- Do you see it?
- Holy shit!
- I know. What the fuck do you think it is?
- I… I don’t know… What do we do? – She was making a freakishly enormous amount of effort not to panic and alert that thing to their presence.
- I think… I think we should wait… I don’t know… fuck!
The thing was some kind of dog… no… no, definitely not a dog; it was a lot bigger than any dog they had ever seen plus, Pete was pretty sure translucent skin wasn’t part of any breed’s traits, but definitely the most… unnatural thing about it was the faint glow radiating from his bones allowing them to see every bit of muscle movement, joint bending and…
- Oh god! It’s that a cat in is…
- Yhea… yes, I think it is Alice.
Both kids were breathing heavily and had their eyes stuck on the monstrous figure which kept on sniffing between the roots, slowly strolling over stones and fallen branches progressively illuminating each bit of forest around him.
- Alice, come. – Pete said decisively, grabbing Alice by the wrist. Then they both started to crawl around the massive sequoia bark in order to create a barrier between them and the beast. Now pressed against the other side of the tree with hearts pounding in unison and lungs gasping for air, both, Pete and Alice couldn’t even hear a gun shot more than 50 meters away let alone keep track of the animal’s position.
- Shit… it… fuck… this was a bad idea.
- Pete- She grabbed his face. And looked to where she imagined his brown eyes were.- Look at me. We’re gonna run when I s…- Suddenly she didn’t have to imagine his eyes, anymore. She could see him progressively clearer at every second that passed. Thump. Thump. Thump. Her heart weighed a hundred kg inside her chest and when they both looked away from each other, into the light source, it was like it fell into the ground and shattered completely. In front of them, breathing heavily, stood a car sized dog, eyes obscured by the luminescence of his skull, it growled.