"Oh great Forest of Darkness! We have been subject to the wrath of your servants! We plead to you to take away this sickness as we give you this gift, a maiden pure to purify our village!" The tan old man, Otharon, nearly yelled over the rain as he presided over the ceremony. Sacrifices were a very important thing after all. "We ask you to take away this sickness and let us appease your anger. We give you the purest woman of our village, sweet and supple! Please spare us all!" The white haired old man slunk back as drums started to beat, a threatening tune telling the young girl of her doom. The girl, a brunette with slightly tanned skin, was lead by two other women, all three wearing pure white clothes. The girl was bound, though her head was held high. Her blue eyes spoke of fear and uncertainty. Why had she been chosen? Why did her life end now? The other girls had seen it as an honor, and she had been kept in solitude for seven days before the ceremony, cleansing her soul and heart of all darkness. The forest would take to her light like a moth to flame. Thoughts ran through her head as she walked through the crowd. Where was her family? She hadn't seen them. Would it hurt? Was the forest and its guardians really as tyrannical as they said? What would happen to her? The girl refused to cry, knowing that the sacrifice wouldn't work if she cried. People started to chant, asking for the sickness to be rid of. Finally the women left the girl, who stood at the edge of the cliff near the river flowing through the edge of the forest. The girl was soaked, but it would make no difference in a few minutes. The chanting grew louder as the drums sped up. She was going to die. The brunette was going to die. Otharon walked slowly up to the girl, and gently ever so gently... pushed her off the cliff. The sun started to peak out as the girl fell. The people chanted as they left, sure that their sacrifice was going to work. The girl finally cried, starting to scream. "No, no! Please, Forest, I want to live! Don't let me die!" She sobbed as she fell through the air, twisting and turning. "I want to live!" That was the last she was able to say before the river, over flooded and flowing quickly, swallowed her whole.