The Big Lonely – SHORT STORY

dinosaur extinction

      I WAS MASSIVE. No mirror was big enough, although I found the reflection of the Pacific Ocean during a full moon captured me best. In a day I would stomp from continent to continent, looking for enemies – enemies that might become friends.

Why was I so big? I could never know. People ran in terror as I approached. Other dinosaurs scurried for cover. Why were they so terrified? All I wanted was a friend on this lonely earth. Just one. My family had all grown up, but even they looked at me from the shadows in fearful contempt.

Stomping from place to place, I made enemies with every step. I was hated by all. Being as gigantic as I was, it was impossible to go unnoticed, and equally impossible to avoid squashing those in my path.

Through guilt, I would sometimes sit for days at a time, giving everyone a break from my clumsy ways, a self-administered amnesty. Nobody would die, except for the ones I sat on initially. But boredom and hunger would force me to get to my feet again.

Cavemen were a delicacy. I tried to go easy on them, but they were so moreish. The Tyrannosaurs, although not a threat to me, provided me with a challenge, comparatively speaking. With no predators to take me on I had my pick.

Land based cuisine one day, a fishing expedition in the Atlantic the next.

Antarctica provided me with one of the few places of respite. Solitude was not something I ever sought, but it was welcome from time to time, a space to breathe, to idly toy with penguins and polar bears.

When the ice shelf began to crack I stepped back into the ocean, the sensation of ice penetrating my thick leathery legs as I stepped across to the Tierra Del Fuego, ever hopeful that a she would exist of my size, so I didn’t feel like the most hated being on earth. I ate some whales and Diplodocus, more out of boredom than anything else. My weight was increasing but there was nothing I could do. My head was already in the clouds and soon, I feared the suns scorching rays would become closer still.
And then one day, I saw the happiest view before all others as I stared into space – a second sun! A flaming ball was hurtling towards me – us – a beautiful sphere of rippling orange.  I did not know you cannot be lonely in death.

 

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21 thoughts on “The Big Lonely – SHORT STORY

  1. I love that you ended it el natural if you like. Good stuff lol.

  2. Great story. I do love a dinosaur tale!

  3. An excellent story! Why don’t you publish your short stories in book form?

    1. Much appreciated bookheathen. It is part of my to do this year to get a collection out, probably after my second book is done in july or thereabouts. Thanks for your encouragement, it means a lot.

  4. Great imagination here. I believe you could write on just about any subject.

    1. Thank you Chris, kind words. It is a bit of a genre jump from apocalyptic dinosaurs 😁

  5. Wonderful. Poor dinosaur. Just want to give him a big cuddle. I’m glad he was happy in the end, even if it meant his death.

    1. Thanking you Lisa.
      I couldn’t see any other way to end it, as he was so big he was killing the planet himself. So it seemed somewhat historically accurate and apt.

  6. Good story=) write more=)

  7. Great story! -Jennie-

  8. Wow, what a powerful ending. I was wondering where you were going with this., Good job.

    1. Thanks as ever LA. Muchos gracias senor.

  9. Cool little story. Loved the casual destruction!

    1. Poor creature couldn’t help it. Thanks for the eyeballs AJ 🙂

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