The Search

Lana has always felt abandoned and lonely. Her parents were never home and she only had one best friend.But Lana's world starts to turn upside down. When her cousins Jason and John comeback into her life. For the first time in forever she doesn't feel alone. But Jason and John's mom's boyfriend Darren wants them back home to live with him. Lana thinks the answer to their problems is a famous statue that belonged to the school. Only problem is that it's been missing for years. But soon find out there's way more to the mystery and danger than they expected. But how far will Lana go to ensure they'll stay with her or will she be abandoned yet again.

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33. the woods

HUNTERPOV

The weekend finally rolled around. It was a cloudy Sunday morning. Hunter checked his watch it was 10 am. He wanted to start early so it wouldn't get dark on them when they went searching. Hunter bought a map of the whole town and was studying it last night. The forest ran through both North and South.  Hunter wanted to lead the group far enough in the woods so that The South wouldn't find them.

Hunter leaned against Lana's family van. Tiffany and Miranda were here they just needed Victor.

Hunter stared at Lana as she talked to Miranda and Tiffany. Hunter felt bad for not coming to visit Lana but he didn't have the courage to. But when Jason and John came back it gave him the chance he needed.

Suddenly a black pickup truck rolled down the street. 

Hunter couldn't help but notice the huge car dent on the front. It wasn't just a normal dent it was huge and deep.

The truck pulled up in the drive way and victor got out of the passenger side. Hunter couldn't help but ask the guy how he banged up his car so bad. He made his way around the car to the driver's side, the window was down. 

" hey I'm hunter" he said calmly

" Stephan" the guy said. 

" how'd you get that huge dent on your truck?" 

" not a story I like to tell but I ran over a deer when driving late at night" he grinned with a devilish smile.

The truck then drove away.

Hunter ran over a deer before and you did not get that big of a dent from it.

 

 

They parked in an empty lot. Hunter jumped out of the car and stared at the trees. 

 He cleared his throat and said "pay attention to how far we go in. In case we split up or something happens try to meet back at the car" 

Everyone nodded.

Jason started towards the woods.  As they entered in became slightly colder. The woods had boulders and fallen trees everywhere. The smell of the earth made hunter relax. 

"No offense but why is Hunter leading us , I've lived longer than  him?" Lana complained

" I use to play in the woods for hours everyday  and my dad use to take me hunting everyday in the woods once we moved away from here" hunter said

Hunter wasn't offend , he was more distracted in the scenery around them. Now they were really deep in the woods. You could no longer here cars or anything, it was just the crunching of their feet and the sound of birds n the distance.

" I can't guarantee we'll find anything if you said it was 2 years ago" Hunter huffed.

 Hunter checked his watch , they've been walking around for almost 3 hours now

Hunter began walking again when he almost tripped. There was tire tracks that were printed deep in the grass.

"Guys come on over" he said as he bent down to look at them. They surrounded the tire tracks.

" why would there be tracks this far deep in the woods. There's to many trees to fit a whole car" Lana said confused

" the car must have drove in that direction, the tire tracks aren't new, they've been here for a while, but we can still make out the tire pattern, I'm taking a picture of it" hunter took out his phone and took a quick picture of it.

" this is weird, look" as hunter pointed towards a a long path. The car looked like it just blowed through the trees. The tire tracks were down even further down the path. Trees were knocked down on either sides. Hunter started walking down the path and the other followed. 

" maybe someone was drunk driving?" Victor said

"They must of had a strong car to cause this much damage." John said

The followed down the cleared path for a bit. 

Hunter then froze in his tracks.

" what's wrong?" Lana asked

"wait everyone be quiet for a minute" hunter whispered

They all stood quite for a minute than hunter heard it again. The sound of footsteps.

The others heard the footsteps and their faces grew worried.

" remember whatever happens go back to the car" hunter whispered.

Hunter spotted figures dodging behind trees.

" hey it's Norths" the figures voice echoed through the woods.  

Hunter thought there would only be 5 at most but there were about more than 10 guys. Hunter panicked for a split second .

Hunter than dashed  of the cleared path and further into the woods. He turned his head back and saw everyone split up and run in different  directions. Hunter sprinted dashing through the trees. 

He heard on of the guys scream "get them!"

Hunter wasn't worried about himself  but if everyone else remembered were the car was.

Hunter than slowed down his pace he turned around no one was behind him. He stopped running and thought  how did the Souths find them? They kept the mission a secret and it seemed to much of a coincidence that 15 guys somehow found them. Like they were waiting for them. 

Hunter hid behind one of the boulders he wanted to find out why they were there.

 

A few minutes later Hunter heard voices coming from the trees and listened. 

"Those jackasses coming on our turf" the voice was deep

"We have to thank the guy that called us about the Norths in the woods" the other voice slightly higher. 

Who called them? Hunter thought

When the footsteps vanished Hunter dashed to the car.

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