Short Stories Reminder and a Chelonian encounter

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First off, this is a reminder to please read the offerings of the Third Round of our Genre Challenge. The offerings are three short stories by the Broxson Twins and me. Here are the links to the current stories, along with a short blurb provided by the authors:

Perry’s contribution: The Third
Winifred and Darlene are a disgruntled lesbian couple searching for a more fulfilling relationship. Desperate, they turn to technology…introducing a Third member – a cyborg designed to meet specific needs. What could go wrong?

Gary’s contribution: The Book of Aloha
I know, weird title, right? But if you can stick with it till the end, you’ll get it. There are a lot of moving parts in this epic tale. They all lead to a new beginning. So follow along as the Jones family in Hawaii try to survive the forces that would destroy their unique newborn. For better or worse, hold on for a wild ride.

My contribution: Nancy
What would you do if you came face-to-face with a robot asking you for help? Would you put yourself at risk by helping, or would you choose the easy path and not get involved. For some, it’s an easy decision to make.

As a reminder, there’s no voting. You read for enjoyment, and if so moved, you may leave a comment to the author. Or not . . . no mess, no fuss, no obligation, but comments are appreciated when offered.

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So, a chelonian . . . or, more commonly, a Snapping Turtle.

I’m not used to seeing these away from water, but there it was, along one of the roads inside the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. I wasn’t worried about it being run over because 1) that road has little traffic, and 2) it was a good-size specimen. Not the largest I’ve seen in the refuge, but up there in size.

Of course, I suppose one can always count on some rear orifice to purposefully run it over. There were no such people in sight besides the one with the camera.

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For them wondering, all these were shot with a zoom lens. No way was I getting within striking distance of this fellow. Why?

Because I know their reputation for latching on and not letting go.

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This fellow — or lady — wasn’t too keen on me walking behind him/her, and started to turn . . . sloooowly. I went back in front so as to not have it expend needless energy.

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All I have to say is that relationships in the snapping turtle world must be based on true love because their looks are nothing to brag about.

Here’s a short slideshow of the five photos, along with the link to the SmugMug Gallery (HERE).

Slideshow of the Chelonian Encounter SmugMug Gallery — 5 photos

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