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the woods

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The woods behind the house were pitch black. The trees hung down like reaching claws, like they longed Don't think about that kind of stuff, he warned himself. You'll freak out and run back to the house screaming, and everybody will call you a little wussbag. Sure they will. It'll be just like the time jerry Samson was dared to stay in his garage (which he suspiciously thought was haunted), and he'd come out screaming and crying and saying he'd seen a ghost in there. ...read more.


Oh no, he thought, please let it be the wind making the leaves do that. Shaun stopped, looked up. Nothing there. Just the tree branches. And a dangling arm. He had lowered his eyes and now he shot them back up to the branches. No, there was nothing there. Stupid imagination, Shaun thought, leave me alone. Something rustled in the trees above him once more. He looked straight back up. ...read more.


They thought he was over a friend's house, because he'd lied and told them that so he could do the dare. The other kids in the group did this often. They were never caught. Shaun wished he would get caught. That maybe his mum would get up and look out the back window and see him walking into the woods. No such luck. He looked up and was grabbed by a branch. The branches end had curved twigs - fingers- and he was being thrown into a giant gaping mouth in the tree's trunk, and being swallowed whole. Never go into the woods alone. ...read more.

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