A lone shadow stood gazing at the moon, it was pitch black all except for that small clearing. I stood in the surrounding bushes, watching it, wondering what it was doing when a sharp ‘SNAP!’ zapped my attention. I could now feel fear creeping into me, making me feel hot and uncomfortable. My eyes narrowed as I scanned the darkness around me but I couldn’t see a thing in the sucking darkness. Spooked now, I turned my head back to the moonlit clearing and nearly yowled as I realized that the shadow was gone. Gulping, I backed away from the clearing, paw by paw, until I backed into a bramble bush. I swallowed a hiss of pain as the merciless spikes burrowed into my fur and broke through skin. I flattened my ear as one of the thorns snagged it, leaving fresh blood clotting the top. I started to tremble as I heard paw steps advancing toward me, I let out a yowl of fear and raced out of the brambles, ignoring the pain. Yet I still heard the advancing paw steps, faster now as they out paced me with each stride. Swallowing fear, I started running right and left, trying to throw off my pursuer. I sighed in relief as I no longer heard the paw steps. Suddenly I felt hot, humid breath on my neck and froze. Shivering I turned my head and saw the shadow I was watching and screamed. The shadowy figure unsheathed his huge claws and lunged at me, barreling me over and cutting off my screams of fear. It put one paw on my throat with unsheathed claws and dug it’s other paws into my belly. “What do you want?” I gasped, struggling to speak as his claws dug into my throat. The shadow leaned down and I shrank away from his rank breath as he spoke. “You”. I shivered as I looked into his cold, blue eyes. “Why?” I choked. The shadow flicked his tail. “I am Hawk” he spoke, leaning closer until I was nose to nose with him. He smirked. “And your as good as dead”.
Copyright Bushra Alkhatib 9:30 PM Wednesday.