Twigs snapped, right then left. Feet pounded and thumped against the parched forest floor. Sounds ricochet as they bounced off trees the echo distorting their direction. Crunch and snap, a rush of air squealed from twisted lips; lungs under pressure.
In my hide I watched the bazaar event unfold. A whoosh of wind lifted dust in a raging swirl; obscuring my view. A flash of red appeared in the clearing. Bent over, the writhing snarling beast set to work. Claws poised, jaw extended, thrusting, slurping and gnawing under the scarlet cloth.
An abrupt silence filled my head. Only the sound of my recording equipment quietly whirled; silent enough to go undetected by the creatures I usually document. I knew in that four minutes, what the people of Pompeii must have felt. Stock still, afraid a flutter of my lashes would alert my presence.
It raised itself to its full height, turned with speed, the cloth fell leaving me shocked at the reveal. A crown of golden hair spilt free. It froze, cocked its head, alert, wired ready to pounce.
It shockingly spat a mouthful of guts and pulled a blood-soaked forearm across its mouth. All the time its green glowing eyes seemed focused on my hide. I watched, holding my breath as the evil being, shook, flicked its head and changed into a female youth. At her feet the remnants of a huge wolf.
I daren’t move, my life depended on the skill of holding my breath. She wiped her face and hands on the fallen cloth. Tied her hair back and swept the red cloak across her shoulders. While disguising the remnants of her supper beneath the debris on the forest floor with her feet.
My heartbeat as ragged as my breath began to calm. She pulled up her hood and humming a sweet tune sauntered through on through the forest swinging her basket.
I shot an email to my producer attached copyright and a clip of the recording.
It paid off! I caught the transformation. No doubts. Amazing footage. Meet me at the helipad four am British meantime …………………
A twist on a fairy-tale it is a new challenge for me, I would love to know what you thought. Leave your thoughts and suggestions I will answer quick smart, I love to talk.
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