Writing Prompt: Animal Kingdom

It’s Friday! This week I have a fun little short story for you based off a picture I took a few days ago. Enjoy!

If you’d like to play along, write up your own version of what’s happening in this picture and leave it in the comments or link back from your blog. I’d love to read it!  

Prompt: You wake up in the morning, look outside your window, and this is what you see. 


I struggled to open my eyes.

What was that sound? Thunder? Is it raining outside? That would be just perfect. My car broke down yesterday and I need to use the bus while I finagle funds to fix the dang car. And the bus stop is six blocks away. And no shelter. Naturally.

I rolled onto my back and stared up at the white popcorn ceiling.


“Okay, okay. I’m up, I’m up.” I sat up and swung my legs over the side of my bed, letting them dangle off the high mattress.


Standing up, I pulled on my robe and cinched the tie around my waist. Yawning, I walked past the window where an eye was peeking in.

I stopped dead in my tracks. An eye? Am I hallucinating? As I tried to decide whether I was going to confirm what I saw or go directly the shower, a huge exhale made me jump. Turning slowly back to the mirror, a massive green eye with brown and black flecks peered in the window.

I took two steps backward, stumbling and crashing into my dresser. Terrified to scream, I ground my teeth together and groaned. The eye pulled away from my window and a tyrannosaurus rex staggered away.

Wait, a t-rex? Like for real?

I crawled over to the window and yes. A t-rex. With a moose in its mouth? I dropped to the floor and slowly counted to 10, trying that new four-square breathing I’d learned about at work. Breath in for four seconds, hold for four seconds, breathe out for four seconds, hold for four seconds. I was actually feeling a little lightheaded by the time I reached 10. I’m not sure if that was because of the breathing or because of what I just saw.

Having gathered a few tiny pieces of my bravery, I looked out the window again and saw a massive slaughterhouse of dinos in my yard. Cows and sheep and donkeys? Where in the world did those come from? I mean, isn’t Woody’s Petting Zoo, like, two miles away? And why would they be in my yard?

Slowly I surveyed what was really going on.

I saw several raptors eating a bronto…a brachio… a long-neck dino. Isn’t that what Land Before Time called it? A long-neck? That seems legit.

Then a gigantic bat-looking thing swooped right by my window, picked up a cow and flew away. My eyes nearly burst out of my head. I army crawled back to my nightstand, grabbed my phone and turned it to silent.

I opened my picture app and snapped a few pictures. Looking at them, I confirmed the evidence, crawled back into bed and fired off an email to my boss with the pictures attached and just a subject line: Don’t think I’m coming into work today…

Uncomfortable in my robe, I awkwardly wriggled out of it and dropped it to the floor. I covered up my head with my pillow and tried to fall back to sleep.

I startled when I heard my phone alarm blasting the Rocky theme song. Hey, it helps get me fired up for the day, what can I say?

Wait a minute.

I sat up and listened, mashing the button to turn off the alarm. Silence outside. I slid out of bed and crawled over to the window again. Nothing out there.

Oh man, it was just a dream!

Looking down at my phone, the little light flashed indicating a message or something. I clicked on it and saw I had a new email. Clicking it open, I saw a reply from my boss regarding my not coming into work email. I gasped.  

A huge exhale came from outside my window and I looked up just in time to see a massive snout smash through my window.


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