It was a pleasant sunny and warm sunday
the couple were out walking
on a trail with their two labrador puppies
who were a long way ahead
chatting happily hand in hand without care
the day together did share!
Neither noticing the tree foliage thickening
or that nobody had passed
it was their weekends that they enjoyed
only just moving to the village
no knowledge of this part of the rural wood
in which they now stood!
If they had spoken to any local in the village
maybe a different route
might have been chosen for this rest day walk
a beast that roamed here
visitors had been found badly mutilated within
was another killing about to begin?
Of course there was no warning neither knew
first hint of any trouble
the barking stopped and yelp’s of pain and fear
came from their pets ahead
then no noise could be heard only rustling trees
from calmness to unease!
A strong urge to run but not without their dogs
in turmoil heard a bark
together headed towards the faint pitiful sound
approaching saw blood and fur
there one of the pups stood over the remains
itself covered in blood stains!
Hesitant to go near being an unexpected scene
shaken by the gruesome sight
the pet snarled as if daring them to come closer
movement surrounding them
certain in the shadows something was observing
the terror increasingly disturbing!
Slowly backing away from the agitated puppy
thinking was it really a killer
a presence then showed itself coming into view
from behind a rotting tree stump
a huge black cat appeared fiery red eyes stared
and fanged teeth bared!
Claws in the ground did plough lunging forward
snatched the small dog
throwing it to one side the woman screamed
as it was flight or die
without thought through undergrowth crashed
on a rock her head bashed!
Her husband struggling to pick up her still body
as he blindly tripped on
then saw the trail once more felt the breath
of the beast on his heels
exhausted rapid heart beat clothes and skin
ripped just had to win!
In sight the edge of the tree line was visible
adrenaline drove him ever on
but exhaustion overtook him he collapsed
on the ground they lay
like discarded rag dolls sprawled in the dirt
broken and seriously hurt!
Eventually would be found yet another chapter
in the woods rural legend
but there was no clues found a major factor
for cause of injury a story without end!
The Foureyed Poet.