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Once Upon a Halloween...Chapter 8

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Chapter 8

Bella returned home and had no intention of ever going back into the forest again. As she walked through the trees, her thoughts turned to her future. Yes, maybe she would leave Devonshire, leave all of it behind. She’d pack her new luggage and go to the city where she could start over…maybe not enter college yet but she wouldn’t count that out entirely. Who would miss her anyway? Her family, yes, but surely not all the good folks of Devonshire who thought, who knows what, of her. A witch? Someone tainted with evil? Let them think whatever they liked, she thought, I’ve had enough.

She spent the day of the eve of Halloween busying herself with chores and letting her mind go over her choices. She knew she had a choice of going back that night to find the truth she’d always wanted but now that truth frightened her. But if she didn’t go, then how would she ever know the truth? Would those voices ever stop? She thought, “Not in my head…I would hear them forever in my head.” Getting rid of them once and for all was a risk worth taking.

Bella’s family would be attending the Halloween festivities on the village square that night. Bella had stopped attending those celebrations just after the year she turned twelve. That year, some teenagers thought it would be a funny prank to simulate burning a witch at the stake and who else but Bella was chosen? Supposedly there was no harm meant…just a silly prank, but Bella heard later that there were some adults behind it goading the teenagers on. She didn’t think her folks ever heard that part of it but they never encouraged her to attend the festivities after that year.

Slipping out the backdoor just a little after eleven, Bella figured she’d have an hour to investigate the forest. She figured they wouldn’t expect her until about a minute before midnight, if she was coming at all. The moon was just changing from orange to silver as it lifted over the trees. She could see the path without any problems and assumed, as on all those other nights, she would have no problems seeing once she entered the treeline.

She was wrong. Ten feet within the border, it was black as pitch, in spite of the full moon. And it was deadly silent. Goosebumps pricked her skin and she considered going home, quitting. Since it was so dark and quiet, maybe they were convinced that she wouldn’t come at all? Had they been the ones to quit? There was no way of knowing unless she stayed. Leaning against a tree, she relaxed and delighted in the smell of the forest, the leaves and the wood and the musky, yet pleasant smell of the forest floor. Since she could go no farther, she let herself down to the mossy ground and leaned back against the tree trunk. She thought about this forest and what it meant to her. All the hours she’d spent here since childhood made her feel like it belonged to her. She thought about the way she’d been treated by the people of Devonshire, the isolation she’d felt. Then there were those rumors…legends. What to make of them, she didn’t know. The chill in the air, without realizing it, had begun to turn warm. It oozed through her heavy coat, then through her clothes to caress her skin. She’d lost track of time.
“Oh well,” her now fuzzy mind thought, “If they want me, they surely know where to find me.” With this, she dozed off to sleep.

Suddenly she jerked awake! Her eyes were wide open yet everything before them was inky black, she could see nothing. Confusion filled her; she hadn’t a clue where she was. Then she heard it...the howling. Long and low it drifted through the trees, the underbrush…it seemed to surround her. Now she remembered clearly…it must be midnight!

To be continued…

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sugarnspice005

Nov 1 @ 12:09PM  
I'd be too damned scared to go back in those woods!

soft_touch938

Nov 1 @ 7:16PM  
Ok Sugar....I just posted chapters 9 and 10. In a couple of hours I will post the final chapter. I'd hoped to get it all posted yesterday but some things ran interference...tired was one of them...lol.

I've enjoyed writing this story...I got a little bogged down in places, not knowing which direction to take it and hadn't a clue how to get Bella outta the mess she was in but I just let my imagination run wild and my fingers followed. I truly haven't a clue where these stories come from or how they develop. I just pick a location, a name for the main character and let it run from there.

Thanks for being my most faithful reader. I see by the count I don't have many anymore but that's ok...I still enjoy it.

Hugs 'n more hugs for being such a faithful friend!

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