She missed but succeeded in scaring him back a step.
He'd been afraid of scaring the beautiful redhead away if she saw he was free.
She felt bad for scaring him but knew the alternative—people like Kris or Sasha finding out—would doom her.
Sorry for scaring off Jonny.
With these, as a work produced without any literary suggestion, though very different in feeling, may be associated the "Eastern Slinger scaring Birds in the Harvest-time: Moon-rise" (1875), a nude figure standing on a raised platform in a field of wheat.