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Topic: Achoo (04/11/13)
TITLE: The Sound of Death
By Holly Hoell
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Squinting, she saw something ahead on the side of the road. A little girl’s bicycle? That’s strange; I didn’t see this on my way to work. No one lives in this area. She was about to ignore the situation, when a sound came from the woods. “Achoo! “
Oh no, I didn’t just hear that she reasoned. Getting old, hearing things. I’ve got lots to do, gotta get home. “Achoo!” She definitely heard it and it was coming from the woods. Taking a deep breath and looking around she stepped off the road and headed into the woods.
“Little Girl? Little Girl? Are you in here?” There was total silence except her heart beat pounding in her chest. Trying to stay as close to the edge of the woods as possible, she cautiously moved forward looking for anything that might be moving. She spotted a nice solid stick and picked it up. Maybe it would offer some protection. She took a few more steps and heard movement behind her. She swung around stick wielded ready to crack someone. Stupid squirrel!
Everything in her told her get out of there, call the police, they will investigate. Yet she kept stepping forward deeper into the woods; that’s when she saw her. The little girl was sitting on the ground looking at some flowers. Alice was just about to call out to her when her voice stuck in her throat. A man in orange prison clothing was kneeling in the near distance.
Moving backward behind a tree she closed her eyes for a second to get a grip. Looking again she saw he was drinking from a stream. She silently prayed God please help us. There was a noise and the man stood up and peered into the woods. Reaching into his shirt, he pulled out a knife.
Now she could hear it; a voice calling “Emily where are you honey?” The man started walking toward the voice. Alice stealthily crept toward the little girl who was starting to stand up. Whispering to her, she said “sh Emily, my name is Alice, there is a bad man over there and we have to hide from him. We have to be quiet okay?”
Emily nodded but said “I hear my daddy.”
“I want you to hide behind this tree and do not come out till I call for you okay? I’m going to go get your daddy” Alice whispered.
“Okay” Emily said uneasily.
Alice headed toward where she thought the men would be. Soon she came upon the man in orange threatening the other man with his knife. Knowing she had to act quickly, she inched forward.
The man in orange was describing with evil pleasure how he was going to harm the other man. Tightly gripping the stick, she raised it high and swung just like her softball days with the church team. It connected solidly with the side of his head and broke. The man was knocked to the ground dazed. He held his head trying to get up.
“Come on” shrieked Alice, motioning to the man. They ran to Emily’s location. “Let’s get out of here” she yelled. Emily’s dad picked up his daughter and the three of them rushed for the road. They were starting to feel safe when from behind they heard “you’re all gonna die!” The road was close; they sprinted toward it with the man in orange closing in on them.
Breaking out of the woods, they spotted a green car. “Mommy,” Emily yelled! Waving to her they jumped in and locked the doors saying; “Go! Drive!” The enraged man in orange pounded violently on the passenger door as they pulled away. A few days later he was caught and later named the perpetrator of the Middletown woods murders. Alice got $10,000 for providing information leading to his capture.
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