You HAVE to read Slaughtered Sophie's story before reading the side story.
-14 years later-
This is only when he came back at his parent's house that he found in his stuff a picture taken with his group of friend. There was also Sophie in it.
He thought a lot about it and somehow wanted to contact his old friends if they still..wanted to talk with him.
And that's how he heard about Alexia......
He called at her parents' house and they explained that Alexia disappeared a long time ago and that she was considered dead.
It seems that she disappeared 13 years ago.
Ethan was absolutely shocked, he tried to join the others and was able to reach them all, he talked about Alexia and they all were really saddened by what happened to her.
Maybe she never healed from what she saw that night... at this moment, he asked if anyone had talked about "it" to someone.
They all were speechless and explained that they couldn't, for many reasons...Ethan couldn't blame them, he also didn't do anything and try to forget.
They were all adults now and they felt really bad talking about it now.
They decided, that they had to come back there, it was not fine for Neil at first but, they felt as if they had to go there, at least to free themselves from what happened. it was settled and they all met in the town near the campaign.
They finally reached the campaign and found that the property was closed.
They asked about it around and they discovered that the family that lived here disappeared a few years ago. They didn't found corpsed.. so the police assumed that they may be left the campaign? Who knows, even if they were kind, they were actually not very sociable and didn't talk to others a lot except the families that lived with them on their property.
They also heard about the fact that after their daughter's disappearance, they changed a lot...
"it's normal I guess ....when you lose your only child...poor Sophie, she was such a cute child."
They were all quiet while walking. They stopped near the forest they couldn't enter it... what if..what if she was really dead? They couldn't believe it...Sophie was really dead? ... right?
The next day,
they decided to talk to the police station about what happened there.
They explained that a lot of problems happened after the first child disappearance, who was Sophie. A lot of other children disappeared, one of them was Alexia.
They stayed quiet.... they asked if they had already searched the wood and the policemen answered.
"Of course we did, several times, but there were no corpses, nothing...the wood is huge you know ?"
"That's why nobody had to walk near the wood, we don't want to lose another child"
One of the officers asked why they wanted to know about it. They explained that they were friends with Sophie.
The officer was surprised. "Did you come because of the legend ?"
The group looked at each other.
"You know, it may sound stupid but there is a legend about her, at first, it helped us to keep the children out of the forest but it became a legend here and a lot of people believe in it- as Sophie's parents did"
They were surprised and asked about it.
"It is said that Sophie didn't die and that she is still wandering into the wood, you know, it is said that the wood is haunted and that if you are lost in it at night, you will wander forever in it....maybe that's why we never found her...I.I think I started to believe it too-"
At those words, the group became pale.
"A lot of people said that they saw a young girl matching the description of Sophie, a red dress with red rain boots, green eyes, and blonde hair...we don't have any proof it but after so many years and hearing the same things again, you start to believe it!"
Ethan and the other remained quiet, Dorothy asked: "Do you know where they saw her ?"
Her friends looked at her in surprise.
"Huh...She is a bit everywhere, but ya' know.....you shouldn't go into the forest kid...I can't explain why but..this forest gives me shiver."
Neil asked embarrassed. "D-do you know anything about Alexia ?"
The policeman answered. "Oh, yeah..she's another of the kids that disappeared...I believe it was 12 or 13 years ago? Her parents asked us for months to search for her but even after all that time, there is not even a single hint...or bone to give them"
The group get out of the police station thinking about their next move
Obviously, the "legend" was strange, it started not long after that day and maybe was she still there after all? She was still alive...?
They decided to go into the forest, just to see by their own eyes.
What happened exactly to Alexia 13 years ago?
And Sophie, did she survives? Why do people say that she is inside the forest? What for?
The following day, they all go to the forest, it was early in the morning and the forest was a bit foggy....after almost one hour, turning again and again...they saw her. Actually, Dorothy said that she saw a child running.
