The living night

She stood, during the dead of winter, in the midst of a forest. A girl young of age, mature of mind, carrying an uncertain heart. The steady silence continued for unpracticed ears, but for her noise ruptured everywhere. Turning her head swiftly to the left then to the right, recognizing every small sound as it echoed through the trees. Her eyes darting this way and that. With a start, her gaze locked onto her target, an unsuspecting doe. In quick silent movements she strung her bow, lifting out only one arrow, positioning it, and then drawing back the string until it was tight. Shifting silently the doe sniffed, looking around with alarm the doe twitched frozen to the spot, staring straight into the huntress’s eyes. Breathing in deeply she leaped from the trees, heart pounding following the doe with her bow. She sprinted with her bow over rocks, up and down tree branches, never stumbling once. Suddenly stopping just outside a clearing where inside the doe gasped for air, desperate to fill it’s lungs, searching frantically for the huntress. The huntress crept closer to the boundary separating her from the hunt. Hissing threw the air, the arrow flew with a soft twang as if left it’s place from the bows middle, forcing itself to fly faster to avoid the night from engulfing it. The doe, with no chance to react was struck within her small delicate chest. A thud echoed through the forest, another victory had been won. She grabbed some spare cord from her make shirt belt. Unsheathing her hunting knife she sliced the cord into two pieces, wrapping the first around the doe’s forelegs, the later around the doe’s hind legs. Re sheathing her knife she lifted the doe, hung it on her shoulders, and grasped the two cords firmly. Effortlessly she stood and made her way back to the camp where she would later leave again on the eve of another night.

The living night


Joined December 2007

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