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Suddenly, the support of the mountain under his legs disappeared. Alexander had reached the edge of a cliff. Over went his stomach, then his chest. He scuffed his chin and nose on the sharp edge of the rock, which stuck out enough for his fingers to grip. Alexander dangled over the precipice, listening to rocks hit the ground far below.
His hands trembled as he clenched the rigid lip of the cliff. Bit by bit, his fingers slipped over loose gravel until only the tips remained exposed on the surface.
“Help!” His cry bounced off the mountainside; then there was only a silence that left Alexander hopeless. His hands trembled. Something cold and damp squished up against his fingers. Alexander was being sniffed.
“Help me! Please!” he gasped. “I can’t hold on much longer.”
“One might say that my timing is nothing short of miraculous,” a deep and clever-sounding voice said from the surface above. Alexander strained to look up toward his fingers.
Just over the edge was a black nose with a drip hanging in a taunting manner off the tip, and a pair of dark, hollow eyes peering down at him. It was a wolf with matted, ashy-gray fur, and a bleak disposition.
“What do you think?” the wolf asked.
“Um, if you help me up I will certainly have an answer for you… Mr. Wolf, sir.” Alexander gave the wolf a desperate half smile.
“My name is Cozmo,” said the wolf, just before sinking his teeth into Alexander's arm.
Cozmo snarled and groaned as he tugged Alexander's lanky body up the cliff. His hind legs slid over loose gravel, drawing him to the edge.
Alexander braced his other arm around Cozmo’s neck and pulled himself to safety. Cozmo let out a vicious growl and threw Alexander away from the cliff’s edge. They both sat, breathless for a moment.
“Thank you, Cozmo. You saved my life.”
Cozmo shook the dirt off his fur. He snarled and sniffed while looking Alexander up and down. “Do you think I did all that work for nothing?”
Alexander stumbled backwards. “Are you going to eat me?”
“Well, yes, of course I am. If you don’t run, it will make this much easier.” Saliva dripped from the gaps in his teeth as he let out a sinister laugh and began his approach on Alexander