A Gazelle in the Den of a Lion

I was peacefully walking home down the same street as always. However, that day I was in a hurry, so I thought it would be a good idea to take a shortcut, without knowing I was about to live a visceral experience.


In the blink of an eye, I found myself lost in the middle of a forest I had never been before. I knew I needed to get out of that place as soon as possible, but it was a maze. My heart was frozen with fear.


As the time went passing by, figured out that, apart from me, there was not a soul in the woods. The only sound I could hear was some leaves crunching under my feet. This made me feel confident enough to go further into the place, hoping to find someone who could help me get home. Instead, I found a mysterious mossy cave hidden in the darkness. At first, I thought of getting inside it, but as my hands started exploring its rough surface, I noticed there were some animal footprints impregnated deeply in the rocks. My ears perceived a heavy and prolonged snoring. I felt like a gazelle in the den of a lion. The ground started moving and I knew the animal had woken up. I started running like the devil.


Out of the corner of my eye, I could see that the mysterious animal was a black grizzly bear. I will never forget his sight full of evilness and his tapered teeth. The bear was as agile as a cat. I could tell it was trying to find me. My heart jumped into my mouth. In those seconds full of adrenaline, the closer thing to a refuge that my eyes were able to find was a tree trunk full of holes that were lying on the floor. I was breathless, so I decided to hide inside it. Rarely, the bear did not find me. He continued searching around until I lost sight of him. My legs turned to water and I couldn’t move.


I stayed inside that piece of wood for around 20 minutes more. The sky turned dark, the gray clouds opened up and the sky poured out. At this point, I did not care anymore about the bear showing up. The idea of getting home was like a pipe dream.


All of a sudden, the sky cleared up and the sun smiled at me. The refreshing smell of wet earth filled my nostrils. The breeze gently caressed my cheeks. I knew I was about to get home. When I arrived at my front door, I cried as if the world had come to an end. I was sure this day would stay in my mind eternally.


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