A girl, barely 16, was driving along in a black Miata behind her parent's large red Ford truck. She couldn't see them beyond the massive trailer they were hauling as they were moving across the state. She had a walkie-talkie sitting next to her in the opposite seat. There was too much to bring to fit her and all their pets in the truck, so she offered to drive by herself with a few of her own things – she also had a trailer, but it was much smaller. Her parents, of course, had been reluctant to let her drive on her own.
"But Mari," her mother had sighed. "You just barely got your license! You shouldn't be out on your own, sweetheart!"
"I'd be fine, mom," She replied, secretly believing the opposite herself at the time. "It's only a few miles and we're not leaving the country. I'll stay right behind you the entire time."
"I think it'd be a good idea," her dad said, his tone rough as always. "Mari needs a bit of experience all on her own! Let's see how she does."
And that was it, they were off. They packed up the animals and went on their way.
Mari glanced around after a few miles of silent driving, with occasional check-ins from her mother. She noticed a sign on the side of the road; a large, wooden one displaying the words, "Avalon Forest". She shuddered in fear. She had heard that there had been unexplained, unsolved disappearances that have happened for millennia in this forest. It suddenly struck her that she should not be alone here.
And then, hours later…
She woke up.