The shot


Inhale…

Nocking the arrow against the taut string of the beautifully worked longbow. Hewn from a branch of an old Yew tree, the dark wood of the back contrasting with the paler heartwood of the belly. A tension spring primed by stringing…

Exhale…

Taking sight on the target, two fingers hooked over the string, one above, one below the nock of the arrow, a moments pause as peripheral vision dims, the focus of the gaze locked…

Inhale…

Drawing the bow, straight arm extended towards the goal, drawing arm smoothly pulling back the string belying the bows 150lb draw weight, a practiced draw honed over long years of study, the muscle and sinew of chest and shoulders refined to this single purpose…

Exhale…

A pause at full draw, final adjustments to the aim, the lift and carry of the arrow, the drop over distance, the wind, soft but enough to defeat the unwary. Time stops as the decision is made, strong fingers, calloused to perfection relax in perfect unison…release! The arrow flies, straight and true falling to pierce the heart. A clean kill!

Inhale…

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