I Lost My Little Sister In The Woods
- Published on Jun 7, 2019
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I’m John. I would like to share a story with you about how once, I was absolutely scared to death. It was so bad, that this fear still lives somewhere deep inside me. Everything happened almost a year ago.
Our whole family decided to go camping. Dad had bought a brand new RV and was dying to test-drive it, so he picked out a mountain and lake fishing resort not too far from where we lived. Everybody else was like “Yea! A weekend surrounded by Mother Nature!” And I was the only one that seemed to be far from being inspired by the news. The thing is, that I had recently gotten acquainted with a beautiful girl that I had had my eye on for a long time. Her name was Sondra. And we had finally agreed to meet on that particular Saturday - sort of for a first date, you know, so dad’s idea of a two-day family trip definitely didn’t fit in to my plan. I tried to escape this family thing at first, but my mom said that I should be more supportive of my dad and not be so selfish, and stuff, so, as you might have guessed, we all ended up going there together. By “we” I mean not only my parents and I, but also my dad’s sister’s family, which included my 5-year-old cousin, Ellis, who was kind of like my annoying little sister.
All the way to the camp site I was thinking about how I was definitely not intending to talk to anyone outside of the RV, especially to Ellis. Before that trip, anytime she saw me she would act like she couldn’t talk at all. She would just shyly stare at me and our parents were constantly joking that she’d fallen in love with me. But this time, she was like a sucker fish - no matter what I was doing, she was there with me asking a million questions. When I was texting Sondra, she asked who I was texting, and when I was looking through my Instagram she was like, “Let me press the heart button” and so on. So after an hour, I was already begging God to help her lose her voice or fall asleep or something else to keep her silent. Apart from everything, my friends were sending me photos of them having a marvelous time at Aqua Park, while I was here about to die from boredom with my “wonderful” company. So, yes, to say that my mood was in the toilet would've been the understatement of the year.
When we finally arrived at the camp site, it turned out that a couple more families like ours were also preparing to spend their weekend there. But guess what? There was not a single soul who was the same age, or anywhere even close to mine. I'm not kidding, I’d gotten stuck for two lame days with my parents and some other forest lovers and their kids. And don’t forget about the ever annoying Ellis. I felt like my life was about to be over.
But then things got even worse. It turned out that there was almost no cell service there. There was only one place where there was at least an intermittent connection, but it was far away from our campsite and even then the signal was pretty low most of the time. At first, I was thinking that dad’s RV should have been supplied with something like a Wi-Fi router, but dad happened to have purposefully turn it off so that nobody, me in particular, would be distracted from the outside world. I was really mad at the situation, at my parents, at their freaking new RV, and even at Mother Nature, which happened to exist here even without decent cell reception.
Then everybody decided to go for a walk and take some pictures in nature. I not only didn’t want to go anywhere, but was also waiting for a text from Sondra. In order to receive it, as you already know, I had to venture away from the camp. So I told everybody that I was having some stomach troubles and that I needed to stay close to the toilet. When Ellis heard that, she also began whining that she wasn’t going to go anywhere and that she wanted to stay here with me. At least I’d be able to chat with Sondra, I thought, and suggested that they could leave Ellis with me and spend some time together, while we could play cards or table games.I didn’t mean I was really going to play with her, and as soon as our parents set out for their hike, I took Ellis up the hill to get better cell reception.
She agreed to watch a few cartoons while I was checking my texts. You know, there were plenty of messages, like photos from friends and flirty texts from Sondra, so it probably took me more than 10 minutes to look through all of them. From time to time I heard Ellis laughing at whatever she was watching. So I answered both my friends and Sondra and told them that I won’t be able to get online until I get home. I was done and ready to go back to camp and looked up at where Ellis should have been sitting. Cartoons on the iPad were still going on, but she wasn’t anywhere to be found.
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