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The Hunt

Published by Brad Chambers at Smashwords
Copyright 2010 Brad Chambers
Edited by Jessica Chambers
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It had been many long hours since Je'pen had climbed into the large tree with his powerful longbow. The endless waiting was hard for him. He was usually very physically active, and being still made his muscles cramp and ache. He knew he had to be still until a je'dun came by so that he could shoot it and his family would have meat to eat. While he waited, he tensed the muscles of his painted body, one at a time, and then relaxed them. This helped keep them from cramping so badly, plus it was something to do while he waited. His green eyes were constantly moving either on the look out for his prey or just looking at the world around him. One thing he did enjoy about hunting was the chance to just watch the things around him change. The clouds floating in the beautiful red sky, the yellow leaves on the trees moving in the breeze, the birds landing close to him on the tree and eying him warily as they fed on the small fruits that dangled all around.

Then his muscles tensed, and his adrenaline spiked, when he saw a je'dun moving cautiously toward him. It's nose was quivering as it sniffed the air, and its eyes were darting to and fro, watching for danger. The tall slender ears, were twitching back and forth, listening for any sound of movement in the area. Nibbling at a leaf or a tender blade of grass occasionally, it slowly came closer to Je'pen and his leafy ambush. Just as it stepped into range, its ears caught the sound of something in the distance, and it turned its head and stared towards the unknown noise. Seizing the chance, Je'pen raised his bow, drew back, released, and sent an arrow plunging into the neck of the scaly beast. Leaping into the air with a snort, the je'dun turned in mid jump and landed with its sharp hooves frantically churning the ground as it fled into the dense brush surrounding the area. Watching closely where the dying animal ran, Je'pen sat quietly, fighting to control his breathing, until his adrenaline rush subsided, and the sound of his running prey reduced to silence as it either went out of earshot, or it lay down and died.

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