Hiding in Plain Sight
Fiction; 100 words
Xalba crouched on the branch and watched the courtyard. She rubbed her arm where Shem grabbed it to drag her away from the armed guards. The clouded leopard perched on a limb above her, his eyes focused and tail flicking back and forth.
Her father, at least, the man she had thought was her father, paced along the pond and barked orders. Guards to the hills, around the village, into the jungle.
Several passed under them, scanning the jungle floor and low brush for a trail, oblivious to the pair hiding above. The dense foliage provided perfect cover.
Photo prompt & featured image: © CEAyr
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