Kate is the average teenage girl in the average middle school. She spends most of her time on her phone or with her boyfriend, and nothing exciting ever happens in her life. Until there are five wrecks on the same road in one week, and Kate has the strong feeling that someone-or something- sinister is lurking in the woods behind her house.


2. 2

Back to school, and life went on as normal.

Kate met Darien in the hallway before homeroom.

"Hey there," he said, smiling at her. His dark eyes shone with the joy of being around her, and she returned the feeling with her entire being.

"Let's go to homeroom," Kate said. Darien frowned slightly.

"You look tired. Are you okay?" he asked.

"Yeah, I'm fine," she responded. "Just didn't, like, sleep well."

Darien looked concerned. "Did you sleep at all? You look like . . ."

Kate cut him off with a kiss on the cheek. "I'm fine, really. Let's go."

He reluctantly followed her to homeroom.


The bell rang after math for Kate to go to gym. She had gym with Darien, so she liked it.

The gym teacher decided they would go outside that day. Kate didn't mind; she and Darien could hide in the dugout of the old, unkept baseball field and avoid the class altogether.

She snuck away from the group and met Darien there. He grinned at her. They sat on the wooden bench and talked about how annoying their gym teacher was.

"You know what we should do this weekend?" Darien said later.

"What?" Kate asked.

"We should have a Mariokart marathon!" Darien said. Kate wrapped her arms around his neck and smiled.

"You are such a geek, Darien."

"Mariokart isn't geeky."

"It wasn't, like, four years ago."

"But you're playing?"

"Of course!" She leaned closer to him, but a whistle blew and they knew it was time to go back inside.

Darien ran off, and before she followed Kate felt a tingle go down her spine. She turned to look at the treeline.

She could see nothing. She started towards the treeline, compelled to see what was there.

She stopped and looked up at the ominous storm clouds that were forming in the distance, where just blue skies had been before. When she looked back down, the clouds were casting shadows on the ground between her and the trees. She backed away as if the shadows were evil.

She then sprinted back to class, because maybe they were.

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