Good Morning everyone! How are we all doing? Good….good. Next weeks prompt is Eye Contact. I’m looking forward to what my creative mind comes up with for this one. Considering the prompt food created the short piece of flash fiction below. As always if you enjoy it leave a like or comment. I know skipped a week, that is because I had gotten my half sleeve on my right forearm finished and it was rather tender last weekend and didn’t feel much like writing. Now I have no excuses to miss any other Monday’s.
As a human being I had never thought of myself as food for an animal. Maybe the first man to step foot out of his cave then immediately eaten by some creature lost to the fossil record. He probably felt like food but not in 2354. Now here I am being chased down like I was a barbeque chicken.
I leapt over a fallen tree that’s trunk was easily the size of my lander. Thanks to the jump jets on my TSE suit it made it look easy. Looking over my shoulder to see if the darling creature I had stumbled upon during my mapping mission of planet X0-1 had been able to follow me. To my surprise it did. The snarling purple with green spines running down its back had extended webbing from its side. Basically it turned it’s self into a kite and it was a bit to close for comfort.
Glancing down at my arm where a small view screen showed a greed dot which was me and a red dot which was my lander. That is where I was heading as quickly as possible. The distance between the green dot and the red dot was shrinking but not fast enough to give me any kind of relief. Again I looked over my shoulder and the creature was gaining on me. I pushed myself and my suit to its limits. The TSE suit did give me better agility and strength. It didn’t offer much protection from claws and teeth. Those two things is what worried me the most.
Raising my arm I punched a set of commands in to my wrist computer to open the rear hatch of my lander. It was about six feet wide and ten feet tall. More then enough room to let me in and the creature following me. I had to have at least four seconds on the monster to allow me enough time to close the hatch behind me. I had everything ready to go. The lander flashed red telling me the rear hatch was open and waiting, I just needed four seconds.
The tree’s started to thin out and a valley opened up. I could see the lander there, rear hatch open waiting for me. I felt like it was calling out to me, urging me to run faster if that was even possible. The lander was down hill which gave me an advantage but it also worked for the creature. I would be sure to put a warning to anyone else visiting this planet to stay the fuck away.
I was now ten feet from the lander I jumped and landed in the hold slamming against the back wall. It was about 20 feet deep. I pressed the emergency close button on my wrist computer. The door hissed and slammed shut. Breathing heavily in my suit caused the impact resin visor to fog up. I rolled on to my back and through the fog of the visor I stared in to the face of the creature. “Oh shit.”