Something ominous. Something forbidden. Something scary - I was quite certain.
I found myself frozen-in-place...stopped dead in my tracks. What might it be? And - might it harm me?
Of course - I laughed in relief. Of course - it was nothing. I don't know how it was that I let my imagination run with me. What was I thinking? Here - in the middle of nowhere? What could it have been...other than this?
I looked him in the eye. He looked right back at me. Honestly - I'm not sure if it was me..or he - that was most surprised.
And - I couldn't help but think that here it was that I'd met up and faced my lion this winter.