Cold, damp air seeps through skin to bone. Soil stained soles pound along a winding, barely-there path among the trees. Trees. A laughable word for behemoths that, at the smallest, is four times as wide around as she is. Swaths of leaves shape a dark green expanse, blocking out nearly all of the sky. The light that does find a way down is weak, pinpricks suffocating in the umbrage. This is a true weald, dark and deep.
She wishes she could deviate from the path; delve into the endless shadow and hide. A ruinous wish. Thin strings threaded with countless trinkets crisscross all empty spaces. This is old magic, learned from the spiders to catch those that stray. One step, one trip, one stumble off of the path is certain death.
The wind kicks up, sending a song silver and bone flitting from giant to giant. She almost shivers. No wasting precious energy; on her trail are things darker than the surrounding blackness. She would not flee otherwise, for she is great and terrible in her own right. Behind are worse creatures. Behind are terrors tall, nameless, and without constant form. They should be whispered about only when the sun shines bright. They are coming for her.
Her breaths are short and hard, the bottoms of her feet torn and raw. She knows she cannot run forever, but this is no battle looming overhead. It is a slaughter waiting to pounce. Salvation lies with escape. Her only hope is to
Wow...a story with no adverbs (at least, I think I edited them all out). That was tough but it was also a good challenge and I had a lot of fun!
Wow, this blew me away. Very good and it transitions through the story so well for the challenge you had. It was very intriguing for its length and leaves you wanting more or at least imagining the various possibilities. Very well done!
Eek, thank you very much for the kind words! I loved the challenge and am glad that I was able to do so much in so little space.
And well done
Silver and bone...I never thought of the sound that way, but it makes perfect sense.
What a challenge, indeed!! Great work!
Oooh, love this! Don't suppose you'll ever write anything related? There's so much enticing stuff in here.
Thank you! I don't know that I ever considered doing so before, but now that you have mentioned it, I just might!
This is really good! Congrats on the DD!
Reading this thrilling piece about a blood-pumping pursuit and then reading your profile description on how you love to run is both ironic and comprehensible. Well done on the DD; glad I found you!
Haha, you know, I had never actually thought of that before! Thank you so much for your kind words!!
That was a thrilling little snippet!
Amazing work - Congrats on the DD
WELL worth a Daily Deviation. Well done!!!
"She almost shivers. No wasting precious energy; on her trail are things darker than the surrounding blackness."
Love that line.
Love that line.