Edna spotted the weathered marker just as Ed cleared away a branch at the beginning of the hiking trail:
LAST KNOWN SIGHTING
“You don’t believe it, do you?”
Ed laughed. “Course not. Seven feet tall? Three fingers on each hand and three eyes? Get real.”
Edna seemed comforted, but was still cautious. “Such silliness.”
Ed pointed the way forward. “This way, my love.”
Edna looked at the path and then at the marker.
“You go first, Ed.”
“But you always like to set the pace.”
“Maybe you should lead this time.”
“It’s OK. You go ahead.”
“After you, dear.”
This 99-word story is my contribution to the March 9 Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge to "write a monster story."
Lizard Man is part of South Carolina folklore.