The Wolf

When I was young, mom told me the story of red riding hood, only we used to called it Layla and the Wolf.
The Wolf tells the same story, but waay differently.

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Layla 

 

 

 

"Mom, where's granny's bread?"

"It's in the oven. You're a bit early, aren't you?" She asked.

"Well, the weather's great, and I have nothing better to do." She nodded. 

"Alright, take the shortcut." 

 

~*~

 

The excuse I gave for myself yesterday was that it was my birthday and I could do something a little bit crazy, that's why I went into the forest and took the long way. The excuse I'm giving myself today in order to stop feeling to guilty about this, is that I promised Alfie I'll meet him today, and I always keep my promises. 

And besides, he looks like an angel. 

Not an angel, no. But perfect, maybe. As perfect as a human can get. 

Probably too perfect to be a human. 

Alright, he looks like an angel. 

But I'm taking the risk and going to the lake because I promised him I'd do, not because he's good looking, right? That's what I decided to believe.  

For some reason, the woods seemed slightly less scary than they did yesterday. I was still spooked out to be honest, but Alfie's reassurance about not finding any wolves in the woods kind of calmed me down. After all, wolves are the things we fear most in woods. Of course, I can never truly trust him, I don't know him, who knows if he's telling the truth, or if he's not sure about that information himself, maybe he just said that because he wanted to meet me again.

Maybe meeting him again in the middle of the woods isn't such a great idea. God knows what he'd do to me. I was by the lake by now, but I was having second thoughts about waiting for him here. 

How could I be so dumb? Alfie looks older than me, and he's definitely stronger, I'd be dead if he pushed me.

It's true, he basically saved me yesterday, let me find my way out of the woods, but that doesn't mean I should trust him.

I turned to go but stopped walking when I heard him calling my name. 

"Layla. You're here." Damn it. Alfie was wearing the same outfit he wore yesterday, and maybe it's the effect of the sun, but he looked better today.

"Yeah, actually I was just leaving." 

"Did I make you wait for long? It's not ten yet, is it?" 

"No, but I thought I'd go out earlier, just in case I lost my way in the woods. Why did you want us to meet here?"

"You don't like it here? Look around. This place is beautiful, why wouldn't we meet here?"

"Because it's in the middle of the damn woods, far away from everyone." I realized I was being a little bit edgy, and Alfie could feel it too apparently. Just because I'm nervous about this whole idea, doesn't mean I should talk to him like that, he didn't really do anything bad to me. I sighed. "Sorry."

"Look," Alfie said. "I understand why you might be scared, you don't know me, you don't know the woods, that scares you, I understand. I'll make sure you pick the place we meet tomorrow." God, he's good. 

"What makes you sure I'll agree to meet you tomorrow?" 

"I brought you something." Hen said, totally ignoring the question. He brought something from his pocket, a necklace, made of flowers and strings. I loved it. 

"Thank you, you didn't have to." He smiled and walked towards me, putting it around my neck. I realized its strong smell instantly, it wasn't bad, it was nice, I guess. And he's close. And I can't help it but smile. 

 

~*~

 

"Does your grandmother live alone?" Alfie asked.

"Yeah, she lives all alone and she's sick. Can't leave her bed much, so we always go to visit her and ring her food, my mom and I." We were sitting by the lake, we put our feet in the cold water and ate some of the muffins I brought with me, I brought some extra muffins for us, these weren't my granny's. 

I realized you can find so many birds in the woods, birds I've never seen before actually. One bird was walking on the ground beside us, I put a finger on my lips, shushing Alfie so that it wont fly. 

The bird moved closer to Alfie, Alfie was smiling, but then the bird seemed to realize what it was doing and flew away. 

"You can never catch a bird, they're too smart." He said.

"Catching girls is easier I guess?" 

"I told you, I've never been with a girl before." 

"Why?"

"I live in the woods. I never run into girls." 

"But you ran into me." He turned his face. 

"Yeah," He said. "I ran into you." 

 

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