Hunter – Of Pockets and Arachnids
(The first “Hunter” story ever written)
Hunting is a lucrative trade. Lucrative to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars a day. It’s also dangerous.
Don’t believe it?
New York City is a ghost town, shredded by the catastrophe known as the “Storm”. The magical freak of nature tore the world apart forty years ago, hitting the metropolis’ and big towns the hardest. Nobody knows why.
What they do know, is that the energy left over is everywhere, concentrated most powerfully in the ghost cities. Any creatures that live too close to concentrations of that energy get twisted, or Storm-warped, as it’s called. They’re bigger, faster, meaner, stronger; essentially adapting to their environments faster than normal. And Hunters…. Hunters get paid to catch those beasties.
Today, a Hunter is after one of the nastier creatures of New York. Spiders are creepy at the best of times. When they’re in a sewer in an abandoned city, they’re much worse. But for five hundred thousand dollars, what’s a little fear?
post-apocalyptic adventure short – free-to-read