No Era La Primera Vez
No era la primera vez que entraban en su propiedad sin ser bienvenidos.
La primera vez que ocurrió, lo descartó como perros callejeros u otros roedores.
Pero a plena luz del día, era evidente que estaba chapoteando en su piscina, y antes de que pudiera hacer nada, su leal compañero salió al paso.
A Ed se le escapó un grito cuando sintió que su perro de diez años le rozaba la pierna.
Ahora estaba fuera de la seguridad de su casa y en el jardín con los enormes animales que confundía con plagas.
Ed sabía que tenía que hacer algo para proteger a los suyos. Pero justo cuando estaba a punto de salir de su porche, oyó el llanto de su bebé detrás de él; ¿qué estaba pasando?
A Toda Prisa
El instinto paternal de Ed se puso en marcha y supo que tenía que hacer algo al respecto.
Se apresuró a entrar para ver a qué se debían los llantos de su hijo.
Pero mientras corría, oyó el aterrador sonido de su perro luchando contra las bestias del exterior; estaba entre la espada y la pared.
Salvar A Su Hijo
Tenía que salvar a su hijo, costara lo que costara. Corrió al dormitorio, pero no podía creer lo que encontró.
Vio a su hijo llorando en la cuna con una sombra oscura que se cernía sobre él.
Se quedó helado de miedo, sin saber qué haría a continuación.
Un Salvador Inesperado
Ed miró a la criatura: era igual que las de fuera, pero más pequeña.
Fue entonces cuando volvió a oír los ladridos de su perro, esta vez más cerca.
Se atrevió a pensar qué le había ocurrido a su fiel amigo. Entonces sintió que algo se abalanzaba sobre él y entraba en la habitación: era su inesperado salvador.
Al crecer, Edward Vard tuvo una madre y un padre cariñosos que harían cualquier cosa por él. Siempre se sintió querido y nunca tuvo problemas al crecer.
Pero Edward no tuvo tanta suerte cuando intentó formar su propia familia.
Se encontraría con problemas únicos con los que la mayoría de la gente ni siquiera soñaba.
Primero Llega El Matrimonio
Recién salido del instituto, Edward conoció a la mujer más hermosa que había visto nunca.
Supo que sería a ella a quien pediría matrimonio desde el momento en que la vio.
Tras meses de cortejo, finalmente cedió y empezó a salir con él. Pero menos de un año después, se casaron.
A los dos años de casados, Tristan, la mujer de Edward, se quedó embarazada. Los dos estaban encantados.
Prepararon su casa para el bebé y esperaban un futuro próspero.
Pero el destino a veces puede ser cruel, y tenía otros planes para la pareja.
Un Bebé Precioso
Tuvieron un precioso niño al que decidieron llamar Hayden.
Los dos pensaban que sus vidas no podían ir mejor, pero se equivocaban.
A los pocos meses de nacer Hayden llegó la tragedia. Tristan enfermó y nunca se recuperó. Los médicos no sabían qué hacer.
Tras meses en el hospital, el estado de Tristan no hizo más que empeorar.
Los médicos le dijeron a Edward que habían intentado hacer todo lo posible, pero que la cosa no pintaba bien.
Entonces llegó el día que Edward no quería creer que ocurriría. Recibió una llamada de la doctora, Tristan había fallecido en el hospital, pero no le dejó con las manos vacías.
Parecía que Tristán sabía que no mejoraba y no quería dejar a su familia con las manos vacías. Decidió hacerlo al estilo John Wick.
Organizó una tienda de animales para que le entregaran a Edward un precioso cachorro Yorkie llamado Aquiles una vez que ella se hubiera ido.
Edward rompió a llorar al ver al cachorro y decidió que lo protegería con todo lo que tenía.
Avanzamos hasta el presente y había pasado casi un año desde la muerte de su esposa.
Hayden seguía siendo un bebé y necesitaba toda la atención de Edward para cuidarlo.
El cachorro Yorkie había crecido mucho en un año y era un compañero leal para toda la familia. Pero Edward no tenía ni idea de lo que se le venía encima.
Una Noche Como Cualquier Otra
Era una noche como cualquier otra; Edward dio de comer al pequeño Hayden y lo acostó.
Vio un poco de deporte en su televisor antes de quedarse finalmente dormido, pero eso no duraría.
De madrugada, se despertó sobresaltado por un ruido que no esperaba. Al principio, sonaba a basura derribada, probablemente mapaches. Pero el siguiente sonido le hizo sobresaltarse.
Intentó volver a dormirse, sabiendo ahora que tendría que limpiar la basura a la mañana siguiente, pero fue entonces cuando oyó algo inesperado: un Splash.
