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The Hunter
June 2, 2021|Short Story

The Hunter

The Hunter

Once again, Simon opened his eyes in that room that was becoming a little more familiar. This time he felt leather straps tied against his wrists and ankles. Repeatedly, he pulled his bonds with all his might—finally managing to break the strap that held his arms.

Simon immediately began to undo the rest of his restraints. Soon enough, he got up from the stretcher and analyzed his surroundings. Everything was just like the last time he woke up in the strange room. The same feeling of being trapped in a doctor’s office, and the memory of the men in white coats conducting their experiments returned to him.

Looking at the room’s only exit, Simon knew something was different—but he couldn’t understand his intuition. His suspicion grew and he smashed the door with his elbow.

Simon stopped after breaking the door open… the metallic stank of blood surrounded him. Nothing was like the last time he tried to escape. The hallway walls were covered with bloodstains. Simon had to cover his nose, the odor was unbearable.

What happened here? he wondered, stepping out of the room. Something was seriously wrong but he couldn’t stay to find out. Immediately, he turned to the right and saw a metal door blocking the way. To the other side was his only way out—the same path he took when he encountered the beast in the corner. The memory of that day passed through his mind and he remembered the pain on his neck. Simon reached with his hand but the dart was gone.

I have to be careful, Simon thought. This could be another trap, I can’t trust them.

His cautious footsteps led him through the blood stained corridor. The doors to the other rooms were destroyed, his intrigue grew with every step—in one of the rooms he caught a glimpse of what appeared to be a human arm and he moved faster.

I have to get out of here, he thought, still covering his nose with one hand. When he reached the end of the hall he found two options to continue. To the right another metal door and the darkness of a broken lamp hanging from the ceiling; to the left an opportunity to continue looking for a way out.

Simon paused. Hiding his body, waiting for a sign. In that moment, he saw glowing eyes in the darkness. He forced himself to continue looking, and noticed a creature moving in front of the metal door that blocked the corridor to the right.

The creature slowly came out of the shadows. Its torso moved as if it was an arachnid with slender legs hitting the ground with each step. Simon hid, unable to control his breath—fear too over him. However, he couldn’t wait and get caught. While the creature slowly approached.

Simon remembered the strength he had the last time. All that he was able to do… but this time seemed different and he decided to run. Surprising the creature with his speed—making it take a step backwards, before it started chasing after him.

He felt the cold air against his face as he ran, and the noise that echoed against the walls with every step the creature took. Simon feared the sharp claws of the creature chasing after him. His mind couldn’t stop thinking about the ease it would require to cut through his skin… and he kept running.

The creature ran at full speed, almost catching its fleeing prey. While its watering mouth spilled saliva. Its eyes focused, trying to predict the man’s next move—but his prey was too fast.

Simon almost lost his hearing behind the loud beating of his heart. Moving faster than he could have imagined possible to evade the creature, he saw pieces of wall flying off after avoiding the spider’s attacks. He couldn’t know if he was on the right path, he ran with hope of not finding…at the end of the hall he noticed a metal door blocking his way. Simon couldn’t slow down and slammed into the metal door.

The creature failed to predict its prey’s movements and saw the man push himself off the metal door. The giant spider uselessly moved its legs to reach him and only managed to grace the skin of the man.

Simon turned as he fell and stood up quickly to continue fleeing… when he noticed that the creature had wounded the skin of his arm. I’m done, he thought, staring at the wound.

The creature slowly turned on the metal door, peered at the human and paused.

Why keep running away? Simon asked himself. He held his arm with the opposite hand to get a closer look at his wound…it was worse than he had imagined. His blood began to fall to the floor. His fears grew stronger… Simon could no longer think about what he should do to save his life. All was lost. Even if I manage to escape, I’ll bleed to death.

Simon saw the creature slowly approaching… and he felt a burning sensation inside his wound. The pain was almost unbearable, but somehow he managed to stay on his feet—watching in surprise as the wound closed on its own. Impossible, he thought. I can heal myself…

The creature continued approaching… The expression on Simon’s face changed, the fear disappeared and he became the hunter.

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Sebastian Iturralde

Fiction blogger—citizen of this beautiful planet, eternal lover of artistic creation and literature. Certain that the creative energy comes from nature.

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  • Betty Kilonzo
    June 2, 2021 at 10:14 am

    I had to check all the other stories… Loved it!

    • June 2, 2021 at 12:56 pm

      Betty, it’s good to have you here. You must give yourself the entire tour of my fiction blog.

