Instant writing task at a recent writers’ group workshop. Fifteen minutes or so to write something from the animal’s perspective (from a selection of photographs – I chose this one of a seagull getting close to the action). Best read with an Australian accent…
“So I’d been flying around, seeing what I can find to eat, and I’m feeling a bit knackered. It’s a hot day and I could do with a bit of a rest. So I’m swooping along, looking for a nice open area free of bloody cats and dingos, when I spy a bonza bit of road. Roads are great because those idiot kangaroos keep jumping into the bloody trucks, which means a fantastic road kill supper for yours truly.
“I know I should have been thinking about high speed vehicles as well, but life’s always great with hindsight, ain’t it? All I had on my mind was a tasty bit of ‘roo, slowly cooking on the blacktop barbie.
“Anyway, when those bloody motorbikes suddenly appeared over the hill it scared the bejesus out of me. I was lucky to get away with my tail intact. But even luckier, they hit my old mate Bruce, so once they’d passed I got a bit of roadkill after all. Corker.”