Coming from a poor family that lives in an old farmhouse, fourteen-year-old Skyra Murphy has been bullied by her peers for most of her life. Feeling lonely and isolated, she has no one to befriend her, so she turns to nature for friendship and comfort. One day while running away from a group of bullies, Skyra lands in another dimension: a faery world, a world that the faeries call the In Between. Alone and afraid in a strange world, she meets many amusing characters that try to help her find her way home. But the only way home is help from the great Empress Etain, and she will only help Skyra if she retrieves their sacred object. The catch is that it has been stolen by an evil goblin, and they think it has been hidden in the physical world. Can lonely and terrified Skyra save herself and the In Between by returning their sacred object?
Terrified, my heart pounding hard, I ran as fast as I could. Not knowing what else to do or where to go, I ran toward Lee Trail, toward the trees. Brittany and Heather would never find me in these thick woods. God, how stupid was that to leave school through the front door? Usually I go the back way, but today was a different day. You wouldn’t believe how different it turned out to be.
Brittany and her posse are what you would call the snooty rich girls. They’re high maintenance to the max and they love bullying other kids at school. I think they get off on picking on anyone they can. From what I’ve heard, Brittany is an only child and her parents pretty much give her anything she wants. I don’t think her parents are home much.
Today they stole the new girl’s backpack and were pushing her around. Poor Stephanie was just minding her own business when Brittany and her two friends started to give her a hard time. I was going through the school’s front doors when I saw them. I yelled at them to leave her alone, thinking it would take their attention off of her, when one of them headed toward me. It worked but I didn’t want to find out what they would do to me this time so I took off out of there faster than you can spit!
I headed toward the soccer field at the back of the school. It ended at the forest where Lee Trail began. I made sure my backpack was secure on my back and then took off. Heather was not far behind me. I ran as fast as I could through the soccer field, hoping that she wasn’t able to catch up with me. As I was running, I knew my freedom lay just ahead at the end of the field. She was hot on my trail, but luckily her bulkiness slowed her down. Ha, I got one over on her because I can run really fast!
I jumped over the fence and darted for the trail when I heard a huge thump! I turned my head to see what was happening. Heather could barely lug her big old self over the fence! That was when I realized I had a chance so I took the trail as far as I could and sprinted through the woods toward the stream. It felt good to run through the leaves. I knew these woods like the back of my hand. This was my favorite place.
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