The Golden Blur
Daniel pushed his way through the brush and into the clearing. He fiddled with the tiny golden flute dangling around his neck and scanned for the creature he hoped to charm. The orange light coating the forest floor started receding as the sun slowly slid behind the mountains. Time was running out. He could almost feel the eyes of the hidden predators stalking him, waiting for darkness to descend.
A tiny golden blur darted from behind a tree and sped away from Daniel. He gave chase, running as fast as his exhausted legs would take him. The golden creature ran fast then slowed, ran fast then slowed, teasing and tempting Daniel.
It stopped in front of the mouth of an underground cave and sat on its haunches. It looked at Daniel with its golden eyes as its floppy golden ears bounced up and down.
Daniel stepped forward and the animal darted into the cave. He smiled. “I’ve chased you through the whole damn forest since sunup. Nowhere to go now,” he said. Pulling the flute from his neck, images of the wealth the village elder promised him flooded his mind.
“You must not be there when the sun goes down,” the elder had cautioned him.
With the last bit of sunlight lingering, he wet his lips and blew on the flute. The tone bounced around the walls of the cave, and when the sound died, he waited for the small animal to come forth, dizzy and spellbound. He placed a hand on his knife, readying to take its golden skin.
Instead, a mighty roar shook the rocks and sent chills through Daniel’s body. The flute fell from his hand as he scrambled backwards.
Sounds of rattles, snarls and growls filled the air as the night took the forest. In the darkness of the cave, a pair of large golden globes floated in the air, eyeing Daniel with hunger. He gripped his knife. It would be a long run through the forest until sunup.
My words for this week’s Trifecta. My schedule has been erratic the last few weeks, but I’m glad I was able to put some words together for this challenge!