Chapter eighteen: the homeland

"Can you just drop me off over there?" I asked Damien, pointing towards the entrance of the woods. It was the same one Sarah and I had used at night. Seeing it made me feel saddened all over again.

There was a narrow dirt trail leading up to the tall, closely packed trees. Even with the sun out, there was still darkness between the trees, showing just how little light made its way through the canopies.

"There's no need for that. We're all driving to a motel just outside of the city. It's a couple of miles away so that thing can't track us down." Damien said, driving past the spot I told him to stop.

I turned to glare at him, "stop. I'd like to get off."

"Why? It's not safe for you. We're in the middle of nowhere. Are you trying to get yourself killed?"

"Babe, just let her leave. It's her choice." Sharlene intervened, rubbing his shoulders from the back seat.

"I just want to ensure that you guys are safe." Damien said, obviously getting frustrated. Sharlene and I stared at each othe
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