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Lightning flashed, and the boys ran, pumping their legs as hard as they could.

“Did you see that?” the first cried.

“No, and neither did you! Keep running!”

“I can’t,” came the reply. “I’ve got to stop for a sec.”

They dropped behind a fallen log and sucked air in ragged gasps, the panic of their flight showing its toll on them. Blood roared in their ears as their scared and exhausted bodies tried to compensate for the brutal run.

“Was that what I think it was?” the first asked. The reply came as a nod. “How can that be? I thought they were just legend?”

The second shook his head. “I don’t know, and it doesn’t matter now. We just have to get away. Ready?”

“Yeah, I think so.”

“Good. We’re almost there.”

They stood to run again, and another flash of lightning illuminated the shadow looming over them, arms outstretched, a wooden pole shoved up its back. They screamed, and the thunder boomed.

In the morning, the ring of scarecrows circling the town had increased by two.

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  1. Avatar The Blacksmith

    This has me ever-so intrigued. What is this “Scarecrow” and does this now mean the two boys, now scarecrows, will hunt like the other? Well, I’m presuming it was hunting.

    Nice. I like pieces that keep me thinking long after I’ve read them.

  2. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    It stems from a story setting I’ve had percolating in the back of my brain for two or three years now. I’m hoping to explore it further here on Ficly, so keep your eyes peeled. :)

  3. Avatar The Blacksmith

    I will! Now, while I wait, I shall go have a read of your other material!

  4. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Please do! I love feedback!

  5. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Fair point. I might clean that part up after I think on it a bit.

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