Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Release Date: June 30, 2015
The silence of the forest was almost worse than the sounds of fighting. It was so insanely loud with absolute nothingness. Emptiness sounded a lot like the last second before a roller coaster dropped over the first hill. For one brief second there was absolutely nothing. No thought. No breath. No sound beyond the beating of your own heart in your ears. But even that stops just before the decent begins. Right before you are pulled over, there is a complete sense of weightless nothingness. Too soon, you are half laughing half screaming with a smile so big bugs are getting caught in your teeth.
Was this the beginning of her decent?
In her musings, Sadie had missed the footsteps. Light and airy they floated over the few dried leaves and soft grass to stand beside her. The wolf's presence soothed and excited her in her twisted mental state. While his tongue licked at her fingers and cold nose nudged at her arm, she became irritated.
"Didn't your mother ever tell you to not play with your food?" she grumbled. Between her arm and the piece of moss she was laying on, Sadie looked at the wolf. It was the one from before, the one with the yellow eyes. She sighed momentarily with relief then remembered she was dinner before they were so rudely interrupted. He nudged her arm again and that's when she looked at him, really looked. The wolf was no longer salivating and kind of looked wholesome now that his nose wasn't scrunched up towards his eyes showing off his chompers. He sat his butt down in front of her and rested his head on his paws. Their noses were mere inches from each other.
Behind him, she caught the tip of his tail wagging slowly from side to side.
He raised his head and looked dignified and slightly abashed.
"So I take it I'm off the menu tonight?"
His mouth opened and his tongue flopped to the side as he panted.
"That's not a very good confirmation." She pushed up to her hands and knees and sat back on her feet. The wolf sat up as she did. They were the same height now and looking right in each other's eyes. At this height he didn't look like anything more than an oversized dog. His ears stood up straight with pointy little tips that looked like they were dipped in black paint. The line of dark fur on his face did, in fact, run the length of him. Sadie thought he looked a little like a skunk in reverse.
"If you're not going to eat me can I go home?"
He stayed put. She took that as a yes and began to rise. Slowly, because he was a still a wolf and she didn't want to spook him and end up losing a hand, Sadie rose to her feet and brushed off the bits of forest that clung to her shorts and t-shirt.
Once more, the wolf followed her lead and got to his feet. Without thinking, or a second glance, she turned on her heel and began to walk back to her house. This was the very last time she wondered this far from her place. If it was not within eye shot, she was too far away.
Shame on her.
The soft padding of footsteps behind her stopped too.
"You've got to be kidding me," she said looking upward to the heavens. "Seriously?"
She didn't want to but glanced behind her anyway. Sure enough, the wolf stood a few paces behind her with a look of, "why'd we stop?" Groaning, she turned back around and continued to walk. She told herself that he was just being a gentleman and walking her home. Then she remembered he was a wolf and was probably just finding out where she lived so he could visit at some point for a midnight snack.
About the Author:
K.C. Stewart is the self published author of the Hailey Holloway series and most recently, the Adirondack Pack series.
All her life she had fantasized and day dreamed on a regular basis but it wasn’t until she began writing flash fiction and that she made those fantasies a reality. Now she has graduated to novels but still dabbles in the occasional flash fiction and short story. Because of her love for reading and the written word, K.C. is currently continuing her education at Clarion University for Library Science.
When she isn’t taking photographs, studying or writing, she is supporting a very real gummy bear habit. Currently, she lives with her boyfriend, german shepherd and cats in central Pennsylvania.