She laid there in darkness, trying to catch her breath. The dark was so total, it felt as if a suffocating shroud had engulfed her and was now pulling the very breath from her lungs. The concrete floor of the basement was cold, and she shivered, but, her terrified mind refused to let her notice the chill. She tried to move her leg, but it was too difficult. Her blood, which now covered her face, was like a plasmatic paste bonding her right eye shut. As she continued to breathe deeply, she whimpered and then wept.
In another obscure corner of the darkness, crouched the creature. Silently it waited as it took in the air through it’s flared nostrils and sampled it one molecule at a time. It’s prey was out there in the blackness....alone....bloodied and weak. The beast had sampled it’s quarry’s blood, and the taste still lingered in the back of it’s throat....and it quivered with anticipation.
She tried to crawl, but her right hip had been shattered and the blood loss from the gaping wound in her neck left her weak and unable to move. She now waited for the inevitable. Mother was with her siblings, safe and unaware of what had happened to her. She had been down to the basement before, but always with mother. Her mother would quickly search for something of necessity, and then they would return upstairs again. It was exciting and mysterious and the chance to explore this strange and forbidding place was simply too appealing for her. Today, as her mother napped, she descended to this lower domain to explore and nourish her curiosity. But, in concealment, terror was waiting.
The predator slowly crept across the basement floor as silent as a night’s fog. Stopping, twisting it’s massive head from side to side, it listened. Then it lifted it’s head and deeply inhaled the dank air. Then....in the dark....it heard breathing! Slight, weak, but, most definitely there.
She laid in a solitude of fear, while her pain numbed her senses. Then, suddenly, she could smell the pungent vapor of it’s musty hide, and out of the swirling abyss of the blackness, she saw the gleaming eyes of the beast and of her own demise. It was quick, silent and final. Then the door at the top of the stairs suddenly opened emitting a flash of defused light that radiated most of the basement in a surreal glow. The creature quickly studied it’s kill for a moment, and then took it up in it’s maw and raced towards the bottom of the stairs and then stopped. Slowly, it ascended the stair case, and then, there came a startled cry.........“Holy crap, Tab just caught another one!”