Running Free

Running wild over the flat open terrain, I am free.  No one can catch me.  Other animals try, but I am faster.  The sun on my face has no time to scorch, I blaze faster than its rays.  Gliding through the day, I hunt for prey.  I am as stealthy as I am fast.

That was me before now.  The events of my capture are a blur. To this day, I don’t know how I got here.

Walking endless circles is not the same as running free.  That life is gone.  I no longer hunt for prey.  My food is brought to me by creatures who walk on two legs.  They hold me captive in this alien place.  Throughout the day, other two-legged creatures stare at me.

I have little else to occupy my mind besides revenge and freedom.  Until the day she arrives.  Her fur glistening, she purrs and regally glides close enough for me to catch her scent.  Three cubs later, I have purpose.  I will teach them.  The two-legged creatures are now our prey.

One day, we will be free.

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Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge, hosted by Al Forbes, to write a story using 200 words or less inspired by a photo prompt.  This week’s prompt was provided by Al Forbes.

 

 

 

 

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29 Comments Add yours

  1. Superb words written running wild and free

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting! =)

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  2. Walking endless circles is not the same as running free. How true. The tables are turning? Right? If so, how, and when? But then that begs for another story. Beautiful writing.

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    1. The tables are turning indeed. Thanks for reading and for your encouragement! =)

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  3. ceayr says:

    A zoo to avoid, it seems.
    But then again, aren’t they all.

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    1. I wholeheartedly agree … all zoos!

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  4. A sorry existence but at least she will survive and breed in safety.

    Click to read my SunPhoFic

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    1. To be honest, I glanced at the photo prompt briefly, thought of a cheetah, and then wrote and posted the story. It wasn’t until later I saw the sign on the photo … the disappearing snow leopard. Heartbreaking … they are amazing animals!! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my story. =)

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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Beautiful. I often wonder if those animals in enclosures are pacing just to bide their time until an opportunity arises…

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    1. I’ve thought the same, as the cats pace and watch the people watching them! =)

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  6. michael1148humphris says:

    In general I find zoos sad places, and I guess that some are terrible places for the animals. I can only hope that in the future we humans find it in our hearts to protect the remaining areas of wild environment for animals.

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    1. For sure, some of the zoos here in Asia are horrific places. When I first glanced at the prompt, I didn’t realize the photo was of the beautiful (endangered) snow leopard. I sincerely admire those who advocate for their survival. Thanks for stopping by! =)

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  7. EagleAye says:

    Love the character development in this. I could just imagine a leopard thinking such things. Zookeepers beware.

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    1. Thanks so much! I used to think this when I was a child visiting the zoo. As the tigers or lions paced in circles, watching the people watching them, I wondered… =)

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  8. Joy Pixley says:

    As unlikely as their mission is to succeed, I find myself rooting for them. A sad tale.

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    1. For sure, Joy, a sad reality! Thanks for commenting. =)

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  9. James says:

    When I was a child, the circus and the zoo were two favorite places to take children to experience animals from very different places. But now can we still justify taking what’s wild and putting it in a cage?

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    1. It is a quandary because I too have fond memories of the zoo and circus when I was a child. I think for me, I changed my mind visiting zoos in parts of Asia where the animals are treated so badly. Something to think about. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! =)

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  10. At the risk of sounding like a traitor to my own species, let me just say- Amen!

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  11. Do not tease the snow leopards!

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    1. They are magnificent creatures, for sure! =)

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  12. Absolutely purrrrfect, Brenda. You really got inside that animals mind, then inside their cage. Really enjoyed reading this. The distinctive beginning middle and end helps this story along no end.

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    1. I love the purrrfect!! =) I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks so much for the encouragement!

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  13. Red Letters says:

    Beautiful, yet clever use of words. Hayley 😊

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    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement! =)

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  14. They certainly didn’t do him a favor penning him up. Let’s hope they’re either set free again or transferred to a better animal sanctuary. Good writing, Brenda. —- Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. I hope they are set free! =)

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