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My scans indicated there was a rocky outcropping nearby, and based on what I’d seen of the wildlife so far, I wanted nothing more than to put some solid stone at my back. Climbing would do me no good, and while the ground level was rarely safe either, I’d have to take my chances there. Setting up a shelter would take too much time, though I’d brought collapsible poles and and flex fabric.
I would fear what I couldn’t see. Being inside a shelter wouldn’t make the predators go away, and I’d rather see them coming. I’d make a fire;
Phases of Moon: Part 34 by J. Alan Veerkamp
Alice stared out the kitchen window at the disk of pale brightness in the night sky. She’d never paid much attention to the moon before, dismissing it as a meaningless icon, but living here, married to the pack alpha had changed her vantage point. She understood it’s significance, even if she still had questions. There were two full moons this month, one at the beginning and one at the end, and she had learned to hate them all.
She rinsed the last dinner plate and set it in the strainer to dry with the rest. Another mundane evening like every other.
Super Trooper #35 (8.2) by Julie Lynn Hayes
Chan had never been more grateful for Evan’s strength than he was at that moment, standing at the front desk inside the emergency room. If it hadn’t been for Evan, his arm securely about Chan’s waist, he would have probably collapsed. He thought he still might before the night was done.
Would this night ever end? Like a nightmare on a never-ending loop, the words kept replaying inside his mind. There’s been an accident. Your parents are dead. Your parents are dead. Dead…dead… dead…