Probably not what you expect. I’m sure most writers understand the fight or flight response. But guess what?
There are three responses. Yep, three. What are they?
Fight, flight and freeze.
And they each lead into each other.
The freeze response is usually the first. It’s the immediate gut reaction, that hard knot that stops your body still as death, eyes wide, mouth open. If possible, the person finds the smallest space to hide in, curls up and disappears.
Then what? If the person gets cornered, trapped in their space by a marauder, the next step is attack. Yes, fight. When trapped in a corner, with your back to the wall, there’s no other choice. Fight your way out – or die. Simple.
Then what? If it’s a bad thing – and a fight to the death situation usually is – the person takes the first opportunity to run like…
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