Characters: A woman in her sixties, who is very wise
A woman in her fifties, who is very cruel
Setting: the story begins in a forest. It's winter, and the forest is dark and scary
Situation: Someone you thought is dead is actually alive
Character action: Your character has to resort to underhanded tactics to stay alive
|Jane walked away from Adela, but Adela's laugh filled Jane's heart with anger and mistrust. She trudged down the path. The wisdom that everyone had endowed her with had evaporated in a fit of jealousy. She could see her husband, her good, faithful husband, with this woman. This woman that she didn't like, even when she was a teenager with those eyes. Those eyes that were hard and showed no feeling. Those eyes that burned holes into Jane, even though Jane was the teacher and Adela was the art student who really didn't care about art.|
How long had Jane's husband known Adela?
As she was thinking and not paying attention to where she was going, she walked right into a man. A grizzled man with a graying beard and a look that seemed familiar. Duncan Prentice. She would recognize him anywhere. But... wasn't he dead? How was it that he was alive?
Jane turned around sharply. Staring at her was Adela, whose eyes seemed hollow. The gray rings around Adela's eyes appeared more frightening than they had just a few moments ago. Adela stared at Duncan. At that moment, Jane knew that she was going to die in the woods with Adela and that man who was dead and not dead at the same time. The man whose clothing smelled. The man whose laugh sounded maniacal. The man who did not utter a word. The man who fathered a child that he never knew and who disappeared, supposedly dead in a motorcycle accident that may or may not have occurred. Jane would have to do whatever it took to stay alive, if only to confront her husband with her suspicions.
She pushed Adela hard, and Adela fell to the ground, her cell phone dropping underneath a tree covered with a thick vine. Jane grabbed the vine and then reached under the tree for the cell phone. Adela's phone was working. Jane thought that it would be easy to summon for help by using the phone but then realized that there was no signal. The phone was no good.
Jane started running, which soon caused her to be winded because she was never an athlete and she was now in her mid-60s. Adela and Duncan followed her. Adela was still screaming, "I know your husband... I know your husband... I know your husband."
After running for what seemed like forever but was actually only a few minutes, Jane started walking. Her camera felt heavy. She had only taken a few pictures. She was no longer thinking of the paintings that she was going to make. She was thinking of her feet that were frozen and her fingertips that she could no longer feel. She was thinking of the dryness in her mouth because she couldn't remember when she last had something to drink. She walked and she walked and she walked and, at last, she found a road, but she could no longer remember where she had parked her car. She waved down a police officer. He got out of his car and pointed his gun at her. She wondered if she had ended up in the wrong universe when she got lost in the woods and found the man who was dead and alive simultaneously.
The cop said that a couple had been found in the woods an hour ago. There was a tall blonde and a grizzled man who looked as if he had died a long time ago. The couple was dead. Had Jane seen this couple? They had been very dangerous. Didn't Jane know this? The cop said that he was sorry but he would have to bring Jane in for questioning. He handcuffed her and put her in the police car. Jane looked out the window and she thought that she saw Adela. She heard Adela's voice: "I know your husband. I know your husband."
Jane was soon released without charges. The police said that they had no reason to hold her. Jane's husband, who had just returned from his business trip, picked her up at the police station. He asked her why she was at a police station. Had she witnessed a crime? Jane still heard Adela say, "I know your husband. I know your husband." Jane's husband drove her to the entrance to the park, where her car was still sitting. Jane drove home.
When she got to her house, she reached into her pocket and found two cell phones. One was her dead phone, which she plugged into the wall and the other was... not hers. It was Adela's. She went outside and threw it into the garbage. The cell phone was gone but that voice remained in her head. "I know your husband. I know your husband."