Where No Man Has Gone Before – Friday Fictioneers, May 2019

Copyright Jean L Hayes

There are some parts of this earth that have never felt the weight of a man’s foot.

Some blades of grass, straggling roots, vicious briar patches or barren wastes that remain unsullied by the tramp of careless boots,  or the mindless crush of four-wheeled monsters.

I will find such a place.

As eagles wheel in the skies above, and others flock to join them, I will become the first adventurer upon such hallowed ground, gifting it with a reverence demanded by its virgin status.

But it must be soon.

The corpse in the trunk is ripening quicker than I’d imagined.

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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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77 Responses to Where No Man Has Gone Before – Friday Fictioneers, May 2019

  1. Sooner or later, you will be found out, although it may take several decades


  2. ceayr says:

    Wonderful, but I think you have been keeping bad company!


  3. Varad says:

    That was quite the zinger at the end, Sandra.

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  4. Dear Sandra,

    The title led me to believe you might be writing a Star Trek story. 😉 You skillful descriptions put me in the moment…right to the end with the stench of the ripening man in the tree. Well done.




  5. So poetic … those corpses in the trunk certainly drive humanity to new heights. Well done


  6. Iain Kelly says:

    Think of it as exploration, breaking new ground for humankind, quite literally!

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  7. It’s always important to have a reason for adventuring. A lovely welding of two genres here, Sandra


  8. trentpmcd says:

    lol, yes, you better be sure it is a place where no others can find you…


  9. Colline says:

    Reads like we have a killer on our hands! Well done Sandra.


  10. Great story (albeit grim). Driving through parts of west Texas I’ve had that same thought. Nobody ever set foot there because there was never any reason to!

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    • Sandra says:

      Where we live we often have to drive through thickly wooded forests. I often reflect on how the insect and wildlife must know nothing of our existence in its depths.


  11. pennygadd51 says:

    Nice misdirection, Sandra!

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  12. Brilliant! Love the twist in the tail. I didn’t see that coming. 🤣


  13. granonine says:

    Well, my word! I was really getting into this character, appreciating his thinking—until the ripening body in the trunk came into play 🙂 Nice one, Sandra.


  14. Very misleading, nicely done.


  15. The straggling roots and briar patches are about to receive a welcome lump of rotting compost. Interesting!

    ‘Retribution’, my short story.

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  16. Danny James says:

    Hard to judge how fast a body will decay!


  17. I think the eagles will be happy… they will have a bone to pick with the body.

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  18. Them birds circling up may not by what you think they are … is all I can say … 😉


  19. 4963andypop says:

    Never trust those who focus on purity. They have very little patience for humankind. The owner of that body in the trunk obviously did not live up to the killer’s standard. 😊


  20. Love the big reveal in the last line, Brilliant! Is trunk American for Boot?!

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  21. Dale says:

    Methinks you have been hanging around certain people too much 😉
    Excellent misdirect.

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  22. draliman says:

    And here was me thinking your character was moving to the wilderness for the love of nature 🙂


  23. Still laughing. She is highly motivated to find that virgin ground away from the rest of humanity. Excellent!


  24. A bit scary. Not sure if it’s crime fiction or SF. Either way, a good read.


  25. Good writing and a marvelous ending twist, Sandra. One of those places would be a great location to bury a body. I’ve read there are favorite locations contract killers use to bury their victims. —- Suzanne


  26. Tannille says:

    Your word choice was spot on. I’ve been to places like these and wondered where the bodies are.


  27. Yikes! Better hurry to get rid of that body. I love your descriptions. Having lived in such areas, you really captured the feeling of being there.


  28. Liz Young says:

    Such poetry until that last stunning sentence!


  29. Laurie Bell says:

    Oooooo great last line… I thought… And then…
    Well done. Loved it.


  30. Abhijit Ray says:

    Nice twist. The virgin earth will be spoiled by your four wheeler. But one has to do what one has to do.


  31. And there you have it. All of that eagerness to explore, be the first, because…well, of course, there’s a corpse in the trunk. Ha! Love it. Well done, Sandra!


  32. Have you been visiting Las Vegas? The stories say there are lots of places like this. Receptacles of the remains in the trunk.


  33. James McEwan says:

    I like how the words flowed; they were poetic. It drew me into a search for serenity and peace: then wham. But remember where a body lies the vegetation glows the greenest.


  34. Ripening…ewww…


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