Eyelashes flutter. Waking to the morning dew covering my body. Chills down my spine. Where am i? What happened?
Standing, I lightly rub off the morning moisture from my chilled body in hopes the sun will shine thru the dark murky forest and warm my skin. I look around. No one appears to be near. No village homes. No smoke from the chimneys, no traders pulling out their daily wares. Where can I be?
What is the last thing I remember? I was in the field full of beautiful wild flowers, now here. How? Why?
I’m getting nervous now. I feel myself begin to tremble from unknown anxiety. What has happened, I went from sunshine and wildflowers to a dark and murky forest of giant mushrooms. Are these homes to some kind of creature?
Carefully, with much trepidation, I step closer to one of the largest mushrooms I see. No door appears, no noise, no humming from a morning kitchen. I touch it with an outstretched hand. Disgusting, it is slimy and the stench of the residue on my hands makes me want to wretch. I bend down looking for grass or leaves to wipe the residue off when suddenly I hear a noise. Was it a twig snapping? A footstep? "Whose there?" I yell out. No answer. My body now trembling with fear looks around for an exit. A way out. Which way do I go? Where did the noise come from? Will I run right into it?
I start making my way thru the mushrooms. Hearing the noise again I pick up my pace. The further I go the closer it sounds. I turn around and head in the opposite direction. The noise still sounding quite near. Oh my God, I’ve lost my sense of direction. Do I go left, right? I begin to panic and my mouth goes dry. I begin to run. Run faster and harder pushing my body to the limits. Is there no way out? Is there no escape from this terror? Mushroom after mushroom, no way to leave a trail behind me. Darkness and the smell of the stale air. Noises from all sides. I fall to my knees, tears streaming down my cheeks. I begin to pray, please God help me find the way out. Terrified, I stand back up and begin to run again, I run, and run, and run…….