Cave Dweller (201 Words)
When Annie was little, she had liked to watch the cave from the outskirts of the village. She imagined that a troll lived there, or an ogre, with the bones of its victims scattered around the floor. Then she imagined a wizard was hiding there, brewing evil potions. Or maybe it was a fairy who stole babies in the night.
As she grew older, she decided a dragon lived there. It looked like a very dragon-friendly cave. But it was only when she was much, much older, and the village she lived in could no longer be seen through a child’s eyes, that she decided she would climb the mountain and find out what lived there for herself.
Annie took a few things with her for her journey. She took food and water, a blanket in case it rained and a pillow in case she was tired. It was almost evening when she reached the cave. Lifting her lantern, she looked inside.
It was dusty and empty. A few spiders made their homes near the door, and inside on a ledge was what must have been a bird’s nest, once.
“It’ll do,” said Annie, and spread her blanket on the floor.
Written in response to Sue Vincent’s Photo Prompt. Check it out!