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In The Dark Heart Of The Woods (S&D)

by Amanda Levin
(Stanford, CA)

I was walking home from my old elementary school. All around me birds were singing and the wind was rustling through the palm trees lining the sidewalk. I closed my eyes to further enjoy the warmth of the sun on my face, but all the sudden the warmth was gone.

Startled, I opened my eyes only to discover that tall, looming pine trees surrounded me. I spun around looking for the path I was just on, thoroughly confused on how I got where I was. Suddenly, big yellow tally marks started appearing from the darkness, coming at faster and faster paces. It started slow, but soon I was encased on all sides by these huge lines. Quickly, I became dizzy from all the motion around me, and nauseated, attempted to find some water and sit down.

At this point, I awoke and immediately ran to the bathroom to get water for my excessive thirst. Climbing back into bed, I quickly fell asleep only to find myself back in the forest. In my dream, I had just awakened from sleeping on one of the tree trunks down on the forest floor. As I was standing up, stretching and massaging my sore neck (from sleeping on a log), a little man suddenly appeared in front of me. He took one glance at me and began screaming about how I had let all the prisoners escape from the woods during my nap when I was suppose to be on duty.

Deeply confused about where I was, my role, and who the little man was I dumbly stared as he continued to berate me. After a few moments, I regained movement and quickly followed the newly lightened path out of the woods, walking back to my house and to a more sensible dream.

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