The feel of the rope as it fell upon her back, course and frightening, like a thousand snakes wrapping themselves about her, caused the creature to recoil, throwing her head up and attempting to leap back and away. The cords tangled about her horn and one of her legs, the weights preventing her from bolting as she tumbled back into the netting and fell. For a few seconds she thrashed, confused and suddenly very frightened. What had just happened?! After struggling a while, she finally stopped, panting and cast an eye towards the figure that now stood a healthy distance away, watching her. All she knew now, was that this creature was some sort of predator… And he was trying to make her the prey. She took a deep breath and steadied herself. Under the trees, there was no light to give her energy… She would have to be careful not to expend too much since she had already exerted herself quite a bit this evening.
Slowly she rolled onto her stomach and tossed her head, trying to free her horn from the netting. Unable to do so, she cast her eyes down to her tangled legs. This young man did not know much about her kind… He knew myths and legends… She was no base creature, and she had a strong brain to use. She twisted slightly, drawing forward one of her foremost legs and pulling in with another, rubbing the cords against each other and freeing first one, then another of her front legs. With these two, she pushed her upper body up and backwards, drawing up two more legs and shaking them fiercely until they too were untangled from the netting. With four legs free, she was able to force her body up, leaning against the weights as she stood evenly and shook free her final two legs. She stood there a moment, breathing as she assessed her situation, ears swiveling intently.
The boy seemed to not know what to think of her. She had made up her mind now that this creature was dangerous, and it was time to get out of there. She looked down at the netting, at the leaded weights. One ear flicked to the left, the other to the right, tingles running down her spine at the distant sound of soft footfalls. There were others coming. Now was the time. She tilted her head first left then right, lowered her head, and then brought it up forcefully. Her sharp horn sawed slightly into the net that was tangled around it. She began to toss her head, the cords making a soft snapping sound. She knew this would take too much time, but the cords about her horn had snapped, freeing it. She twisted her head, staring directly at the young man and for a second, a golden light began to shine in her eyes, traveling down the veins of her neck, making her entire torso glow brightly as she focused on her energy. A harsh wind rushed through the trees, howling loudly and drowning out all other sound. She tossed her head to the right, the trees snapping and groaning, adding to the chorus of noise. Her hooves dug into the earth as her entire body began shaking, the earth under her hooves trembling, groaning, and then slowly crumbling. She stared fiercely at the boy one last time, before the ground buckled beneath her and swallowed her up, leaving the net lying on the ground, covering the gaping hole where she had stood moments before.
The second she fell into the depths, the forest became dead silent. She fell into a small cave system that ran under the forest and staggered to her feet, breathing heavily. She had never had to use her powers to such an extent before. It had taken almost every ounce of energy out of her, and now she was cast in the shadows of the cave. The light had faded from her eyes and neck, not even that able to guide her. Her hooves were as heavy as led as she began to walk and then to trot, slightly limping forward into the darkness. She did know this cave system… There were a few ways out… This forest was full of strange creatures this evening. Dangerous creatures. She could not stay here… but she did not know how far she could travel before she collapsed… Having used that much energy in one go… It had taken a lot out of her and she was already feeling dizzy from sheer exhaustion. But… She had to… push on.