If you do that again, I’ll kill you.

A monster approaches with nefarious intent.

He doesn’t notice that he’s being watched.

The clawed hand closes around the door knob and turns. It’s locked, but the latch is old and weak. The door is so thin and hollow, he could just kick his way through, but that won’t be necessary. Just a few more seconds and he’ll be in. And then he can get what he came for.

Inside the old man sips his Pepsi and wishes it was a beer. He thinks he hears something over the TV.

The predator in the shadows advances on the interloper and bares his fangs. A voice rings out into the night deep and sure.

If you do that again, I’ll kill you!

The Strange One: That damned animal. This was supposed to be an easy take from frightened retirees. What kind of people have something like that in their yard?”

The monster shakes his head in exasperation, groaning in frustration and pain as he hauls himself off of the ground and hustles, limping, retracing his steps to his place among the trees by the creek. He’s bleeding and his pants are shredded.

Mr. Mittens: “I am a ferocious predator. One hiss from me and danger takes off running. I am defender of all that I survey. My domain is safe because I exist.”

The cat presses himself flat to the ground, under the car, and with his ears back, heart pounding. His eyes shine and his tail lashes back and forth as he watches as the monster flee.

Gene: “I’m going to get a brand new door, Mr. Mittens. Then we’ll see if you can drive me crazy rattling it anymore. I’m done with your antics. I’m going to bed, get in here right now or stay outside all night.”

The man does’t like to think of himself as old, but he is. It just sort of happened gradually. Used to be he was a guy who could handle himself in a fight, now he’s a guy who has lawn ornaments and threatens the cat.

Laying on its side in the grass is an uncanny metal goat sculpture, sharp as razor wire.

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Jennifer Keene

Jennifer Keene

I write short fun pieces that people actually have time to read. Topics Include: Algorand, Crypto, Travel, Fiction. I am a childfree, vegan, digital nomad.