by MD Maurice
An ambigious foe waits in the dark.
|The vacant parking lot was welcoming her. The dead leaves blowing around her feet sounded like anxiously chattering children. The autumn breeze blew softly with the hint of a chill. The lot lights blinked and buzzed randomly and the headlights of all the parked cars seemed to watch her like faithful guardians.
She stopped, feeling the cold pavement through her thin slippers. Should she call out or would he just know she was waiting? It was funny, she didn’t even feel frightened, much less frightened at least, then she’d been moments before in her bed. It had been hours and hours of ceaseless tossing and turning before she’d finally made her tormented decision and slipped softly out into the darkness. On her way down to the lot her head had cleared, her lungs had filled with the crisp air and she’d begun to feel instantly better. This was meant to be afterall, wasn't it?
Her thoughts dropped off suddenly. She’d heard a noise coming toward her, very fast from the right. Panic bolted her feet to the ground and terror cut off her breath, steeling her limbs. Two small deer crashed out from the brush in front of her and passed so closely by her that she could feel their heat. They jumped, crashing into the woods on the other side of the lot. Her next breath came loud and painfully.
The cold was beginning to seep through her nightclothes; the pale cotton was growing damp under her arms and between her thighs. She looked up at the sky. It was a resilient midnight blue. Was he also taking the time now to notice how lovely the sky was tonight? She sought familiar constellations, desperately trying to ward off the growing anxiety and nagging doubts tugging at her stomach.
There was another noise. This time not a deer but the certain sound of heavy soles on pavement, not rushing of course, but steadily coming closer. The anticipation had a remarkable effect on her, an almost sexual response. Her hardened nipples brushed up against cold cotton each time she moved and a deep trembling shake moved down inside her most intimate places.
He’d been watching her for over an hour and had finally come to the impossible conclusion that she was there waiting for him. The absurdity of it nearly made him laugh out loud. He hadn’t even felt particularly hungry tonight but the longer he watched her, the more her silent vulnerability enticed and provoked him. He couldn’t tell from this distance if she was pretty but then it really didn’t matter, her accessibility made her flawlessly beautiful. Standing there, so still in the soft glow of the lot lights, her little pink slippers looked like pearls. Her hair was tugged back in a messy ponytail that twitched as she shifted from foot to foot. As he watched her, the sweat ran down between his shoulder blades and the need drove him more urgently forward.
She felt him coming toward her now, faster. If she looked hard enough into the inky blackness, she could almost certainly see him. She knew she didn’t want to look. She didn’t want to watch him advancing on her. She wasn’t so sure she wanted to be here anymore at all. If she thought she’d stand a chance, she would certainly bolt back to the safety of her dorm. She knew now, she would not make it. The fear finally solidified in her stomach.
He paused for a moment. What was this? He had picked up on a change. She was afraid. He sensed she wanted to run. He was disappointed. He had hoped this once would be different; after all she had come to him. She had seduced him.
Disheartened, he sank to his haunches and prepared to leap. Perhaps, at least, this little one would not be so loud…