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The Truth of Sunset Island
by Terrie Leigh Relf
Tourist season had just begun, and Todd and I were going to spend some quality time on Sunset Island. As locals, we participated in creating tall tales about the creatures that lay in wait to harm or devour unsuspecting tourists. The fishermen’s favorite was mutant fish and other creatures that lurked in the shallow marsh. Another favorite, which grew in proportion every summer, was the number of missing vacationers and pets. Here, the stories varied from abandoned campsites and dinghies to groups of hikers that had become lost while exploring the island’s
series of caves. Then there were all those empty leashes . . .
Both Todd and I agreed that it was good harmless fun, more or less. After all, we really did need the summer tourists to maintain our small community. Besides, most of the vacationers did listen and would glance at the island with a mixture of fear and regret. It was the other ones, though, that Todd, I, and our community paid particular attention to. Those were fair game . . .
Sunset Island was our hunting and nesting ground and it was time to feed.
Fiction © Copyright Terrie Leigh Relf
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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