A figure silhouetted against the trees. Rustling leaves echoed in the wind. A scream rang out in the distance…

"Ah!" I screamed as I bolted from my pillow. I clutched the blanket to my chest, waiting for my breathing to slow. I glanced at my clock and saw it was midnight.

I went across the hall to my bathroom and splashed cold water on my face. I leaned against the counter and took a shaky breath.

Shaking from the cold, the figure ran through a pond. The figure knelt down on their knees and looked at their reflection.

I clutched my head in slight pain and sat down on my bed. I lay down, but didn't sleep. I was scared something would happen.

The figure took off their hood to reveal a petite girl. She had brown eyes, a blonde pixie cut, and a small mouth.

I squeezed my eyes shut and groaned inwardly. I could faintly hear the T.V. downstairs and wondered who it was. I got up and traveled down the steps.

The girl got up and looked at her surroundings. "Sister?" The girl's voice rang out in the wind. No answer came, just silence.

"What are you doing up, Taylor?" My best friend, Brandon, asked me from the couch.

"Oh, I don't know. I'm going back to bed though." I told him as I backed up.

"Sister!" The girl's voice screamed as she ran through the woods. "Where are you?" She screamed again. The girls stopped in her tracks when she heard something.

"I can tell you couldn't sleep. Come here." I walked over to him and sat down next to him. My head eventually fell on his shoulder and I closed my eyes.

"I'm right here!" I screamed at the girl. She didn't answer. "Over here!" I ran to her and she finally noticed me. We hugged each other and she told me to find her. Then, she disappeared.


"Ah!" I yelped as I fell off my bed. I rubbed my eyes and moaned. My father rushed in with a startled look.

"What's wrong? Are you okay!" He asked frantically. I nodded and got back up on my bed. "Was it the dream again?"

"Yeah. I can't help it; I have to go find this girl." I shook my head to clear my thoughts.

"No, I'm not letting you. It's too dangerous!" My father exclaimed. I stood up and lay back down.

"I'm going back to sleep, please leave." I pointed to the door, and I was happy that he actually left. I peeked through the crack in my door to make sure the coast was clear, before starting to pack a bag.

I made sure to pack just necessities and other things I would need. I threw the backpack over my shoulder and started towards the window. Before I left, I let a tear slip from my eye.


"I don't care if it's against the law! I have to find her!" I exclaimed. Brandon just looked at me with a frown.

"You don't even know if she's real." He crossed his arms and huffed.

"I swear she's real; it's like I'm connected to her somehow. I feel what she feels, thinks what she thinks, and I feel as if she's me." I explained as I shoved the backpack onto my shoulders.

"I'm coming with you." He mumbled as he grabbed a separate backpack. I shook my head 'No' but he put his hand on my shoulder. "Yes, you need protection."

"I have all the protection I need." I growled as I jerked my thumb towards the window. I heard a low rumble and Brandon rolled his eyes.

"Lilac is not enough." Brandon replied as he started towards the window.

"She's a tiger! How's that not enough!" I yelled. Before I could say anything else, Brandon jumped out the window. I huffed and followed him. I hopped on Lilac's white back and leaned against her neck.

"Let me on." Brandon commanded and I shook my head. I pointed towards the barn, where our horse Mamie was looking anxious. He walked over to her and got on her back.

"Let's go Lilac." I commanded. She started forward with a leap, and we were off to find this mystery girl.

No P.O.V.

Two girls were on a journey to find each other. Little did they know that someone else was following. They were being hunted. The government would not allow teenagers to leave their homes, let alone with a boy. Both girls were going to get hurt, but not by the scary woods; by the government.

The five laws clearly state everything, so there should've been no misunderstandings.

Law one: Children under seventeen were not allowed outside without an older family member above the age of twenty.

Law two: There is no creativity. No singing, no drawing, no music, nothing.

Law three: No one shall disobey the government. If they do, they will be taken away.

Law four: Only one child per family.

Law five: Any child that is born with a disability will be deleted from existence.

Oh, the government was very strict. No one dared to disobey them. But now two girls are doing just that. The government thinks they can handle them, but they will be in for a surprise.