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Maybe it came in with the firewood, sleeping in some rotten log until the warmth of the stove revived it and brought it to life. Or maybe it had been dormant in the walls of the old house and it awoke because it was time. Whatever its origins, it was a unique creature, half mouse, half crab, and very hungry. It stretched its legs and groomed its body. After so long a sleep, waking felt good. Its need for food was strong.
The house was dark, but it could see. It was wary, but all was quiet. It crawled from a hole in the wood box and made its way off the hearth. It scuttled along the room's perimeter in little bursts of speed followed by an alert silence. Its claws made a soft clicking sound on the wood floor. In the dim light of the room it could make out the darker rectangle of a doorway. It made a dash for the opening.
To the old tabby cat sitting motionless in the corner, this was just too tempting a target to resist. As silent as only a cat can be it pounced on the intruder, all its weaponry at the ready. The crab thing reacted instinctively and struck with its poison claw. The cat sank to the floor a glassy eyed corpse. The thing's venom liquified the cat's organs and bones. A mosquito-like proboscis drank the pre-digested pussy cat innards and left an empty bag of cat fur in the middle of the room.
Having fed, the creature felt stronger though not yet satisfied. It found the box of kittens in the kitchen and one by one it left six small bags of fur in place of animated cuteness. It's hunger now sated, the crab thing headed back to its hole. It sensed the big black lab asleep by the back door and the family asleep upstairs. Tomorrow was another day.
This is simply a fun little run through a basic horror story. I like the thing from the log ingesting the kittens - they're too cute and they know it..they needed to be ingested to decrease the cuteness meter of the galaxy. As Scarlett O'hara said with a clenched fist...tomorrow is...
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