I backed away, slowly inching toward the river. My breathe calm and steady even as my heart raced. Thump-thump-thump; thump-thump-thump; thump-thump-thump. Doing my best to avoid direct eye contact, I froze when I heard the crackle of the branch under my foot. Time stood still for a fraction of a second that seemed to last a hundred hours. Then I turned and tore away knowing I wouldn’t be able to out run him, but I had to try.
Panic gripped me as I dodged between trees, hearing his pounding body jar across the ground, heaving breath growing closer and louder. His shadow grew over me like a monster as he stood on his hind legs, his clawed paws reaching out. I fell to the ground and huddled in a fetal position, my arms wrapping around my head. Oh God, forgive my sins and…
A piercing scream left my lungs as the fur-laden beast fell across my body. My words masked by a double-echoed shot of a gun. I lay still, uncertain of what had happened. Then I heard muffled words and shimmied out from under his corpse. The beast’s blood covering me. “Are you all right?” the woman with the rifle asked. Still shocked, I just nodded my reply.
And that’s how I met my wife.
This writing prompt was “Set the Scene: You are backing away very slowly.”
It is from the the game “Story Slam” available on Amazon by clicking here. It’s a lot of fun to play with others, or as I’ve started doing, using their scene starters and plot twist cues as writing prompts. So, get out there and write, just write!
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