A Visit to the Zoo

He had been closely watching the zookeeper for three days now. Carrying food to the rhinoceroses and clearing away faeces. He smirked at the strange turn of events as he watched him from the small bridge.

When the zoo closed for the night, he hid in one of the bushes, his dark green clothes nicely blending in with the shadows of the plants. The zookeeper was still busy with one of the rhinos, but about half an hour later, he emerged from the gate, locking it behind him. Whistling lightly, he made his way along the bridge.

The man slowly left the bushes, making no noise at all, and followed him to the end of the bridge. When the zookeeper stopped, he stopped right behind him.
He half smiled as he said the words softly into his ear from behind. “We still have unfinished business, you and I.” The zookeeper whirled around. For a second his face was a mask of fear, which slowly turned into recognition, then defiance.

The man was pointing his gun straight at a point between his eyes. He smiled one last time.

Before he had time to pull the trigger, the zookeeper had kicked him in the groin, sending the gun flying and was kneeling on him, crushing the man’s throat with his weight.

The zookeeper stared at him with hate and disgust. “I think I prefer being the one to finish this business.”

© 2016

Sunday Photo Fiction, 14th February 2016

15 responses to “A Visit to the Zoo”

  1. At first, I was mad at the guy with the gun because he had the advantaged but got too cocky. Now I am just wondering what the business between then was. Interesting story, really left me with a lot of questions (which is a good thing).

    1. Thank you. I was going to kill the zookeeper first, but then I couldn’t give the man with the gun that satisfaction.

  2. Great action story. Good thing the zookeeper knew self-defence and more.

    1. Oh yes. He would have been dead if he hadn’t taken up those lessons in karate.

      1. Haha I’m glad he took lessons and defeated his enemy.

      2. He knew that hiding as a zookeeper would never be enough… The day the enemy finds him is the day he is a dead man. Naturally karate lessons were necessary.

  3. It’s all part of the training for a zoo keeper! Nice twist.

    1. I’m sure he wrestles with those rhinos as part of the training.

  4. Bad guy rule #1 – Always gloat AFTER you have made them suffer. Some people never learn hehe.

    Great story.

    1. Hahaha yes, so true!

      1. 😀 I found a list of things that bad guys should do. Or rather “What I would do if I was the bad guy. It has things like “if the hero has a child that could grow up and come and hunt me, I will kill them before I kill the hero” and “If I kidnap the beautiful princess, we will be married immediately rather than waiting for the planets to be in alignment when the heroes can make a plan and come and rescue her”

      2. Hahahahaha that’s hilarious! I need to read through those rules…. ;D

      3. Thanks!

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