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Nature Boy

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[The young lad was shy, quiet, a sickly boy. He was raised in a city with hard streets, hard people, hard rules and he learned hard lessons - the hard way.

But he DID, eventually, learn - which is more than can be said for most. He learned as he grew, and grew as he learned. Right from wrong seemed to be something that those in his "circle", his family, didn't seem to have any grasp of. To put it bluntly, a rabid, greedy slew of narcissistic monsters who had one thing on their minds, themselves, what they could get, with very little effort, what they could take, who they could hurt to make themselves feel superior, no matter who they trampled on, no matter the cost or consequence, people like these do not ever feel accountable for their actions.

It is not untrue to say that as the lad grew and learned and turned into a man, these others looked down on him more than ever before, they had no use for him as he began to assert himself and dance to his own tune, he buried himself in books, books about other places, better places, beautiful places, escape. Even as an adult they called him names, bullied him, beat him up and in doing so, the once shy lad, now a man was filled with a burning, seething hot and ugly anger, his temper was short and in time he then, became the bully. To those who mocked, spat, ridiculed him he no longer had patience and would be quite likely to grab one and knock him to the ground and pummel them in an uncontrolled fury.
And then as most bullies do, they band together, surprised him one night on the hard streets and beat him to within an inch of his life. He lay there, falling unconscious.

No one knows how long he laid there, how long he was unconscious, some say he must have died, but nobody knew for sure, but he woke to the sound of birds singing and mist in his face, was it mist? He opened his eyes and was looking into a pair of eyes looking back at him, a fallow deer, licking his cheek. Sitting up with a start he was disoriented, looking around he saw he was in a meadow with tall grass, leafy trees, fresh air and silence, all except for the singing birds. He held out his hand to the deer, it lowered it's head for him to pet and he was so taken and confused by what was happening to him, he slumped to the ground, face first, and wept and wept and wept.

To be continued.
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Re: Nature Boy

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He must have fallen asleep there, when he opened his eyes the sun was setting on the horizon. The deer was laying in the tall grass not far from him, looking around as if it was keeping watch.
Standing up he felt like every bone and muscle in his body hurt, he gave out a low groan and looked around wondering what this place was. The air was cool as the light of the day faded, the songs of birds were replaced by crickets and croaking frogs. Lightning bugs began to flash in and out of existence, he stood just staring at them, something he had never seen before.

In the distance he heard mournful howls, wolves maybe, he couldn't be sure but he was on his guard. His limbs and back began to ache as he stood there so he began to walk, slowly and carefully as a full moon rose to replace the sun. He heard a swishing of the grass behind him and froze, eyes wide he looked behind him and saw that it was just the deer, following a few steps behind. He couldn't help but smile, something that felt very unfamiliar on his face, so much so, that it seemed to take unusual effort to do it and it almost hurt.

He walked through the tall grass, occasionally catching the glowing bugs, stopping to look at them in his cupped hand before they flew away again. He heard what he thought might be water in the distance, a river maybe, he realized then that he was very thirsty and hungry and very tired. He went towards the sound , the deer now moving to walk in front of him, he thought to himself " is he leading me?" am I dead? this is like a dream.

To be continued.
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Re: Nature Boy 3

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As he approached the water the deer stopped abruptly, standing still and looking around. Birds seemed to come out of nowhere, dozens of birds, flying in a circle above, they became loud, almost deafening, they began to swoop and dart at the deer and the man. The man flailed his arms and ducked his head trying to sheild himself from the onslaught of the birds, wondering what the hell they were attacking him for.

A brisk swoosh of air past his face, he ducked, looked ahead, as an arrow struck the deer dead center in the chest, it fell. The man scrambled to the deer, beneath his breath repeating.."no, no, no" as another woosh of air past his head, then another. He flailed and stumbled, got up, tripped again, then started to run as arrow after arrow flew past his head and body. He came to a dead end, nothing in front of him but the river, another arrow flew past, grazing his arm, as he grabbed his arm, tripping again he fell into the swift moving river.

To be continued.
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-Music fills the cracks in the mind that words can never reach-
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Nature Boy 4

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The Hunter was skillful and stealthy, he'd been tracking his prey for days. No hurry, he knew he had the upper hand. The fun is in the chase.
He grinned a sickening, frightening grin as he ducked down behind an outcropping of rocks.
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Re: Nature Boy 5

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The Hunter had been tracking the man from the first day he had seen him in the meadow, he watched his ridiculous displays of bonding with the deer, and listening to the bird song like some sort of simpleton, he listened to his pathetic sobs as he laid in the grass and wailed like an infant. The Hunter covered his ears, holding his hands painfully tight to his head, gritting his teeth.