Se sobresaltó en la cama. Sonaba como si algo grande hubiera saltado a la piscina de su jardín.
¿Era algún tipo de animal? ¿O algo más siniestro?
Edward se puso una bata y unas zapatillas antes de decidir asomarse a través de sus persianas y echar un vistazo a lo que estaba pasando.
No pudo distinguir gran cosa, ya que la luz exterior volvía a estar estropeada.
Pero entonces, entre el chapoteo, consiguió distinguir siluetas dentro y fuera de su piscina. Parecían perros callejeros, pero no tenía ni idea de lo equivocado que estaba.
A La Mañana Siguiente
A la mañana siguiente, Edward se levantó de la cama y se preparó para el día que le esperaba.
No tenía muchas ganas de limpiar el desastre que los animales callejeros habían hecho la noche anterior.
Sin embargo, no pensó en ello mientras se ponía a hacer otras cosas. Se sirvió una taza de café y cambió el pañal de Hayden. Entonces supo que no podía posponerlo más.
Limpiando El Patio
Edward abrió la puerta trasera y dejó salir a su pequeño Yorkie para que hiciera sus necesidades matutinas, además de darle de comer.
Aquiles corrió directamente a la piscina y empezó a ladrar, así que Edward corrió a ver qué pasaba.
Pero nunca estaría preparado para lo que vería a continuación. Algo que no se esperaba.
El Espantoso Descubrimiento
Cuando Edward se acercó a la piscina, se le encogió el corazón y se le heló la sangre. Jadeó horrorizado ante el espectáculo que le esperaba.
El agua de la piscina estaba teñida de carmesí, y flotando sin vida estaban los cuerpos inertes de varios animalitos, con el pelaje enmarañado de sangre.
¿Qué criatura sanguinaria podría haber hecho esto? Los ojos de Edward se abrieron de par en par, conmocionado.
El miedo y el pánico lo consumieron al darse cuenta de que aquellos intrusos no eran criaturas corrientes. Eran seres despiadados, sedientos de sangre y capaces de una violencia indescriptible.
Frenéticamente, escudriñó los alrededores, buscando cualquier señal de su querido perro, Aquiles.
Pero no había rastro de su fiel compañero. El pavor se apoderó de su pecho y temió lo peor.
Tembloroso, Edward llamó a los servicios de emergencia, con la voz temblorosa mientras informaba de la espantosa escena en su patio trasero.
La ayuda no tardaría en llegar, pero en aquel momento se sentía completamente solo y vulnerable.
Mientras esperaba la llegada de las autoridades, se apoderó de él una sensación de peligro inminente. No podía evitar la sensación de que Hayden y él seguían corriendo un grave peligro.
Securing The Doors
With newfound determination, Edward rushed back into the house, clutching his son tightly. He secured all the doors and windows, praying that they would provide some semblance of safety.
But his efforts to fortify the house were interrupted by a series of loud crashes and thuds coming from outside.
Edward’s heart pounded in his chest as he realized that the intruders were trying to force their way into his home.
Desperation fueled his actions as he hurriedly searched for any means of defense. His gaze fell upon a wooden baseball bat tucked away in a corner of the living room.
Grasping it tightly, he prepared himself for the impending confrontation.
Suddenly, the front door splintered open, and a chilling gust of wind filled the room. Edward gripped the bat, his knuckles turning white, ready to face whatever nightmare awaited him on the other side.
But then he thought about his son and immediately took him and hid inside a closet. He was not about to lose his life to whatever had just stumbled into his house.
The sound of heavy footsteps echoed through the hallway, growing louder with each passing moment.
Edward’s heart raced as he listened to the creatures walking through the house, breaking everything in their path.
He didn’t want to look at what had entered his house.
He had heard so many rumors about what lived in the woods behind his house.
His friend had told many outlandish stories about legendary creatures that you would only read about in magazines or even fairytales. Could one of these creatures be in his house right now?
The Eerie Encounter
The footsteps grew closer, and Edward could hear guttural growls and snarls intermingled with the sounds of destruction.
The atmosphere in the closet became suffocatingly tense as he held his breath, hoping against hope that they wouldn’t find their hiding spot.
Suddenly, the closet door creaked open, revealing a pair of glowing yellow eyes peering into the darkness.
Edward’s heart pounded in his chest as he clutched his son even tighter, willing them both to remain invisible. He didn’t want to look at whatever was there.
The creature sniffed the air, its nostrils flaring, and Edward could feel its hot breath against his face.
Time seemed to stand still as he silently pleaded for their safety, praying that their presence would go unnoticed.
A Twist of Fate
Just as the creature leaned in closer, ready to pounce, a loud crash echoed from another part of the house.
The creature’s attention shifted, and it swiftly retreated from the closet, leaving Edward and his son trembling in its wake.
