“Huh… what?” I spun around. I just heard the weirdest noise, like someone was walking right behind me. I studied the landscape around me, then walked on.
“I’m never going hiking again by myself.” I made a mental promise. I was pooped, alone and it was getting dark. Not a good combination when I’m hiking in the woods.
“Crack!” The noise shattered the stillness that had fallen around me. I spun around again, and again, I saw nothing.
“Maybe I should run the rest of the trail.” Imuttered to myself. Being a coward and scared out of my wits, I didn’t want to stick around. Besides I don’t want to be walking in the dark, alone.
“Thud…Thud,” Another noise.
“Running, yes running is good!” I started running. I tried not to pay any attention to the noises behind me. All I heard was the pounding of my feet, and the pounding of my heart.
“Keys! Where are my keys!” I fumbled around in my pocket for my car keys as I was running. The noises were getting louder now. The sooner I found my key, the sooner I could get in my car.
“Gotcha!” I closed my fist around my key, so as not to loose it while I was running. Just as the sun was slipping away behind the trees, I reached my car. I unlocked the door, hopped in my purple convertible, and when safely inside, I locked the door.
I heaved a sigh of relief. I put the key in the ignition and turned on the heat. It was then that I realized I was cold. I was shaking so hard, I could hardly find the button for warm air. To calm myself down I took a look in the rear view mirror. Bad idea. There was a lump, a big black lump, and it looked like it was standing at the edge of the forest. I froze and watched for a couple of minutes. After a while, it turned and went back into the forest.
“Weird.” I muttered as I pulled out of the parking lot.
We return to the forests again. Our hobbit friend has lost all faith and finds the true meaning of apathy by the end of this chapter. He is taken captive by a band of elves and one human. This chapter suggests that some of his past will be revealed soon.