"the deer is for FOOD, it is not a PET" he snarled under his breath, "survival is paramount, though how would anyone like HIM know anything about survival, suffering, self preservation, maybe he needs a lesson .. " he scoffed with disdain.

He was hungry, but thought one more day won't matter much, he silently made camp for the night behind an outcropping of rocks, not far from the weeping man.


At first dawn he woke and stealthily made his way to the river for water, picked some berries along the way and some roots, snagging edible lichen from the trees as he passed them. By the time he returned to his hidden camp, the "nature boy" was on the move, that is what he had mentally named the other man. He watched with a sneer as the man walked along with the deer following close behind, then moved in front of the man.. "that's right sweetheart, you show him the way" his stomach growled as he kept his eyes on the deer, was nature boy TALKING to it?, how ridiculous, enough is enough. He raised his bow and took aim, the deer raised it's head, and froze, on alert, but it was too late, the Hunter rarely missed his mark. He grinned..."dinner is served, for days, awww whatsa matter nature boy?, lost your new friend?, gonna cry??".. he snickered under his breath and drew his bow again, letting an arrow fly just past the nature boy's head.." run, run, time to play, little man." He let another fly, then another, then one more, a bit closer, just grazing nature boy's arm. The Hunter was satisfied as he saw his target flail and fall into the river. "Have a good swim, idiot."

He made his way to the deer to gut it, skin it and prepare it for food, and the skin for later use. He had all the time in the world, he would resume his other hunt, later.

To be continued.
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-Music fills the cracks in the mind that words can never reach-
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Re: Nature Boy 6

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The man flailed and tried to stay afloat as the river dragged him downstream, wasn't much more he could do than that, swimming wasn't his strong point.
Eventually there was a place in the river that slowed enough that he could gain some footing and walk to the grassy bank. He crawled up it then collapsed on his back, catching his breath. He looked at his arm, there wasn't too much blood, the arrow had just grazed the skin.

It started to sink in as he looked at his wounded arm that his friend, the deer had been killed, he scowled as he also realized that he was also being hunted. Just as he was thinking about that he heard a booming voice that echoed through the valley from up above


"one minute head start Nature Boy, better get moving!!!"

the man's eyes widened as he scrambled to his feet and looked around, and scanned the cliffs above from where he had fallen, he could see nothing, but he kept hunched low as if that would somehow keep him protected. A large rock sailed past his head and landed in the water with a mighty splash.."he mumbled in gasping breaths as he began to run again.."oh shit...help me, somebody help me!"



The Hunter grinned as he watched nature boy run, and run just the way he knew he would. The Hunter shook his head, grinned and clicked his tongue..tsk....tsk..
With calm precision he walked ahead along the cliff face to a place he knew was an easy path down, no hurry, he knew that nature boy would run into an area of very dense thicket which would take him awhile to get through, and by then, the Hunter would be waiting for him on the other side.

to be continued.
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-Music fills the cracks in the mind that words can never reach-
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Re: Nature Boy 7

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He didn't know how long he had been trying to get through the thick brush and brambles, it seemed like an eternity. His arms and legs were scratched and bloody, even his face from his feet getting tangled and pitching forward into the brush. His clothes torn, his hands raw from trying to make his way through. He was exhausted and defeated, the tangle of growth was so thick he couldn't even sit to rest.

He fell back, oblivious to the branches and thorns that tore into his back. He began to sob, "Help me, somebody help me.." He lay there for quite awhile, questioning his life, wondering why these bad things always happened to him, feeling sorry for himself and loathing. "haven't I always tried to do right, haven't I always been nice and tried to help people when I could?, now look, lost, lost again, I've always been lost, what is even the !#@($*%!! POINT."

He was angry now, angry at himself, angry at others, angry at the world. He hated those who bullied him, he hated those who had no time for him when he was a kid, he hated life and the world and most of all himself for being weak, lost, useless.
He laid his forearm over his eyes.

Just then he heard a soft trill from up above. He opened his eyes to see where it came from. He saw nothing so closed his eyes again.

Another trill, louder and more insistent this time. He looked and off to his right on a tree top was a ring-necked dove. It flapped its wings a couple of times, then made another trill. It lifted from the tree top and moved to another one, a bit more to the right.

Nature boy stood up again and began to move ahead, pushing his way through the thicket. Three loud trills then and what sounded like a mournful cry came from the dove. He stopped and looked at it, the bird moved back to the tree he had originally been on, then to the second.

the man turned to the right to face the bird, and began to push through the bramble that way, the bird emitted one soft "cooo". As the man got closer to the bird, it lifted off again and moved to a tree that was farther along and left of where it was.. the man grunted and continued on, towards the bird, sapped of his strength he could barely lift his feet anymore. As he got closer to the tree and the bird, he noticed the brush and bramble starting to thin out, he picked up his pace a bit, wanting more than anything to be out of this hell. When he was nearly at the tree where the bird sat, the path was clear, and standing at the base of the tree, was another deer, a magnificent 8 point buck.

