The Watchers

Photo by Riccardo Chiarini on Unsplash

I don’t remember the last time I was in the forest — namely when I stood past the barrier of trees and didn’t feel fear tremble through me.

You wouldn’t notice them at first. You might mistake them for trees — or misshapen shadows from a trick of the light. But then one will move, its neck cracking at an odd angle while its beaked face opens in a silent scream.

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