“What is that noise?” Kindra growled.
Rika looked at the tiger, astonished. “You hear it?”
“Who couldn’t?” Kindra thrashed his tail.
Dust drifted, glittering, from the ceiling of the cave with each resounding knock.
“I’ve heard it my whole life,” Rika whispered, “but now is the moment. Now.”
“You’re talking nonsense. The armies of man and their gunpowder roars have broken into the mounds of your kin. We must flee.”
“Go, Kindra. Any debt you owe me is paid. But this sound was pounding in my mind before mankind first tamed wild fire. Destiny or death, it must be answered.”
Author bio: John Xero has been set adrift, and seeks a new destiny. If it must be tigers and stars and wonder, then so be it, he will cope, somehow.
Places he should update more often: xeroverse.com @xeroverse
Knocking is part of 101 Fiction issue 19.