Shadow

Chapter 1

It was the last day of school. Alex had just gotten home and he heard his little brother shouting, “Schools over! Schools over! Rargh!” Andrew jumped onto Alex and knocked him over.
“Ow! Hey, kid, calm down!”
“I’m not a kid, kid!”
Alex dragged him along with him to the refrigerator to get something to eat. He took out a box of chocolate chip ice cream.
“Can I have some? Can I, can I?” His brother asked.
“Yeah, yeah.” Alex put some ice cream into two bowls and gave one to his brother.
“Tanks kid.” Andrew ran to the couch in the living room and turned on the TV. Alex followed.
Alex’s mom came into the living room from upstairs, “Welcome home honey! How was your last day at school?”
“Good,” Alex replied.
“Do you know what would make it better?”
“What?”
“A vacation of course.”
“To where?”
“Hiking in the Shadow Forest and other fun places.”
“Yay-ish. That forest sounds all mysterious and creepy.”
“Where leaving tomorrow so get packing.”
Alex went to get packed. He emptied his backpack of the things he brought home from school and filled it again with stuff for the trip. He picked up a book to put into his backpack, froze, and then dropped it. He suddenly saw an image in his mind:

A black castle loomed in a black sky. No light came from the windows. Mysterious figures flew around it. Dead trees grew all around. A black shadow walked slowly towards him with a knife. It appeared to have no physical body. It spoke, “Prepare for your death.”

Alex shook himself. How odd, he thought. He bent down to pick up his book and began to feel scared. Someone, or something wanted to kill him.
He finished packing and placed the backpack next to his backpack for the next day. Alex logged on to the computer and searched their vacation site. He didn’t find anything about an actual forest.

The next day they left for the trip. They drove for miles and miles. Alex eventually fell asleep.

It was misty. An old man appeared. He took out a small bag. In it were round objects, pulsing with a dull white light. He handed them to Alex. He took it. The man whispered one word, “Protection.”

By the time he woke up, they had arrived at the forest. It felt deserted.
They got out of the car and walked to the trail, Shadow Trail as the sign read.
“Our hike has officially begun,” Alex’s dad announced.
They entered. The trees loomed over them, letting little light through their leaves. The trail led uphill and became narrow. The sides were steep. There were no sounds of animals.
“I wanna go home!” shouted Andrew.
“I think we should go somewhere else,” Alex said quietly.
“It’s a bit dark,” said his mom, “We should go on another trail that’s a bit lighter.”
They turned around and walked out of the forest and went to another trail. This one was lighter. They walked on a bridge that curved over a small pond. A shadow was visible on the water though it came from nothing. Alex felt cold. It began to get windy. Then the rain came. The family ran back to the car and got in.
“Well that sure ruined the hike. I’m getting a hotel. We’ll go hiking after we visit the amusement park and beach tomorrow,” Alex’s dad said.
“Amusement park? Yay!” Andrew screamed with excitement.
“Ow! My ears!” cried Alex.
“Oops. You’ll be OK kid.”
They got to the hotel and set down their things. Andrew turned on the hotel rooms TV.

It was sunny today. At the amusement park, they rode several rides. There was also a water park. When Alex rode the slide, he thought he saw another shadow on the water behind him. The water got cold. His teeth began to chatter. Then he splashed into the water as he exited the slide and the shadow disappeared. He was starting to get uneasy. He wanted to go home, he didn’t want to be there anymore. He felt like something was haunting him, following him everywhere he went. His vision before the trip helped add to his fear.
Then they went to the beach. Andrew played in the sand. Alex and his parents swam in the water. Once when he went under the water, he heard something calling, “Come to us…”
Alex got out of the water and went to Andrew. He decided not to go back into the water. He helped Andrew build his sand castle for the rest of the time.
They returned to the hotel. Alex’s mom was about to wash the clothes they had changed out of on the beach and the water park. She checked the pockets for anything that hadn’t been taken out yet. When she checked Alex’s pants, she found a small bag that contained what looked like marbles.
“Alex, what’s this?” she asked.
“What’s what?” He froze. “Where’d that come from?”
“Your pocket. Shouldn’t you have known that?”
“Oh.” He took the bag and took one of the balls out. How did it get here? Wasn’t that just a dream? He wondered. He placed in his pocket. He was really scared now.
“Honey, you’re white as a ghost! What’s wrong?” His mom asked
“Nothing.” He knew something was defiantly wrong. He had to investigate, even though he knew it was dangerous. They were going to the forest next. He’d start there.
The family returned to the forest. Again, Alex got cold. He knew an evil presence was in the forest. He had to force himself to go into the forest with the rest of his family. He went in.
This trail was the lighter trail they had gone to just yesterday. They came to the bridge, the one that went over the pond. The pond seemed drier than yesterday.
They passed the bridge, back into the trees. The trees seemed to close in on them. Light still shone but less and less.
“Where’s Andrew?” Alex’s dad asked. Andrew had disappeared.
“What? Uh-oh, Andrew’s up to no good again,” Alex’s mom said. “Andrew!”
Alex knew something wasn’t right. They went in search of Andrew. Alex chose to run ahead. He reached the bridge before his parents had arrived. Andrew stood on the side of the bridge, looking into the pond. There was no more water in the pond. What was left was a hole that couldn’t be seen with the water on it. The hole seemed bottomless.
“Don’t you wonder what’s at the bottom of that hole?” asked Andrew, but it wasn’t Andrew’s voice. Cold sweat formed on Alex. He felt like he would go down with a fever. Andrew slowly turned his head towards Alex. His eyes were all white. He grinned.

Chapter 2

Shadow Preview

Chapter 1

It was the last day of school. Alex had just gotten home and he heard his little brother shouting, “Schools over! Schools over! Rargh!” Andrew jumped onto Alex and knocked him over.
“Ow! Hey, kid, calm down!”
“I’m not a kid, kid!”
Alex dragged him along with him to the refrigerator to get something to eat. He took out a box of chocolate chip ice cream.
“Can I have some? Can I, can I?” His brother asked.
“Yeah, yeah.” Alex put some ice cream into two bowls and gave one to his brother.
“Tanks kid.” Andrew ran to the couch in the living room and turned on the TV. Alex followed.
Alex’s mom came into the living room from upstairs, “Welcome home honey! How was your last day at school?”
“Good,” Alex replied.
“Do you know what would make it better?”
“What?”
“A vacation of course.”
“To where?”
“Hiking in the Shadow Forest and other fun places.”
“Yay-ish. That forest sounds all mysterious and creepy.”
“Where leaving tomorrow so get packing.”
Alex went to get packed. He emptied his backpack of the things he brought home from school and filled it again with stuff for the trip. He picked up a book to put into his backpack, froze, and then dropped it. He suddenly saw an image in his mind:

A black castle loomed in a black sky. No light came from the windows.  Mysterious figures flew around it. Dead trees grew all around. A black shadow walked slowly towards him with a knife. It appeared to have no physical body. It spoke, “Prepare for your death.”

Alex shook himself. How odd, he thought. He bent down to pick up his book and began to feel scared. Someone, or something wanted to kill him.