There was nothing; all was still, as if frozen in time, and even the silence was powerfully empty. The woods were under a spell, even the trees were in a trance as they loomed in around us, and I dared not break it’s hold…for at that moment, I was certain that it was that terrifying, fragile spell that was all keeping me alive.
Keeping us apart.
And yet it drew us even closer. He was out there, somewhere, as aware of my presence as I was of his. I could neither see nor hear him, nor anything, but through the damp foliage and I could feel his gaze burning into me, searing my flesh and driving into me like a cold knife. It was literally always in the back of my mind, and I was frantic to move and get away…yet terrified to as well.