The Long Game…


Under scrutiny Greg’s discovery of a brand new dinosaur turned out to be an ostrich (a rookie mistake in retrospect). Retreating to the bar amidst howls of laughter he witnessed Lovely Rachel snogging Smarmy Terry the top-soil expert. And then, to cap it all off, the nearby volcano they’d been excavating chose that exact moment to erupt.

All in all the palaeontology conference left a lot to be desired.

Watching the lava roar towards him Greg realised there was no chance of escape. He arranged the ostrich bones on the ground and lay down amongst them. The last laugh would be his.

A million years later a landslide unearthed a strange two-headed creature that was proudly proclaimed to be a brand new dinosaur….


Written for: Friday Fictioneers


Filed under Flash fiction

26 responses to “The Long Game…

  1. Assuming anyone cares in a million years. 😉

  2. A strange case of history repeating.

  3. And the story continues 🙂
    New dinosaur with Ostrich bones for company!

  4. Ha! Loe it. Guess he had the last laugh.
    Best wishes,

  5. Thank for the smile 🙂 Creativity at its best.

  6. Absolutely fantastic Matin💜💜

  7. Yes, well that really was a long game! Ingenious and entertaining story, Martin!

  8. I liked how the story came back to the beginning again, history repeating. Nicely done Martin

  9. Good thinking, Greg! After all, what the heck!

  10. Reminds me of Pompeii with a twist of palaeontology.

  11. Haha! And what did they call it, Gregasaurus!
    Sorry, can’t believe I wrote that! Can’t believe I’m hitting send.

  12. Lots of fun, this one. I love the names – they say it all. And thanks for the explanation of how that creature got its two heads 😉

  13. One of your best yet. 👏🏻👍🏻💜

  14. Reblogged this on The Bag Lady and commented:
    REBLOG! I look forward to Martin’s stories every week. This is just an example of his talent. Enjoy!☺️

  15. What an imagination! Hahaha!

  16. So nicely written. Love it.

  17. You mean – the Earth is still here – and inhabited? That’s a relief! Very, very cute story!

  18. Oh my goodness, this was a delightful story. Very well done!! =)

  19. Ha ha – loved your take on the photo prompt – very unique and entertaining!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  20. Ha, nice one Greg, the little joker 🙂

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