Four By Flash Piece 11: Desert Blood

As I mentioned in this blog entry, I entered a Flash Fiction challenge despite a) Not having written Flash Fiction before, b) not really having time to enter such challenges and c) not actually knowing what Flash Fiction was. We’re now at the end of the first month of the challenge, and at a four piece per week rate, I should be posting the 15th or 16th piece by now,but reality intruded. That means I’m either going to fail the challenge by not getting enough done,or fail by having a bunch of kind of terrible stories cranked out before midnight. The second type of fail seems more noble,so i may well go for that. Here’s the eleventh piece. This one clocks in at 368 words, which fits in my stated goal of “300 – 500 words, hopefully closer to the 300 end.”

Desert Blood

Jani was getting close now, close enough to see the beast’s giant muscles flexing with its every breath.  Offering a prayer to the Sky Warriors, Jani charged forward. The sudden movement roused the creature. It craned its neck towards Jani and shot a stream of poisonous saliva towards the warrior. Pure instinct took control of Jani’s body. Immediately he dove and rolled beneath the creature, slashing wildly with his blade. An inhuman scream told him the creature was wounded.

Searing pain coursed through Jani’s arm as the creature’s claws impaled him. Jani fought through the agony to expand the livid wound on the monstrous animal’s underbelly. The creature’s blood gushed over the teenaged warrior and onto the desert sand, staining them the deep crimson of an autumn sunrise.

The creature lashed out with its back leg, delivering a savage kick to Jani’s head. Momentarily disorientated, he followed the path of the blade with his eyes as it dropped from his hand.  Without thinking, Jani reached for the weapon, exposing his injured arm to the creature’s jaw. Jani screamed as he felt the rows of serrated teeth pierce him to the bone. The beasts’ venom coursed through Jani’s blood, slowing his reactions.

Instinct took over.  Jani brought his good arm across and pummeled wildly at the creature’s jaw.
He hoped the dry snap he heard blow landed was one of the monster’s teeth, and not the bones in his
fingers. The monster bellowed its agony.

Jani pulled his wounded arm out of the creature’s mouth as it opened. Jani willed the arm to grab the knife and draw it close to his body. Switching the blade to his good arm, Jani stabbed the creature’s abdomen. Hot blood flowed from the monster’s wounds, coating Jani’s arms and face, slowly filling his mouth. Jani had no choice but to swallow the blood.  He felt a new strength rush through him, re-invigorating his limbs with, a primal, animalistic, strength.
Now there was nothing but predator and prey. With a bestial roar, Jani charged directly at the vile creature, his knife hacking through the creature’s single eye and leaving a livid welt upon its cheek.The creature’s keening death-howl reverberated through the valley.

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