His world was covered in white. Snow deep enough to brush against his belly, the future king followed in his father’s footsteps through the underbrush. Sunlight sparkled through ice crystals hanging from the dense, low branches, turning his world into bright shards of color. 

The young prince could almost feel the coiled energy tightening in the animal just in front of him. He stopped, dropping deeper into the snow as he mimicked the hunter in front of him. Mesmerized, he watched as the king inched his way towards the buck nibbling on the last of the winter berries peeking out from under a blanket of snow. The dead silence hid the king’s intent and the buck savored its last meal in peace.

For a split second the world seemed to hang frozen in time. Springing from his hiding  place, snow exploded everywhere as the tiger took down the buck with one snap of its mighty jaws. Tiny paws padded in closer to bigger ones as father nudged son to fill his belly with fresh meat.

The deadly silence giveth life and it taketh away…







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Best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest chapter book series is called HISTORY’S MYSTERIES. Book One, Ship of Dreams, is available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers. Also, coming to the Titanic Museums in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Book Two, A Chocolate Train Wreck, will be released in November.


Donna L

Hybrid award winning author; aspiring sketch artist; and 4th Degree Senior Certified Taekwondo Instructor. Host of BOOK NOOK REVIEWS. Member of SCBWI. Mom to fabulous son and adventurer delving into the tricky world of indie-publishing.

2 thoughts on “FLASH FICTION TUESDAY: A Deadly Silence

  • October 22, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Poor buck. At least he had his breakfast before the tigers had theirs. Mmmmm….venison.

    • October 23, 2019 at 3:19 am

      I love it when a picture evokes a vivid story in my mind and forces me to jot it down…

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!


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