Wind whistled and howled through the dark night. Crickets sat, unusually quiet. The trees blew in the wind. The sky was starless...cloudless...moonless...Where was everyone? Where was anything? What was going on?
Suddenly, yowls erupted from the forest and a calico she-kit came darting, as quick as lightning, out of the bushes. Many black shadows were following her. Some bigger than others. The calico's ears were pinned to her head, and her tail was tucked between her legs, but she pushed herself forwards. Faster...Faster...Faster...She had to get away. She just had to.
Vicious snarls and feral growls kept breaking every silence. "Get her!" yowled a tom-cat. "She's getting away!" yowled another one. The kit pushed herself onwards until she tripped, tumbling and rolling a few tail-lengths further. The figures that had been chasing her separated into the shadows. First a large tom cat leaped at the kit, then others lashed out at her, slashing her fur o