John Marsden Writing Topic #291

Write a story about house cats, that have gone wild and grown to a large size.**

This short story was partially written by the Australian Writers’ Centre. The first part was written by them for the First Friday Fix – November 2022 writing challenge, with that particular challenge focusing on writing the ending of a story. The black, bolded part is the ending I’ve written.


Out in the Wild

The lions were free at last. Their golden paws padded along the manicured lawns of Park Street in the early morning light. Curtains twitched. Cats darted under parked cars. A paper boy wheeled by, mouth agape, absentmindedly throwing The Herald into Mrs. Thornleigh’s rose bushes. Dr. Stuart rushed out of the house with frizzy hair, a robe over his pyjamas and potion-like vials in his hands, chasing after the lions. He made a mental note to never experiment on his beloved cats ever again.

**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

This story was partly inspired by OwlKitty’s Jurassic Park video:

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