the support of the mountain under his legs disappeared. Alexander had
reached the edge of a cliff. Over went his stomach, then his chest.
He scuffed his chin and nose on the sharp edge of the rock, which stuck out
enough for his fingers to grip. Alexander dangled over the precipice,
listening to rocks hit the ground far below.
trembled as he clenched the rigid lip of the cliff. Bit by bit, his fingers
slipped over loose gravel until only the tips remained exposed on the
“Help!” His cry
bounced off the mountainside; then there was only a silence that left Alexander
hopeless. His hands trembled. Something cold and damp squished up against his
fingers. Alexander was being sniffed.
Please!” he gasped. “I can’t hold on much longer.”
“One might say
that my timing is nothing short of miraculous,” a deep and clever-sounding
voice said from the surface above. Alexander strained to look up
toward his fingers.
Just over the
edge was a black nose with a drip hanging in a taunting manner off the tip, and
a pair of dark, hollow eyes peering down at him. It was a wolf with matted,
ashy-gray fur, and a bleak disposition.
“What do you
think?” the wolf asked.
“Um, if you
help me up I will certainly have an answer for you… Mr. Wolf, sir.” Alexander
gave the wolf a desperate half smile.
“My name is
Cozmo,” said the wolf, just before sinking his teeth into Alexander's arm.
and groaned as he tugged Alexander's lanky body up the cliff. His hind
legs slid over loose gravel, drawing him to the edge.
braced his other arm around Cozmo’s neck and pulled himself to safety. Cozmo
let out a vicious growl and threw Alexander away from the cliff’s edge. They
both sat, breathless for a moment.
Cozmo. You saved my life.”
Cozmo shook the
dirt off his fur. He snarled and sniffed while looking Alexander up and down.
“Do you think I did all that work for nothing?”
stumbled backwards. “Are you going to eat me?”
“Well, yes, of course I am. If you don’t run, it will make
this much easier.” Saliva dripped from the gaps in his teeth as he let out a
sinister laugh and began his approach on Alexander.