Beauty and the What?!

Installation #1

A low growl takes over the silence of the night. The sound of footsteps crunching on the dead leaves of fall fill her ears. She clutches the sleeves of her jacket and keeps moving. Her eyes wide open and her ears fully concentrated on the eeriness around her.

Sally walks down the middle of the street wishing she would have gone home when the sun was still out. Once darkness fills the town of Shadow County, the creature comes out to play. No one knows what it is or where it came from. But, for ten years, it has haunted the streets, knocking over trash cans and scaring the life out of anyone who ventures out when the sun sets.

The wind swoops down and flows through her hair, sending cool shivers up her spin. She knew coming to this town was a mistake. Her only reason being that her grandmother left a house to her in the will and she felt like she had to come. It’s been so long since she’s been there, fifteen years at most. She just turned twenty-one and has never heard the rumors of the monster of Shadow County, until now.

She takes a deep breath, trying to fight the urge to sprint down the street. Her grandmother’s house is still a few blocks away. That monster could jump out at her at any moment and her life will be over. She should have listened to the warnings, listened to those who told her of the creature. Instead, she chose to ignore them.

A rustle in the bushes across the street catches her ear. Her feet stop moving and her eyes turn to the noise. Her hands begin to shake her breathing quickens. The street light halfway down clicks on and illuminates part of the street.

Something stands in the light. It’s not human, Sally can tell that right away. It’s much too tall and hairy to be mankind. It’s snout isn’t like a human’s more like a wolves and the rest of its body is looks more like a lion. Enough to scare anyone wandering the streets alone in the middle of the night.

The creature snaps its head in her direction and she quickly darts behind a parked car. Her fingers crossed, praying that thing didn’t see her. The night goes silent, not even crickets are chirping.

Heavy footsteps break that silence and her heart pounds faster.

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