In the Woods Somewhere

By @Loretta

In the Woods Somewhere

By @Loretta

A short story inspired by the song In the Woods Somewhere, by Hozier.

Chapter 1

           My head was warm, my skin was soaked in my own blood. I opened my eyes to see my lover lying on the grown with me. She was just a few feet away, the grass was gently brushing her lifeless face as her glassy eyes stared back at me. We lay amongst the carnage and flame of two cars. We both died that night, but my body lived on. For some time I tried to have a life without her, but I felt nothing. I only longed for my love. Eventually the pain became to much, I couldn’t bare it any longer. I bought a rope, and drove for hours on end, no destination in mind. I drove Late into the night, into the middle of nowhere. Eventually I felt that it was time, and so it was. I pulled over onto the side of the lonely road and started my walk into the nearby woods with my rope in hand. I know not for how long I walk, only that I never tired, I never felt anything. I made it to a small clearing with a lone tree in the center, and I knew this was where I was meant to be. I climbed the tree and tied my rope around the lowest branch. I made the other end into a noose which I tied around my own neck. Without hesitation I let my body fall from the tree, the only thought on my mind was the image of my lover dead in the grass.

           My head was warm, my skin was soaked in sweat. I awoke calling the name of my lover. A broken branch lay on the grown next to me, my rope still tied around it. I removed the noose from around my sore neck, and I tried to stand up though my legs were weak. I could still see the full moon hanging in the sky, the night was so black that it was as if the darkness was humming. The hair on the back of my neck stood up at the sound of an awful scream in the woods somewhere. It was a woman’s voice, to which I quickly ran to, with empty hands. I found the true source of the noise, an injured fox writhing in the leaves. Neither of us dared make a sound. His hind was lame, and the bone was exposed. There was nothing I could do to save the poor creature, it was all I could do to end his pain with a nearby stone. I wondered, what beast could have done such a thing? How large were the monsters teeth? I looked up from the lifeless creature, and my gaze met the glare of

other eyes in the dark. The creature lunged at me, and I turned and ran to save a life I didn’t have. In that moment, as I forgot all prays of joining my love. I clutched my life, and wished it kept. My dearest love, I’m not done yet. How many years I know I’ll bare, I found something in the woods somewhere.

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