"Ellieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" Sky called to me "come and caaaaatch meeeeeeeee!" She ran along the long, dirty path. Tall tree's stood everywhere, fallen logs surrounded the path, if you listened hard enough, you could hear the faint fluttering of wings in the trees. It was so peaceful in the woods, I loved it in here. Being in the woods seemed to make all of the problems in the world disappear - it didn't seem like anything wrong could happen. Ever. Oh how wrong I was.
"I'm coming!" I called back, chasing after my sister. I heard my mother and grandparents laughs coming from behind me, as I swooped down, and picked her up from the face, swinging my little sister around and around in circles.
She squealed in joy, and when I put her down, she lifted her arms up to me, jumping up and down chanting "Again! Again! Againnnnn!"
"Oh shoot!" I heard my grandma say "I think I left the back door unlocked!"
"Why don't you go and check?" D-dad addressed his wife, placing a hand on her shoulder, "you said your foot was playing up anyway, why don't you go back?"
My Grandma looked at us all, then sighed "okay" she said "will you all come to say goodbye before you leave?"
"Of course" My mother said, smiling.
"Sure thing Grandma" I agreed, also smiling at her.
She nodded "good" and then shuffled back up the path.
"Ellie? Can we play hide and seek?!" Sky asked me, still jumping up and down in excitement.
I looked over to my Mother- she hesitated. "I'll hide with you Sky, so you don't get lost, okay?"
"Okay!" She beamed at our Mother, then turned to me, "Ellie, count to 10 then come and find us! Granddad, you have to hide with us too! C'mon!"
I put my hands over my eyes. "One..." I heard the rustling of hurried feet on leaves. "Two..." I heard Sky giggle's get further and further away, "Three..." I heard the wind blowing between the leaves on the trees, "Four..." I heard panting breathe. "Five..." That breathing was way too deep to be sky or my mother. "Six..." It could be my granddad though... "Seven..." Silence. I heard nothing. "Eight..." Just my voice echo-ing around, and around. "Nine..." Things seemed too quite now. It was almost like every creature in the forest had fled.
"Ten!" An ear-piercing scream broke through the deadly silence.