The Lion Sleeps Tonight - A Short Story by T. M. Bilderback

A retired British Colonel tells a tale of his time in 1950s Guyana, and his encounter with a stone lion.

The lion sleeps tonight - a short story

Meet Colonel Quentin James Abernathy (Ret.), former member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

Colonel Abernathy retired some years ago as a bachelor, and now lives off his pension and his family’s fortune. He is quite old, and belongs to a stately London gentleman’s club.

In The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Colonel Abernathy tells a tale to a club acquaintance – a tale of 1950s British Guyana in South America, and the Colonel’s encounter with a lion.

But this is no ordinary lion.

This lion has been extinct for 10,000 years!

Find out what happened in that long-ago time, in the good Colonel’s own words, in T. M. Bilderback’s rousing adventure short story, The Lion Sleeps Tonight!

Genre: FICTION / Short Stories (single author)

Secondary Genre: FICTION / Science Fiction / General

Language: English

Keywords: fantasy, historical, extinct animal, short story

Word Count: 3,194

Sales info:

This short story has sold well, and has been reviewed well.  Audiobook Monthly called it one of the best short stories they had ever heard, and the eBook has an Amazon rating of 4.7 stars.

This is the first story in the series Colonel Abernathy's Tales.

This story has already been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, and French.

Sample text:

Colonel Quentin James Abernathy (Ret.) poured tea into cups, and glanced at his guest from beneath bushy gray eyebrows.

Colonel Abernathy had retired from Her Majesty’s service many years ago.  His age was indeterminate, but, if the truth were known, the Colonel was well past ninety.  He had retired a bachelor to a stately London townhouse, and lived comfortably with his pension, and his family fortune.  He had several acquaintances from the club a few blocks away.  One of them was sitting in his study, preparing to enjoy tea on a rainy afternoon.

Huffing into his large moustache, and speaking with a strong, gruff voice, Colonel Abernathy said, “Helmsley!  Did I ever tell you the story of the stone lion?”

Helmsley shook his head.  “No, Colonel, I can’t say that you have.”

“Help yourself to some biscuits.  They’re baked by my cook, and are quite satisfying.  And please try the sandwiches…they’re lemony cucumber and prawn.  Very savory.”

“Thank you, Colonel,” said Helmsley.

Colonel Abernathy took a sip of tea.  “Earl Grey, piping hot.  Wonderful flavor, as always.”

“It’s quite good, Colonel.”

The Colonel cleared his throat.  “Hmm…yes…thank you.”  He adjusted himself into a more comfortable position.  “Now, the story of the stone lion…,” he began.

Book translation status:

The book is available for translation into any language except those listed below:

Already translated. Translated by Flavia Trindad
Author review:
Fast, accurate, and great to work with! I would like Flavia to translate ALL of my stories!

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