Hidden in the African Savanna a spotted cat stalks; waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. When the young gazelle has strayed too far from its mother, when the old or sick warthog falls too far behind, or when the prey is just close enough you can catch it in a heartbeat the cheetah attacks. Pushing off with tremendous force, every muscle trained and ready, in less than a second the cat reaches high speeds. As it runs it extends each leg with prefect rhythm, stretching its non-retractable claws to grip the ground and send it soaring at its prey, flying as its paws hardly touch the ground. The cheetah’s long tail streams out behind it keeping its balance and allowing the great cat to turn on a moment’s notice. When it’s time for the kill the cheetah takes a mighty leap with its back legs and tackles it’s enemy with its front claws. Right away the cheetah goes for the throat not giving its prey a moment to fight back. The fastest animal on Earth, the mighty cheetah, with speeds racing up to seventy miles an hour, you don’t see this cat until its teeth meet your neck.
This was a writing assignment I did in 2013. I chose to do it over my favorite animal: the elegant cheetah. It’s just a descriptive paragraph of a quick event, portraying every action of movement. Feel free to give it a try.