It was a beautiful day when i saw her, a fair golden-haired girl walking down the forest path, her birchbark basket half-full of mushrooms that grew huddled near the sprawling spring behind the high tussock. she lowered her body, hand reaching out to collect some more, not aware of my presence just ahead of her. neither did i that time, i saw her close and i escape further behind into the cover of the bushes, hidden. it was instinct; we are grown to be cautious to protect ourselves for many of my kin have perished by the hunts of her kind, the humans that intrude the forest and k**l us with arrows.
her consciousness of the environment raises as i move suddenly, the sudden noise of the broken branches under my hoof and the movement of my heavy body frighten her. the girl backs up with a rush, the basket of mushroom falling on the forest floor, her now standing stiff body cautiously looking for the source of the surprise. my large body is difficult to hide behind the vegetation and her eyes caught the vision of me quickly. her distress ease seemingly fast, her shoulders lower and her small hands ease their grip as she examines me closely, noticing that i am more or less just as afraid of her as she was of me and intend no harm to her.
we stare at each other, i am more shy than she is. “you’re beautiful”, she whispers as her eyes wander from my fearful eyes into my grand horns crowning my head. “don’t be afraid”, the girl says gently when i hesitate to allow her hand to touch me. i took a small step back, but then lower my head, gesturing that i allow her to approach. her tiny fingers are just an inch away from me when a sudden noise echoing from the forest brings me to alarm; more humans! they are searching for the girl as they call on her name. people are approaching, i have to escape. with a few quick gallops, i have reached the cover of the trees. i turn to take a last long look at the golden-haired girl, she hushed me to escape, “run, don’t stay here”, she urged me. .
a new take on writing short stories. 😀 how should it continue?
i took the picture last year on my short hikes in the forests. nature really do spark my imagination🐿
i hadn’t been to singapore for at least 15 years. so it was no surprise that everything was so different, what did surprise me was how awesome everything was. the gardens by the bay are an engineering and architectural wonder.