    • June 8, 2021 at 8:04 am

      Wow Sebastian I am glad to come across your blog. The stories are interesting.

    • June 12, 2021 at 9:43 am

      I’m happy that you have finally arrived and I hope you enjoy the full walkthrough of my fiction blog.

    • June 18, 2021 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks

    • July 1, 2021 at 3:31 pm

      Hi William Whitten here checking out your site…pretty amazing dude!!!
      Great visuals too.
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  • June 2, 2021 at 10:15 am

    I love it… I had to switch on the notification bell just to keep following

  • June 2, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Love the way you write.. So exciting

  • June 2, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Thanks Sebastian for your wonderful stories.

    • June 2, 2021 at 1:01 pm

      Hani, it’s a pleasure to take you for a moment to a magical universe.

    • June 4, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      Sebastian, I’ve had this idea for a long time.. Would you like that we discuss it?

  • June 2, 2021 at 10:50 am

    I was trying to be lazy before I go get my kid from his friend’s and got dragged into reading the whole story. Enjoyed it and it was great at getting me hooked into reading the whole story before I realised it.

    • June 2, 2021 at 1:08 pm

      Tyler, it’s nice to know that I managed to spark your imagination.

    • June 2, 2021 at 1:09 pm

      Good writing is good writing and you can spin a tale that drags you in.

  • June 2, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Thank you for a wonderful content to read . I’ll finish shortly just wanted to be the first to post 📯 miss it 😂

    • June 2, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      It’s a pleasure… next week you’ll have a new opportunity.

    • June 2, 2021 at 2:05 pm

      Smile’s

  • June 2, 2021 at 10:57 am

    You have a Dean Koontz kind of a mind. 🙂 Keep it up!

  • June 2, 2021 at 11:02 am

    It’s ok

  • June 2, 2021 at 11:42 am

    I loved that

  • June 2, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Very satisfying. It made me wonder at the satisfaction I felt that he became the hunter…

    • June 3, 2021 at 5:19 pm

      I’m happy that you liked it. We all have the ability to become hunters.

  • June 2, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    Another fantastic story!

    • June 4, 2021 at 12:38 pm

      Peter, thanks. I’m doing my best.

    • June 4, 2021 at 1:57 pm

      You never know what I may be seeing from you next.

  • June 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Hey Sebastian, I noticed that you liked a post on my blog recently (Hovel of Babel). How in the world did you find it, I use it as an archive for stuff that I later might post elsewhere 🙂

    • June 4, 2021 at 12:40 pm

      I guess the WordPress app doesn’t have privacy in mind, but I’m happy it happened. I hope to see you again soon for more stories.

    • June 29, 2021 at 11:39 pm

      Wow, I am happy you always like my blogs, you are such a writer,i have always enjoyed your blogs. Thanks for encouraging young writers.

    • July 13, 2021 at 8:12 am

      Keep writing!

  • June 2, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Intriguing..The prey becoming the hunter, I can sense the thrill!

  • June 2, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Sorry, I can’t use that app.

  • June 2, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    I’m awed by how you urge me to create a short film in my mind as I read your phenomenal writing. Thank you kindly for sharing your gift.

    • June 5, 2021 at 7:24 am

      Dani, it’s a pleasure to help your mind to run wild in a magical universe.

  • June 2, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    The pray becoming the hunter reminds me of Ezekiel 21:25-27. Simon conquering the beast is like man overcoming the devil. In the end, those who have been the prey of the beast will be exalted and those of the beast will be abased.

    • June 3, 2021 at 7:26 am

      I like your analogy. I like Revelation 19:11- chapter 20:15

    • June 3, 2021 at 7:30 am

      Even better – TOPS! The Exalted of the Exalted!

    • June 5, 2021 at 7:27 am

      Phillip, it’s just a matter of knowing yourself.

    • June 6, 2021 at 12:39 am

      That’s facinating. But actually that’s Basically triggered by that work.

    • June 6, 2021 at 12:42 am

      That’s facinating and great talent. But actually that’s basically triggered by that masterpiece.

  • June 2, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    What a turn of events, here, have a like for this brilliantly crafted story!

  • June 2, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Now that is a cool twist and possibly the creature itself being it’s own undoing. Nice!

  • June 2, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    🙂

  • Chandana Jagadish
    June 2, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    It just blew up my mind! Amazing 😊

    • June 5, 2021 at 7:34 am

      Chandana, my fictional blog is full of stories to give you the same effect.

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