Hope surged within Edward as he realized that help had arrived. Perhaps there was a chance for them to survive this nightmare after all.
Armed And Ready
The authorities stormed into the house, armed with weapons and determination. Edward cautiously emerged from the closet, clutching his son tightly, and was met with a scene of chaos.
The creatures had gone but left the house in shambles.
Gunfire rang out with a few warning shots, and the air filled with the stench of smoke and desperation. Edward’s eyes darted around, searching for any sign of Achilles, but he was nowhere to be seen.
A Glimpse of Hope
But then, as he scanned the area outside, Edward caught a glimpse of a familiar figure.
It was Achilles, he had come back, but from where, Edward had no idea. Blood stained his fur, but he seemed to be okay.
With renewed strength, Edward joined the search. He didn’t even know what the policemen were looking for, but he knew it was something big and terrifying.
Amidst the chaos of his ruined house, Edward turned to the authorities, their faces mirroring a mixture of awe and disbelief.
They had never witnessed such destruction, nor had they ever heard of any creatures that would do this to someone’s home.
Questions swirled in the air as investigators meticulously examined the scene, searching for answers. Rumors and legends suddenly had a basis in reality, and Edward’s life would never be the same again.
What Was He Up Against?
In the end, the policemen left Edward with only questions.
He couldn’t believe that his house was such a mess, and he had no idea who or what had caused it.
He held Hayden and Achilles in his arms. He checked if the dog sustained any injuries from where he had gone, but he could see none. What exactly were they up against?
It Would Be Back
He began picking up the pieces of what was left. He would have to get a new door as soon as possible because whatever invaded his home was sure to come back and finish the job.
He needed reinforcements. But then, Achilles started to growl.
Before the dog could dart off into the woods again, Edward held onto him and peered through the window. What he saw chilled him to the bone.
A Flash Of Brown
There was no mistaking what he saw, a flash of brown as something moved in the bushes beyond where he was standing, just beyond the property line where the woods were.
The footsteps were loud as the creature bounded off into the woods without showing its face.
What had he just seen in the bushes?
Edward started doubting whether or not whatever had been in his yard was actually a canine or not.
He had to think quickly before making a decision.
Without hesitating, he followed the trail the creature left behind. He knew that it could have been foolhardy, but he needed to know what it was.
Stepping Out Of Safety
As soon as Edward stepped out of the property line, he knew he was leaving the safety of his home behind. If anything bad happened now, he would be on his own.
He had Achilles trotting behind him for support, but he didn’t expect him to help him much in a pinch.
The two strayed further away from safety and closer to the forest. He should never have left his home.
The forest right by Edward’s home had great biodiversity. This meant he couldn’t really say what was on his property.
There were raccoons, squirrels, wild dogs, and even anteaters, but that’s not what he was afraid of.
There was one animal that he respected and feared more than the rest, but luckily, they were hibernating right now.
In winter, when it got cold, the deadliest predator in the forest went into hibernation.
This was the only reason Edward dared to walk this deep into the forest.
He knew he wouldn’t encounter any bears this time of the year. But he still felt a little uneasy as the sun went behind clouds and things got eerily dark. He kept following the trail.
Edward’s curiosity had gotten the better of him.
He kept going deeper and deeper into the forest, not knowing what to expect.
He felt something strange; his body and mind were screaming at him to turn around and leave as soon as he could. He should have listened to his gut, but he walked on.
After walking for what felt like hours, Edward eventually stumbled across a strange-looking cave. The trail leads directly inside. This was when he heard a noise.
From inside, he heard noises that could only be described as growling.
Without sparing a second thought, he turned around and decided to try and make it back home. But would he make it?
He heard Achilles barking at the cave as he called him to follow.
The two started making their way home, but it was clear that whatever they had tracked to the den was now stalking them.
Edward knew he couldn’t run, or whatever it was, would think he was prey. He had his little Yorkie by his side, at least. He had no idea if he would make it home.
Edward could feel his entire body stand on edge as he walked carefully back home.
He should never have been so curious; it had almost cost him everything.
Eventually, he broke the edge of the trees and could see his house. He got back to his yard and thought about what had just happened. Something dawned on him.
Edward realized that the entire reason for following the animal was to figure out what it was.
But that was harder than it appeared. He still had no idea what kind of animal had been in his yard.
He decided to investigate what was in front of him rather than in the dangerous woods. But what would he find at the scene of the crime?
Something Was Wrong
It was apparent that something was wrong, but he couldn’t put his finger on it.
He looked at his pool, and that’s when he realized something that seemed impossible.
He remembered the splashing he had heard the night before, but wild dogs could have only weighed eighty pounds at most. That didn’t explain what he saw.
