Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Flash Fiction: Snowman Scavenger Hunt

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 4/22/16



The skillful, strong and beautiful husky dogs stood on the pine ridge overlooking the valley of snowmen below. They knew the task at hand. Training for this annual race to the finish took place for most of the year. While the majority of sled dogs were running distance drills and obstacle courses to race in the Great Race of Mercy, old man Sebastian penetrated the depths of his dog’s senses, instilling in them a subconscious fear, agonizing hunger and unrelenting spirit of revenge.

Sebastian used clothing to stimulate his dogs with an intense horror and hatred for the man that wore it. As the dogs became ever more agitated by the men’s clothes, he soaked them in the men’s blood and hung the clothes to dry, just out of reach of the dogs in their kennels. Then the dogs fasted for a few days with the vile smell of blood soaked clothing overhead, while he built the valley of snowmen.

Only after they were half starved would Sebastian come back and harness his sled team to lead them to the barren meadow, completely frozen over in this vast Alaskan tundra, yet somehow brought to life with hundreds of snowmen. There the dogs could feast on the sickening and morally base creatures that preyed on little children during their earthly lives, the ones society set free, but a man like Sebastian couldn’t rightfully release.

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