The path in front of Maria slowly darkens. It leads further down into the woods. Even though she felt her stomach was in knots, she needed to carry on. She had to know the truth. Just a minute or so before, she had actually heard a scream. She had to help the person if she could. Fear coursed through her body and she considered just calling the police or running away instead. However, her body would not move and she was rooted to the spot. Then, there was a movement nearby and she felt a shiver run down her spine.
Walking In The Woods
Maria Brooks liked to walk in the woods. She did it whenever she could. Aside from enough water, she always took her trusty earphones so she could listen to a good podcast. There were times when she would lose focus and spend hours inside the forest. That day, Maria walked in the woods like she usually did. However, little did she know that that day was going to be different and it would change her life completely.
It was a Sunday and Maria had just had lunch with her family when she thought of taking her dog for a walk. She decided to grab a leash since they would be going to the woods. After finding the leash where she left it, she put it on her dog. Just as she was walking out the door, there was a news report on TV, and it made her heart race. What exactly did she hear?
A Missing Person
A young woman had been reported missing in a town near Maria’s. Apparently, the woman had disappeared three days prior and her family was really worried about her. Maria sympathized with the family. She could only imagine what they must have been feeling. After watching the report, she decided she would still go on a walk. Leading her dog, she went out of her house and out of her gate. They took the path which led into the forest, without any idea how their day would turn out.
As her dog happily followed her lead, she told him, “Good boy.” Maria and her dog equally needed this walk. They would both get peace and quiet in the woods. They were getting closer to the forest now but she felt that something was strange. Something was telling her at the back of her mind that things weren’t right. Nevertheless, she needed this walk. This is why she continued going down the path.
A Dense Forest
They had reached the woods, which was a pretty dense forest. There was a single path which cut through it. Her dog was panting happily as drool fell from his mouth. Maria decided not to think about the feeling that she had earlier. She truly felt happy at that moment. However, Maria should have listened to her instincts because she was about to face a situation she was not prepared for.
Maria went along the path. Thick trees were on either side of it. At that moment, she was truly happy. The nature which surrounded her always did the trick. It seemed to melt the worries of daily life away. As she was enjoying being in nature, a horrible smell suddenly hit her nose. She had no idea what it was but the smell was definitely not pleasant. Her stomach churned as she tried her best not to vomit.
What Could It Be?
Maria doubled over. She needed to focus entirely on trying to suppress her gag reflex. Putting her hand on her mouth, she wondered what was causing the smell. She looked up and down, left and right but she did not see anything. However, the smell got worse as she continued to walk on the path. Someone might have dumped trash in the woods, and Maria really hoped that was the case here.
Getting Away From The Smell
By then, the smell had turned into a taste. It was getting harder for Maria not to throw up. She felt the pizza that she had had for lunch rising in her stomach. Needing to get away, she led her dog and they tried to skirt around the circumference of the smell. She had no interest in finding out what was causing the scent. She simply wanted to breathe in ordinary air again.
Something Down The Path
The smell got lighter and lighter until she could not smell it anymore. She opened her water bottle and had a drink. She found a stick and thought of throwing it for her dog. After she threw the stick, her dog zoomed down the path in search for the stick. She smiled as they went off the path and excitedly looked for it. She then noticed that something was down the path.
A Man In The Woods
Maria had a bad feeling about the whole thing. She saw a man pacing back and forth in the forest. He had a sheepish expression on his face. It seemed like he was hiding or running away from something. She wondered who the man was and what his problem was. Maria could feel her heart in her throat. She did not know what was going on and what was coming.
The Man Leaves
Maria’s dog growled but she held him close and tried to reassure him that there was nothing wrong. She was crouching behind a tree and watching the man. She did not want him to know she was there. After a couple of minutes, the man ran off and disappeared into the woods. She thought that was the end of it. There was nothing to worry about anymore. She was so wrong.
Dismissing What She Saw
Maria tried to push what she just saw out of her mind and continued with her walk. Letting her dog off the leash, she saw him sprint around the trees with his tongue wagging and his tail high in the air. Maria laughed at her silly dog, but just as she did that, she heard something. A chill ran down her spine when she heard the sound. What did she hear?
Maria heard something like a muffled scream and it was followed by scratches. She stopped in her tracks and her heart began to race. Where was the sound coming from? What was making the noise? She had so many questions on her mind. It may seem like a crazy idea to follow a noise in the middle of the woods, but that is what her instincts told her, so that is what she did.
Following Her Instinct
Maria tried looking for the noise and her search led her to some kind of ditch which was covered in dirt and leaves. There was nothing special about the ditch, so she was quite confused as to how the sound seemed to be coming from there. Taking a deep breath, she crouched down and looked into a hole. What she saw left her feeling terrible. What caused such a reaction from her?
Maria could see that there was a dog trapped deep in the hole. It was whimpering and crying out to be rescued. Her heart broke looking at the poor pup that was trapped and confused. She knew she needed to act fast. Time was running out. The dog needed her help to get out of there. Maria loved dogs and she could not bear simply leaving this one and not helping it out.
Calling For Help
Maria got up and instantly took out her phone to ring the fire service. When she was put through, she told them about the trapped dog. They said that they would get to her location in 30 minutes. While waiting for help, Maria tried not to panic. She knew that time was of the essence but she could not really do anything to get the pup out of the ditch.
The fire service arrived around 30 minutes later. There were a hoard of people who came to the ditch in order to rescue the dog. Thankfully, the dog was rescued 30 minutes later! Maria felt overjoyed seeing the pup safe. However, she still had a question. How did the dog end up in the ditch in the first place? This was something she felt she really needed to find out.
The Answer To Her Question
The fire service told Maria that this dog had actually been missing for two days. Its owner had let the dog off its lead and he ran into the woods. The pup ultimately got stuck. Her heart broke thinking about the owner losing their dog. Maria knew that she needed to track down its owner. As a dog owner herself, she could just imagine how awful the owner must have felt having lost their dog.
The owner had actually been trying to find her dog, so she was overjoyed when she finally came to collect her pup. Her wish came true. Finally, her dog was safe and sound. The owner thanked Maria, who just smiled to herself. Maria just did what she wanted others to do if they found themselves in a similar situation. Pet owners or not, people should help animals who need their help.