I breathe in the fresh air, it's that earthy scent that I have always loved. The trees softly rustle in the slight breeze. This is my favorite spot to be when school is over, I always come here because school is awful. I'm not like any other student that just hates school, just to hate it. I don't like it because there is too much concrete, and building stuff. Too artificial, I prefer the natural surroundings. Not only is it peaceful, it just makes you feel like you're part of something.
I walk to the small creek and wade into it in my bare feet. I never wear shoes out here, I hate wearing them anyway. The water feels cool against my skin, and the rocks are smooth from eroding. "Shall I go for a swim today?" I ask the trees. "May you lead me to the river?"
They don't say anything back, I don't expect them to, sometimes I wish they could. It would be nice to have someone to talk to, I have no friends at school. They always pick on me and call me a tree-hugger. I will admit that I love to hug the trees, but I don't see why it's such a bad thing. Everyone should hug trees, they have done so much for us, why can't we do something for them?
I follow the creek and go to the small river. My family is relatively rich, and they have quite a bit of land, so I actually get to spend most of my time out here. The only condition that my parents gave to me is that I attend every party they throw, and eventually find a suitable husband. I find that to be very stupid, the only thing I will ever love is nature.
I walk along the small pier, the wood is rather old, but it can stand my weight. I've thought about fixing it, but I don't want to hurt the trees. I take a deep breath and dive into the water. It's rather cold, but I find it rather stimulating. I feel like my senses get heightened with the cold. Suddenly I hear a branch break, and I quickly look around. I see deer a few yards away, drinking from the river. I smile, and continue swimming, just as I thought, it was nothing. I continue swimming for a while and then I head to the shore. When I get out I am confronted by a boy. He comes to me, and stares.
"Hey, you're that girl from school right?"
I look at him as I squeeze out my hair. "I'm sorry, do I know you?" I ask.
"I have a confession to make to you." He says, ignoring my question.
"I really like you and I want you to be my girlfriend." He looks down at his feet and awaits my reply.
He looks back up at me, with a sad look on his face. "What?"
"I said no, I am not looking for love, besides, I have no feelings for you. So please, get out of my slice of heaven."
He stays silent for a long moment and then I see a smirk on his face. "No one refuses, me."
"Nobody says no to me."
I look into his eyes, and I see that look. He's insane, he is so used to getting what he desires that no one can say no to him, and he will kill them if they say no.
I slowly back away, as he pulls out a pocket knife, and opens it.
"Please, you don't have to do this." My heart pounds as if it were going to break from my chest.
"You have to pay the price for saying no." He lunges at me.
I started running from him. Trying to find somewhere to hide, I know this place like the back of my hand, but the main question that I have is how he got in here. My family has guards all around this place, how did he get in? Knowing what he wants from me, he probably told my parents that he wanted to ask me to be his girlfriend. I shake my head, there is no time to think about this right now. I find my way up a large tree, and then I sit there, and minimize my breath. Hoping to conceal my location, I stand closer to the trunk, and crouch down.
After a moment I see him walk below me and slowly look around.
"Come out my sweet! It's your fault that I am here. I just want you to love me, like I love you. I don't want to hurt you."
Yeah, like I'll believe that crap. My mother always told me to not believe everything I hear, and I believe her.
My weight on the branch slowly makes it crackle under the pressure. I try to climb onto a different branch, but by the time I reach for one, the branch collapses under my weight and I plummet to the ground. When I hit the ground I try to break my fall by putting my hands out, but that was a mistake. A hear a small crack, and I know that my wrists are broken, and the wind is knocked out of me. I lay there gasping for air, and I feel a slight trickle of what may be sweat running down my cheek.
I look in the corner of my eye, and I see him smile. "There you are, you had me worried for a bit." He takes his pocket knife and then stabs me in the chest.
The pain is severe, but I try not to scream, I won't scream, not for him. I cough up blood, and struggle to take a single breath.
"Remember, my sweet, no one says no to me." He gets up and starts to walk away, leaving the knife in my chest.
"Spoiled........brat..." I manage to say before he leaves.
He looks at me one last time. "At least I'm not the one who is going to die."
Dick, at least I don't kill people to get my way.
