This is going to be a bit different post. I wanted to do something different, so I thought I would try my imagination with a short short story. My Granddaughter is all the time wanting me to tell her a story so I thought if I wrote one, I would get better at it! Practice makes Perfect Ha Ha 🙂
Once upon a time (doing good so far! 🙂 there were 5 guys, Jim, Ed, Jake, Don and Gibble. They were so excited to finally have the day approaching that they would be spending time together in the woods archery hunting! It was a beautiful fall day, they got all packed up and they were on their way. Just before Jim left the house, his wife told him to take this little black alarm with him. She said she heard about the stories of hunters getting lost in the woods and thought that it would help someone find him, if that happened to him. Well, he thought, no way! I am not going to get lost, “Never have! I have been hunting for years!” And I don’t plan to go to far because I am going to try out the new tree stand that was just put up! He took the alarm anyway, it was small and light enough to carry and would keep his wife appeased.
It took them 3 hours to reach the farm where they had set there plans to hunt. The time went by quickly; they were visiting the whole way. As they pulled up to the farm house, Farmer Mayze was just coming up from the barn. He was happy to see them and said the weather had been pretty bad for the past couple weeks, but thought it had taken a turn for the better now. Farmer Mayze’s sons Little Mayze and Bryan came and were set to be their guides. They were on their way back into the woods!
Jim found his tree stand and told the guys to go on ahead, he was tired and was ready to get up in this stand and watch for the deer to come. Maybe they would push one to him while they walked deeper into the woods. Jim climbed up in the stand and was sitting resting and watching and listening. He had sat there for quite awhile, it was getting dusk. Just when he was thinking he should have stayed with the guys, he saw a black bear cub coming toward his tree. He waited and watched, keeping as quiet as he could, but it seemed like his heart was beating drums in his chest. The mother bear was coming right behind it. The cub was there at the bottom with it’s paws on the tree ready to climb up! Jim was sure hoping it wouldn’t decide to come up in his tree!
JIm thought maybe he could sneak down the other side and get away before they knew he was there. He was real scared by now and knew a mother bear would protect her cub, even if he wasn’t going to hurt it, she would be aggressive. On the way down the back of the tree a branch broke and down he came startling the bear cub! It started crying and mom started growling! Jim hit the ground so hard he felt like he might have broke something, but he wasn’t sure what!
The bear was closing in on him, he knew if he yelled, it might think that he was challenging it and start the attack. He wasn’t sure how close the others were to him; they could still be real deep in the woods. How he wished he would have just stayed with them. But he didn’t, and had to do something. Luckily he brought his bow and arrow with him down the tree and it survived the fall! Nervously he tried to nock his arrow onto the bowstring, but was shaking so bad with the mom growling at him, he nicked the string on the way by, rendering his bow useless!
He had heard you are supposed to curl up in a ball and not move, like he was dead. He thought he probably really would be dead soon! Then, he remembered the alarm. The guys might hear it, and it would be a different sound to the bear than a human yell. He flipped the switch! 120 decibals screaming out of it. The bear cub ran away and the mother bear went after it! Wow what a relief! He kept the alarm going because he did not want them to come back!
Jim tried to calm his nerves and thought about getting back into the stand, that is when he realized he had really hurt himself in the fall. He was bleeding, but didn’t know how bad, it was dark. Trying to think and looking at this alarm sounding, he remembered that it was also a flashlight. He turned it on and found where he was bleeding, it didn’t look good and didn’t help that his heart was beating harder and faster than ever! He tried to calm himself and searched around in his pockets for something that he could tie around his leg for a tourniquet. He found something else his Independent Damsel in Defense PRO wife had put in his pocket! It was the Wristle Bracelet.
Jim unwound the 7 feet of interwoven commercial nylon paracord that the bracelet is made of and it worked perfect as a tourniquet to stop the blood flowing from him! He would have to remember to do something real nice for his wife when he got home. Now he was hoping the guys could hear the alarm and come to his aid soon!
Deep in the woods…… To be continued tomorrow! 🙂
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