Fire breaks the heart

My name's Jessica Samson. I'm 16. I have a 7 year old sister, a mom, and a dad. I have a border collie named Wolf. My best friend is Ellie Ander. I love to hunt even though it is illegal. I go to Jackson Veiw Highschool. My country is at war. There is barely any food. We are all starving. The food goes directly to the soldiers. I've been having a dream for 2 weeks now. Actually its more like a nightmare. i dont know what it means but i have a feeling I'm about to find out.


2. Chapter 2

I went to my closet and got dressed and put on my hunting jacket. I grabbed the arrows and flung them over my head so that they were hanging on my back. Wolf grabbed my bow for me and we both crept silently through the house and outside. We walked carefully through the grass. The warm summer air drifted through the trees and bushes as we entered the forest. I turned to Wolf and she handed me my bow. Wolf was probably the smartest dog a 16 year old could ever have. I loaded an arrow and we walked deeper and deeper into the woods. I walked until I came to a small clearing. I stopped and crept into the bushes with Wolf following. We sat in the bushes and watched the clearing for what seemed like hours. Then there was a rustle in the bushes and a deer stepped out. I carefully aimed my bow. It seemed the deer didn't know we were here which made me happy. I lifted my finger off the arrow and prepared to shoot. Suddenly a twig snapped and the deer ran off. I shot at it but I missed. Angry I loaded another arrow and stepped out of the bushes. There was another twig snap.  I pointed my arrow towards the sound. Wolf growled and looked around. 
"Jess, what are you doing?!" I heard from behind me. 
I whipped around and was about to shoot when I saw it was my friend Ellie. I relaxed and lowered my bow
"You scared me half to death." I said "you're lucky I didn't shoot you."
"You're lucky you didn't shoot anything!" She snapped "you know you're not supposed to be hunting! What if you had been caught?"
"Well I wasn't caught." I reminded her
"You would've if I hadn't come"
"You know that I wouldn't have been caught even if you hadn't shown up"
She sighed and walked towards me. She set her hand lightly on my shoulder and stared at me with those brown eyes
"Things aren't like they used to be now that the war has started."she said "you know it's against the law to hunt"
"I know" I sighed
"Then why do you do it?"
For several heart beats we just stood there staring at each other. 
"It's just..." I began "I don't want to feel like I can't do something cause the war started. You know I've hunted ever since I was a kid. I don't want to not be able to do something I love"
"You have to let go of the past. I just want what's best for you Jess. I don't want you getting arrested."
"I know you care about me but I can do what I please"
She looked at me with sadness in her eyes. 
"I have to go" I whispered "I don't want my parents to see I'm gone" 
Ellie nodded and walked off. I turned and walked in the direction of my house. Wolf following close behind. In case my parents or my sister were up, I went around the back. Tiptoeing carefully through the house. I went down the hallway and started making my way towards my room. I made it to my bedroom door and looked around. No one had seen me. I walked inside and let Wolf come in before I shut the door. I took off my hunting jacket and put it in the back of my closet. I went over to my bed and neatly wrapped my bow and arrows in the cloth before I put them back in the chest and locked them up.  I thought about what happened in the woods. Ellie was right. I shouldn't be hunting. But I loved doing it and no one can tell me I can't. The government made the law that no one can hunt because they thought that one day someone would use there skills against them. It's a pretty stupid law. Just because the war had started they thought everyone would soon be an enemy. Then I thought about when Ellie stopped me from hunting. She didn't usually make so much noise. That's when I realized the twig snap came from in front of me but Ellie came from behind me. If she didn't make the twig snap, who did?

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