Due to family circumstances I’m a couple of days late with this week’s Mondays Finish the Story. This is a flash fiction writing challenge involving writing a story of 100-150 words from the photo and first line prompt kindly provided by the host, Barbara Beacham.
If you fancy having a go at this yourself, just click on the link above and get typing! Instructions about how to post your story are on the page.
Here is this week’s photo . . .
and this is my story, including the first sentence prompt:
Diamond Jack had his hideout next to the Rattle Snake River.
‘He’s holed up in that thar’ shack,’ Billy murmured to his brother as they unstrapped the Winchesters from their saddle packs. ‘Almost a month, ol’ Jesse reckons.’
Casey swept his brow with his sleeve, squinting into the blazing sun. ‘Way I see it, we go in and get the varmint now. He’s taken two good men down already – two too many, I say.’
They crept towards the old prospector’s shack. It made an ideal hideout: good hunting in the scrubland and a ready water supply. Billy checked his rifle. ‘We shoot on sight. If Jack’s as wily as we’re told, he’ll be a waitin’ fer us. And we ain’t taking no chances.’
Casey frowned. ‘So why’d Jesse call the varmint Jack?’
‘Reminded him of his Pa, I guess. Real big guy, he said, fast as lightning and a killer bite.
Biggest Diamondback Rattler he’d ever seen.’
Word Count: 147
Other entries can be read here.