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Into The Woods To Save Another

I ceased to be me when I heard the young one’s screams.
They were coming from the woods, between my two streams.
Her shrieking was terrifyingly real, not like on fantasy TV.
It felt like a young woman was being murdered 
which was good enough for me.

I ran for our big floodlight, without thinking about myself at all.
Into the woods we ran, my three dogs, me and my bravest cousin, Paul.
Her shrieks sounded closer now. They were the loudest to our right.
Suddenly something grabbed me by my arm. It was the biggest fright!

A voice whispered close to my ear, “Shh!” as a man held me into place.
Greatly relieved to hear Paul, as I could not in the dark see his face.
“Don’t you know what that is?” he whispered. “What?” I barely whispered back.
“That’s a bobcat’s cry,” he told me. “If it is threatened, it might attack.”

We immediately headed back to the house. The dogs followed 
a few hours later.
The last time I was this scared, we were in Florida, 
where I had seen a wild, loose alligator.

Written January 8, 2019              Contest: Into The Woods
                                                        Sponsor: Silent One

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 1/14/2019 9:57:00 PM
Caren, I was waiting for a monster to strike! The woods, the dark and the screams all added up to terror! Loved the rhyme.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 1/14/2019 10:39:00 PM
I can really write a terrifying story WHEN IT IS TRUE; because that is when I am terrorized, and only then.
Date: 1/14/2019 11:04:00 AM
Bravery or not, what a scary event. I wouldn't have wanted to run into that Bobcat, especially a very loud one! Thank goodness, you were stopped. Congrats!
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Date: 1/14/2019 11:38:00 AM
Sandra, I had to be stopped twice, as when you hear this sound, you do not ever think "bobcat", you think "woman being killed". If you hear it, your hair will rise to the top of your head, and your blood will turn green. It is an awful cry.
Date: 1/13/2019 8:05:00 AM
WoW! Caren, Great story telling. It had me on the edge of my seat. I thought to myself is someone really in danger? Who knew what you two would find in the woods. My heart was racing as I kept reading( I was a bit frightened as well). This reads like a true story? Is it a true strory? Thank goodness it wasn't someone really in danger. Congratulations on your 2nd place win. It was well deserved:-) Alexis
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 1/13/2019 10:05:00 AM
Yes, Alexis, it is not only a true story but I am so easily fooled and naive I tried to run out there in the woods in the dark two different times to save the woman being killed. My husband held me back both times as it always sounds like a woman being murdered.
Date: 1/13/2019 7:37:00 AM
Nice story telling Caren.. Congrats on your placement in the contest..
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 1/13/2019 10:05:00 AM
Thank you Silent One. I am so happy! Love it when people let me know.
Date: 1/9/2019 7:18:00 AM
Alligators will keep you running. The sad part is that they'll keep up with you then, well...ouch! Well done.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 1/9/2019 9:47:00 AM
I know - that is why I am terrified of Florida.