On The Run
The rays from the setting sun managed to escape through the dense trees just before it gave way for the night that followed its disappearance. The only sounds were the river bank that flowed through the forest and the scratching of the leaves as they gently blew against each other. The serene surroundings didn’t last, however.
A small creature suddenly dashed through the forest, unannounced. Fighting for his breath, he looked to his left and looked to his right, but he didn’t dare look back. A deafening bang rang out and it frightened the creature into the closest prickly bush he saw. Although his scales protected him from the thorns, his heart continued to pound uncontrollably. His frill like ears arched upwards when he heard the gruff voice of the man that had been chasing him. “Darn, where’d it go?”
Peering through an opening in the bush, the creature silently spied on the man. With the worry of being discovered, he couldn’t tear his sapphire eyes away from the shooter. He knew that remaining in the same place wouldn’t keep him safe for long, so he continued to watch the man intently. As soon as his back was turned, the creature took the opportunity and dashed out from within the bush.
The trees blurred together as the creature raced passed them as fast as he could. It took him a moment too late to realize that he was rapidly approaching a cliff. Instinct took over and he attempted to slow himself down, but digging his claws in the ground did little good. He even tried sitting, but he merely skidded along. With that plan going down in failure, he quickly came up with a new one. Unhooking his claws from the ground, and standing up, he then charged forward.
The creature spread his meter long wings, and jumped over the side of the cliff. He flapped his rough scaly wings and began to glide. He swiftly moved through the sky, and with time to himself, he finally got to have a looked around. He glanced down in fascination. He eyed what looked to him like rectangular boxes with triangular tops. The sight confused him, and he didn’t know why they needed square holes cut into him, but then an idea crossed his mind. They look fun to play in, he thought. He held of the urge to investigate when he noticed strange two legged creatures down below.
The creature tilted his head as he watched them finish off their day and go inside the strange boxes. They looked a lot like the one that had chased him and it terrified him that there was a clan full of them right below him. He didn’t want to risk another nasty encounter, so he thought the air would be a much safer option.
After a little while longer, the moon and stars were blocked out by the clouds and the only source of light was the strange orbs in the area below. The posts that belonged to the orbs were almost invisible in his eyes, so the streetlights looked like nothing more than a floating ball. It made him curious but there was no way he was going down there. That was what he thought, but shortly afterwards; he came to the conclusion that it would be unlikely for him to make it to a safe place before his wings got tired.
The little creature decided his options. It’s either, dropping like a rock and going splat, or safely landing on the ground and getting shot. Both options didn’t really appeal to him much, but he thought, I’ll have more of a chance of survival if I’m on the ground. When he chose his best bet, he then readied himself for his decent. He scanned the surroundings below, and as soon as he spotted a place that appeared free of the strange beings, he began to glide down.
Right in the centre of the city, is where the creature dove down. He was relieved to finally have his clawed feet on the ground. He folded in his ember red wings and leaned forward, waiting for his attacker. However, when no one attacked him, he relaxed and straightened up. The area that surrounded him was deserted, and the cold wind that blew against him, made him wish for his mother. On chilly nights, she always wrapped her barbed tail around his small body. It was the comfort of his mother that he badly wanted ever since he was separated from her.
The creature looked to the ground in sadness. He had never been by himself for so long. He was only a baby and he was afraid of everything that surrounded him at that moment. He slowly made his way through the city. His blue eyes scanned the area in longing to see anything familiar to home, but he had never been in the city before. He had no clue what anything was, and when he glanced up at the houses, his eyes widened in alarm. They no longer looked like boxes. They towered over him like huge fearful monsters, and the holes that covered them looked like glowing eyes.
Suddenly, the familiar sound of gunfire sounded, causing the creature to jump. Oh no, my enemy is back, he thought before dashing in a random direction that he assumed was the way out of the horrible nightmare he was stuck in. Another bang echoed through the city and he jumped once more, but that time, it wasn’t because of fear. He yelped and tumbled to the ground at the pain that shot through his leg.
“Ow,” the creature exclaimed. “Ow. Ow.” He quickly tried to force himself up. Looking down, he saw the crimson liquid running down his right leg. His scales unfortunately failed to protect him from the power of the bullet. He lifted his head at the sound of footsteps getting louder. It frightened him to no end. His enemy was nearing him, and he was stuck on the ground, feeling completely helpless.
The creature shook his head in determination and once again tried to stand. “Ow. Ow. Ow,” he repeated, gritting his pointed teeth together as he got to his feet. He then limped in a circle. Which way, which way, he thought, but his eyes locked onto the man not far in the distance. He froze on the spot in fear.
It took the creature a moment too long to realize that not moving wouldn’t help his situation in the slightest. He stepped back and spun around. He spread his wings and flapped them, trying to fly but to no avail. He barely landed back on the ground before giving it another attempt. He finally lifted off the ground. He was a bit shaky, but at least he had managed to escape the man once again, but how long would his luck last. With a bullet in his leg and his stamina running low, he had to wonder how he would get out of that mess alive.
The creature shortly landed again and half limped and half ran. His panting was becoming uncontrollable and he knew he had to find a safe place to stay for the night, but before he even has the chance to find that safe place, he bumped into a. He looked up at her and she looked back, they stared at each other for a moment, then they both screamed, “AHHHHHH!”
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