Yaj was a bad man. He didn’t think so, but most bad men don’t. His thinking was someone had to hunt and kill tigers, might as well be him.

He heard the trap spring closed on what he hoped was the big sucker he had been tracking. Finally he might be able to call this hunt successful and collect the bounty from Mr. White.

But he was disappointed to stand over the closed trap finding something must have gone wrong. It was empty. Turning around, thinking maybe the wind, he resets the mechanism.

A sudden heavy shifting above.

He looks and finds himself staring into the satisfied face of irony.


Published by Bryan

I am an army vet, husband, and father of twins, I am currently working on my next publication, a collection of military fiction, and next year will be publishing an apocalyptic science fiction novel. My urban noir novel, "Compounded Interest," can be purchased on Amazon. I host a podcast on creativity called Origin: Stories on Creativity and co-host the soon-to-be-released show on speculative fiction called Mirage with fantasy author R. Emma Hardcastle. My youtube channel is: The Origin podcast feed is: For updates on "Mirage" and future publications follow me on twitter: @bryaiello More of my short fiction can be found at: My amazon author page is:

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