X – The Doctor

The doctor woke up to the sound of growling. The horses were startled and began kicking in their stalls. He sat up wondering if the wind was scaring them. His kerosene lamp was barely alive and as he laid back down he heard it again. He was afraid to move and wondered where the sound was coming from. Was it inside? Was it outside? He couldn’t tell, but he felt the snarl of something breathing close by. He cautiously looked around and when he turned to see something between the slits of the wooden boards, he caught the glint of an angry animal staring back at him. Apprehended, he lunged for his satchel and pulled out his amulet. Something was out there, something angry and menacing was trying to get inside.

Stay near the light, was all he could think of. What light? The light from the kerosene lamp wasn’t enough and the lanterns on the outside had been extinguished by the creatures. There was something about the light and he needed more of it.

“Plus lucis,” he said in Latin and a small glow appeared in his amulet. With one swift of the hand he releases a luminous spark on each corner of the barn, bringing more light to the place. He could hear the creatures scrambling away. Their growling growing distant, though he knew they where nearby. He waited to see of they returned, but they didn’t. Keeping the creatures away calmed the horses.

He wasn’t frightened at being alone, but when face with creatures like that, being alone wasn’t a good thing. What were those creatures? He didn’t get a good look at it and frankly he didn’t want to. He had only seen some fur, a large snout maybe claws, but he wasn’t sure. He tried to listen for them.