Chapter 1: Woodland

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Cage Breakers

Reads: 300

There was always the woods.

Even when death, hunger and pain came for us, we always had the woods.

The perfect hunting ground.

The perfect hideaway.

My brother Keilan and I used to hunt in the woods together, then it was just me. I never knew why Keilan was taken away. All I knew was that when I came down stairs at night, Mother would be at the table crying, holding Keilan's old baby blanket

One by one, all the boys that reached 12 would "dissapear", just like Keilan had. And no-one thought anything of it. At least not until the Mayor's son left. then people started to worry. and worry. and worry. until everyonewas hiding their children.

but that didn't stop the kidnappers.

no one found the kids.

alive at least.

I uncovered them one spring, when i was digging in my favorite digging spot. the smell of carrion had drawn crows to the sight of the mass grave.If i hadn'tbeen curious, they never would have been found.

the boys looked mutilated, limbs cut off and skin blue. i had just enough courage to conceal a scream, but i couldn't hold back the hot, burning tears that run down my cheeks. i knew my brother was down there, along with the Mayor's son, and all the other boys in our village.

i'd found them, but i still didn't know WHY.

WHY would someone kill innocent boys? For pleasure? For revenge?

I knew who. that was easy.

The Central Order, aka The Cobra Men.This was their sort of work. the Cobra Men controlled the valley, and stamped down any fire that burned in our eyes. Maybe they saw the boys as a threat.

i knew something would have to be done.

i would just have to hide my fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Submitted: February 12, 2016

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