we camp tonight tie your horse near the fire. This is snow leopard territory.”

Mack Wallace was inexperienced, depending on his guide to keep him safe.

That night his mount became restless as it smelled the big cat.

By the time the guide realized it, the terrified horse had pulled loose and galloped up the path.

Rahni followed and waited for her prey to make a mistake. The fatigued animal tripped in the dark, falling heavily to the rocky ground. The feline jumped fifty feet from an overhang and landed on him. It was soon over. A stallion with a wounded leg was no match for the experienced leopard who sank her sharp fangs into his windpipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLOOD DAMAGE

 

Flooded street--Al Forbes--September-4th-2016

Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

This story was written forĀ Sunday Photo Fiction–September 4th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/09/04/sunday-photo-fiction-september-4th-2016/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

FLOOD DAMAGE by P.S. Joshi

When his great grandfather came west from Pennsylvania, the Missouri land was rich and water was plentiful. He bought farm acreage near a stream so water would be close. Carrying it was no easy task back then.

One hundred and fifty years later, John paid for the mistake his ancestor had made. The Missouri River tended to flood in years when rain poured down on his farm. He couldn’t afford to move as there was a mortgage on the land. He had to take the mortgage to pay for water damage and buy more livestock for some lost in a flood.

Now the insurance company refused to give insurance at the normal rate. Next year they warned there would be no insurance offered.

His youngest son wanted to begin college, and John had to tell him he’d have to earn scholarships and work to pay for the remainder himself.

“That’s okay, Dad,” he said. “I can do that.” But his girlfriend wanted to get married so he joined the army. The second year of his service in Iraq, he was killed by a landmine. His wife had a child so moved in with John and his wife.

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