He leaves and I am forced to just sit here and wait to die. I can feel my blood start to pool on the earthy floor. By now I don't feel anymore pain, but I feel like I can't breathe.
A white light starts showing from the sky, it looks very bright but it doesn't hurt my eyes. A boy shows up and disrupts that light, his long green hair, gently touches my cheek. I feel his presence, slowly getting closer to me. I hear a soft flutter, he must have wings.
"Don't worry," he whispers, "I won't let you leave this world."
I feel his lips against mine, they are warm, and soft. I breathe in his scent and it reminds me of the roses that grow in our front yard. I don't know what the fuck he is doing, but it makes me sleepy. After a minute or so I give in to sleep, I just hope that I will be able to wake up again.
I wake up in my bedroom, with the doors to the balcony open. The white curtains gently flowed in the breeze. I look over, and my mom is by my bedside. She is asleep, and holding my hand. I feel a little groggy still, I move my hand and gently touch my forehead, which has a damp cloth on it.
My mother wakes up and her face instantly lights up. "You're awake, thank God. I thought we lost for a moment."
"Where am I?" I ask, without realizing that I already know the answer.
"You are in your room at home. There will be a doctor coming to see you soon. He may have to take you to the hospital. You did have quite the fall, and not to mention you have a high fever."
"Where is he?" I ask, still exhausted. My breath is still ragged, but at least I am alive.
"The boy with the green hair, he rescued me."
"Rose, there was no boy with green hair when we found you."
"But he was real, I felt his hair on my cheek, and he kissed me. It was very nice, and warm."
My mother sighs. "You may have a concussion from the fall, I will let the doctor know about this." She leaves the room and has a conversation with dad, who is also worried.
I roll out of my bed and stumble onto the balcony. I look out and it's almost dark out. How long was I out for? I look at the tree line, and for almost a split second, I see him hide behind a tree. I don't know why but I reach my hand out, wanting him to reach out for me.
I close my eyes and sigh, I want to see him up close, to know who he is, what he looks like. Is he like me?
I open my eyes and he is there fluttering his wings in front of me. I fell backwards, surprised to see him. "Jesus Christ, don't scare me like that."
"Sorry, I didn't mean to do that. But I did hear your thoughts about me. I found them very sweet."
"I didn't think about anything." I reply, slightly blushing.
He chuckles. "All right, whatever you say." He hovers and lays himself on the railing of my balcony.
"What exactly are you?" I ask out of curiosity.
"I am what you call a Woodland Fairy. What are you?" I can easily see a smirk coming on in his eyes.
"I am a Human Being. I thought that was obvious."
He smirks. "See, now that is where you are wrong, my dear." He sits up, twists around and swings his feet on either side of the railing.
"How am I wrong? I know that I am Human."
"You see, when I kissed you out in the forest, I kinda turned you into a Woodland Fairy."
My upper lip starts to twitch and my blood starts to boil. "You did what?"
His eyes slowly widen and he hovers once again. "I'm sorry, just be glad that your family still remembers you. But you only have one more day before you are forced into the forest. I will be back when that time comes." He gives me a pitiful look, and then flies off into the trees.
How is it that I only have one more day with my family. What am I supposed to do? I walk back into my room and sit in on the edge of my bed. I run my fingers through my hair and try to think. What can I do, to spend the last day with my family?
I shake my head and go downstairs.
"Oh, you're finally awake. You're just in time sweety dinner is done."
I smile and sit at the table, and so does the rest of my family. We started eating for a while and I just sat there and played with my food.
"What's wrong honey? You seem down." My dad asks.
"It's nothing." I reply.
"Are you sure? You can tell us what's wrong."
"You know, I have been thinking. Maybe we can go out and do something as a family."
My parents think for a moment.
"That's not a bad idea. What do you want to do?" My mother asks.
"I'm not sure, got any ideas?"
"How about going to the Festival in town?" My sister chimes in.
"I like that idea." My brother says.
"Do you guys want to go to the fair?" Dad asked everyone at the table.
I nod. "I'm down."
"Same." My brother and sister say at the same time.
"Alright, looks like we are going to the fair tonight."
We finish eating and get ready to go.
