the physical condition of being stretched or strained
But the fear moved then, moved away, and Brian knew the wolf for what it was—another part of the woods, another part of all of it Brian relaxed the
tension on the spear in his hand, setded the bow in his other hand from where it had started to come up.
He put an arrow to the string, pulled it back to his cheek, pointed it at a dirt
hummock, and at that precise instant the bow wood exploded in his hands sending splinters and chips of wood into his face.
He put an arrow to the string, pulled it back to his cheek, pointed it at a dirt hummock, and at that
precise instant the bow wood exploded in his hands sending splinters and chips of wood into his face.
In the city if he made a mistake usually there was a way to
rectify it, make it all right If he fell on his bike and sprained a leg he could wait for it to heal; if he forgot something at the store he could find other food in the refrigerator.
a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion)
Make some kind of pond...
to his right, at the base of the rock
bluff, there were piles of smaller rocks that had fallen from the main chunk, splinters and hunks, from double-fist size to some as large as his head.
flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements
The bird had sat and he had lunged and the two points took the bird back down into the ground and killed it almost instandy—it had
fluttered a bit—and Brian had grabbed it and held it in both hands until he was sure it was dead.
But something caught his ear or nose and he began to turn, and had his head half around, when he saw a brown wall of fur
detach itself from the forest to his rear and come down on him like a runaway truck.
When he got to the shelter he crawled inside and was
grateful that the coals were still glowing and that he had thought to get wood first thing in the mornings to be ready for the day,
grateful that he had thought to get enough wood for two or three days at a time,
grateful that he had fish nearby if he needed to eat
grateful, finally, as he dozed off, that he was alive.