Friday, 23 November 2012
It preferred to attack from above. It had used other methods of attack, learning more with each kill, but its natural instinct was to drop from above and bite, and it was without doubt a creature of instinct.
The whole city was in a state of panic. Since the first horrifically mutilated corpses had been discovered pairs of guards had been posted at every street corner, armed patrols drove around the streets during the dark hours, people stayed in their homes whenever possible.
One victim each day, for ninety seven consecutive days.
Forensics and pathology tests had given very little in the way of help. They had proven the creature was not human. The wounds suggested teeth and bite size comparable with that of a six-foot shark. A six digit paw with four central fingers and an opposing thumb at either end, razor sharp claws of two to three inches long, and superhuman strength.
The wounds also suggested the victims died as a result of massive blood loss due to extensive lacerations to the neck and throat.
There was little left of the victims' main body, upper arms and thighs to glean any clues from, for the creature had a voracious appetite.
The whole city walked in fear of this monster.
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The creature had no concept of right or wrong, and would probably have been deeply offended to learn it was thought of as a monster.
For it knew of love, adoration, loyalty, obedience.
It was a pet, accidentally abandoned when its master's ship had landed briefly to undertake repairs. By the time its absence had been discovered the distance and time involved, coupled with the shortage of fuel made it impossible to return for it. There would be many years of grief and guilt before its master would come to terms with the loss of his beloved faithful companion.
Of course the creature knew nothing of this, it only knew its master was no longer there, his soothing voice and gentle hand no longer a comfort, the food no longer given.
Many generations have gone by since the Monster's own kind needed to hunt to survive, since domestication the knowledge and skills had been lost through lack of use and time itself... almost.
And now, for the first time in its life, and through no fault of its own, it had been forced to fend for itself. Luckily for the creature the food source was easy prey. Each night it hunted, ate, then slept.
As the creature also had no concept of time it lived in constant expectation of its master appearing, calling, throwing its toy.
It finished its meal, then bounded off into the nearby woodland, climbed high into a tree, a full belly and an innocent heart brought sleep quickly and naturally.
For whatever the creature was or was not, it only killed to eat, to survive, never for sport or amusement.
Unlike some creatures.... Who branded it a monster.
©2012 Stephen. J. Green.