In The Stillness of The Night

In the Stillness of the Night

Somewhere within the trees, an owl hooted mournfully. Dark clouds crossed the full moon, hiding her face and cloaking the forest in impenetrable darkness.
Jo shivered. This place felt…wrong. Threatening.
Above Jo, some of the clouds began to disperse allowing some weak moonlight to filter back through the forest canopy.
A shadow detached itself from a large tree trunk. It flitted across the path in front of her, and began melding into the shadows of one tree to another. Slowly, it was moving closer. It seemed somehow darker and denser than the other shadows.
‘Is that you, Alex?’ Jo cried out, ‘Christ, this is a creepy place to meet.’
Nothing but silence greeted her.
As the shadow drew closer, the light breeze that had been gently rustling the new spring leaves died away. Everything was still. It was a surreal feeling, like being a part of a dark painting. There was an apprehensive, watching quality in the air that unnerved Jo.
‘Alex?’ her voice had lowered to a whimper.
A drop of liquid dripped onto her hair followed by a steady stream of something thick and sweet smelling. Shakily she lifted her hand and felt it. Her hand came away covered in blood.
Horrified, Jo’s eyes shot upwards. Alex was hanging upside down from a branch above her, his lifeblood draining away.
Jo screamed in terror as the shadow detached itself from the trees and enveloped her.

© Alison Pearce 2008

In The Stillness of The Night

Alison Pearce

Logan Central, Australia

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For Star Twisters #18

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