Altha had lived in close proximity to the vast expanse of the Great Smoky Mountains for nearly half a century. Over these years, she had grown accustomed to the occasional sighting of bears meandering through her yard in Wears Valley. The 90-year-old woman had developed an intimate understanding and respect for these creatures, cherishing the privilege of coexisting with them.
However, one day, she encountered a bear that did not align with the previous passive sightings she had experienced. This specific bear exuded an aura that was noticeably different, and Altha could feel it.