"The Zoo (part one)" a freewrite plus tale

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I am using @mariannewest’s #freewrite prompt (https://steemit.com/freewrite/@mariannewest/day-432-5-minute-freewrite-wednesday-prompt-habitat) which today is:


"So is this there natural habitat, Uncle?" Joe looked up at Pete his eyes wide with excitement and interest.

"Well, no," Pete shook his head smiling. "They wouldn't normally be living above ground like this. And they wouldn't be this close to humans, not in this state." Joe nodded, as if he had know that all along, but just wanted to check that his uncle Pete knew too. "The habitat is as close to their natural one as we can make it. Although, as none of us have actually seen it, we can't really be sure. Are you ready?" Joe nodded, a big grin on his face. "You sure? You ain't scared are you?" Joe shook his head, his facial features morphing into what Pete assumed as a tough guy look. "Come on then," he pushed open the heavy metal door that led into the enclosed space. Joe looked startled as the hot air hit him in the face.

"Where are they?" he said, trying to peer round Pete. “Where are the demons?”

Pete smiled. “Hold on my friend,” he said. “Let’s not rush things. You know that old proverb?” Joe shook his head, “The devil takes a hand in what is done in haste. Now, what that means is when people are in too much of a hurry, mistakes can be made. And believe you me, my boy, when your dealing with demons you don’t want to make mistakes. You remember your aunt Jenny, don’t you boy?” Joe screwed up his face, an expression Pete recognised straight away as his thinking face.

“Kinda. I think.”

Pete nodded. Joe was… what nine now? So he would have only been five when Jenny died. Back in the day when keeping demons wasn’t strictly legal.

“Well, one day she was in a bit of a hurry, and her mind wasn’t on the job. She rushed it, and made mistakes and do you know what happened?” Joe shook his head, his mouth open.

“The demon took advantage of her lack of attention. She died, Joe. And let me tell you, boy, it wasn’t a pretty death,” Joe’s face paled. Pete didn’t like scaring the child, but he needed to know the risks involved. “And it took us a long time to catch that demon. He caused us a lot of problems.” Including a full investigation into his zoo.

“Is he in there?” Joe said.

“Well,” Pete said. “Yes, he is. But he is in the restricted area. You can’t see him.”

“Okay,” Joe said, chewing his lip. Pete wasn’t sure if Joe was relieved or disappointed. “And what about Aunt Jenny. Is she in there?”

...To Be Continued

As usual I started with the freewrite prompt and used themostdangerouswritingapp.com to write the first five minutes (and then popped it into google docs to check for errors and tidy it up a bit and write a bit more):



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Ha - I am watching Luzifer right now and demons and the devil are main characters.