"There is no way you guys are getting me to go into the woods with you!" Britney said, her arms crossed over her chest. Scarlett sighed, giving her best friend a pleading look. "I said no. Haven't you heard the story about Bobby Silverman?" "Oh come on, not the Bobby Silverman story again! There's no factual basis that a bear mauled him in the woods! It's not even practical! It'll be fun, please?" Scarlett begged, already pulling Britney out of the house. "Zach, Jonah, and Callie are all coming with us, it's not like we'll be alone." Britney's green eyes lit up as she heard her say Jonah, a smile painting on her face. "Wait... Jonah is going to be there?" Britney's voice perked up and she shrugged. "Well, perhaps it's not such a bad idea. Maybe it'll be fun." Scarlett rolled her eyes but smiled, her shoes crunching the gravel underneath her as she and Britney met up with their friends at the entrance to the woods. It was late afternoon and the sun was high, the warm rays falling on Scarlett's blood red hair and pale skin. The five teens walked through the dark trees, having light conversations about their upcoming summer plans and their college plans. They'd all just graduated high school and this summer was to be the last one before they all went their separate ways. Scarlett bit her lip as they all talked happily about which college they were going to and the fun trips they were going on. When they asked Scarlett where she was headed, she would smile softly and bring up another topic of interested that would get the other four rowdy kids to talk excitedly without inquiring further. To be honest, she had no clue what she was doing. She had applied to many different colleges and currently had a stack of unopen letters on her dresser. She knew that the steps were high school, college, then life; but she didn't really want that. She wanted adventure, excitement. She tried to get as much thrill as she could in life, but the closest she could get most of the time was through novels. She particularly loved romance, but it seemed to her like the things in books she read were too good to be true. They all walked around and climbed over rocks and hills, going further and further away from their town as the sun slowly set. "Um, maybe we should head back... it's already dark, guys." Britney said, holding onto Jonah's arm as she looked around nervously. "Come on, you're such a girl!" Zach teased, throwing a stick at her. "Don't be such a baby!" "Hey, just because she's being a wimp doesn't mean that all girls are." Scarlett argued, her gaze locked on a cabin not too far away from them. "Hey, do you guys see that?" "See what?" Asked Callie, brushing her long black hair out of her brown eyes as she turned to look where Scarlett was pointing. "Woah, that almost blends in with the rest of the landscape. It looks abandoned." "Let's go check it out!" Shouted Zach, already running towards it. Scarlett grinned widely and ran after him, the rest of their friends hesitantly following. Scarlett reached the cabin first, looking at the house as she stood in front of the door. It almost looked as if the house had just grown out of the ground. She traced her hand along the rigged bark of the door, something drawing her in. "S-scarlett, maybe you shouldn't do that..." Britney warned, standing a few feet away from the house still clinging to Jonah. "Yeah, we should go..." Callie chimed in, looking around as if something was approaching. "All of you are babies! It's just an abandoned old house! What could happen?" Zach exclaimed, but Scarlett ignored them all as she pushed open the creaky door, disappearing completely as she entered, a warm glow beckoning her.