Chapter 7

I dragged myself out of bed around eleven and walked downstairs. Mom and Sam were both at work right now, so I had the house to myself. I went downstairs and found both Charcoal and Tiger sitting on the opposite side of the couch.

"How are the boys doing today?" Tiger snorted and Charcoal seemed to glare at me.

"Okay so one is happy and one looked like he fell off of the window ledge." Charcoal sniffed and walked to the kitchen. I walked behind him so I could make breakfast for the three of us. I grabbed a bowl of cereal and sat on the couch. When I was done eating I grabbed all the school work that I was behind on and started getting caught up. Tiger sat beside me and put his head in my lap. I petted him while doing math. We sat there for three hours until all the work was done Neither Mom or Sam were home yet so I decided I would clean my room up. I turned my music up as loud as it could go and started to clean.

I found my camera under a pile of clean clothes. I sat on my bed and started looking through the pictures. There were pictures of Charcoal, some deer, Tiger, and- Wait. Who is that in the background? I looked closer. There was a faint outline of a person behind Tiger and Charcoal. It kind of looked like the outline of the man I met the day Tiger was shot, but it couldn't be. Could it?

"There's no way it can be the same person." I took out the SD card from my camera and put it in my laptop. I started downloading all of my pictures. While I was waiting, Charcoal came over and sat beside me. The pictures finished downloading so I went through them until I could find the picture again.

When I found it I showed Charcoal, "What do you think? Is that the same person that was with us in the forest?" He looked at it for a minute and then nodded. I looked back at the picture and studied it more to see if I could notice more about the man. All that could be seen was an outline, almost as if he was invisible but the shadow was still there. I couldn't see any details at all.

"Ugh this is all so confusing! What the heck is going on? I know you and Tiger know so why won't you tell me?" I flopped on my bed and stared at the ceiling. I was angry, so I decided to go for a walk. When I got downstairs with my jacket on Tiger walked to the door.

"No Tiger I am going to walk alone today. Stay here." I opened the door and kept in front of it so he couldn't just walk out. I closed the door quickly and started jogging to the forest. I didn't bring my camera with me, I didn't want to take pictures. I just wanted to run.

After about a mile I was starting to calm down. When I looked around I realized that I had never been to this part of the forest before. I walked around a little bit trying to remember how I got here. I must have gone farther than I thought. It was really pretty here though. there was a lake on the edge of the forest. There wasn't a lake near my house though. A lake was here at one point, but it had mostly dried up. All that was left was the little pond.

I continued walking until I got to a town. I looked around to see if there was a town name anywhere, but nothing was nearby. I finally looked at the people walking around, they were all dressed so old fashioned. And there wasn't a car, or anything electronic for that matter, in sight. A bunch of kids were outside chasing each other. I walked up to them.

"Excuse me, will you tell me what town this is?" I knew that it sounded strange but I needed to know. None of the kids answered though. I sighed and walked off.

"Those kids really don't talk to strangers do they?" I went back to the main road where everyone was and looked around for a familiar face. Suddenly, a boy caught my eye. He had snow white hair and bright green eyes. He was talking to one of the shop owners at the other end of the street. they were arguing about something. I walked closer so I could hear.

"I don't care boy. That isn't enough money, when you get more we can talk."

"I need that medicine, my sister is sick," The boy yelled.

The man seemed to calm down, "Look I know that Clover is sick, but I can't give you the medicine unless you have money. It's the rules."

"I can give it to you tomorrow. Just please, I need it she won't last much longer."

"You have said that to almost every man at the market. No one believes you. That's my final answer. Maybe if you and your sister would work like every other kid here, you could buy the medicine." After the man finished the boy snatched up a couple packets of something, and ran in the opposite direction.

"Dang it, boy get back here!" They man ran out of his shop and chased the green eyed boy. I was about to follow, but I started feeling dizzy. I closed my eyes for a moment. When I opened them again I was back in the forest. Tiger was standing over me. I got up slowly and looked around.

"Wait, so it was just a dream?" Tiger whined and started to sniff me.

"I'm alright, I don't know what happened though." I looked up right as the last bit of sun went out of the sky.

"I guess we better go home. It's already late." We started walking home, Tiger leading the way. I followed but my mind was on the dream. I heard something moving through the bushes. Tiger perked his ears up and growled. Then he stood right in front of me. I looked back to the bushes to see a man walk through.

"Well hello Slate. Wait it's Tiger now isn't it?"

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