This week, our Sunday Scribblings prompt is Hunger. If you decide to write a post based on this week’s prompt, be sure to go back here and share your link so everyone can see how you interpreted things! Here’s what I did with it…
It rose slowly. It moved up the side of the smoldering crater. It was driven by one overwhelming sensation. Hunger.
It did not have eyes. At least, not in the way that we think of eyes. But it could sense its surroundings. It could sense heat. It could sense life. It could sense prey.
There were no complex thoughts in the thing’s mind. There was no sensation of pain, though it had been comfortably cradled in its container for an unknown amount of time and suddenly thrown to the earth at hundreds of miles per hour. It had no concept of its existence, nor how long it had been traveling. It had no sense of time… only the hunger.
Crawling away from the crater, it moved toward the nearest source of heat it could find. It knew that this was the best chance to sate its hunger. Sluggishly, it moved between the trees, approaching several deer that were feeding in the night.
Two of the deer became aware of the thing’s presence. Startled, they darted off, deeper into the forest. The third deer was not so alert. The deer was unaware of the thing that was growing ever closer. By the time the animal knew it was in danger, it was too late.
The thing reached out and up, latching onto the deer and pulling it to the ground. The deer struggled, desperate to get away from whatever it was that had it in its grasp. But it would not get away. It could not get away.
The thing devoured the deer on the spot. When it was over, there was no trace of the deer that had been. The thing continued to move along the forest floor. Unfortunately for anything that happened to be in its path, the thing was still hungry.
What the thing couldn’t understand was that the hunger would never go away. Hunger was all it could feel. It was created only to feed. And it would go on feeding.
It came to a clearing in the woods, detecting warmth directly ahead. None of the campers noticed…
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