I heard you before I saw you, shooting through the woods, a red bullet aiming straight for me. Two leaps carried me across the blacktop. I hid, barely within the safety of the forest, knowing the shrubbery wouldn’t conceal me.
You felt my eyes watching you, waiting for you to pass, as I stood there just within sight. I alone, the rebel, halted the rest of my kin, hidden in secrecy within the circle of trees. After all, though my antlers haven’t broke skin yet, I am sworn to protect my tribe.
And protect them I will, especially from you.
This week’s 100 Word Challenge is “rebel.” This week’s Write on Edge prompt was “secret.” The picture at the beginning of the story is the #FridayFictioneer picture prompt.
This story was inspired by a true event. The red bullet in the beginning is my van, and the POV is from the deer that stood in the middle of the road, at 4 pm EST, then finally leaped to safety with 20 yards to spare. As I passed by, I saw him, hovering just beyond the thin foliage, watching.
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