I look back at how this all started and i regret the loss of life very deeply, but i now know it was necessary for certain events to transpire. My name is Moriko i was told my name meant "forest child" and although i never truly under stood the meaning i loved it. I was 16 years old when this all started or you could say when i began to notice the weird happenings in my life that had always surrounded me. I'd always believed my life to be normal, always believed myself to just be another teenager in the world. I guess i was wrong about that as well. I was living in North Carolina with my mother and father and for the fist time we were gonna stay for longer than a year. I expected the move so i was pleasantly surprise by the news. Father had moved us so many times around the world I could never understand why, and when ever i asked i was always given the usual maybe some day you will understand speech. I still remember that day every thing started changing. I look back and wish I had foreseen the things that happened but as I said, things happen for a reason.
"Daaad!!" i yelled up the stairs as always he was running late wasn't it supposed to be me, the girl how took longest to get ready? i wondered. "Just a minute Mo" I heard him say followed by the sound of a door closing. i shook my head this was our routine i would yell he would say only a little bit more than take longer. My father had always been the type of man that liked looking very professional. I looked at myself and wondered if i should change, when ever i when out with my father i made a conscious effort to look girly. not because he made me or anything like that , but because i knew in his eyes I was still the little girl who would wear frilly pink dresses. The footsteps over head made me look up and for a moment it was like the man standing at the top of the stairs was a stranger, then he smiled his goofy smile and he went back to being the dad I'd always known. I knew how other ladies apart from mom looked at him and how could they not with his gorgeous curly golden hair, and the honey colored eyes that now held my attention? i wished i looked like him or at least some what like mom with her strawberry blond hair and blue eyes but i was neither. The only explanation I'd often been told and had to tell was that i looked more like my great grandmother. I had the blackest almost blue hair of any one i knew and deep brown if not black colored eyes. "daddy can we go please I promised to meet Sandy at the mall at 4" i looked worriedly at the clock only 15 minutes till 4. Making it there in time would be hard but possible i knew i couldn't be late not to meet Sandra she wasn't the type of person you could leave waiting and not regret later. I saw him look at my black and purple ensemble but he said nothing of it. "yeah we can leave" he said as he opened the door. once inside the car he pulled away from the house and since I was in such a hurry he took the road through the forest it was the shortest route to get to the mall. I was slightly surprised by it but didn't coment he usually avoided the forest but i loved it. after a short silence he looked toward me and asked "so why the big hurry to get to the mall Mo?"
I was distracted by the surrounding forest i answered with out thinking properly "Sandra wants to get some boots and I need some new pants for the hiking trip." I cringed inwardly as i realized what I'd done i looked out my window hoping to avoid the inevitable.
I didn't so see so much as felt him tense the seconds ticked on then he said very softly and serenely it scared me " you are not going" i spun around immediately shock clearly on my face.
I tried to make my voice sound calm "why not? every one's going even Jimmy and he's allergic to almost every thing" I looked at my father waiting for him to smile or say he was joking but neither happened. I couldn't believe this was happening i knew if it had been sky diving or swimming with sharks he would have said yes but because it was the forest he was completely against it.
I felt my anger get the best of me and heard myslef yell "I'm not a child!" ugh why couldn't I be allowed to have some freedom? trying to sound calmer i said "dad i can take care of myself besides you know the school trip is in two weeks i have.." i was cut as he slammed his hand on the arm rest
"no ! you will not go do you understand?" his voice was cold as ice
"but dad " i said i could hear a tremor in my vice a sure sign tears would come
"we are not discussing this you wont go and..." he was unable to finish his sentence. I saw a look cross his face shock? fear? when suddenly he slammed the brakes i was thrown forward and hit my head in the dashboard then every thing when black. When i opened my eyes everything was blurry i couldn't see "dad?" i called I could feel the forest breeze on my face and turned to see he wasn't in his seat. I carefully opened the door and got out. I saw him by the forest floor and next to him was some thing black i tried to focus on it but every thing was getting blurrier and I felt dizzy. Dad was looking in front of him with a look of pure horror i tried to see what was scaring him so much had we hit some one? what was wrong but before i could ask he looked at me and said so softly i thought i was imagining it " I'm sorry i failed you forgive me" I saw some thing hit him and purple dust seep out from his eyes and nose he fell and I screamed the thing turned to look at me. it's cat eyes stared and i wonder briefly in the back of my mind if it was an animal but his eyes held a knowledge beyond that of a simple animal. I saw it coming toward me when i heard the thwack of an arrow being released, the animal jumped and disappeared deeper into the forest. I stood there for a moment in complete shock and before i could look behind me to see my savior i fainted.
so thats the first chapter of my book Moriko i'm hoping to be able to post the next chapter this week but I'm not sure how busy I'll be so keep a look out for chapter 2 and as always♥ ,Carol