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The Body In The Woods


By Alishba QadirPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
The Body In The Woods
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It was a beautiful afternoon in the small town of Millfield. The sun was shining, and the birds were singing as a group of children headed into the woods to play. They laughed and chattered, enjoying the freedom of being out of school for the summer.

As they wandered deeper into the forest, they stumbled upon something that made them all stop in their tracks. There, lying in a clearing, was a dead body.

The children were frozen with shock and fear. They had never seen anything like this before. They didn't know what to do or who to tell.

One of the children, a boy named Jack, finally found his voice. "We have to tell someone," he said, his voice trembling.

The other children nodded in agreement, and they all ran back to town as fast as they could. They burst into the police station, out of breath and terrified, and told the officers what they had found.

The police quickly organized a search of the area, and the body was soon identified as a young man who had gone missing the week before. The town was in shock. How could something like this happen in their peaceful little community?

The children were hailed as heroes for finding the body, but they couldn't shake the image of the lifeless form lying in the woods. They had nightmares for weeks, haunted by the memory of what they had seen.

Months Later

Months passed, and life in Millfield slowly returned to normal. The police had not been able to solve the mystery of the young man's death, and the town had resigned itself to the fact that they may never know what had happened.

But the children who had found the body were still haunted by the memory. They couldn't forget the fear and shock they had felt that day. They couldn't forget the sight of the lifeless form lying in the clearing.

One day, the children decided to return to the woods to lay flowers at the spot where the body had been found. They wanted to pay their respects to the young man who had lost his life.

As they walked through the trees, they suddenly heard a noise. It was faint at first, but it grew louder and louder until they realized that it was someone crying.

The children followed the sound until they came to a small clearing. There, sitting on a log, was a young woman. She was crying uncontrollably, her body wracked with sobs.

"What's wrong?" one of the children asked, his voice filled with concern.

The young woman looked up, her eyes red and swollen from crying. "It's my brother," she said, her voice shaking. "He was the one who died in these woods. I come here every day to cry for him."

The children were shocked. They had never expected to meet someone who was so closely connected to the young man they had found. They sat with the woman, listening to her story and offering her comfort.

As they talked, the woman suddenly looked up. "Wait a minute," she said. "You're the children who found my brother's body, aren't you?"

The children nodded, unsure of what to say.

"Thank you," the woman said, her voice full of emotion. "Thank you for finding him. I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't been able to say goodbye."

The children felt a sense of relief wash over them. They had finally been able to meet someone who was connected to the young man they had found. It was like they had completed a circle, bringing closure to the tragedy that had occurred in their town.

The End

The children left the woods that day feeling a sense of peace they had never felt before. They knew that they had done something important by finding the young man's body, and they had helped his family find closure.

They also knew that they would never forget what they had seen in the woods that day. It was a memory that would stay with them for the rest of their lives. But now, they could think of it with a sense of closure and peace, knowing that they had done their part to help solve the mystery of the young man's death.

ExcerptYoung AdultShort StorySeriesSci FiMysteryHumorHorrorHistoricalFantasyFan FictionfamilyClassicalAdventure

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