Fragile Lives

55 Fiction

Using stealth, the predator hid in stillness, waiting for the quarry to drift by.

Oblivious to the looming threat, the chickens clucked all over the yard.

The predator lunged forward and with a sweeping motion grabbed a chicken, impaling it with sharp teeth.

Yesterday, the predator was driven to its grave by the speeding truck.

Linking this to BAR-A-THON by Blog-A-Rhythm Day 3 Prompt – Fragile Lives


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42 thoughts on “Fragile Lives

  1. you weave the words so well, Shilpa, these fragile lives are wiped out every day, something we wouldn’t otherwise give a second thought to, but it is spine chilling to read it here…

    • True, animals in their wild state as well as in tamed state live in perpetual danger. The other day, I saw a few goats tied outside a butcher’s shop. And I was wondering, if they knew that they’d be meeting their death in a short while.

    • Oh yes, in the series, Coyote’s attempts to catch the Road Runner comically backfires every time. I remember seeing Looney Tunes ages ago with my son! You are too much into Cartoon Network, Kala. It’s a phase, I know 😀

  2. Even the predator’s life is fragile, too. So true. Nature and civilization can take their toll and no creature is immune.

    Well written and you packed so much into a short word count. Well done!

  3. Every living creature is leading a fragile life. Small insects have to beware of predators and the rest need to beware of humans. Irony it is. Everyone is struggling for their life!
    It sure was a powerful one Shilpa in mere 55 words!


    • The struggle for existence is present in every life and the fittest and strongest of the lot wins at the expense of others. Thanks Geetika! Glad you liked it.

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