The rat scampered along the gutter. Its long pink tail trailed
along behind it pathetically, not unlike a worm. It dodged the
huge smoking craters that dotted the scorched plains and ducking
underneath a huge barbed wire fence it continued its journey
until it was in the centre of a deserted street.
Once in the city it stopped for exactly seven and a half seconds,
twitching its nose slightly as it squinted across the misty
cobblestones. It narrowed its eyes, but carried on its way.
Always on the lookout, it soon spotted half a bread roll. It
carefully sniffed the air, checking for any possible danger.
Sensing nothing but the smell of mould and grime it approached
Its small yellow teeth were inches away from the day old roll,
when a hand came down and slammed onto the rat's body. It
squeaked in alarm, writhing furiously in this iron like grip. It
was swung through the air and brought upwards to a mouth. This
mouth opened, revealing rows of razor sharp canines.
The teeth ripped at the rat's flesh, digging into its throat
until its head was eventually torn completely off. The creature
grunted in satisfaction and poured the blood down his throat. He
grinned wolfishly, rising from his crouched position on the
He dropped the lifeless rat onto the concrete and sauntered away
down the street, ignoring the far away screams and pleas for
The city that once stood tall and proud was now an empty ruin;
just like the rest of the slowly rotting world. Large boiling hot
flows of fire streamed from the darkened skies, drowning the land
in heat. The sun was nowhere to be seen, it had given up on this
world long ago, just like everything else.
Just outside the city something was happening. A huge screeching
creature was writhing in the sky. It rolled around and around,
entangling itself further in the ropes that encircled its body.
Down below it on the ground men dressed in black tugged on the
ropes. They dragged the creature to the ground where it landed
with a loud thud on the dusty ground. The men made quick work of
the ropes and secured them to the ground with huge metal stakes.
As the dust cleared the men stood back and admired their handy
work. They grinned and clapped each other on the back.
Suddenly another, equally large creature, swooped down low from
the skies. It held the resemblance of a bat, with large dripping
fangs and pointed ears. It landed gracefully and as it did it
slowly transformed into a handsome, red haired man. He strode
over to the men and observed the creature closely.
"Got another one, sir." One of the men said gruffly.
"Good," the man replied, his voice velvety smooth. "Collar her
and take her to the castle."
The creature attempted to stand, its wings beating uselessly. The
man smirked, a long row of knife like teeth showing as he did.
The creature didn't fail to miss this and it opened its mouth,
releasing a chilling scream.
The scream echoed around but the man simply turned and walked
away, the triumphant smirk never leaving his face.