Monday, July 26, 2010
If You Go Out In The Woods Today... - FFF #37
If You Go Out In The Woods Today...
“Boys, have any of you seen your teacher in the last few minutes?”
Heads turned my way slowly, sending a tremor of unease through me. Their silence did nothing to alleviate that. One of the boys – the tallest one in the group – sauntered toward me with a lopsided grin stretched unnaturally across his face.
I was amazed that I hadn’t been told and told the boy exactly that. “Where is he? Did he go back up the stairs? I had a look a few moments ago – he couldn’t have got far...”
I was cut off by the boy raising his hand, gesturing for silence. His apparent authority scared me; I could feel that little vein in my forehead pounding rapidly, keeping the beat in time with my heart. My hands were sweaty – like a boy, no older than these ones before me – awaiting the arrival of his very first date and hoping he didn’t screw it up.
“Mr. Marshall wanted to have a good look at the valley – and we accommodated him.”
I found myself slowly trying to back away from these kids (not that they acted like kids, no sir-ree.) The others began to draw in around me, creating a wall around me that I wouldn’t be able to physically break through. Talking was all I had left.
“What is it that you want? Why are you doing this?”
The tallest boy took a few long strides and was quickly standing nose-to-nose with me. I could smell the sourness of his breath and the fear in mine.
“No more questions or you shall have a guided tour as well – our style.”
“I was only asking about...”
I felt a hand grab me roughly by the collar and the boy shook his head, almost ruefully.
“I’m sorry, but I did say no more...”