The smoke rose above the trees. That was how he was able to find them. He followed the smell of burning wood and cooked beans.
He moved through the night like a shadow, staying strangely silent for a beast his size. He knew how to quieten his feet, body and breath. He knew where everything lay in his forest and could avoid the nosiest bushes and dry branches of fallen trees.
It was always best to wait, he knew that but sometimes there was no time. Tonight, the people were camping, sleeping in tents. It was the perfect and easiest hunt.
He arrived, slowed and took in the scene. The fire was burning low, orange embers against the black ground. The two tents were together, sheltered under the trees but not from him. He listened and could tell they were sleeping by the sound of their breathing.
He licked his lips and crept forward. All ready he could taste their blood.
He pounced. The tent collapsed underneath and he ripped into the fabric.
Screams rippled through the air then faded into night.
(Inspired by; https://scvincent.com/2020/01/02/thursday-photo-prompt-fume-writephoto/ with thanks).