Too Cold for HopeHe stares out the window. It's a quiet night. He can faintly see the snowflakes falling in the darkness, peppering the ground with white. His breath fogs up the glass. Silently, he takes in the scene.More Like This
She's not coming back, old man. There's no need to keep waiting for her. She's gone. You're here by yourself. No use hoping otherwise.
He glances at the digital clock beside his bed. The time shines bright red against the surrounding gloom: 2:15 AM. He doesn't have to be up for another four hours. Should he go back to bed and try to get some sleep? No, probably not. There'd be no point. Slowly he steps away from the window and walks out of his room.
In the kitchen he gets a cup out of one of the cabinets, fills it with water from the sink, and gulps it. Then sets the cup on the counter and walks down the hallway that leads to his son's room.
He stands in the doorway, watching his son sleep, observing the boy's back as it rises and falls rhythmically with his steady breathing. His b
New Prey. 1The warm sun shone on our backs as we loped between tall pine trees in pursuit of a new kind of prey. We had never smelled their smell before, but we guessed they were mammals. The camps they made indicated intelligence, something we hadn't faced in many lifetimes. The thought of a challenge thrilled us, filling our minds, and thoughts with schemes; plans to catch the strange new prey.More Like This
We always enjoyed hunting, but the deer, and even the bears were hardly a challenge. They made no plans, and few were strong enough to put up a fight. Even in groups, they could not share their thoughts. They could not act as a single being. They were nothing to us, and we needed more.
As we neared the top of a wide ridge between two sharp mountains, our fur stood up, giving our bodies a wild savage appearance. We liked to look wild and savage, it suited our arrogance. After all, we had every right to be arrogant. Everything feared us.
One of us crept toward a rusty colored bolder at the top of the ridge