Prose Challenge – Write a story in 250 words about something seen out of the corner of the eye. Choose from one of the following genres:
- Fantastical – about a fairy or other mythological creature or
- Horror – about a monster or ghost etc
We’ve always known there was a bunyip* in the creek behind my house. It’s a very isolated spot as the creek winds its way between properties on one side and the farm on the other.
You wouldn’t know the creek was there unless you lived here.
The bunyip we were always advised to stay away from as he has a bad temper when things aren’t going his way. We called him Lester, and I have been fortunate to see him a few times in my lifetime.
At first, he was a ripple on the surface of the creek, another time out of the corner of my eye I caught him scurrying into the water and out of sight.
The best sighting I had was one day I was sitting at my back fence looking over the creek when he came out and looked up and saw me staring at him. Our eyes met for a fleeting second before he vanished, his splash as he hit the water the best evidence I have of his existence. Let me say too, that bunyips are not the most attractive creatures with large heads covered in bulbous warts and webbed feet.
A few times I’ve left some food scraps on the creek bank, and every time they have vanished. One day I found a blue stone on my seat by the back fence. I know it was from Lester, his way of saying thanks and maybe his way of saying he was real.