Jacob – Friday Fictioneers, January 2019

Copyright Renee Heath

Jacob sits by the camp-fire, rifle cocked, listening to the noises in the tent.

Hell knows, it never took me this long, he thinks.

The couple emerge from the tent, the guy startled when he sees Jacob, whilst the woman smiles.

“In you get, hon,” says Jacob, jerking his head in the direction of the truck.

His wife obeys, blowing him a kiss.

“Now run, boy…”

The man flees, like a frightened rabbit.

Jacob is a gentle soul; in his world everyone deserves fufillment, each in their own way.

He speaks softly into his phone.

“Quarry scented, hunt is on.”

Up in the frozen north of England, in a hotel room with ony half the light bulbs working (yet again), we’re finally engaging in the last Friday Fictioneers for January.  We’re getting there… thanks  Rochelle.  

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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81 Responses to Jacob – Friday Fictioneers, January 2019

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    The things people do for a bit of sport these days! Chilling and darkly amusing at the same time Sandra.


  2. neilmacdon says:

    Loved the twist, and Jacob’s character


  3. Varad says:

    Jacob is a fascinating character indeed. The hunt turns him on more than his own wife. Excellent, as always, Sandra.


  4. Violet Lentz says:

    Whew! That was nice. Love it!


  5. ceayr says:

    This made me laugh.
    And wonder what you are doing ‘oop north’ to have inspired such a tale!


  6. Terrifying and excellent story, Sandra. Poor kid. Hope he runs fast!


  7. Dear Sandra,

    Subtly chilling story. Jacob doesn’t strike me as being all that gentle. 😉 Well done as always.

    It’s so cold in what they’re calling the Polar Vortex (Missouri, Illinois, etc) today that even postal delivery is halted for the day and every school in the area is closed. Some businesses are even shut down for the day.

    Stay warm.



    • Sandra says:

      I’ve been watching the scenes in horror, Particularly the one where the presenter brought out a wet t shirt which froze solid in 60 seconds. There’ll be some great photo opportunities I guess, but frustrating if you can’t get to them. Stay warm, stay safe.


  8. Since fox hunting is now banned here, I guess this is a pretty good alternative!


  9. Liz Young says:

    That’s not very nice – the poor lad will be all worn out!


  10. The most dangerous game! Nice pacing in this.


  11. pennygadd51 says:

    It’s clever and well-written, and the twist is unexpected, but I’m afraid the concept is too dark for my taste.


  12. granonine says:

    Jacob is a gentle soul? Egad! I’d hate to meet up with a harsh one!


  13. Kalpana Solsi says:

    Jacob is not at all a gentle soul. He is a hunter.



  14. Dale says:

    I don’t know whether to laugh or shudder! I can’t help but think of the Michael Douglas/Sean Penn movie “The Game” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLauqDChQGs for those interested…
    Who’s playing what?
    Wonderfully excellent as we come to expect from you 😉


  15. StuHN says:

    Ooo, spiking The Most Dangerous Game with his own wife. Diabolical.


  16. Yes, the most dangerous game indeed!


  17. Wow wow wow! Your imagination knows no bounds!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  18. This was a chilling story… must be the weather 🙂 somehow I think the wife was in on it as a lure.


  19. My God, that was dark and creepy. Loved it.


  20. Abhijit Ray says:

    Hunting a human for sport! Cruel story nicely told.


  21. draliman says:

    Oh boy. Something akin to a final meal, I guess 🙂


  22. Cruel, sadistic, deeply chilling, definitely not amusing. Well done.


  23. A very imaginative and distinctive tale. Macabre in its subtleness.


  24. plaridel says:

    hopefully, he had his trousers and running shoes to increase his chances of surviving. 🙂


  25. Woah!! Steady on, what a sport, this is distinctly dystopian I think…


  26. lisarey1990 says:

    Very, very chilling!


  27. Margaret says:

    Grim. Love the changes of mood and voice throughout. Kept me guessing till the last line. Fantastic.


  28. You’ve given us so much in so few words. Love the character of Jacob. And , my goodness you left us going somewhere – with the hunt …



  29. Suchita says:

    Gentle soul changing to hunt is on. What a delightful paradox!


  30. There’s a series I love here, Ozark with a similar Jacob. The dark edge to this makes the entire story that much more intriguing. It’s hard not to be swept into the mystery and drama. Very interesting story, Sandra; I love it!


  31. i b arora says:

    something sinister is about to happen


  32. gahlearner says:

    What a rollercoaster ride this story is. First I was cackling about ‘never took me that long’, then being thoroughly creeped out by the odd relationship between these three, and the idea of the hunt. Very sinister and great writing as always.


  33. Anita says:

    What a twist! That’s a cruel & dangerous sport!
    So many questions & answers here-
    What’s pleasure/sports/satisfaction?
    Who’s the hunter and the hunted?
    Red-Hot Show – Anita


  34. Lynn Love says:

    There’s a dark tale. An open marriage and a manhunt – that poor young fella has been used in many ways. Could be a Tales of the Unexpected, Sandra. Well written and savage


  35. Frankie Perussault says:

    Nice pacing indeed a whole novel within 100 words. Great read. Thanks.


  36. Chilling and intriguing all at the same time, Sandra.
    Creepy is out on the outskirts peaking in too. The jury’s out for me on this one.
    Isadora 😎


  37. Susie Clevenger says:

    Oh, I didn’t expect that turn. Love it. I think there is the birth of a book in your 100 words.


  38. Indira says:

    Wow! What a character, what a gentle soul. Superb writing.


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