The grandfather clock struck once, startling the girl. She moved so abruptly that the leather bound book that had been in her lap moments before; fell out of her lap and landed with a thud on the marble floor. The girl sighed loudly in frustration and bent down to pick the book up. As she outstretched her fingers to grasp the book; a black polished boot landed on top of the novel nearly crushing the girl's fingers. She lifted her head and scowled at the owner of the polished boot.
"It is a book not a carpet Anthony." She snapped glaring at him until he lifted his foot. She picked up the book gingerly and dusted of the shoe print. She placed the novel aside and glanced up at Anthony.
"What do you want?" She asked her tone pushing forth as much rudeness as she possessed. He rolled his eyes at her.
"Well I guess I won't give you this letter that is addressed to you; and only you dear Ester." He said mock innocently waving a light blue envelope in Ester's face. Her eyes widened and she smiled sweetly.
"Oh would you be so kind as to give me my letter dearest Anthony?" She asked batting her eye lashes at him and she giggled slightly under her breath. She reached her hand out palm faced upright. He tossed it to her and smirked.
"I guess you can have it." His smirk turned into a pleasing half-smile and turned around and slowly walked away. Ester shook her head and thought 'brothers can't live with them but you can't live without them either.' Then Ester turned all of her attention to the envelope that sat patiently in her lap waiting to be opened. She was curious as to who sent it because she could not think of any important news to be told. She shrugged her shoulders absent-mindedly and delicately opened the top of the mysterious envelope. Once she had gotten it open; it was actually particularly difficult to open, she reached inside and pulled out the document. It wasn't on standard letter paper. 'How queer' Ester thought but putting the thought aside, she unfolded it and realized it was an invitation! Ester scanned over the invite and it had said she was to be cordially invited to a masquerade ball at the Evanson's mansion. Ester was delighted she just absolutely loved masquerades! She sighed contentedly and made a mental note to have a special gown ready for the event. She had placed the invite down and realized she forgot to find out the date of the Masque. As she hurriedly raised the flyer from her lap a piece of parchment fell softly to the ground. Ester looked at the paper puzzled. 'It must have been taped to the back of the invitation.' Ester thought bending down to pick up the paper. Ester's heart was beating unusually fast. For some reason she had a very excited feeling in the pit of her stomach. She unfolded the parchment and sighed in disappointment. The paper was blank, absolutely positively blank! She glared at the blank paper hoping if she stared at it long enough the words would appear; but unfortunately they did not. It did seem a little queer that the paper was blank though because always; or well Ester had never seen a well respecting Aristocrat address a letter and leave it blank. She shook her head half- angrily but decided better of her anger and placing the blank letter and the Invitation on the table adjacent to her she got up from the loveseat and smoothed her dress out then started walking out the library.
Ester placed her hand on the banister and guided herself down the grand staircase. Her mind was racing with multiple questions. None of which were very intriguing but still all the same Ester had thought about them. She unconsciously sighed, drawing in a deep breath afterwards. Unfortunately, Ester was extremely bored. Then and idea hit her. 'Why not go out for a walk in the woods?' Ester thought cleverly. There was always something to do on the Estate Ester and her family lived on you just needed to be creative and imaginative to reach that something to do. Ester was a bit of an eccentric person; believing in the legends surrounding the Estate. One of the Rumors was that in the woods bordering the Estate, once you had gotten quite far into the wood and if you happened to come upon a clearing with two red pine trees and a rock in the shape of a four-leaf clover you knew instantly something was wrong. Then everything would become topsy-turvy and you would be sent to a nightmarish alternate dimension. Ester wasn't so sure it was true but today she decided to find out if it was true.
Ester slowly walked towards the woods lost in her own thought. She was looking up at the clear blue sky with very few fluffy clouds sailing by. It was a beautiful Welsh morning. Ester reached her hands out in front of her and looked at her delicate long fingers and at the fingerless lace gloves she was wearing. There was also a rose ring on her right middle finger and a Turquoise ring that her father had given her before he died; was on her left middle finger. She let her arms fall to her sides but then lifted her right arm to twist a lock of her dark auburn hair on her index finger moments after. It seemed as though it had only been a minute or so when she had come to the edge of the woods. She gazed up at the tall pine trees and took a deep breath. She stepped into the trees and at that point that she had entered the wood she had now become; without her knowing a being of the Wood.
The forest was quiet enough for being a forest; with the occasional twitter of robins or the call of a fox. Ester loved the forest she was walking in. It was a beautiful place for one thing but it was mystical in its own way that it sent you into a world of fantasy. Ester was spinning in wide circles ever so often watching the black ruffles on her dress spin about her. Her crystal blue eyes caught everything. She saw the nest of a blue bird in the high branches of a pine, or the small little rabbit's hopping about foraging for food. Ester looked up and saw a cloud of butterflies gracefully fly through the trees. Ester sighed in content. She looked upon the ground observing the occasional mushroom sprouting at the edge of a mossy log; then all of a sudden she busted through a cluster of trees and into a clearing.
She just thought it was one of those occasional clearings she discovered years ago but no; this one was very different. It had a light airy feel to it and it seemed more vivid than the rest of the forest should've looked. Ester smiled she liked discovery new things. Something black moved out of the corner of her eye. Her heart beat a little faster and she whipped around; but there was nothing there. She shook her said and scolded herself thinking 'Silly girl- your getting yourself carried away.' She laughed a little madly and then her attention focused on two trees side by side. They were unusually red. Ester furrowed her eye brows and could feel her heart quicken its pace. She followed along the edge of the clearing and noticed a single rock. It was solitary nothing else around it and something was on it. It looked like a four-leaf clover. By then Ester's Heart was pounding against her chest.
'It's just your imagination Ester…Your dreaming this whole thing…or maybe not but still the Rumors couldn't be true right?' Ester thought panicking a little bit. Then something brushed at the edge of her memory. It was a soft almost an inaudible tune. It was so familiar but Ester's memory was failing her at trying to find the source of recognition. Then the tune got a little louder by each second that ticked by. It was a beautiful sound; haunting and sad almost but extremely beautiful. Ester caught herself humming it faintly. Then she started singing it.
"All, at once the bird's shall sing in the softest voice of life they shall tell us that day has fallen into night and the soft leaves swaying in the low oak branches will belong no longer to the day but only to the night for the lovely beasts of the moonlight shall rejoice in there everlasting song…" Ester's voice trailed off; but the song still hung in the air. She had no idea how she had known the words to that song. 'It must have been the clearing.' She thought curiously. She gazed around the clearing hoping nothing had changed. But something had. There was something at the edge of the clearing. It had piercing amber eyes. It wasn't anything human for it was too low to the ground. Then all of the sudden Ester felt herself moving forward closer to the thing with glowing amber eyes. She tried to will herself to run the other way but a mysterious unseen force was guiding her. She was in the middle of the clearing now. She stopped. She kept her sight focused on the glowing amber eyes only one hundred feet in front of her. But then all of the sudden she felt something she knew she had fallen to the ground because there was after all the grass beside her head. The question was she didn't know how she did it without feeling it. She gazed at the blades of grass only a second longer when she felt her eye lids growing heavy. Before long they were closed and she was sleeping.