Magic in the Woods (flash fiction)

Jack heard that there was magic in the woods. Amy had told him stories when she got back from vacation with her sister and her dad. She told of strange happenings, unexplainable things that made him wonder if there was truth to the stories the older boys told around the campfire with flashlights under their chins. 

Daniel and Jason told stories about their fishing reels spinning on their own, and their canteens refilling themselves. They told of strange melodies coming from the rocks on Lookout Hill, and shadows that changed their shape from human to beast. Jack had always thought that they made up those stories to scare the girls, but now he wasn’t so sure.
 
Amy told him about the morning she woke up and couldn’t find her sneakers. She was certain she had left them by the inside flap of the tent she shared with Sue. They had both searched for them, and when they were finally spotted late the next day, they were hanging on a branch so high that even her dad couldn’t have thrown them up there. Amy also told Jack that she heard those strange melodies too, the ones coming from deep inside the rocks on Lookout Hill.
 
Now it was his turn to brave the rustling leaves, the shadows, and the night sounds. He was going into the woods with Steve, Marc, and Steve’s yellow lab Bennett. Their parents had finally given in to the boys incessant nagging. They were leaving at first light for the weekend.
 
Jack was glad Bennett was coming along. He loved that dog, and he trusted him to alert them to danger. He also knew that Bennett would be an always-wagging source of comfort.
 
Jack was ready. He was nervous and excited, and he knew that when he came out of the woods on Sunday, he would be one of the older boys, and that he would have a story to tell…

8 comments

  • Debbie

    Debbie Wynnewood

    I like the idea of strange melodies coming from the woods. I wonder if you might write a song one day that you imagine came from those woods. If so, I will be the first to want to hear it. Very evocative post!

    I like the idea of strange melodies coming from the woods. I wonder if you might write a song one day that you imagine came from those woods. If so, I will be the first to want to hear it. Very evocative post!

  • Bryan Abes

    Bryan Abes Kennett square, PA

    I love spooky, magical, mysterious stories. Can't think of an Experiance of my own to relate this story to, but this story reminds me of those R.L. Stine goosebumps books and movies. This blog like all the others was a real attention grabber for me. -Bryan

    I love spooky, magical, mysterious stories. Can't think of an Experiance of my own to relate this story to, but this story reminds me of those R.L. Stine goosebumps books and movies. This blog like all the others was a real attention grabber for me.
    -Bryan

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Hey Debbie! That is an intriguing idea. I will think about that. Thank you for your kind comment. I am glad you liked the story.

    Hey Debbie! That is an intriguing idea. I will think about that. Thank you for your kind comment. I am glad you liked the story.

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Hi Bryan, I don't know about R.L. Stine. I will look into that. I am glad it grabbed your attention. Makes me smile. I may write another chapter about what happens to Jack and his friends in the woods. I am not sure yet...

    Hi Bryan, I don't know about R.L. Stine. I will look into that. I am glad it grabbed your attention. Makes me smile. I may write another chapter about what happens to Jack and his friends in the woods. I am not sure yet...

  • Ale

    Ale Rome

    I love the magic of woods, your story really flies on my strings :)

    I love the magic of woods, your story really flies on my strings smile

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Hey Ale! Thank you. That made me smile. I love the magic of woods too. I am overdue for a visit. Thanks for reading along... :)

    Hey Ale! Thank you. That made me smile. I love the magic of woods too. I am overdue for a visit. Thanks for reading along... smile

  • harry david

    harry david maine

    how did i miss this one. i don't recall getting this story. oh well, i now have it and it's intriguing. i have many memories of camping mystery and i believe that is why i continued doing it in my youth. the potential for excitement, thrill, fear and a great story kept me going back for more. plus, cooking over a campfire is the best. and the smells are awesome too. i used to hang my shirt from a branch over the fire so i would have that smell when i got back home. i wore that shirt for days afterward. i'm with Bryan on this one reminding me of R.L. Stine. i am lucky to live in Maine where a "woods" experience is just down the street and around the bend. thanks D

    how did i miss this one. i don't recall getting this story. oh well, i now have it and it's intriguing. i have many memories of camping mystery and i believe that is why i continued doing it in my youth. the potential for excitement, thrill, fear and a great story kept me going back for more. plus, cooking over a campfire is the best. and the smells are awesome too. i used to hang my shirt from a branch over the fire so i would have that smell when i got back home. i wore that shirt for days afterward. i'm with Bryan on this one reminding me of R.L. Stine. i am lucky to live in Maine where a "woods" experience is just down the street and around the bend. thanks D

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Hi H David! I like the fire-smelling shirt idea. I love that smell too! It sounds like you have some special camping memories. Maine sounds amazing. I think my camping days are over. I love being in the woods, but then I like to come home to a flushing toilet and a real bed... Thanks for commenting. I look forward to them.

    Hi H David! I like the fire-smelling shirt idea. I love that smell too! It sounds like you have some special camping memories. Maine sounds amazing. I think my camping days are over. I love being in the woods, but then I like to come home to a flushing toilet and a real bed... Thanks for commenting. I look forward to them.

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