In a world beyond the vale there lived a young lady of seventeen years called Ellisia, who lived with her family in a harsh, brutal and extremely dangerous environment. Throughout the world roamed clumsy ogres and mischievous goblins that made daily life just that little bit more tedious. Every day since she was at the oblivious age of seven she had been taught to avoid the woods which spanned the end of her garden. At first she could not see why for it was her garden and surely she is allowed to play where she please, but then something happened to change that.
While she was innocently playing hide seek with her brother Kyle, she had stumbled upon a dark cave. How had a cave so large not been seen before? She thought to herself. Oh well, I might as well hide here. She crawled inside the gaping mouth of the cave, edging little by little into the darkness which slowly consumed her. Were those voices speaking to her? Was she alone? The cave seemed to expand and contract like the pelt of an animal as dark noises emerged from the abyss. Something grabbed her with rough, hands and pulled her towards it. It was too dark to see what this something was but she knew it was a monster. Stale breath caressed her neck and meandered into her mouth and nose, making her gag at the putrid smell. Its hands grappled at her throat, clinging, clawing. It ripped at her clothes exposing the pale white skin beneath. A guttural growl left the pit of the monsters stomach and rippling over her bare arms. I am going to die, she had thought to herself. The moon had risen to signify the impending night sending shafts of moonlight into the cave, exposing the monster. She would never forget what she saw for she did not believe what was there before her. It was a small human boy with large, different coloured eyes.
Ever since she had sworn to never venture past the first line of trees outback, but there were still times she longed to visit the boy - help him. He had seemed so hungry, desperate. By now he must be a little older than her eighteen? A lady with chaffed skin and warm eyes approached behind from the direction of the house. "Mother, are we the only family for miles around?" She asked inquisitively.
"Of course darling, or there would be houses and shops. Would there not?" Mother pointed out, "That's why you have to travel so far to school".
"But Mother is it possible that someone could be living in the woods, alone? Without a house?"
"No... is this something to do with what you saw in that wood all those years ago? You would mumble about a young boy in your sleep for months after your encounter, but its not possible. No one would survive out there alone, no human that is". Mother spat before returning to the house to hang out the laundry.
The sun was high in the clear summer sky, taunting her with its beauty. How could something so beautiful exist above a world so wrong? Her gaze followed the sky until it dwindled into the canopy of the woods. The sky cast over the woods was a sickly green that hung around the trees like a suffocating stench making the woods appear murky and wrong. Wherever that boy was, she would find him and help him, no matter the risk. No one deserved to be alone.