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THE WOOD

1
The purple, hairy monster kept following me. It was very fast and clearly in good shape. I had a look around to see if there was any place to hide. Unfortunately, there wasn't much time for that. I was very tired, my legs hurt and the monster was catching up with me. Things didn't look good. This place really sucked. The screams of the monster sounded terrible. Suddenly, it had been there. For a few seconds, I had looked into its eyes. Then, I had decided to run. And here I was, still running. The wood still looked the same: high trees with big leaves in strange colours. Everything here was strange. Suddenly, it got dark. In a few seconds time, the night had fallen. It was as strange as all the rest here. I wondered if the monster could still see me. I listened very carefully, but I didn't hear anything. Then, I slowly held out my hand. I felt a leave. For a few moments, I just stood there and waited, while I held the leave in my hand. I couldn't just keep standing here. In this darkness, I couldn't look for a way back home, all I could do was sit down and wait. The monster was probably still there. What if the light suddenly came back? It would see me and it would only need a few seconds to catch up with me. But if I tried to escape in the darkness, it would hear my footsteps. Well, I didn't know if it had good ears, but I had to assume that it did. I missed home more than ever. The only monsters there were the ones on T.V. But this creep was real. Or wasn't he? Suddenly, I heard a strange noise. It sounded like... footsteps! The darkness hadn't saved me after all! The monster was coming! I started to walk, but suddenly, I felt something on my shoulder. I believed it was the monster and started to scream.
"Don't be afraid." someone behind me said.
I stopped screaming.
"Don't be afraid. I will protect you." the stranger said. It was a woman's voice.
I still didn't say a word.
"I know you're far from home. You are in a parallel world. I didn't know that there was a gate." the stranger continued. Then, she took my hand. I couldn't see anything, but her hand wasn't hairy.
"I will guide you." she said.
We kept walking through the darkness. Suddenly, I saw a small light in the distance.
"We're almost there." she said.
"What's that?" I asked.
"That's my house." she said.
A few minutes later, we were standing in front of a small house. There was light inside. My eyes needed to get used to it, after that walk through the darkness. I looked at the woman, who was still holding my hand, but I couldn't see her properly. She didn't seem to look like a monster. She headed for the house and opened the frontdoor. Inside, I could finally see her. She was a very goodlooking woman. She was wearing black trousers and a black shirt and black shoes. She had big eyes and long hair. I just looked at her and said nothing. Then, I had a look around. I was in an empty room with only two chairs.
"Sit down." she ordered.
I was very tired, so I didn't protest. She sat down too and looked me in the eye.
"You don't belong here. I'm not sure if I will be able to help you." she said.
"What do you mean?"
"I've never met someone from your world before. You are the first."
Her words made me worry. Maybe I wasn't safe here after all.
"I didn't know it was possible..." she said.
She kept looking at me with an amused look in her eyes.
"I want to go back." I said.
"I know, but I have no idea how you got here. It's a mystery. We discovered your world, but we never managed to get there. My friends have tried..."
I assumed that they wanted to get away from the monster. I looked at the window. It was still dark outside. Suddenly, a bed appeared in the room.
"Go to sleep." she said.
I was very sleepy, so again, I didn't protest. When I woke up, the daylight had come back. The woman was sitting on a chair next to my bed.
"How are you feeling?" she asked.
"I'm alright." I said.
Suddenly, a table with nice looking food on it appeared behind her.
"Have breakfast. I hope you'll like it."
I got up and had a taste. It tasted very weird, but in a strange way, I liked it. After a while, I got used to it. After breakfast, she told me to follow her outside. Her house was standing in the strange wood. I had a close look at the trees and then looked at her.
"This is where I live." she said.
"Nice place. Is it safe here?"
"Yes."
I kept looking at the trees. It was a very beautiful and impressive sight. I thought to myself that I should find this place very boring, but this strange world had changed me. The colours touched me. I kept looking and suddenly, my view became blurry. Soon, I could only see blurry colours and fell in some kind of sleep. When I woke up, I was lying in a strange bed. I looked around and noticed the small window. Then, I saw the woman. She was looking at me. This time, she was not alone. Four strangers were standing behind her.
"What... What happened?" I asked.
"You haven't really adapted to this world." the woman said.
I didn't understand.
"I'm afraid we have no solution for this." she said.
"It will happen again." the girl next to her said.
I got up. Whatever it was, it was over now. I felt really fine. The woman introduced me to her friends. They all lived in this wood. I noticed that I was the only guy here.
"That's alright." they smiled.
I was planning to go back home soon, so I didn't think it was a problem.

2
Every girl lived in another part of the wood. There were several rivers. It was all very beautiful, but I couldn't forget about home. The girls told me they had seen pictures from my world.





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