Evie: A Wintry Ambush p6

Artwork by ArtOfVenus, vignette below!

page 6 and vignette at the WordPress link

Evie scouts the northern woods for a troublesome ogre. But there are other creatures besides ogres lurking in the forest!

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A flash of bright orange low to the ground caught my eye and startled me as I rounded a tree.  I stopped short as my attention was drawn to a gaping maw full of huge teeth on the face of the strange creature.  It sniffed the air and snorted, and a tongue poked out from behind the teeth. 

It looked like a round orange blob on two short legs, a blob with beady eyes and a stubby snout above the rows of teeth that captured my attention.  It was eyeing me, but for some reason it wasn’t moving to attack.

‘A squig,’ I thought.  I’d only seen pictures in the bestiary before, I’d never seen one in the flesh.  They were said to be voracious little monsters that would eat anything available.  But they could also be domesticated, to an extent, and used by other creatures as mounts.

Only with that thought did my eyes travel upward to see an even smaller creature riding atop the squig.  Green and wrinkly with glassy little beads for eyes, he wore a tiny horned helmet and brandished a little toy crossbow.  He looked like a goblin, only miniature sized.  

“Stop roight there, ‘uumie!” A high pitched voice rang out.

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This is page 6 of a full Evie story in collaboration with ArtOfVenus.

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And watch for more with Evie soon!

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