The Adventures of Jake Mathews:
Published by Happy Valley Bookstore at Smashwords
Copyright 2011 by S.G. Uhrich
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It was early morning in the Amazon. The jungle brush was thick in these parts, heavily covered in dew, which fell upon the four great hunters in light sprinkles. Like prism beads, they reflected tiny rainbows as the sun glistened through the treetops, while the squawking of various tropical birds forewarned them of danger.
Behind the shadowy thickets, crouched and crawling low, their prey lurked, with hungry eyes watching their every move. He was Killer, the fierce, white-spotted panther, known throughout the forest jungle by each and every animal, known for his savage thirst for blood and known for his growling cries of anger. Feared by all that lived, he was, but not by these brave hunters, for they knew no fear, for they were the bravest in all the land.
Jake, the great explorer, summoned his pygmy tracker, Sara, to study the trail ahead. She, being closest to the ground at a mere three foot tall, was the designated tracker for this very reason. Sara was an expert tracker of cats. She studied the ground intently, sniffing the soil, then bringing a sample to her lips to taste it. Her face squinched slightly, as she pondered the separate elements in the soil sample, as if she weren’t quite sure of its origin.