Count the crows
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chthoniccrow
chthoniccrow Soaked in soul
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3:13 AM

Count the crows

3:13 AM

3:13 AM I stopped my car at the very dead end, my headlights illuminating the metal fence and the woods beyond it.

The tree branches looked skeletal, casting strange shadows on the wet leafy ground.

The tree branches looked skeletal, casting strange shadows on the wet leafy ground. It was raining, barely.

My hazard lights blinked steadily on me as I hopped the fence, providing more guidance than the sliver of moon in the sky.

Count the crows.

One...

One... Two.

The ground was slick beneath my shoes, but I soldiered on anyways, onto a familiar narrow path I've never seen before.

The ground was slick beneath my shoes, but I soldiered on anyways, onto a familiar narrow path I've never seen before. The trees arched around over my head, creaking softly, and I could hardly tell where I was putting my feet.

I came to a crossroads, the path to the left just as twitching and arching, the right wider and straighter.

I came to a crossroads, the path to the left just as twitching and arching, the right wider and straighter. I turned right, stuffing my hands in my pockets and exhaling, just barely seeing the vapor fade out from my mouth.

Count the crows.

One...

One... two....

One... two.... three.

A fallen tree blocked the way, but luckily I had the full moon to light my way.

A fallen tree blocked the way, but luckily I had the full moon to light my way. I hopped over it without a problem, my shoes crunching the dry leaves beneath my feet.

A fallen tree blocked the way, but luckily I had the full moon to light my way. I hopped over it without a problem, my shoes crunching the dry leaves beneath my feet. I took even steps through the path, focusing on a steady pace. It wouldn't be long now.

I heard the sounds of a bubbling creek and stopped dead.

I heard the sounds of a bubbling creek and stopped dead. No, no. I couldn't cross running water.

I heard the sounds of a bubbling creek and stopped dead. No, no. I couldn't cross running water. Never cross running water.

I heard the sounds of a bubbling creek and stopped dead. No, no. I couldn't cross running water. Never cross running water. I turned back, but quickly looked up when I heard rustling.

Count the crows.

One...

One... two....

One... two.... three....

One... two.... three.... Four.

My heart began to beat faster, and I looked around desperately.

My heart began to beat faster, and I looked around desperately. I spotted a much more narrow road snaking off into the trees, and swiftly turned down it.

My heart began to beat faster, and I looked around desperately. I spotted a much more narrow road snaking off into the trees, and swiftly turned down it. I could never leave the path.

My heart began to beat faster, and I looked around desperately. I spotted a much more narrow road snaking off into the trees, and swiftly turned down it. I could never leave the path. At least all these dirt roads silenced my foot falls.

The leaves rustled on the trees as I quickened my pace, and something groaned behind me.

The leaves rustled on the trees as I quickened my pace, and something groaned behind me. I didn't look.

The leaves rustled on the trees as I quickened my pace, and something groaned behind me. I didn't look. I knew it wasn't the trees.

Count the crows.

One.

I tugged up my hood once I looked back down, I had no idea why I hadn't thought of it earlier.

I tugged up my hood once I looked back down, I had no idea why I hadn't thought of it earlier. It was raining quite heavily.

I tugged up my hood once I looked back down, I had no idea why I hadn't thought of it earlier. It was raining quite heavily. The thunderclouds consumed even the moon, the booming thunder nearly silencing the cawing.

The path began to go down hill, and I had to rely on roots to keep from sliding.

The path began to go down hill, and I had to rely on roots to keep from sliding. Lightning boomed again, and two eyes glowed from the trees, reflecting the light.

The path began to go down hill, and I had to rely on roots to keep from sliding. Lightning boomed again, and two eyes glowed from the trees, reflecting the light. I slipped in the mud, tumbling down on my side and grabbing hold of the ground.

Keep moving

Keep moving Keep moving

Keep moving Keep moving Can't stop...

Count the crows.

One...

One... Two...

One... Two... Three...

One... Two... Three... Four...

One... Two... Three... Four... Five.

I scrambled to my feet easily on the cold dirt ground, my breath coming out in vaporous gasps.

I scrambled to my feet easily on the cold dirt ground, my breath coming out in vaporous gasps. There was no moon at all.

I scrambled to my feet easily on the cold dirt ground, my breath coming out in vaporous gasps. There was no moon at all. I kept moving, quickly, but not running.

I scrambled to my feet easily on the cold dirt ground, my breath coming out in vaporous gasps. There was no moon at all. I kept moving, quickly, but not running. Never running.

Where did I get all these rules?

Where did I get all these rules? I moved as fast as I could without running, focusing on only the point in front of me.

Where did I get all these rules? I moved as fast as I could without running, focusing on only the point in front of me. This path had to end somewhere right?

Where did I get all these rules? I moved as fast as I could without running, focusing on only the point in front of me. This path had to end somewhere right? At last, I glanced down at my watch.

3:13 AM

3:13 AM It was then that I realized there was no sound at all.

3:13 AM It was then that I realized there was no sound at all. No wind through the trees, my footsteps made no sound, my breath did not echo.

3:13 AM It was then that I realized there was no sound at all. No wind through the trees, my footsteps made no sound, my breath did not echo. I had no shadow.

The trees had shadows, yet there was no light source.

The trees had shadows, yet there was no light source. And there were shapes...

The trees had shadows, yet there was no light source. And there were shapes... Six of them.

You didn't count the crows.

One.

One. Two.

One. Two. Three.

One. Two. Three. Four.

One. Two. Three. Four. Five.

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.

A new rule.

A new rule. Never check the time.

I stopped my car at the very dead end, my headlights illuminating the metal fence and the woods beyond it.

I stopped my car at the very dead end, my headlights illuminating the metal fence and the woods beyond it. The tree branches looked skeletal, casting strange shadows on the wet leafy ground.

It was raining, barely.

Thank you for reading! -cassander

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