Flash Fiction: Big game hunter shot friend while aiming at lion he wanted to kill

James and Stewart went hunting.

James shot Stewart.

You couldn’t make it up!

After putting in years of planning, James Brown and Stewart McAlpine finally set off on their big game shooting and fishing holiday of a lifetime to Kenya.

Their fishing trips went well. They caught dorada, yellow-fin tuna and Stewart even managed to hook a marlin, which weighed in at 183 pounds. The dorada was served up by the head chef at their hotel. Their fellow guests were very appreciative.

Things started to go wrong almost as soon as they arrived in the Tsavo national park. As they stopped to admire some elephants, which were covered in local red dust, the leading bull charged at them. Only the quick wits and action of their driver allowed them to avoid serious injury.

On the first afternoon, their objective was to bag a lion. The king of the jungle would make a magnificent trophy. They had paid a fortune for the privilege.

The guide was excellent. He took the two hunters to the spot where he had previously tracked a pride of lions on several occasions. He positioned them, concealed behind two adjacent, large bushes and told them to wait.

The guide’s assistants ensured that the lions were driven towards the intrepid pair.

The huge male,  his expansive mane making him appear to be even more massive than he actually was, ran between the two bushes, unaware of Stewart and James.

James became over-excited and, with complete disregard for his companion’s position, swivelled and fired both barrels at the frightened lion.

He missed the lion.

He hit his friend.

The lions were long gone by the time the ambulance arrived.

James is currently recovering well in hospital in Nairobi.

“I was very lucky to only lose my right arm,” he told our reporter. “It could easily have been much worse. If my friend hadn’t fired at that exact moment, that vicious beast would have surely killed me!”

About Lance Greenfield

Blog: lancegreenfield.wordpress.com email: lancegmitchell@outlook.com I published my debut novel in December 2014: Eleven Miles. My second novel went live in February 2016: Knitting Can Walk!
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