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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Erotica  |  House: Booksiesilk Classic Group

There’s a reason nobody ever goes to Light Glade. It’s a well-known fact that those who do are simply never seen again. So, why would Anu choose to go? Are a few winterberries really worth that risk?

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 The day had managed to slip off into late evening. What little sunlight was visible above the trees is fading away into the darkness of the coming night.
 I sat on a blanket, to protect my clothing from the snow, next to a bush packed with berries. It’s the best time of year to collect them. My mother would bring them home often when I was younger. I didn’t care much for them back then, but I’ve grown to like them over time. I picked a berry from the bush, and popped it into my mouth.
“It’s sweet. Here, try it.” I said as I held a berry out for Risto to try.  The Scottish terrier wagged his stubby tail eagerly as he accepted the berry. He bit down, and made a sour face at the taste.
“You’ll never get used to the burst of flavor I guess. Oh well, more for me.” I said to him with a small chuckle. Risto proceeded to masticate profoundly on the berry in his mouth while I popped another berry into my own.

My phone buzzed in my pocket with my ringtone chiming along with it. Simon must be calling me again. I pulled the device out of my pocket only to confirm my suspicion. He’s been trying to contact me nonstop for the last few hours or so. He’s switched over to calling me after he realized that the texts weren’t working. After three unanswered texts, and five missed calls, I think I’ll cave in and finally give him an answer. I mashed the talk button and answered him with a “Hello?”
“Anu, Where the hell are you?! I’ve been worried sick.” He cried from his end of the call.
“I’m in the woods.” I replied.
“Where at? Stay where you are. I’ll come and get you.”
“Calm down Simon, I’m just fine. I can take care of myself without you hovering over me all of the time if that’s what you’re worried about.” I said to him.
“How in the hell am I supposed to know that you’re okay when you ignore my calls? Don’t you ever do that again.” He lectured.
“I’m sorry.” I said. I still feel as though his concern is being wasted on me. I can’t help but think that he’s about to make a huge mistake with me. Simon is the second son of an old friend of my father. Though he’s seven years my senior, he’s been a close friend of mine for years; until the day he proposed to me and became my fiancé. He understands I have flaws, and loves me unconditionally; but I can’t believe he’s willing to accept them all, including the ones he doesn’t even know about yet. He’s so willing to settle down and spend the rest of his life on someone who’s no good for him.

“You still never told me which forest you’re in.” he said again from his end.
“I’m in Light Glade.” I said.
“Light Glade Forest? What the hell are you doing all the way out there?” he asked.
“Picking berries.” I replied as I offered another berry to Risto, who just ignored my waiting hand as he stiffened his tiny body, staring intently off in the distance. I brushed his behavior off as a squirrel sighting.
“You know that place has a reputation, right?” he asked me.
“Please don’t tell me you believe in those superstitions.” I said as I ate another berry.
“I don’t. I’m just saying that there have been several reports of missing people in that area. I just want you to be careful, okay?”
“Don’t worry about it. I’m on my way back.” I said. Risto began to stir at my feet, as he growled deeply in this throat.
“Risto, stop that.” I said quietly. The terrier’s ears perked up slightly on his head implying that he heard me, but he continued to growl.
“How long will it take for you to get here?” Simon asked me.
“I don’t know. Half an hour or so… Maybe more.” I replied as I bent down, and began to clean up my small camping space. The small dog’s black coat began to puff out as he continued to growl. He took a step forward, releasing a bark from his small body. A slight disturbance from the brush, and he’s scrambling to get behind me, making his growls more audible. He released a few more authoritative barks. I’ve taken Risto out to the several forests countless times. The woodlands are basically a second home for him, and he’s never met a woodland creature that he’s been afraid of. It’s almost unsettling to see him bugging out like this.
“What’s gotten into you?” I asked him. I turned my head in his direction scanning over the area in search of whatever skunk or squirrel was intimidating my dog.
“Anu! Are you even listening to me?” Simon asked.
“Huh? Y-yeah… sure.” I replied as I lowered the phone, slightly. I could hear Simon’s voice over the phone faintly as I took a closer look at the bushes and naked trees. Risto continued to bark as he took a trembling step forward. Violent rustling from the bush sent the small Scottish terrier whimpering as he swiftly turned on his hind legs and dashed off in a random direction.
“Risto!” I called after him, but he didn’t even bother to look back before disappearing into the brush. I called for him again, cutting myself off when I heard the bushes shifting behind me. I turned to see a massive abomination emerging from the dead trees. A beast with the head of a lion and the massive horns of a ram on its head where they clearly didn’t belong. The cool gray fur of the head turned into a rich brown as the fur spread down the monster’s shoulders, and abdomen. Emerald scales appeared in patches on its skin in a random order as a long, emerald tail twisted behind its back. The creature stood with a hunch, as if assuming a lunching position. I’m sure it could easily clear 7 feet tall. A set of malicious golden eyes glared coldly at me, as the beast snarled harshly, bearing its enormous teeth. I remained frozen in place, taking in the sight of the brute before me. The beast released a low growl as it assumed a crouching position. I wasted no time as I turned sharply on my heel, and darted off  into the immediate area behind me. I didn’t bother to think about which direction I was running in. I just ran. The  creature released a growl, as it charged un full pursuit after me. I clutched my phone tightly in my hands, praying to god that I don’t drop it, as I tried my best to dodge the trees that stood stationary in an unplanned frenzy. I found myself coming to a halt as I came across a sudden downward slope in the terrain. I hesitated for only a moment, but that was all the time it took for the beast to sink it’s claws into my shoulder. I released a surprised scream, as its momentum sent us tumbling down the hill. I scraped my leg and cheek on the way down. The metallic taste of blood filled my mouth, suggesting that I must’ve bitten either my tongue or cheek. My phone slipped out of my hands, landing a few feet away as I crashed onto the snow covered ground, crushing my arm under my weight. I winced from the pain. The beast moved slightly lower to grab my leg. I kicked back out of reflex, catching it on its nose. The creature fell back as it howled from the pain. I scrambled halfway between a crouch and a belly crawl in an attempt to get to my phone. It lay just out of my reach before the creature grabbed me by my hips and pulled me back once more. Its clawed hands effortlessly flipped me over so that my back was pressed flat against the cold snow as it claimed a dominate position on top of me.
“Get off of me!” I shouted as the beast grabbed my wrists, shoving my hands above my head, rendering me helpless against it. I could hear Simon’s voice over the phone, demanding to know what was going on, but I wasn’t able to focus on his words. The creature’s golden eyes studied me carefully as it emitted a soft purr from what I assume is satisfaction. I felt my throat constricting from pure terror. What was this monster planning to do with me? I felt a cold sweat consuming my body as my mind began to race with all kinds of horrible thoughts. What the hell am I supposed to think when death could literally be looking me in the eye? The reptilian tail twitched slightly, as the beast began to shift over me. It drew its massive head back, and suddenly smashed it against my own, sending stars across my vision for a brief moment before the world went black

Submitted: July 22, 2014

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