They were all quiet and frozen. Ethan started walking until he saw her.
He could see only her back, she was standing there. There was no doubt at all, it was her, she was wearing the exact outfit...
After a brief stop, he called her.
His friends were just behind him, also calling her.
They were all scared, her face was still haunting them after so many years.
Against all expectations, when she turned around, she had the same pretty smile on her face- her face was the same as before.....
She smiled. "You finally came back, I was very excited to see you again."
"I really missed you all so much you know!"
A brief appease gone through them- before they react to her appearance.
She was still a child, actually, she was exactly like the last time they saw her...
What in the world happened here....?
Even if it was hard to believe, it was actually Sophie.
They could touch her and she could touch them too-
She was able to talk about their past and she was exactly the same as before. And so, the days go on and the afternoon was coming slowly.
Sophie didn't want them to leave and asked them to not let her alone again.
Dorothy and her sister weren't really fond of the idea of staying inside the forest more, they decided to go back.
Ethan felt really bad leaving her. She explained that she couldn't go out of the forest for some reason. Ethan promised to come back the next day and they all left. Once out, the two sisters explained that they feel really strange...not because of how supernatural it was, but they feel like there was something bad around Sophie. She may be sounded like her, but they did saw her in a bad state 14 years ago. How could she still be like this?
The two sisters said that she may be a demon. Ethan said that it couldn't be true. There was tension in the group...
The next day, Ethan come back alone and stayed with Sophie who was wondering why the others didn't come back. He explained that they were scared. Sophie didn't say anything.
"We will have to leave the next day..."
Sophie was shocked when hearing this. "H-how? Why...you promised that I will not be alone anymore! I waited so long for that day !"
Ethan couldn't say a word... Sophie asked him to promise to make the others come before leaving, at least...He agreed.
The next day, all the team was together, even if Deborah and Beatrice weren't really fine with it. Neil stayed quiet.
They all go to the forest to meet Sophie who was waiting for them.
"Let's play a game like we used to," Sophie said.
"And then, it will be a bye-bye I promise, I just want to play a last game of hide and seek.."
They couldn't really refuse. They accepted.
Sophie said that she will be the one to count and so everyone left to hide.
Since the forest was huge it will be hard to make a quick game and so hours passed and the game continued. Ethan at some points start to head back at the first place they were before the start of the game. It was almost afternoon. He walked again and again but couldn't found anyone.
He finally gets back and Sophie was sitting on a big rock when he arrived.
She smiled. "Congratulation! You win! You are the last one "
Ethan looked around wondering where were the others.
Sophie smiled again. "They all lose and so they are waiting for you"
Ethan started walking in the direction Sophie was pointing.
They walked a bit and he asked her.
"What did I win Sophie" .just joking around.
Sophie laughed. "The rules are simple-"
Ethan walked and when he finally arrived at the place.
His stomach hurt.
He saw a gruesome scene, there was numerous hole in the ground, some were filled already. Some were already prepared and empty.
At the center of the area, there was several mutilated corpses or only part of bodies...they all didn't have any face, as if they were smashed.
Ethan stepped back. But Sophie was just behind him and pushed him into one of the holes with a coffin in it.
"- the losers die quickly-"
Ethan tried to get out but couldn't even move when he turned his face to Sophie. Her face, she ripped off her own face with her nails and kneeled.
"the winner die slowly."
She stood up and hit with the back of her axe, the head of Ethan who fell unconscious. When he woke up...it was all dark around. He panicked and tried to hear Sophie.
"I will let you feel it too...."
Ethan panicked and screamed. "Let me out !!"
"The pain of not being able to breathe, the darkness and the solitude..."
Ethan replied. "What are you doing !"
Sophie laughed. "I'm burying you idiot"
Ethan couldn't say a word that some dust fell on him. He used his phone and discovered that he was inside a coffin.
He screamed, he tried to open the coffin...at the end, there was nothing he could do but to stay silent.