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Stopping to bend down and double check her shoes were tied Onnie breathed in a deep breath of fresh air. It smelled great here, she stood popped in her earbuds and took off down the path.
Usually as she ran Onnie’s head was empty except for the repetitive slap slap of her tennis shoes on the ground or the sounds of the many car horns if she followed her Hollywood route, but today she couldn’t zone it all out. Two miles in and wishing she’d remembered to unpack the water bottles so she would have had something to drink with her, she slowed to a jog. Removing one of her ear buds and lowering the volume on her music she began watching the forest that she was passing through. It truly was beautiful here, mom didn’t do it justice when she spoke about her childhood, but i guess when you’re thirteen nothing really seems that beautiful to you.
Her mother moved to southern California when she was only fourteen with grandma after grandpa told her he didn’t love her anymore. Grandma never spoke badly about him though, said they weren’t the right fit and he deserved to be happy with someone he did love. She and mom moved later that summer, mom never really forgave grandfather though. That’s why they had never visited him in Washington, she didn’t want to go back.
Now as Onnie jogged through the lush greens and clean smelling leaves she found herself wishing things had turned out differently. LA had been so hot, so stifling, but here she could enjoy the company of herself without feeling the need to explain and excuse herself.
As she turned a corner there was a smaller dirt path winding off in another direction, blackberry vines covered it partially but it looked as though someone had moved them recently.
“Why not take the road less traveled?” Onnie picked her way carefully through the thorns and followed the path around the bend. Just a few hundred feet later it opened up into a large clearing made by a ring of pine trees. Stopped short by the sudden light through the canopy and the bright green of the moss covered ground Onnie sucked in her breath.
“Oh, wow, it’s beautiful!”
Slowly turning in circles, she looked up taking it all in. There were mushrooms the size of tea saucers near the bases of the trees and the trees! They were so tall she couldn’t see the tops of them, but they seemed to be leaning in on one another as if for support, even their branches were intertwined. They were weaved together, holding hands almost. Completely overtaken by the scene around her Onnie sat upon a rock near her feet and continued to stare.
“I wish I had my book, this would be a wonderful place to read. I should show grandfather, he’s love this!” As she began to take out her cell phone in order to take some pictures to show at dinner tomorrow there was a rustling across the clearing from her in the distance. Standing up and ready to run if need be she looked over her shoulder to the path where she entered the clearing, only it wasn’t there.