In the thick forest came voices stolen from lost birds but bound to men.
They ran through the night to a place where even gods felt naked, the sweat of their bodies becoming water that ran over stones and pebbles.
Their hearts grew, listening to the laughter of waters, yet still they couldn’t fight their fears in the dark, or whisper hallelujahs.
They surrendered their throats, like the spirits of their fathers, to the demons of the forest who arose and fought them to their limits.
When Nicholas slew them at the abyss, the village came, rejoicing for their freedom.
Author bio: Owoh ugonna Alexander is a prolific writer, poet, playwright, he has written so many poems, stories, anthologies, articles, and essays. He is a romantic story teller who believes in nature as a pious and tremendous creation of God. Born in south eastern Nigeria.
Wildness is part of 101 Fiction issue 17.