and was starting to think about lunch when I heard a loud noise. It sounded like something slamming into the front door or the living room window. I was home alone, and I froze.
What if that was someone trying to break into the house? Our neighborhood is pretty safe, but you can never be too sure. I debated investigating. Nervous Me wanted to stay upstairs and wait. Worried Me didn't hear any more noise and thought it might be safe to go downstairs and check. Worried me won.
I grabbed the phone so I could call 911 if necessary and glanced around for something that could be used as a weapon. My choices: a pile of fabric, a plastic trash can, and a pool noodle. I was going to have to go downstairs unarmed. Maybe I could throw the phone.
I took off my shoes, walked softly to the stairs, and placed my foot on the first step. Creeeeeak! There went my element of surprise. The house is 80 years old; the stairs are noisy. If there was anyone in the house or trying to get in, they would know that someone was home and, if I was lucky, leave.
From halfway down it was clear that the front door was still closed and the living room window looked uncompromised. I relaxed a bit and continued down, now more curious than worried. After testing the front door (securely locked), I went to the window to see if there was any evidence of what caused that bang.
The answer was sitting on the porch railing, settling its ruffled feathers. A beautiful hawk turned and looked at me, its expression clearly saying, "There's nothing to see here, silly flightless creature." Then it turned its back and launched itself off the railing, quickly rising into the afternoon sky.
Surprised and a little awestruck, I wanted to go out on the porch to try to catch another glimpse of the hawk. I opened the door and looked down just before my foot landed on the source of the hawk's collision. A small bird lay on the doorstep, fatally wounded. The hawk had lost its lunch, and I suddenly didn't feel quite so hungry myself.
Hanging out with the awesome bloggers at yeahwrite.me again this week!