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As Max levees for a normal camping trip with her friends she starts to hear the trees talk. When she disappears in the woods with a scream every one is on the panic counting down the days they have to find her.
She meets Butch, a walking tree man, and learns more about the death of her mother and her destiny then she ever wanted to know.

Submitted:Jul 9, 2012    Reads: 9    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   

Missing a Hero

By:Emma Garness

When Camping...

When summer stated I never thought it would be like this.

I was at home, sitting on the front porch, waiting for my friends to show up so we could head off.

When they finally got here, they where riding There bikes down the street, back packs bouncing slightly as they peddled.

"Hay max" they said. Joy was tall and had wonderful long blond hair now pulled back in a ponytail. She had on a pink T-shirt and boot-cut jeans with white tennis-shoes on.

Justice sighed as he sat down. He was shorter then Joy but taller than me. He had on a white shirt and blue Jeans long enough to barley touch the ground and black and brown DC's.

"Hey guys," I said getting up. "Ya' ready to go?"

"Yep!" they both laid there Bikes on the old worn out white shed then said held up their camping bags.

My dad popped his head out of the door. "Ready?"

He scared me enough to make me jump back into Justice. "Dad, really?"

"Sorry kids just wanted to have a little fun before you go." He said laughing. I rolled my eyes. "Ya all packed to go?" We all nodded our heads.

"Well I guess you can go, leave me all alone with without Max."

"Dad you'll be fine it's only 3 days, okay." I said tossing my bag over my shoulder. "Love you, have a good weekend."

"You too kido" he said

I gave him a big hug, and then ran towards the trail behind our house. Joy and Justice followed.

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After 2 hours of walking we, stopped to take a small brake.

"Oh my god," said joy, dropping her pack on the ground "Why, oh why, do you travel this far for the moon to turn orange, and a dumb comet! I'm hungry."

"Joy you know that it means more to me than that." I said.

It means so much more. It meant the late Ms. Clancy. My mom, who died in a hit-and-run car accident. I was with her that night, right by her side. I got knocked out, broke my leg, fractured my ankle, and broke a few ribs. She died on impact.

Joy sided. I never really talk about it but she knew that this weekend meant the world to me.

"So how long will this take? The trip I mean." she asked.

"About another 3 hours to get up the mountain." I said.

"And how far?" she asked.

"About 4 or 5 miles," She sided. "But I promise it will go by fast, and before you know it we'll be rousting marshmallows, and making s'mores."

"Grate, now I'm hungry." said Justice. "Max did you pack anything we could eat real quick?"

I reached down in to my back pack and grabbed three granola bars, set right on top for us. "Hear ya go but eat slowly, it's all we get till we get to camp." I passed them out to everyone then opened mine. I had no clue how hungry I was until I bit it.

"So, what's the first thing we have to do when we get there?" asked Joy. I changed how we did things a lot so this was understandable.

"I'm not sure, we'll figure it out later" I said.

"I can tell it's going to be a cold one." Said Justice slightly shivering.


"What was that?" I asked looking into the trees.

"What was what?" Joy asked.

"That sound, someone called my name."

"Max, come on, where in the middle of nowhere, who on Earth would be out here but us?"

"I don't know, but I do know that someone called my name"

Joy rolled her eyes and looked at the trees. "Whatever."

"Ok, let's get going," said Justice as he was getting up "Got a long walk ahead of us."

He was right, the walk was lounger then I thought it would be. Nearly 4 hours. And there wasn't much talk either, manly because we where all worn from the walk up hill.

We reached the camp around sun set and started setting up before it got too late.

When it was all done we sat down and roasted hot dogs.

"Fire's dying." Justice pointed out. I reached over to the wood pile.

"I'm going to go get more wood. Be right back." I got up and headed towards the woods.

"Be safe." Joy called out to me.

"I will." I walked in until I could only see a small red dot in the tree line.

I looked around for wood and saw something move in the shadows of a nearby tree. I thought it was just my eyes and started back at the ground picking up a few branches; when I was something move again. "Hello?" I called out, as if it would respond.


I went back to wood when something, someone, stepped in front of me. I looked up scared to death when a black cloth went over my head.

I screamed before a sweet chemical filled me up and knocked me out.


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