Sam: TroubleMature

The view at the top of the hill was amazing. We could see for miles. Emma stood next to me.

"Beautiful, isn't it?" I asked.

She nodded, mesmerized. Her green eyes stared out into the distance.

"You've never looked this beautiful." I said in a low voice so the other three couldn't hear me.

She smiled. "Is that a fact?"


She was about to say something, but Anika appeared out of nowhere to interrupt our moment.

"Finally!" She exclaimed. "I thought this damn hill would go on forever."

"But isn't the view worth it?" Emma asked.

"Next time I want a view, I'll get my daddy to take our chopper up the hill. This," She motioned towards her attire, which was covered with dirt, not to mention the scratches that some sharp hill plants had caused on her skin. "I don't need."

Emma and I looked at each other and laughed. Anika was a spoiled brat, no doubt about that, but she was an adorable spoiled brat once you got to know her better.

Alec and April came to where the three of us were standing. They took in the view for a moment.

"I guess we'd better start to head back." April said, looking at her watch.

"Already? We just got here!" Alec protested.

"Look, it's going to be dark soon, and if we don't get to the spot where the mini-bus is waiting, we'll be in trouble."

"You have no spirit of adventure." Alec grumbled.

"How come they didn't send a teacher with us?" commented Emma.

"Well, I don't know about you, but I'm full capable of handling myself. I don't need any adults chaperoning me." Alec said.

We trotted down the hill, our energies low after our hike and our spirits going down along with the setting sun. I was good with roads, and I told the group I'd have no trouble finding the spot where the bus driver had told us to meet him. And we really wouldn't have had any trouble if Alec hadn't gone off the path.

"Alec, dude," I called out. "It's that way, man." I pointed to the direction we were heading. Alec had gone a few yards east and was stooping to look at some kind of a plant.

"Yeah, yeah, but guys, come over here!" April, Anika, Emma and I made our way to where Alec was.

"Really, Alec, if you want to look at plants, there's plenty over at the Academy's field." Anika said. She was obviously tired.

"Look at this." Alec said, ignoring her. We looked at it. It was a mushroom.

"You hungry?" Emma said, perplexed.

"No!" Alec said, laughing. "And if I was, I definitely wouldn't eat that.You see, a couple of years ago, I got very interested in botany. I used to study all kinds of plants. And I can tell you without a doubt, that the mushroom you are looking at is a highly poisonous mushroom."

"Seriously?" Emma said, now interested. She got down and took the mushroom in her hand.

"Yep. Not only that, it is illegal to grow this kind of mushroom in agricultural fields. And this, my friends," He motioned around him. "is an agricultural field."

"It's none of our business, Alec," April said. "I really think we should head back."

"Yeah, soon." Alec said, but continued down the field. We could do nothing but follow him, but Anika made her displeasure known to us all. Alec stooped down at various spots on the field, showing us various types of plants- some poisonous, some used to make drugs, some used for explosives. All illegal.

I suddenly started getting a very bad vibe about this. I had a feeling that if we were caught by whoever ran this field, we could be in trouble.

"We gotta head back." I told Emma. Alec was showing an exasperated Anika another mushroom.

"But this is interesting!" Emma protested.

I was about to say something, but suddenly, we heard a loud "Hey!"

We looked to see a bulky, bearded man, accompanied by a couple of labourers. Even from the distance, I could see the anger and the suspicion in the bearded man's eyes. Alec stood up quickly and walked back to where the rest of us were standing.

"What do you think you're doing here, huh?" The man said. The three started approaching towards where our group was standing. Emma looked at me, a worried expression on our face.

I could tell Alec was about to say something, so I quickly cut in, whispering so that only the group could hear me.

"Guys, we've gotta get out of here. Now!"

Anika was the quickest one. I couldn't tell if she was just more frightened than the rest of us, or whether she just had better reflexes.

The three field-men were not chasing us, because they didn't need to. Four labourers seemed to have appeared out of nowhere, and they covered the perimeter, preventing our escape. The only one who got out the field before they could get to her was Anika. A blond labourer chased after her. I hoped she would get away.

The four of us stayed closed to each other. The bearded man approached. He looked at me with menacing eyes. His hand swept out at my face, and the impact of it shook me up. I controlled my temper. This was not a time to start something. They outnumbered us.

The bearded man smiled disarmingly.

"It's really unfortunate for you kids," He said with a European accent. "You're probably here on a school trip, no? You shouldn't have poked your nose into our field. Now, I'm afraid you'll never go back to your school." He turned to one of the labourers and barked, "Tie them up. Take them to the cabin."

The End

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