He had been standing in this exact place at least a thousand times. He could find the precise location by the position of the trees and rocks and he loved these hills for their privacy. He was always alone in this place. Wildlife took shelter when they saw him and birds would stop in mid-song when they sensed his presence. There was something unnatural about him. The animals felt it, and he knew it too. But he couldn’t stop himself. He knew eventually his tenacity would pay off.
She arrived in the late afternoon on a Tuesday. She didn’t look lost or scared and her camera hung loosely around her neck. She didn’t notice that not one creature was making a sound as she concentrated on her footing, careful not to fall in such a remote place. Had she been more aware of her surroundings, the silence would have been deafening.
She stood admiring the sun beginning its decent into the hills and took one step, two steps, inching closer to get that perfect picture. The mouth of the hole he spent hours carving opened and swallowed her into the earth. It was his moment of serendipity. His fortune, her accident.
He was pleased with himself. He would come and visit her tomorrow and he left the way he had come. The shrill song of the birds awoke her from unconsciousness and she let out a scream that nobody would hear.
This was written for the Trifecta challenge, which was this (and I think I have read too many Dean Koontz stories):
This week they are looking for stories or poems from 33 – 333 in length that feature the word: mouth. Not just any definition of the word will do though. Only the third definition shown below is accepted.
1a : the natural opening through which food passes into the body of an animal and which in vertebrates is typically bounded externally by the lips and internally by the pharynx and encloses the tongue, gums, and teeth
b : grimace <made a mouth>
c : an individual requiring food <had too many mouths to feed>
2a : voice, speech
b : mouthpiece
3: something that resembles a mouth especially in affording entrance or exit: as
a : the place where a stream enters a larger body of water
b : the surface opening of an underground cavity
c : the opening of a container
d : an opening in the side of an organ flue pipe