Don’t Just Look In Its Eyes – A Creative Story ONE DAY BEHIND The snow blinded his vision. The crosshairs aimed at the subject, he fired, and missed. The deer, or whatever animal it was, ran off into a sea of snow. He said nothing. The old hunter was getting too ancient for this game.
He decided to finish up for the day. He had already caught two snow rabbits, a small partridge and some kind of mink. Not bad he thought. “What is that?” Solomon rose from his crouched position to survey his prey. A standing animal? Was it a standing bear? Or was it a tree? No, it had walked off, seeing the look on the old’s man face.
“The day is not done.” those words sealed his fate. Nothing would stop his hunting. “I must be about a day behind him.” he thought aloud. He strode off into the sea of the snow. Is there a moment when the line between the hunter and the hunted snaps taut? That moment when I realize I’ve got him and he realizes he’s dead? YES! First there’s the dance, the slow teasing chase, the furtive glances, the glimpses of your prey, and his wild frantic glances back. And then the tug of war, of spirits, of wills, of endurance.
The wire of tension draws tight. Like and umbilical cord, the hunter has bonded with his prey, forever, bonded by the life and death chase. The fuse of life burns shorter, bringing the hunter closer, close, and then the final intimacy of the kill! Does the dumb beast know its fate? Can he guess its fate? Can he sense his fate shadowing him, silently, stealthily? He pondered his ideas and saw some tracks. HALF A DAY BEHIND “I wonder what his flesh will taste like. Will it be tough? Will it bee…
AAAAACK!” Solomon gripped his hand on an icy branch. A snow capped tree had covered the pit layed before him, a trap by the animal which he was following. He did nothing. He waited, patiently. “..Beast, I will, I will get you.” and he froze.
FIVE DAYS BEHIND He gripped the ice, slipped, and cursed. He had been stuck in this hole for four, maybe five days now, according to the suns. How long more will he be in here? He tapped the ice with a small arrow. An idea! Forcing the arrow in the ice, more and more, until several large footholds stood in front of him. “..and my anxiety is gone.” “Beast, Solomon will get you.” The blowing snow almost, almost, covered the beast’s tracks. Unlike any I have ever seen, whispered the old man.
His bones ached with the cold, a cold he had seen before. West, west his mind told him. He tugged east. Soon after, he rested and cut up a rabbit, slowly letting the blood drip into the wind to carry the scent. By now he was about five days behind still, after his ordeal of climbing out.
The beast was a smart one. “and I am smarter.” An owl howled in the distance. STILL FIVE DAYS BEHIND More tracks! This time bending north. He went west. He could cut off this beast. The digestion of the rabbit was slow, the heart was the slowest. He rested to look for tracks, and check the suns.
A half moon’s change until he could catch up to the beast. ” I WILL GET YOU!!!!!!!” Solomon screamed into the wind. He gibbered uncontrollably, then stopped. FOUR DAYS BEHIND The beast was a smart one. Double tracks he saw.
The first led west, the second went east. The wind went west, blowing the dirty smell of a soon to be dead beast to him. He went east. “Your smell does not throw me off, your tricks do not fool me, I was once an animal, and I still am.” Solomon cried in his heart and walked off. THREE DAYS BEHIND A dumb, deaf beast has done this to me again.
The dumb, deaf, sly beast has done this to him again. The hole is colder now, he thought. Now the footholds will not help him. Arrows will not help him. Nothing will help him.
The dumb deaf beast has done this to him. Maybe the beast will show up he thought, and he drifted off to sleep. He woke up with a sound, and a thud. An armful of snow dropped on his head, with a dull thud for the ice. He shook away the cobwebs and stood. He did not believe what he was seeing.
Was it the black wolfwere? The beast that he was hunting? The wolfwere opened its lips, spat at the old man, and left. The bloody mess on his shoulder was congealing. He wiped it off, tried again, and let it be. Was HE following the beast? Or was it following him? All of his tricks, his cunning, and the beast had stopped him. How was he going to get out now? THE BEAST IS GONE “The beast is gone,” cried the old man, crying, he rose to his feet. His face was wet and smeared with tears.
He let the ice freeze, then sat, and wept. He could hear the beast, the beast inside him, insulting him on his foolishness. An ending fit for a king.