Sullivan's Pet by Karl Brandt | Script Revolution

Sullivan's Pet

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When a gambler visits a family property to take part in an illegal cockfighting competition, little does he know that the owners have an even deadlier blood sport in mind.
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Inside a wooden shed, surrounded by tropical rainforest, a group of outback gamblers crowd around a cockfighting pit. Squatting opposite each other with spurred gamecocks in hand is Sullivan, a moustached, well-dressed man, and Les, a thin man in his twenties. Sullivan boasts about his killer bird, Raptor, and impressed with Les’ spirit, Cindy, a busty young blonde, bets on him. After a vicious fight, Les’ bird emerges victorious. He collects his money and after tossing his mortally injured bird into a barrel, takes his leave as he has a date to keep. Cindy smirks - indeed he does!

As Les makes his way along an overgrown path through the thick rainforest, he hears strange grumbling noises from behind. He looks over his shoulder and sees a horny crest slicing between the ferns like a shark’s fin through water. Les runs wildly through the undergrowth and comes face to face with Raptor, a southern cassowary, which leaps at him with razor-sharp inner toe claws extended.

Minutes later, Sullivan and Cindy gaze down at Les’ disembowelled body on the forest floor. He never stood a chance against Raptor, their killer bird. Cindy says they’ll add Les to the pile and assures Sullivan it’ll be more of a contest next time.

Submitted: June 12, 2018
Last Updated: June 12, 2018

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The Writer: Karl Brandt

Drawing inspiration from world myths, legends and history, Australian writer Karl Brandt has had numerous comic strips published by Dark Oz's Decay , Australia’s longest running independent horror comic, and the UK's Something Wicked from FutureQuake Press. His article exploring the origins of Australia’s most famous monster, ‘Bunyip Hunters’, was published in the June 2017 issue of Australian Birdlife , and his short fiction story, ‘Trail of the Minotaur’, was the cover story of the July 2013 issue of Orbit - The School Magazine, the world’s oldest literary magazine for children. Karl has had flash fiction published by the online literary journal, Seizure , and has contributed articles... Go to bio

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