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Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Creature Feature~Obia

The ground quakes beneath my paws, making the hut I pass shake. The thatch roof makes a swishing sound as the walls sway and nearly collapse. This telltale sign of my approach causes me no concern. Though people scamper from my path and pull back into the shadows cast by dusk, they don’t run. They know better. There is no escape. Any attempt to do so would only raise the ire of my master even more and she is not one any soul~living or dead~would want to aggravate.

My long tail whips out behind me, deterring any would-be-heroes stupid enough to challenge me. I pass a man huddled against a hut who tried once. A jagged scar mars half his face and closes one eye; a reminder of his stupidity. I bare my fangs at him just to see him quake and nearly collapse. My striped chest shakes with a chuckle as I move on.

There is no door upon the hut that I approach, nothing to even give the occupants the illusion of the ability to keep me out. Within a woman kneels upon the dirt floor, rocking back and forth as she prays over a smoldering fire. I let out a small roar to get her attention. She looks up, but not at me, at the young girl huddled in the back corner. Ignoring the woman, I trot toward the girl. The woman claps her hands and hollers a word in the old tongue. My next step lands upon green grass in a meadow far from the hut. A roar of frustration tears from me. Thwarted by another witch. My master will not be pleased.

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12 comments:

  1. Fierce and beautiful. That's all.

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  2. Love the ending. Good for the witch. I was imagining what Victor would do confronted with the tigerish obia. See? You drew me in. Great job. Alice just murmurs that cat is the third white meat with a gleam in her eyes. :-)

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    1. LOL! That's fantastic Roland, glad I could pull you in so much.

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  3. I love the voice, and the happy ending (for the little girl at least). I wonder now who and what sent the obia after the girl and why she was being targeted in the first place. Must do some research on this fascinating creature. Thanks for the story, Heather!

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    1. I'm glad I piqued your interest! I must admit, the mystery of the obia is part of it's fun in writing.

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  4. Heather, I love this creature. And just saw a preview to the movie, The Life of PI. Google it and see the trailer. You will see the connection. Powerful animals.

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    1. They are for sure, part of their allure. I'm going to have to see the Life of Pi!

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    2. Me too. And you should see the movie We Won't Back down. So inspiring to not give up!

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  5. Awesome, yet scary! Thanks for sharing another piece of your writing (:

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