NaNoWriMo – Hannah

Dear Jerry,

I know you have been dying to read my story, but its not done yet. So you’ll just have to be satisfied with just a little piece. Enjoy!

I awake and try to get my eyes to focus. Everything looks blurry. My head is filled with a blinding pain and I try to reach up to touch it but my arm doesn’t move. I look down and let out a gasp. My arms and legs are tied to my side completely restraining me. I couldn’t move anything. I felt something wet and sticky on my right arm, and realized my sleeve is soaked in red. Blood. I gasped again, starting to panic. My breathing becomes fast and sporadic. The woods disappear and I’m in a house. A man stands over me laughing. It was the cruelest sound I had ever heard. He had a black strap hanging from his hands. A child was crying somewhere. The black strap is lifted and comes down cracking on my shoulder. I shook my head screaming, then just like that, the dream was gone and I was back in the woods. Where was the man and that evil whip? I couldn’t think about that now. I had to get ahold of the situation. I didn’t want to close my eyes because that left me vulnerable to the woods, but otherwise I wouldn’t be able to calm down and concentrate. I had to take the chance. Struggling and losing my head would only be a disadvantage to me. There was nothing I could do about my arm right now, so I had to just forget about it. I breathed deeply and let my body and senses relax. And then I heard something. Someone was crunching the leaves in the woods. It wasn’t consistent like footsteps. More like rustling. It wasn’t right next to me but sounded a little ways away. I gave myself back the advantage of eyesight and looked around once more, this time with a clearer mind. I was laying four feet away from large fallen tree trunk. It was blocking my sight for my entire right side. I needed to see past it. I wiggled my body toward it and the pain was excruciating. My head pounded as I tried to breath through it. Gritting my teeth, I repeated the action. I had to rest after a few seconds but I eventually got close enough to the old trunk so that I could peek through a slit right at my eye level. I scanned the area left to right. Then I saw him.

– Hannah