Leopard’s Roar

Excerpt from Daniel Everhart and the Skylands of Caterra


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Before long, twilight clings with its last strength to the south point of Jiaoche. I’ve positioned two-dozen sensors and demodulators when movement catches my attention. Panicked stillness settles around my heart.

“I see you,” says a voice in my head. It’s muted, so I can’t tell if it’s male or female, but I understand it perfectly.

I take a step forward, too freaked out to stay still. “Show yourself so I can see you.’”

A rock dislodges from the steep cliff and echoes downward. A gray rabbit bounds from a bush straight through my legs.

Caught off guard, I jump and struggle to keep my balance.

Seconds later, a leopard explodes from the darkness. Before I can move, the leopard roars, leaps, and pushes me over the side.

I fall . . .

. . . and fall . . .

. . . and fall . . .


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