I changed into my purple floral dress with ruffles on the skirt and purple high heels. I curl my own hair, and add a small purple flower in it. I just picked it out of the small garden today. And just for fun, I add a few small purple gems around my right eye. I look myself over and I think I look good. I head down the stairs and wait at the door.
The rest of my family comes down and looks me over.
My mom smiles at me. "You look so beautiful. Are you ready to go?"
I nod. "Yeah."
We head out to the door, and get into my mom's minivan. She starts it up and we head over to the fair.
We head up to the ticket booth and we head inside. The fair is the only place I can spend a good amount of time with my family. I look at my siblings and ask. "Where do you want to go first?"
"I want to go on the zero gravity ride." My brother says.
"I want to try the one that spins around really fast and then goes backwards." My sister chimes in.
I nod. "I like both of those, so you guys will have to play Rock, Paper, Scissors to see which one goes first. Okay?"
They play the game only less than a minute and my sister easily wins.
"Alright, we are going on the Matterhorn. I lead my family to there and we get on. Unfortunately, my dad decided not to get on. He is always working and it feels like he is always consumed by it.
I try not to think about it too much and just have fun. We end up going on just about every ride, and I actually got to try something new, I had no idea that you could deep fry cookie dough. It was actually pretty good, surprisingly. After a while, I look at my phone and check the time. It's almost eleven p.m. and the fair will close in a few minutes.
"Hey, it's time to go guys, the fair will be closing in a few minutes."
My siblings whine about having to leave but we leave and head home.
Once we get home we all head to bed, except for me.
When I get to my room I head straight to my balcony. I listen to the trees rustle in the slight breeze.
"So, did you have fun?"
"At least you have memories to enjoy."
I turn around, tears in my eyes. "Why?"
"Why did you turn me into a fairy?"
"If I told you, you wouldn't believe me."
I sigh. "Right." I turn back around, and stare at the trees. "You know, it hasn't been a full day."
"Then why are you here?"
"Well, I figured that I would take you early. I never thought that you would actually do something. It's a shame, your family will lose that memory."
"You don't need to remind me about that." I say. After a moment or two I turn back around and look up at the moon. I don't know why but it seems like it's crying tonight. "Let's get this over with."
"Alright then. The first thing we need to do is release your wings."
"I don't have them."
"Of course you do, you just don't feel them."
I can feel him hover close to me and then he unzips my dress a little. I turn around quickly and smack him across the face.
"What the hell was that for?" He asks.
"You don't just go up to a girl and start taking her clothes off."
He holds his cheek for a minute or so. "Sorry, I was just trying to help."
My face flushes red and I unzip my dress a little more. "What now?"
He heals his cheek and then stands in front of me. "The first thing you need to do is relax."
I take a few deep breaths and he continues.
"Alright, that's good." He turns me around and puts his finger in the center of my back. "Focus your energy at this point in your body, and then slightly move the muscles."
I try to focus, and then I can hear him slightly cheer.
"Good job, not bad for a first timer."
"Have you had worse?"
"Yeah, but they were children trying to learn how to fly. Now I want you to try and flutter your wings."
I end up doing that and then he has me step onto the railing with him.
"Are you ready?"
"I have no idea, I am really scared at this point."
"Well if you want, you can hold on to me." He smirks just a little bit.
"Alright then, suit yourself, I will count to three and then we'll jump together okay?"
He sighs. "Now you're just being stubborn."
I frown. "Well forgive me for being afraid of heights."
He puts his hand over my eyes, and pulls me closer to him.
Surprisingly, I actually hold onto him as tight as I can without hurting him too much. "So, what now?" I ask, nervously.
"Now, we fly." He pulls me with him as we drop off the railing.
I bury my face in his chest, scared that we will end up dying.
"Open your eyes." He says.
I don't feel like we are falling anymore, so I lift my head up slightly. I am truly amazed at what the woods are like during the night. There are fireflies everywhere, and since we are flying fast, they look like comets going by. I look up and see his eyes lock with mine. For a split second I felt like kissing him. I push those thoughts away and look around the woods some more, it's so pretty.
I can tell that I am starting to get tired but I don't want to close my eyes just yet. And when I look up at the sky, everything goes dark.