Time of Darkness
Just as I was riding into the woods, the sun set, enclosing me in complete darkness.
Because of the position of the mountains, there was always a period of time between the sunset and the moon’s ascent, a time of darkness.
“Damn!” I cursed out loud, causing Snowstar to rear back in fright.
“Forgive me, Snowstar,” I soothed my horse. I gently urged her forward into the darkness of the woods.
“It will only be a few minutes, Snowstar. Do not worry. Lady Moon will soon light our way again and we can ride full tilt as I know you like best.” I spoke to my horse as much for my own comfort as for hers. The tall shadows of trees loomed above us as we passed.
Suddenly, I heard a sound behind me, like a footfall.
“Who goes there!” I called out. The hoot of an owl answered me.
It must have been my imagination. I continued forward.
The witch sat on a branch and stretched her long, white wings. She’d taken the form of a predator whose eyes could see perfectly in darkness, and whose claws were razor sharp.