“Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day.” The two girls’ half-sang, half-chanted as they held hands and skipped through the field on the way to school. They stopped short when they came to the fence that separated the old red brick building from the woods.
“Whatcha think?” Amy asked smiling mischievously at her friend. “You want to go check it out?”
Lily stared at the dark woods. Her stomach began doing all kinds of nervous little flip-flops at the thought of going in there. It was against the rules, everybody knew that. Bad things happened in there. Children went in but never came out. At least that’s what Marty had told them when Amy asked why no one ever played in there. Marty was the bravest fifth-grader she knew and even he didn’t go in there. She looked at Amy and shook her head. “I’m not going in there. You know what happens. Besides it’s against the rules.”
“Rules schmooze. I don’t believe what they say anyways. It’s just a story the big kids tell us to try and ruin our fun,” Amy said as she climbed over the fence. “Come on. Let’s check it out. We won’t go near it or anything.”
“Amy come on, come back. If anyone sees you we’ll get in big trouble.” She watched Amy begin tromping into the woods. “Amy. Please,” Lily pleaded as she looked around to see if anyone saw.
“You know what Lily, you’re a chicken. Bwak bwak.”
“Am not. I just…,” Lily stopped and looked down at her feet as hot tears threatened to fall.