The Cougar ....... The Runner.

A Short Story........

Watching from the edge of the cliff , seeing her running along the edge of the canyon road and into the tree line , his dark eyes never leave her once , intrigued by the movements of her body and the speed of her legs in motion , from two hundred yards away he sees the persperations dampness forming along her tanned shoulder blades and her thighs. His tail snakes in movement as his muscular body stands absolutely motionless. There is something intriguing and tantilizing in the motion of her ponytailed hair and her smooth arms that has awakened the killer instinct within. He follows in absolute silence at an easy pace picking his places of observation from memory , yes , he's seen her before , many times here. And today , there is something different in the air , in his instinct , an agitation .....a natural need -a hunger !

A loner , isn't that what he called me ? Why does he begrudge me the time it takes me to run ten miles , I have always loved to run up here in the solitude of the canyon road , I look behind me to make sure no one follows me before I cross over the road and head up into the woods trail.

In and out of the mesquite brush and mansanita' trees he moves at an easy and yet hungered pace leaving his huge paw prints in the sand , but along the ledges he leaves no sign at all. Every few minutes he catches a glimpse of her bright red tank top and the swift flash of her well tanned legs in motion . Yet , on the edge of instinctive reaction to seeing his prey he becomes as excited as ever on the hunt . His heart rate remains the same as he moves in silence and at once as he leaps across the trail he catches the scent of her bodies perspiration and another odor , sweet , inticing ....perfumed. As he lands fifteen feet from the beginning of his leap all of his one hundred and fourty pounds of muscle and bone continue in motion . Through the giant sequoias he moves among the shadows and passing through the few rays of sunshine , his color almost matches perfectly with the floor of the forest.

What I really want is to be out on my own , this relationship thing is really starting to get under my skin , I have made up my mind is the day I tell him ! It won't go well but break ups never do , and isn't it better to live alone than to be unhappy together anyway? I feel strong today and I really feel like I could run forever at this pace, and it's just so beautiful up here anyway. Maybe I won't even go home tonight..........And just for a minute a trace of guilt crosses her mind she thinks of this new found relationship. Another possibility of love , that has moved in her life .

The couger's shoulder muscles twitch once as he lays across the ledge watching her run , his cat eyes narrow slits , totally and completely focused nothing moves now except his head turning slowly as she passes just a few yards away . Something inside him not completely in his control now as her scent reaches the spot where he lies. Inside the instincts of ten thousand years of evolution the couger levels his heart beat , his visions become tunneled and the adernaline flows into his system , he begins the final moments of the stalking , his huge paws fly into motion in one instant he covers thirty feet with only one landing of his huge paws. The dust from his landing on the trail instantly rises behind him and drifts slowly into the leaves , He watches her legs flex and the movement intrigues him . The distance between them closes instantly from fifty to forty feet , twenty five .........His eyes target the spot where her shoulder meets her neckline ........

Ahh ....... the fresh canyon air feels good as her lungs take in the cooler air and she feels like she could run forever now , Ever since she was a young girl her escape from life ,from society and all the pressures of growing through her teen years and on into adult hood was found here in the Isolation Canyon hills . Yes, it all changes
"I will tell him today " she says aloud .........just as the first thundering footsteps prod her instincts , and as her head begins to turn to the sound and her pace begins to slow at the uphill angle and just as her periferal vision recieves the tauny color of movement from behind and to her left , her peaceful run explodes in a fury of motion , something ...... is there behind me .............

The couger arrives at full speed and instantly catches his movements to control his approach, and in one last jump lands at her side .............matching instantly the pace that her legs are moving into. With one softened snarl he looks up at her as if to say .........
'Where have you been , I have been waiting just for you "...........
Immediately his eyes connect with hers..........and there it is ..........her smile.

" Well there you are my new found friend , I have missed you " ,she says. And wonders .........who iin the world would believe this! And as they run on and away together she knows , she knows that she will run on forever........just with the strength he has given her ............

And onward they race together ..........


Comments 14 comments

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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia

This is very descriptive and intriguing. Yes, it should be continued! I voted this up and awesome!

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Ebower , Thank you dear lady, I will. I see it made you smile!....:-}

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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Absolutely beautifully detailed in every way. What a fantastic idea...completely unique....very visual, I love the 'dialogue' as thought, only. Perfect. Whether there is a continued or not...this is complete unto itself. Our imaginations can carry the story (if we so choose...certainly, it is not necesssary)..

Tantalizing, too! There are many cross currents here, ahorseback..truly a work of art.

Thank you.

Of course, so many UP's!

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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Holy moly, I did NOT see this coming!

More more more please!

Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Wow this was fantastic..Can't wait to hear more..Thank you for a great piece of writing for sure..


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hi Lucky Cats , thank you for stopping in your busy life! well. Hows the cats?..:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hello Qudsia, Ok Ok , Just for you!.....:-] Thank you.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Now Sunnie Day I can see him running beside you! The couger likes your smile.....:-}

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Ahorseback, loving the profile pic. You are such a teller of nature's beautiful tales.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

What a story! And it surprised me--I thought the cougar was going to have the runner for lunch!

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Thank you Cardisa , I though I had better show a man on a horse, A couple hubbers thought me a woman, because I'm so sensitive I guess! LOL. Dont they know how that hurts a guy ,guy! LOL....You are a wicked writer ! I am a beginner!

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Paradise , I would have had her for lunch if I were the couger! Glad you enjoyed! Thanks for reading too ...:-}

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jujubees 5 years ago from Rhode Island

totally enjoyed the suspense....and loved the ending!!!!

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Jujubees, Thank you very much, nice to see a new face......;-}

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