No Problems

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Roland desperately wanted to buy Gavin’s ranch. As he sat on Gavin’s porch eating steaks, he tried to convince the man once more.

Roland took another bite of ribeye as crowds of Gavin’s peacocks stared intensely at them from the yard. “Ranching is problematic,” he said. “A lot of the animalsย mutated while coming to the colony . Seems the spaceship’s shield didn’t block everything. A lot of animals weren’t viable anymore. How about your peacocks?”

“They changed a might,” shrugged Gavin. “Doubled in size. Couple other changes.”

“Makin’ any money?” probed Roland.

“Got orders to beat the band from Earth. Giant peacock feathers are in fashion.”

“Razor-Wolves are a real problem.”

The native predators truly were a threat. A small pack could slice a cow to ribbons in seconds.

“Not for us,” said Gavin.

Roland shifted in his seat. “Feed for the birds gotta cost a lot.”

“Not really.”

Roland’s mouth worked. “Well, whaddya feed ’em?”

Gavin tossed half his steak over the railing. Peacocks gobbled it up in seconds.

He smiled. “I feed ’em Razor-Wolves.”
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Written for the weekly Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers writing challenge. Look here for the original prompt and a blue link to other stories: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/fffaw-week-of-11-17-2015/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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21 Responses to No Problems

  1. Hahaha! The peacocks are the carnivores eating the razor-wolves! LOL! And those ribeyes they were eating were razor-wolves! Great spin on the prompt Eric! I wasn’t expecting that ending and it was a real grabber! Love it!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Ah, you have a sharp eye indeed. Yes, those steaks were Razor-Wolves, but he didn’t have to shoot one. The peacocks did all the hunting. If you can call it hunting. The wolves sneak in expecting an easy meal, and the peacocks give them the shock of their lives. I’m happy I could surprise you. You folks are so quick, you’re not easy to trick. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad you liked this. Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Joy Pixley says:

    Talk about your major peacock changes — upped the fierceness level by what, a thousand percent? ๐Ÿ™‚ Now the only problem is, how do you protect all the other animals from your peacocks!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. Gavin used to raise Pheasants too. Not anymore. He’s missing a couple ranch hands too… His food bills are pretty low now, but Razor-Wolves won’t last forever. The smart ones will realize Gavin’s ranch isn’t a safe place. Oh well, there’s always Roland’s cattle. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. List of X says:

    I wonder what Gavin is going to do when his peacocks eat all the Razor-wolves in the neighborhood, and will start getting hungry and restless…

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  4. Lyn says:

    Okay, so who’s the poor schmuck that has to try and pluck the peacock tail feathers ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  5. mandibelle16 says:

    A fascinating take on the future and mutated peacocks. I loved that they eat the razor wolves who try to eat them. Great tale as always.

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  6. Peacocks as predators. Unique twist.

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  7. luckyjc007 says:

    Sounds like the razor-wolves are valuable in their own way…free feed for the peacocks, and for Gavin! Money coming from the income of the giant feathers of peacocks is also a plus. I’d say Gavin is doing well for himself and will not consider selling his ranch. Smart guy.

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    • EagleAye says:

      They sure are. Though, Gavin might have to consider raising Razor-wolves as feedstock. They won’t last forever. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Gavin’s got it worked out so far, so no way he’s going to sell. The day may come when he tries to buy Roland’s ranch! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. jannatwrites says:

    Yikes! Better keep an eye on those peacocks, should the razor wolves wise up ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. rogershipp says:

    Love it! The circle of life!

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