The water level of the pool was much lower than normal. He had lost half a foot, but how?
Maybe if four or five of the dogs had all splashed about in the pool, they would have spilled that much water, but it seemed unlikely.
That’s when it dawned on him, it was the animals the previous night, but they must have been gigantic to displace that much water.
Edward spent the rest of the day on a drastic method to remedy the situation. He went to the hardware store and picked up chain link fencing and posts. He knew he could easily erect the fence in less than three hours and knew it would keep something as simple as dogs out. But he had no idea what he was involved with.
Edward got home and put on an old t-shirt and some jeans before throwing a hoodie over them. He started erecting the fence and knew it would be a day of hard work.
He took satisfaction in the bit of renovation that he did to keep the intruders out and his son and the Yorkie safe. But the dad didn’t realize that what he was doing was all for nothing.
The day passed quickly as Edward finished up his work and made sure his son and dog were taken care of. But he had no idea that the animals would be back.
He went to bed believing that they would never be able to get into his yard again after his hard work.
But he was about to be in the same situation as the previous night.
At around the same time, he heard them scratching and swimming in his pool, he thought of calling animal control, but he was too tuckered out from the day he had.
He wondered how they had gotten into his property, but he didn’t want to confront them after his experience in the woods.
But that would be his downfall.
The next morning, Edward woke up to Achilles barking. That normally meant he wanted to go out, but today’s barking was a little more aggressive.
He got up and groggily walked down the stairs to the back door.
That’s when he saw what was going on; the animals were still enjoying his pool. But they weren’t dogs.
The first thing he noticed was the broken fence.
His chain link fence had been shattered and crushed completely where the animals got in. Dogs wouldn’t have been able to do that.
Edward turned to look at what had happened. But he wouldn’t be prepared for what animals were in his yard. But his next problem would be protecting his Yorkie.
Edward’s blood ran cold as he looked out his door and saw what animals they really were. In broad daylight, he could tell what they really were.
They weren’t stray dogs like he thought. It was a brown bear and her cubs enjoying the summer heat together.
He had to calm down and keep clear. But Achilles thought differently.
Brushing Past Him
A cry escaped Ed’s lips as he felt his dog of ten years brush past his leg.
He was now out of the safety of his house and in the garden with the huge animals he mistook for pests.
Ed knew he had to do something to protect his own. But just as he was about to step off of his porch, he heard his baby crying behind him; what was going on?
Instincts Kicking In
Ed’s paternal instincts kicked in, and he knew that he had to do something about the situation.
He rushed back inside to see what his son’s cries were about.
But as he ran, he heard the terrifying sound of his dog fighting the beasts outside; he was stuck between a rock and a hard place.
He had to save his son, no matter the cost. He rushed into the bedroom but couldn’t believe what he found.
He saw his son crying in his crib with a dark shadow looming over him.
He froze in fear, not knowing what he would do next.
Ed gazed down at the creature – it was the same as the ones outside, except smaller.
That’s when he heard the barking of his dog again, this time closer.
He dared to think what had happened to his loyal friend. Then he felt something dart past him into the room – it was his unexpected savior.
Edward couldn’t believe his eyes; the Yorkie had not only survived the hulking bears outside but now came in to save him and Hayden from the one that had gotten inside.
The dog squeezed himself between the crib and the bear before barking viciously.
That’s when the unexpected happened.
The bear became flustered as soon as Achillies started barking at the bear. Edward couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
It was clearly only a bear cub and turned tail and ran back outside.
Edward walked outside and noticed what his Yorkie had done while he was in the house.
The mother bear, and the rest of her cubs had all fled the scene of the crime as soon as Achilles puffed out his chest like a brave boy. Edward was awestruck.
The bears were now gone, and his pet was completely unharmed.
He praised his dog and gave him double portions for a week. Was this why his wife had left the dog for him?
Edward decided to put up a fence and spoke to a local veterinarian about the incident when he took Achilles for a check-up.
But the vet was about to tell him something he couldn’t believe.
After describing the bears, the vet immediately went as white as a sheet. Something was very wrong. But what was it?
“You’re a very lucky man. From the way you described those animals, I have some serious concerns,” the veterinarian said while beads of sweat dotted his forehead.
“What do you mean?” Ed said with fear in his voice.
“Well, those were no bears in your garden; they were something much more dangerous!” The vet said with a trembling voice.
The vet looked him in the eye and told him exactly what they were. “Those aren’t your ordinary black or Kodiak bears, sir. Those are meanest of the bunch.”
He continued, “Those are grizzlies, and they have claws like meathooks and teeth like bayonets.” Edward couldn’t believe how lucky he was.
He knew he’d have to build a brick wall to keep them out next time.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events, places, or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.