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Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Lion and I #1

So in my previous blog I mentioned that I will be trying to write more in this upcoming year and this morning I have made good on my intentions.

I started my morning early as usual.  5 am.  Hot cup of coffee and my softly snoring dogs beside me on the couch.  I had no idea what I was going to write about I just knew I had to write.

I have been contemplating another mini-short story posted right here on the blog but wasn't sure what it would be about.  Until now that is.  After my little burst of writing this morning, I have decided to go ahead and let it out to the public.

My dear, friend Pearson has inspired me to spew forth my imaginative claptrap.
She has set a goal to write every day for 15 minutes.  See more HERE.
Added up it makes one heck of a compilation.  It's like a bank account for words.  I couldn't help but try my hand at it.

While she has some guidelines for hers I will not.  I may write for 15 minutes or an hour.  The story may be 3 blogs long or it may be 33.  Who Knows?  I certainly don't, but it's a journey I'm looking forward too.

Most of my stories are a little on the darker side so I was a bit surprised when I finished the first page of this new one this morning.  Not my usual.

So here it is, hope you like the start,

The Lion and I
There are a few things I learned from the short time I spent living with the lion. Three of those of which were very important.

The number one most important thing was never eating in front of a lion.
The number two most important thing, never sneak up behind a lion while he is eating.
The last but not least never try to ride a lion like a horse.

Lions are not horses. They do not adapt well to riders and as such will claw your eyes out and eat your heart. Nobody wants their heart eaten.

It was purely by accident that I came to know the lion. I can assure you I think he might have been happier had he never met me but given the circumstance, neither of us had much choice in the matter.

I was a middle age adult, my waistline was living proof and he was a lion.
I don't know how else to put it. I have no idea how old he was, I never asked him.
He wouldn't have answered anyways, he was always masquerading around as if he owned the place, tossing his mane back and forth and if I asked him a question he was always aloof and mostly ignored me, except when I had food, of course.

In my youth, I had watched many shows on the television about animals and not many of them graced the screen more than the formidable lion. They were always trying to eat a wildebeest or getting in fights with crocodiles and hippos. Frightful beasts in the least.
In my comparisons of this lion, which in time I came to call my lion, with the lions I had seen on TV, I would have guessed his age around three maybe four years old. I could tell by his mane mostly. The older lions on the TV always had long robust manes and my lion had a shorter more juvenile looking mane. That would explain his inability to listen to instructions and his wetting the bed, my bed that was.

Our relationship was one built on trust. He had to trust me that I wasn't going to put him back where he came from and I had to trust him that he wasn't going to eat me. It was a one-sided issue I can assure you. I didn't see any way that he was going back where he came from, but I did see plenty of ways he could eat me.

You might say that we became friends on that little island, at least I like to think so. Lions are social creatures and so are humans. Frankly without me he would not have lived long. Had he ate me he may have lived a short while but nonetheless he would have perished.

So in a round about way we came to rely on each other quite heavily over the course of our co-existence. I was glad to have someone to share my thoughts with and he was happy to have someone to keep him alive.

He was a much-needed friend in those long days and without him I would not be the same person I am today. You see, I was a vastly different person before I met the lion and the day that I stepped foot on that boat was a day that would forever change my life and his too.


  1. Happy New Year Buddy! I like your's and Jenny's idea about writing every day. Who knows, I might try something like it.

    Can I just say that I loved Chapter 1. Wow, it's great writing and leaves me wanting to know more! You definitely need to write your stories! Keep 'em coming.

  2. Right on, Barb! I echo her sentiments completely.

    I want more… great setup for something epic. And only 15 mins… wow. I also like your idea of building on the previous bit, whether for 15 mins of more, as you say, maybe with 15 mins being the minimum. And, since you've seen the numbers as to what 15 mins a day equals you've got motivation aplenty.

    As Barb says, Keep 'em coming….

  3. You should also never try to bugger a lion, either. But...that probably goes without saying.
    After finishing "It's Not a Job," I took the rest of the month off from writing. As of the 5th, I'm back at it. I'm looking forward to it.
    But, I have one more day to go before then
    That will give me time to go to the Philly Zoo.
    And look at the lions.


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