Today we could at last reveal who we were to the other writers in the WRiTE Club Challenge. It was so great to be able to participate in that event. Next year, YOU should try it, too, if you didn't this year!
If I'd gone on to one more round, I had two options...the story below, or Part 3 that I posted last week. I think I would have gone with this one to change it up a bit.
He strained to hear them. His eyes were slits squinting in the direction of the sounds. He at last spied them. There was nothing between here and there. Nothing but space. And if it was done right, the gap would be quietly and quickly closed. The opportunity for escape would be nonexistent. He was a master - deft, adept, agile, quick, deadly. He’d been described in these terms by the survivors, though he’d always vanished before anyone could figure out who he really was.
He quietly approached unobserved. Totally oblivious of the danger they were in, they just kept up their inane, incessant chattering. He was closer than they knew. Which would it be? There was one who was facing away from him; that would be easy. Or maybe the one facing him? The one almost looking right at him, but not seeing him. Fool. They were all fools. It made it easier thinking of them that way. His eyes honed in on the one looking in his direction. That would be the most fun - seeing the surprised look.
Every muscle was taut in anticipation. He could feel the hairs rising. He liked that feeling of chills crawling up his back. He instinctively crouched even lower, although he knew he hadn’t been spied. It would make the charge all that more powerful though.
He felt himself twitching. It was uncontrollable and primitive, and seemed to start at the top of him and travel down, down, down to his feet until it seemed that the earth would tremble and give him away.
They were all still there, but they kept moving and changing places. They were still engaged in whatever it was that they found interesting, but the one he’d selected had turned away.
“Which one now?” He paused to look them over again, finally settling on a new object of interest.
”Yes, that one will do just fine.” He needed to be quick before they switched places again.
The twitching became barely perceptible from the outside, more of an excited vibration. The crouching was lower. He could feel his chest touching his legs. Any lower and he’d be lying down.
No more waiting.
This was the time!
He sprang forward, baring claws and teeth, straight into the flock, glorying in the chaos of the chickadee frenzy.
“Who was that foul feline?” one chirped from the safety of a high branch.
“I don’t know, but he’s quick,” a gasping chirp came from another.
“And bloodthirsty!” came a screech from a higher branch.
“I will add that to my list of qualities...” He purred to himself as he shook the remaining black and white feathers from his mouth and began the long, methodical clean up.