TITLE: You Fall
GENRE: YA Science Fiction/Romance
I'm following a boy up this tree. We're both panting with the frantic energy of being chased and there is sweat all over me, dirt coating my forehead. I keep catching glimpses of him through the thick pine, of his black heeled, calloused feet and his rolled up jeans. His ankles are all scratched and bloody, like they've been run through thorns. These pine branches wrestle around him and I can tell that he's big. I'm not. It's easy for me to slide through the brown fingered gaps. The scent of pine is so thick that it fills my nostrils and threatens a sneeze. I stop, hold my breath and squeeze my eyes tight to keep it from escaping, lest they hear it, hear us.
"C'mon Sia." His whisper is ragged and I'm afraid to be away from him. My eyes don't see through the woods like his do. Most of the time I'm too afraid to see anything as I should. "C'mon," he whispers again and I dive for another branch. We're almost at the top. The branches are growing closer to the trunk. I wish we weren't making so much noise and I wonder if they can see the swaying tree from wherever they're hiding, if they are just waiting for us to expose ourselves, to close in and sweep us away to the sky with the rest of them, the taken.