Sunday Photo Fiction – Trouble in Paradise

168-08-august-14th-2016A thin trail of blood trickled down his ring finger. At first the tiny wound had barely even stung – he couldn’t even remember how, or when, it had happened. Now there was a stiffness in lower arm. Slowly that sickening stiffness cascaded up towards his shoulders and then out and around the rest of his failing body. His legs suddenly gave way as he collapsed to the ground struggling for breath. These distant, hidden rainforests had been the photographer’s life; today they might prove his death.

His whole body and mind were now shutting down. Yet, it would surely pass. This was just a temporary shock: the primitive defence of some ancient flora defending its hard won territory. But as daylight began to ebb he remained on the sodden spot where he’d fallen. Drips of warm, sticky sweat covering his now fevered brow. In the distance desperate hopes were raised by shouts. Yet unable to respond, unable to cry for help the shouts soon faded – the piercing white searchlight of torches extinguished as his lonely vigil once more returned to clawing, suffocating darkness. In the near undergrowth something slithered in his direction.

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7 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction – Trouble in Paradise

  1. Sunday Fiction

    Wow. The tension in that, and not being found. One of the reasons you don’t go out alone. Especially in a rain forest. Great story Paul. Hope to see more if you get the time.

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  2. mandibelle16

    Wow great story. Great action even though, he’s just been poisoned due to a flower. But potent poison and it doesn’t sound good for the photographer. No one can hear him and a large snake is coming towards him . . . Eek! Great write!

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