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“Jungle Law” Teaser

March 30, 2012

I’m going to share a bit from an upcoming freebie from K. Piet and me. 😀 I really like it, and it’s the first time we’ve tried writing a deep third person POV. It’s been incredibly interesting, and I’ve fallen for the characters of Kaanan and Deshi. I don’t think we’ll write more about them, but I’ve enjoyed writing what we have for this short.

No, no witnesses. If there were no witnesses, fewer hunting parties came looking for leopards. For him. He had to find the boy. At some point, the boy had washed his stink off in a little pool of water. The boy was clever, but that cleverness didn’t help against a leopard. He could still smell the boy, potent and terrified, and then the boy’s cleverness ran out.


He could smell the sharp ammonia scent on a bush nearby. It was the third bush he’d smelled it on. This time, though, he also smelled blood. It would make the boy easier to find. Blood and piss. He followed the trail, moving silently through the dense underbrush, careful where each paw landed. He was close. Blood and piss and sweat now. Sweat didn’t last as long on the air, so the boy was near. Probably by the lake. Fresh water was important, even to poachers. He’d find the boy there. His tail flicked impatiently as he stalked along an edge of water, the sun high and hot, the water inviting. But he ignored the water itself.

Piss and blood and sweat and vomit. Vomit and sour mushroom. The boy must have eaten one of the floor fungi. From the acidic edge he could scent, it was one of the blue gilled ones. The boy, with or without his furious intervention, was on borrowed time. He almost wanted to leave the boy to suffer. His leopards hadn’t been shown any mercy or peace, and so why should he offer them any? The boy would suffer a few days more before the mushroom’s toxins took his life, and suffering…

He growled. If he did that, though, he’d be as cruel and terrible as the men who invaded his jungle. Damn it. Damn him. He followed the scent of vomit until he heard soft weeping, a rustling of dry vegetation. Cleverness, it seemed, had run out when hunger drove the boy to eat unsafe food. With a loud growl, he entered the small clearing, crouched low to the ground with his tail sweeping back and forth behind him, his teeth bared. The boy, writhing on a poorly made bed of fern fronds, saw him, cried out, and tried to scuttle back, but the pain wracking his body made it impossible.

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