A close call

The following is an excerpt from Archie Oliver's adapted retelling of Richard Blackmore's novel Lorna Doone:

He was a huge man, wearing a broad-brimmed hat, a leather jacket and breeches. His boots came up to his thighs. He was carrying a musket.
I squeezed back into the bower and held my breath. He came closer and closer. I thought my lungs would burst.
His brutal face turned my stomach. He had cruel eyes and his black beard tumbled below his chin. Carver also had thin, mean lips.
He had no idea I was there and walked away, though not before taking the eggs that I had left for Lorna a few moments earlier.

Write a story which begins with a character narrowly avoiding being discovered by another character.

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