TITLE: The Mysterious Clearing
GENRE: YA - Fantasy
Kay goes for a hike in the forest and finds her friend, Damon in a mysterious clearing they had discovered the previous day. Damon's friend Andrea is with him.
“Damon said you guys found this place yesterday. It sounded cool.”
“I’m actually surprised you came here,” Damon interjected, “Yesterday, it sort of seemed like you wanted to avoid this place for some reason.”
Kay nodded, “I did a little. It just seems...I don't know, unnatural.”
Andrea nodded her agreement, “She’s right you know. There should be trees here. With all the trees surrounding this clearing, there’s no reason why they wouldn’t have grown here. Unless there’s something different about the ground - fewer nutrients or something. But then the grass and weeds wouldn’t be growing." Andrea had started talking faster and faster. She paused now, puzzling, "It’s really interesting.”
“She finds everything interesting,” Damon explained, walking over to the edge of the clearing.
“Not everything,” Andrea argued, following him, “Just the things that don’t seem to have a logical explanation.”
“Right,” Damon laughed, “because everything has to be perfectly logical with you.”
“Isn’t that just... how the world works?” Kay interjected.
Damon and Andrea both stopped at the edge of the clearing. Then, Andrea smiled, “I like her!”