Chapter 3: A Surprise In The Woods

It was hard to forget the incident when all Jane wanted to do was talk about it. I understood her fears. It was scary to tell anyone else that we had been there. The thieves could just come back to finish us off. I gave Jane a hand and we crossed the fence that led into the fields. Most of the children and adults used to use the outskirts of the woods for picnics. No one ventured too far into the woods due the fear of getting lost. Crossing across the field, we jumped across the next fence which led us into the woods.

“This is beautiful.” commented Jane

“It is.” I replied glancing around. The smell of the flowers wafted up to my nose. The green grass stretched out till it touched the outskirts of the woods.

I was surprised to see that there was a path which had been made into the woods. It had been years since I had gone on a picnic. Maybe things had changed since then.

“I’ve never seen that path before!” exclaimed Jane voicing out my thoughts.

“Neither have I!” I replied.

“Let’s check it out!” said Jane excited.

“Are you sure it’s a good idea?” I asked hesitantly.

“Come on. It will be fun!” said Jane as she ran ahead.

With nothing better to do, I followed her. The path was just a mud road. It was obvious that a few cars had traveled the distance lately. In fact it was surprisingly scenic. The path led towards a broken down shack. From the distance I saw a car parked at the entrance. Something made me hesitate. I put my hand on Jane’s shoulder and urged her to be silent. We walked cautiously up to the structure. That’s when it struck me… The car was our car! It was the same SUV that we owned for the past two years. Glancing at the number plate I realized that I had guessed right.

That’s when I realized that we were in trouble. I whispered everything into Jane’s ear. The color drained from her face. She wanted to go home but I was still curious. The run down shack looked deserted and I crept closer to it. Another red car stood behind our SUV. There were red splotches of paint on the ground. That’s when I put two and two together. The man had stepped on red paint. That’s how he had got the bottom of his shoes red.

A man suddenly popped out of the shack and shouted at us. He had the same build as the intruder did. I was frozen in one spot. Glancing down at his shoes, I found that I recognized them. He strode towards us and I had a chance to get a glimpse of the red bottom of his shoes.

“What are you kids doing here?” he asked gruffly

“We were looking for a picnic spot.” replied Jane nervously

“Well go somewhere else. This is private property!” replied the man gruffly

We took heed of his warning and quickly retreated back the way we came. My heart was pounding. I was glad that Jane had the presence of mind to answer the man’s question. My tongue had just frozen in place. I still couldn’t believe that we had found the thieves! That too by accident!


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