Once you have been ambushed by the beast, and lived to tell the tale, it’s similar to being reborn. Fear is no longer a part of you.
The world suddenly seems smaller. You found a new power within, and it’s up to you to nurture it.
The time will arrive again when another beast under a different master will pounce from the shadows to face you.
But now, there is no surprise, there is no panic. You are calm, and ready to act.
Do you attack head on?
Do you defend and counter?
Do you flee the scene?
No matter what course of action you take, the outcome will be different from the first time because now you have a choice, you are grown, and the experience gained has already prepared you for harsher times.
There’s nothing else to do, but start to get it done.