To really appreciate this, you need to know something about humans...
Humans are not predators. We are opportunistic scavengers. In other words, we will eat pretty much anything we can get our hands on.
We are not designed to hunt. Think about it...in a fight between an unarmed human and, say, a bear, guess who will win. Every time. The real predators out there have a pet name for humans...
Without tools (guns, knives, rocks, sticks, nuclear warheads), we are pretty far down the food chain. It is totally fair to call humans prey animals.
And like most prey animals, we have certain instincts.
Turn on the National Geographic Channel and watch a show about the big cats. They stalk their prey, and they do it in all the right ways...they stay downwind. The stay hidden. They move slowly. But even with all the stealth, the herd of [fill in the name of your favorite hoofed animal] can sense there is danger nearby. They get nervous and more alert. They will often even look in the direction of the the stalker, even though there is no scent or visual stimulation. The prey just somehow knows that they are in danger.
Humans have that, too. We often have "feelings" that something bad is about to happen. We tend to dismiss those "feelings" because our logical brain knows better.
At least right up to the point where the mugger jumps out of the alley.
Personally, I think we need to listen to those instincts. Most cops and soldiers learn to do that. So should the rest of us.
I want you to image that you are in, let's say, India and you decide to go for a little swim. You find a wonderfully clear lake, strip down, and jump in. You're splashing about, having a great time, when all of a sudden your prey instincts go off. The hair on your neck stirs to attention, and you find yourself trying to look in every direction and hide at the same time. You freeze, hoping the danger will pass. Since there can't possibly be sharks in a lake, you decide that it would be safer under the water than on the surface, so you take a deep breath and slowly sink.
And your alarms scream in your head. You slowly turn around in the water, and you see this...
Yes...it's still safe to take a bath.
Melodee Aaron, Erotica Romance Author
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