Well, here it is. I hope it's not too much of a disappointment! Please read and review, guys. I'm on summer break now, and I'm trying to catch up on everything. (:

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"This is all your fault." Derek murmured as they trudged along the path.

"My fault?" Casey looked at him incredulously. "How is this my fault, Derek?"

"You had to go chase after me." Derek said, glaring at her.

Casey's eyes turned to slits as she looked at him, taking a deep breath. "Oh, yeah. Well, you were antagonizing me!" She cried.

"God, get over yourself. It's been like this for almost two years." Derek rolled her eyes.

"Exactly! Two years and you haven't matured a bit. Our family would be perfectly merged if it wasn't for you!" Casey gestured at him.

"You just let me get under your skin. It's so easy." Derek said.

"Why can't you just leave me alone? God, would it really be that hard? Did you have to bug me in the car last night? Or refuse to the leave the hotel room? Or embarrass me in front of a really cute guy, and throw me into a pool, acting like a pure freak?"

Derek rolled his eyes. "Dear Lord, you are such a drama queen. It will never end with you."

"This wasn't my fault." Casey said.

"If you just weren't such a spaz-"

"If you just weren't such a jerk!" Casey cried.

"Shut up, Spacey." Derek said.

"I won't because you never do." Casey retorted.

Derek let out a cry of frustration. "Why don't you just go find something to do. Go stalk that Jason dude."

"My mom and George said we had to stay together. And besides, it's not a good idea for us to split up anyway. We don't know anything about this place. Who knows what could happen." Casey rationalized.

"You are such a goody two shoes. Always doing the right thing. Can't you disobey orders once? It'll mean not being around me." Derek said.

This was really quite tempting to Casey, but she knew that she had already messed up and disappointed her mom and George once for the day, and she really didn't want to do it again-even if it meant a torturous time with Derek.

"No Derek." She shook her head. "We've got to stay together."

Derek sighed and rolled his eyes. "Whatever."

They continued to walk down the path silently. No one was on it, but them. It was eerily silent, except for the birds and the bugs hidden in the trees and the brush. Casey was becoming quickly paranoid to her surroundings, having only Derek as a companion didn't help much.

"Why couldn't we just walk through the park into a crowded area? This is creepy." Casey said, hugging herself as she looked around.

Derek stopped and stared at her.

"Well, one, this is where Nora pointed, and we're supposed to follow directions." Derek said sarcastically. "Two, I wouldn't have wanted to go into public with you. And three, get over yourself you big baby. It's just quiet. Isn't that how you usually want it anyway?"

Casey sneered at him. "Well, I'd just think there would be other people on this path."

"Probably saw you and fled." Derek murmured as he started to walk again.

Casey threw a scathing look in his direction but said nothing in reply.

As they continued to walk, Casey's paranoia grew. She wondered how far this pathway led from civilization and if it was possible to get lost on a straight trail. But then she noticed that the trail began to become less and less straight, and more ragged and overgrown with vegetation.

She continually looked behind her, not only looking for psychopaths that could be following them, but as well to see if she could see where they had started. The trees began to grow so densely, pact together so much that you couldn't really see the sky. Just a deep blanket of lush green.

She started to think that she saw shadows moving through the bushes and trees surrounding them, and hearing strange noises that were so quick and faint, she couldn't tell if they were real, or if she was making them up in her head.

"Maybe we should talk." Derek's voice startled her so much that she jumped. "You know, since I doubt Nora and dad just wanted us to walk along. How's that going to solve anything, right?" Derek asked sheepishly, and edge in his voice that told Casey loud and clear that the surrounding were beginning to get to him, too.

"Yeah. Yeah, that makes sense." Casey said, subconsciously edging closer to Derek as they walked on.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, a dark figure jumped from the thick trees onto the path in front of them causing them both to stumble backwards, and Casey to let out a frightened scream.

He was tall and old. He was so painfully thin that it seemed like he was merely bone with thin a thin, sinewy layer of skin stretched tightly over it. His nails were long and yellow, and his face long and gaunt with beady black eyes that glared at them. His body was covered in long black tatters that could have been a pair or robes, or something of that nature.

"Holy shit, man." Derek spat.

The man slowly cocked his head to the side, staring intently at the two as if he was putting together a puzzle and was examining the pieces.

"What are you looking at?" Derek asked, trying to sound tough. Way tougher than he was feeling.

The man was silent for another moment before speaking in a voice that sounded unused. "At you, Derek. At you."

Derek froze. And a voice inside of Casey's head started to scream. If there hadn't been flashing alarms going off in front of her face before, they definitely were now.

"What?" Derek asked, fear finally showing in his voice.

"Oh, well aren't you two in trouble." The man said his a raspy voice, seeming to relish his words as he smirked at them. There was a glint in his eyes that made Casey's heart beat faster. Her feet felt rooted to the ground though she desperately wanted to turn and flee.

"Excuse me?" She heard Derek ask beside her.

"No, I don't think so." The man said ruefully.

"Derek..." Casey murmured as she felt him edge closer to her until their sides were pressed together.

"Oh, how cute." The man grimaced as he reached inside his tattered clothing before painstakingly slow he withdrew a jagged athame.

Casey felt Derek's body tense beside her as her heart stopped. The man ran his tongue over his teeth before grinning at them savagely.

And then suddenly she heard Derek whisper, "Run." into her ear before grabbing her hand and turning.

Feeling his hand over hers woke something inside of her that screamed for her to move, so grasping tight, she ran as fast as she possibly could, trying not to look behind her. Derek stayed ahead of her, his feet pounding forcefully on the ground, and she let him lead her, completely trusting him to get her out safely.

When she couldn't help herself any longer, Casey glanced behind her as she ran. She didn't see the man, but it seemed like a growing darkness was enveloping everything behind them.

She turned back around and felt her heart leap. She could see the beginning of the pathway. She could see the way out.

"Derek." Casey panted, and Derek simply tightened his grip on her hand, propelling himself forward more, trying to push them faster to the opening.

They were so close. So close that she could see the sunshine, hear the birds, see the buildings and the people. They were so close and then-

Just as they were at the end, when they tried to pass through, it was like they hit an invisible wall. Something, some kind of forcefield stopped them from passing. Not only that, but when they flew into it they were propelled backward a good twenty feet.

Casey whimpered as she hit the ground. Frantically she opened her eyes to make sure Derek was there, since their hands had detached when they fell backwards.

He was there beside her, propping himself up with one elbow, and rubbing the back of his neck with the other hand, eyes closed. But as he opened his eyes, looking ahead, his hand flew out, desperately trying to pull Casey closer to him.

As he grabbed her, she looked in front of them. In front of them, in front of the way out that they couldn't get through, was the man. He grinned down at them, exposing his decaying teeth. A gust of wind blew his long, tattered black rags behind him as he looked at them.

"Tsk, tsk." He chastised before everything in Casey's vision went completely black.

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Sorry for taking so long to update. And for it being so freaking short. And sorry if it sucks. Well, really, I'm just sorry.

Ick.

PLEASE review. (:

Review, loves.

-Tarryn