She crouched and tried to still her heart and limbs so the water would not give her away in wavelets or ripples.
Her teeth chattered. She wasn’t dressed for wet and the day’s sun had little warmth, none of which reached the shaded culvert.
She strained to listen.
She did all she could think of to hide her steps, but she wasn’t likely to escape the dogs. If they brought them. Oh pray please, please, that they did not. Not the dogs.
Her breath hitched and she bit down on her lip to try and swallow the sob that rode on it. The metal taste of blood filled her mouth. She heard barking. Surely the dogs could smell it. And her fear.
She closed her eyes and prayed to become stone.
She would not feel their chains, the bites, the clubs, their touch, their lashes, if she were a stone.
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