He sits there silent, not moving, his heart racing waitingfor a sound to alert him to the evil that hunts him. Thensuddenly he hears it, a faint hiss in the distance coming fromacross the clearing.There it was,there was the predator that stalks him, herred glowing eyes glaring into the clearing looking for her prey.It was what he had feared all along, it was a Viper.Created by Hades himself to rid the world of mortals, theyare dreadfully powerful creatures that feed on the souls of theliving. Their colorless faces, red glowing eyes and longflowing black hair were daunting.They possess the ability to fly and were masters of blackmagic. They are ruthless and immoral with their prey andcunning as they are evil. There are few who have survived anencounter with a Viper and lived to tell about it.Through the trees the Viper looks carefully as she movesslowly around the edge of the clearing, first to the right thenback to the left never going more than half way on each side.Because of the time shift she knows her prey is close.Looking carefully she moves back to the center knowing now thather victim must be across from her.She stops and pulls her hand from her long flowing cloak;she then stretches out her long decrepit pale finger as if pointto the other side. A small flicker of white light emerges fromher finger tip in the shape of a small round sphere, it movesslowly across the clearing towards his location.As the sphere travels through the air it becomes larger andbrighter casting more light as its searches for its target. Heknows he cannot hide any longer, it is only a matter of secondsbefore the sphere reaches him, he must act now.“SHINTO!” the man says as he leaps from behind the rock.The harsh blast of cold wind penetrates his body once againas time restores itself. The white light now stopping in midair bursts into an array of bright blue flames due to the changein climate.