All through breakfast I couldn't help but be incredibly smug. I won against Jessie, my older, stronger, supposedly cleverer brother. I was entitled to be proud of myself.
“What are you doing today?” I asked him before diving into my orange juice. Jessie speared some more eggs before answering.
“I'm off to Seattle to get a new microphone. You know mine's about to die.” I nodded thoughtfully while clearing the table and putting the plates in the sink. It was unfortunately true; last band practise the microphones had cut out and we'd had to shut down early. Aidan wasn't impressed.
“Right, well I'm off to the clearing with a book, 'kay?” I wasn't even sure he heard me, he was so absorbed in his magazine. From what I could see it was an interview with All Time Low, a band that recently had Jessie obsessed. Rolling my eyes I thumped him round the back of the head on my way down the hall, laughing as he inhaled the last of his toast. Moron.
The day wasn't sunny, but I wasn't surprised. The weather had been fair yesterday, and even that was too much to expect of La Push's temperaments. I'd picked up the lack of sunlight pretty quickly, and learned that leaving a building without a raincoat was pretty stupid if you wanted to stay dry. The weather was overcast- not raining, but quite cold. It didn't bother or deter me from my planned escapade, so I grabbed my Narnia copies (what? They're awesome) and threw them in a backpack with a raincoat and headed out.
In the woods surrounding the house, it was a regular weekend activity for the older siblings in the family to go hiking for the day. Coby had lost interest after a while, preferring to go round to friend's houses. They would have gone into town if they were able, but come on. This was La Push- there wasn't anywhere to go to. Me and Jessie however, stubbornly kept up with the hiking as much as was possible.
A few weeks ago we'd found a small clearing that was filled with grass and some delightfully climbable trees. We'd been back about twice since, but I was still a little bit iffy with the location so as a second thought I took Dad's map of the surrounding woods. I knew it wouldn't particularly help, seeing as the clearing was unknown to everyone but me and my brother, but it meant that if I got lost I wouldn't be completely useless. Or that was the theory anyway- I hadn't really inherited my mother's knack for orienteering.
The woods were silent as I made my way through the outskirts of the trees. I couldn't see the house any more, it was just me, a bunch of living wood, and green. Just the way I liked it. I did slightly miss Jessie though- this was normally our thing, the one time of the week I had my brother all to myself. I rolled my eyes knowing it was entirely possible Dorkus didn't even know where I was. I grinned to myself as I brushed past a tall pine and pulled the map out of my hoodie pocket.
It was time to get technical.
Approximately two hours and fifteen minutes later, I was...