Surviving the Forest, Stranded

Prompt: You’ve been kidnapped and given a choice: would you rather be stranded on an island, dropped into an unknown forest, or locked in a strange building?

I’ve used a combination of semantics, survivalist skills, and my greatest talents to decide my answer: The FOREST.

The FOREST is my best bet. I’ve spent a good part of my life in the Kentucky woods: hunting, fishing, scouting wild game, camping and hiking. I know the dangers of the forest and how to outsmart them. Obviously, nighttime is the most dangerous. After dark is when most predatory animals are a danger to humans. For example, wolves are primarily nocturnal animals that avoid the heat of day. They generally commence hunting at dusk. Therefore, dusk should be spent on high ground, maybe even in a tree; Additionally, Even during the warm months it gets brutally cold after dusk. Avoiding predators and staying warm at night is an almost impossible feat. Never the less, I am confident in my abilities to survive in the forest, and would prefer it to the other two options. And the hope of finding civilization on the outskirts of the forest would fuel me.

The building… I don’t know enough about this ‘building’ to bet on it: does it have pluming? How will I get food? If there isn’t food, would there be other people? Would we eventually turn into savages and kill each other for food? I am confident in my ability to endure longer than another human, even overpower them if need be… But none of this would matter if we didn’t have fresh water. So, no thank you.

I don’t want to be ‘stranded’ on an island; if I were alone the isolationism would kill me itself… The only hope I would have of getting back to civilization would be to build a raft and take my chances at sea; where I would indeed get lost, die of dehydration, or be eaten by sharks… No thank you.

But what if my forest is in the middle of a stranded island? NOOOO.

 

– Elizabeth

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