They stared at each other for a long time before Nature Boy collapsed to the ground, weeping again, his flesh burning from the numerous cuts, jabs and bruises, mumbling thank you. He closed his eyes.

To be continued.
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>>elms<<
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-Music fills the cracks in the mind that words can never reach-
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Re: Nature Boy 8

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Nature Boy felt something on his face, he sat up with a start, the sun was just setting. The buck stood close, it nudged his shoulder with it's snout.

He stood up on weakened legs, almost whining, "I cannn't.." The cuts and scratches on his body were inflamed an angry red, much like the thoughts that coursed through the man's brain. The bird, who had been still perched in the tree, took flight to a tree a bit farther on, but on lower branches. The deer chuffed, dug a hoof into the ground and began walking the same way.

The man stood there a minutes, really not wanting to go on any further, there was no place to go, he didn't care anymore. The deer stopped, turned and looked at Nature Boy, It flared it's nostrils, then raised itself up on it's hind legs before pounding solidly back to the ground with his front ones. The man looked around, then for whatever reason, lowered his head, bitching and complaining, but began walking towards the way the deer was going, the deer, turning back to continue walking. They walked a half hour or so, the bird going up ahead every few yards, after the second time it flew and went to land, it went down to somewhere that the man could no longer see it.

Plodding along with his head down, not paying attention, he ran smack dab into the back end of the deer with a thud. He was startled. The deer stepped to the side, revealing the Hunter, bow drawn and ready, pointing directly at Nature Boy ... he opened his eyes wide, mouth agape.. looking into the Hunters face ... You.. No, your'e not real!


He drew the bow back with a sickening sneer.. and let it fly, quickly changing the direction of his aim to Nature Boy's arm. As the arrow struck it's mark, the Hunter looked into his mirror image, the sickening grim remaining as he said .. "Whatsa matter Nature Boy, can't face your true self?! YES, I AM YOU!!

No, no, I'm not you, I'm nothing like you! The hunter loaded another arrow, drew back his bow again, and Nature Boy lunged forward, knocking the bow from his grip as they fell to the ground in a tussle.

whatsa matter Nature Boyyy you gonna cryyy? booo hooo pooor meee, why does everything always happen to meeee..

Nature Boy saw red then, anger flashed in his eyes he unleashed an uncontrollable rage, pummeling the Hunter about the head and face, The Hunter jumped scrabbling for his bow. Nature Boy was right up behind him, as he reached to grab for him the Hunter brought the thick ironwood of his bow down on the Nature Boy's arm, then his thigh, and again, a mighty crack and crunch of bone was heard as the Nature Boy screamed out in pain.

He continued to beat Nature boy with the bow, Nature Boy screaming, yelling, begging him to stop...


What?!?! I can't HEEAR you Nature Boy, you want me to stop?? You want to live?? as he continued to bring the bow down on the now, very smashed leg of Nature Boy.

don't kill me !! stop..please..STOP..Oh God help me..

You sure?? Life is HARD...booohooo poooor yoooou little Nature Boyyyyyy

Nature Boy with a sudden burst of adrenaline, grabbed the bow from the Hunter hands, ran into him knocking him to his back, he pounced and straddled his chest, pressing the string of the bow against The hunter's throat....

My NAME, is ELMER!!!!

The Hunter, looking into the mirror image of himself, relaxed, smiled and nodded once, he spoke a single word as his form dissipated into one teeny, tiny speck, the speck swirled around Elmer then melded into the flesh of his chest.


SURVIVE.


He opened his eyes to see he was in a sterile environment. He felt weird, he went to scratch his nose and was not able to lift his arm. Hospital? As he gained more coherence he saw someone approach him. The Doctor spoke softly

"You are lucky to be alive man, you were in very rough shape. Luckily that bird kept making that incessant noise, it was the strangest thing, the folks who lived near by went to investigate and there you were, laying on the curb. We are not sure if you will ever gain full use of your right arm and leg again, but we hope that with rehabilitation and time..

Elmer glanced to the left side of his bed and saw a wheelchair parked there, and a wheeled walker next to that. He nodded once and closed his eyes, images and visions of deer and doves and a single sunbeam piercing through a storm cloud before he drifted into a deep sleep.

The End..?
>>elms<<
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-Music fills the cracks in the mind that words can never reach-
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