Email 19

From: daniel
Subject:  Question about pictures

Dear Mr. Macpherson,

I tried tracking a creature once.

Mom and I borrowed a tent and some sleeping bags from some friends and went camping up near Mt. Shasta.  Late one night, after Mom was asleep, I heard some noises down by the creek.  I grabbed the flashlight, slid out of my sleeping bag, and sneaked out of the tent.

There was a bright moon, so I didn’t turn on the flashlight.  The grunting and splashing down by the creek was getting louder, so I headed that way.  I have to admit I was a little scared, but I was even more curious.

I walked as slowly and quietly as I could.  But, just before I reached the creek bank, the noises stopped.  I froze.  Somewhere in the shadows ahead, I knew that something was looking my direction.

I heard a soft grunt.  Then, branches snapped and pebbles clattered as something raced through the shadows, down the creek bed.  It clawed its way up the opposite bank and disappeared into the woods on the other side.

I turned on the light and shined it down by the creek.  Nothing.  I shined the light into the woods on the opposite side.  Nothing there either.  I shined my light up into the sky, but the only things up there were stars.  So, I went back to the tent, crawled into my sleeping bag and fell asleep, wondering.

The next morning, as soon as I got up, I headed back down to the creek.  I thought for sure I’d find some tracks.  I spent almost half an hour looking.

There were some scratches in the dirt on the far bank where the creature had clawed its way up.  And a few pebbles had rolled down where it had heaved itself onto the brushy bank.  But, nothing that would prove anything to someone who hadn’t been there that night.

So, what did you do next?  I mean, about the cave.?


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