A Glimpse of Death
Running in a forest mindlessly in a dark pitch-black night, the creaking of leaves and her panting were the only sounds Elena could hear. She needed to stop running, her legs were aching and her heart was pounding ready to get out of her chest, as she was running for so long. Leaning on a tree, Elena started thinking about where it all started.
Elena and her family of five came to a camping site to enjoy their weekend while watching the astonishing view of the forest surrounding them. Gazing at the beautiful sight, she was overwhelmed to see such beauty that existed in this world as she was a city girl and had never seen so much greenery in a single place. “You could wander around but not go too far”, her mother had said before she started her journey of exploring her surroundings. After walking for a bit Elena saw a lake which took her breath away as she was gaping at it like a fish. The moving water surrounded by trees was so satisfying to watch that she decided to sit on the ground and relax but before that, she needed to tell her Mama of her whereabouts. Unfortunately, she forgot her mobile inside the car but didn’t care as she thought that she would go back in a few hours.
Squinting her eyes, Elena was trying to figure out her surroundings when her eyes widened in the realization that she had slept beside the same lake and it was almost getting dark. She was just turning back when she saw a baby rabbit. She was in awe while looking at the cute rabbit with big black eyes and white fluffy fur. Hypnotized looking at it, she didn’t even recognize where she was going. Elena came back to her senses when her foot got stuck in a fallen tree and she fell to the ground. Blood oozing from her scraped knee, she got up and started fast walking to where she thought the lake was located. She came to an abrupt stop when she heard the hissing of a snake. The snake was on the tree in front of her so she tried to scream but nothing came out as the fear of death paralyzed her. Her thoughts stopped lurching by when another terrifying hiss came from the snake.
Elena started running as if her life depended on it. Not even having the courage to look back, she continuously ran in the forest until her breath hitched and she couldn’t run anymore. The horror of being alone in the forest at night brings tears to her eyes as she was mindlessly walking. When her tears dried a bit, she realized that the lake was not far away as the water was glistening beneath the moonlight. Happiness sprouted in her heart as she started running towards the campsite which was not far from the lake. Elena’s mother’s worried expression relaxed as she saw her daughter coming out of the forest. She was shocked when Elena suddenly tackled her with a big hug and then hugged her father too while promising herself not to wander around in a forest without her parent’s presence.