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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

Just a citizen of this beautiful planet, eternal lover of artistic creation and letters; with the certainty that the creative energy comes from nature.

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  • June 2, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Wow! Amazing story👍👍

  • June 3, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Hi Sebastian! I’ve noticed you liked my first post, with that I very thank you, man! I saw your and see what you. You know, I was inspired by it! That’s actually exactly the best what I saw here! Following and looking forward for new!👍

    • June 5, 2021 at 7:41 am

      May inspiration be with us.

    • June 6, 2021 at 12:37 am

      Like wise……great ethic out there. He literally oils the wheels and sees you move.

  • June 3, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Another great instalment. If I may suggest, have you looked at PenPee.com? From what I have read from doing my research for my creative writing, it looks to be a legitimate platform for writers to get noticed and get paid for the material they submit and gets read by subscribers to the site. As always looking forward to your next chapter.

    • June 5, 2021 at 7:47 am

      I really appreciate your suggestions and will definitely take a look at them. I hope to see you again soon and don’t forget to do the full tour of my fiction blog.

  • June 3, 2021 at 5:33 am

    Another really enjoyable story. You have such an amazing imagination, Sebastian. I look forward to your next creation.

    • June 5, 2021 at 7:50 am

      Skittz, I’m happy to have you here and will work hard for my next creation.

  • June 3, 2021 at 8:01 am

    I don’t know if it is a coincidence or not but my brother’s name is Simon and you look so similar to him 🙂 also I am loving your stories 👍🏼

    • June 5, 2021 at 8:03 am

      Panchi, that’s an honor. Everything is as it should be. Please enjoy them all.

  • A. M. Yeager
    June 3, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Daaang! That twist! This is brilliant.

  • June 3, 2021 at 9:14 am

    Amazing !

  • June 3, 2021 at 10:10 am

    I just dicovered your blog!! Cant believe I didnt know about you until now…

    • June 5, 2021 at 8:08 am

      Prajna, I’m happy that you finally arrived. Please stay for a while and enjoy.

  • June 3, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Hooking story! Cant believe I didnt know about your blog until now

  • June 3, 2021 at 10:15 am

    I would have died of fright because I have arachnophobia lol

  • June 3, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Yes! This is great!

    • June 5, 2021 at 8:15 am

      Jus, I’m happy that you liked it. I hope you also enjoy the rest of my fiction blog.

  • June 3, 2021 at 11:43 am

    Good story

  • June 3, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    🙂

  • June 3, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    If you want to be happy check out my blog, which has a ton of beautiful quotes.

  • June 3, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Good writing,good read. Do you also do your own illustration? Thank you for your stories,btw.

    • June 5, 2021 at 8:30 am

      JL, it’s nice to have you here. The illustrations are found on the Internet and I then modified them to match the style of my blog. I hope you enjoy the rest of my stories.

    • June 10, 2021 at 5:41 pm

      I’m sure I will. Thank you.

  • June 3, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Lovecraftian horrorshow fun! Really good writing!

    • June 5, 2021 at 9:18 am

      Paltry, I appreciate the reference and hope you are enjoying my fiction blog.

    • June 5, 2021 at 10:29 am

      Very much so! Great engaging writing!

  • June 4, 2021 at 12:54 am

    I think you meant “stench” or “stink” rather than “stank.”
    Intriguing story.

    • June 5, 2021 at 9:25 am

      Elene, how nice to hear from you. Thanks for your help and I hope you enjoy my other stories too.

  • Trishna
    June 4, 2021 at 12:54 am

    This was gripping, thrilling, unnerving and amazing!

    • June 5, 2021 at 9:26 am

      Trishna, if you liked this story, wait until you take the full tour of my blog.

  • June 4, 2021 at 1:42 am

    Hello Sebastian.
    This is a superb art display.
    Man you’re a great influencer,able to provock humanity’s mind / thinking with your style of writing.
    Keep it up dear

  • June 4, 2021 at 1:44 am

    Hey Sebastian, I am new to the blog thing looking for guidance. Thanks .
    And by the way loved your blogs .

    • June 5, 2021 at 9:30 am

      Rash, all I can tell you is to look for inspiration in others until you find your own way.

    • June 5, 2021 at 9:33 am

      Thank u ,
      I would look up to you to

    • June 7, 2021 at 12:37 am

      Thanks for your valued advice I would keep that in mind

    • June 7, 2021 at 12:38 am

      And I would like to ask you what do you think I can improve in my blog to make it better

    • June 7, 2021 at 11:27 am

      You could start by finishing the about section.

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