"It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open . . ."



His eyes gleamed in the darkness like two moons shining between the trees, his incisors glistened between his curling lips, and his pelt was coarse like his allure. Repulsing.

I could feel the terror rise and fall like a tremor in my body as I gulped my assumed last breath. Neither of us moved. I stood frozen, awaiting the creature to come for me.

The full moon was high in the night air, the fog fading like a spirit, and I could clearly see my cause of death now. His tail wagged behind him patiently.

I was no longer afraid of death. It was comforting to know I would die without the fear of my loved ones being there to see it. For them to know that they had failed to protect me from the very evil that I was staring down at in this moment.

I couldn't understand what he was waiting for. Jump me, I screamed in my head. Just come out and kill me like a man.

It was the only way I knew I could save the rest of my friends and family. One had died because of me. Another was unacceptable. I couldn't comprehend what death would feel like. I just prayed it would be quick. Like the last kiss from a lover. Like the bandage over a knife wound being ripped free from your skin.

The monstrous beast stepped forward, the ground vibrating beneath my feet, as he made his way through the field towards me. I could see the sneer on his snout and I closed my eyes, succumbing to the preordained end of my strange life.

Sighing heavily, I knew that this was the only way to keep everyone else safe. No one else deserved death. No one. Tears struck my cheeks, warming them whereas the rest of me froze in the chilling night air.

Then there was a voice in my head.