Friday, December 21, 2012
- The message on the wall is true. The captain of the soccer league has gone missing. He supposedly disappeared last night, many people are saying it is an elaborate joke and some of the boys are forming a search party tonight. What will you all find in the big bad woods.
I was stoned, wandering the gnarled woods surrounding Thorton Academy, leading a gaggle of frightened and hysterical girls. It was yet another cold night and I really needed to be studying for an exam, but at this point, I was willing to do anything to shut these girls up and prove to them once and for all that the rumors weren't true.
A student had gone missing. A boy. I snogged him just the other day, actually. Not a bad kisser, but nothing too memorable. It's a shame he's missing, though.
The girls were absolutely convinced that he had met some horrible fate. Thus, here we were, stumbling in the dark, stoned.
Esbedi was a few paces behind me, almost hysterical with fear.
"Esbedi, why don't you stop whimpering like that? You sound like a frightened puppy," I snapped.
She hung her head, stifling more of her pathetic gasping and moaning.
Nadiya laughed cruelly and came up behind Esbedi, placing her hands on her shoulders.
"You know," said Nadiya, in an exaggerated stage-whisper. "I bet whatever it is that took Beatrice is watching us right now and waiting to prey on the weakest of the group. The frightened, whimpering mess of a thing. That means you!"
Esbedi was sobbing openly now, while Nadiya and I delighted in her miserable state. Poor gullible little girl.
I turned to face the group, arms outstretched dramatically.
"Are you satisfied? Do you see now that this is all nonsense? There's nothing out here. We're going back now. I've got--"
Loren suddenly shifted her gaze to the cluster of towering firs behind me. Her eyes grew wide and her body went stiff.
"Nice try Loren. I'm soooo scared," I said sarcastically. Did they really think I was going to buy into these silly rumors?
Just then, Esbedi took off. Beyond the trees, the glow from the windows of the dormitories acted as a guide, and she quickly disappeared into the night.
"Oh alright guys, I'll play along! I bet when I turn around I'll see a big scary monster just waiting to devour me alive!" I said mockingly.
I turned around.
"Here I am, monster! First Beatrice, then that soccer boy. Now me, right?" I yelled into the night.
"Anya, stop! There's something out there! Look!" yelled Loren. Her voice was shaking.
In the distance, my gaze caught two red dots. Eyes? The dots were looming closer, quickly. Whatever it was, it was not human.
I had had enough. I took off, just as Esbedi did. From the trample of footsteps on fallen twigs and the terrified shouting, the rest of the girls had the same idea.
We covered a lot of ground quite quickly and reconvened on front lawn of the school, within safe distance of an entrance, just in case.
Esbedi was no where to be seen.
We all stood there in silence for a few minutes, gathering our thoughts and trying to process what we had just seen.
"What was that out there? We have to tell someone!" Loren said, finally breaking the silence.
"No!" I almost shouted. "You're so dense! We're stoned. We saw nothing. Do you want to explain to the headmaster what we were doing out in the woods in the middle of the night?"
Loren shook her head, eyes downcast.
"Didn't think so. No one says a word about tonight. Understood?"
I looked at each of the girls, who nodded in unison.
"Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to go back to the real world. I have some studying to do. And I suggest you do the same. Enough of these games."
I shook my head in disgust as I strolled back to my room. My hands, which were stuffed firmly in my pockets, were shaking.
"Snap out of it Anya," I whispered to myself. "You're stoned. There's nothing out there. It's nothing."