Ellen invited two her bosom friends to spend the weekend together in her country cottage. The girls decided to have a rest before examinations. There was a forest next to her cottage. Ellen had been afraid of that forest since her childhood however, she always took great pleasure in wandering there alone. Ellen`s parents could not accompany them as they were too bound up in their work. Both of them were doctors. The girls decided to take Lika`s brother Tim with them because they were a little afraid of that place. So one day they set out on their two-week journey. It took hours to get there as the road was winding. By the time they reached the cottage finally it had already been getting dark.
“It`s good that Tim is here.” - said Lika and embraced him.
“What are you afraid of Lika? There are no animals in the forest.”
Dora looked out of the window and saw the illuminated streets.
“Of course Lika there is nothing to be afraid of.”-Said Ellen.
“See, I told you so! I am ready to take a walk even now.”
“ If they were not so scared I would join you Dora.”-Said Tim.
“I am beginning to feel hungry! Let`s have dinner instead.-said Ellen.
“I am hungry too. I was just kidding, I don`t feel like going out either. Hardly anyone will go out
now”. –Said Dora.
“It`s so nice here!”
“Did you mean to say calm?”
“And calm too.”
“Come on it’s ready.”
After dinner they were sitting on the sofa watching TV and exchanging pictures.
“You have a lot of relatives Ellen! Haven`t you?”
“Yes, here are my relatives on my mother`s side and these are my relatives on my father`s side. We meet
very seldom. I don`t even recognize some of them.”
The evening passed in a very enjoyable atmosphere. Next morning they were more cheerful and not asscared as the day before. Yesterday`s fears were forgotten. Ellen suggested going to the forest to pick out mushrooms.
“I can cook a very delicious mushroom soup”. –She said.
“All right let`s go right now.”
It was a sunny day, a perfect day for a walk.
“Look there are heaps of mushrooms here in this forest. It seems as if nobody has been here before. Be careful, don`t squash them. They were all good mushrooms it was hard to pick out the best one.
“We need more baskets. Ellen do you have more? Do you hear me? Where are you all?
Oh God, I must have lost my way.”
Dora called them but no-one answered. Paying no attention to the mushrooms she began moving from one place to another in order to find her friends.
“I am not scared, I am brave enough and I will not panic. I saw the lights burning yesterday, there must be someone else.”
Suddenly she noticed a small house. There was a light in the window. She knocked at the door but
No-one answered. It was slightly opened.
“Hello, is anybody here?”
“Don`t be shy, come in please!”-She heard.
“I usually have guests quite seldom. But I am always glad to have them.”
A woman appeared in the garden. She was so affable that Dora liked her at once. Inside the house the rooms were light and warm.
“I am sorry to intrude, ma’am but, I do need help. My name is Dora. I was in the forest with my friends when I suddenly got lost. Could you show me the way please?
“Don`t worry my dear. I will help you. Would you like a cup of tea first?”
Dora didn`t want to drink tea but she was too shy to refuse.
“Could you show me the way after tea please?”
“Of course Dora.”
It was a typical village house. It was so clean and the tea was so delicious and aromatic.
“Your house is very cosy.”
“Thank you Dora, that`s because I put my whole soul into it.”
She talked a lot about her house and herself. Dora was reluctant to stop her and ask about the way.
“Don`t you want to have a rest?”
“No, thanks. I would rather go and find my friends.”-She wanted to say but instead of this she said:
“I am really so tired. Thank you.”
The lady led the way to the bedroom.
“When you wake up I will walk you home.”
Dora didn`t want to sleep at all. But she didn`t manage to refuse again. She had the feeling that the lady had hypnotized her. However a rest was really necessary for her. Dora didn`t remember the way. She came up to the window and looked outside. No street lamps could be seen anymore. There was no sound of traffic. Fear struck through her like a chill wave. Suddenly she heard somebody talking in thegarden.
“How time flies! I am already a grandmother. And what about you?”
“My grandchildren live far from here. They promised me to come soon. I am looking forward to seeing them again.”
“Children don`t run too far ahead I can`t keep up with you.”
Dora wanted to call out to them for help. As she wasn`t able to see them she rushed to another window but what she saw there frightened her away. A town emerged in front of her eyes. She recognized her hometown but it seemed to be different than it was before. It sailed by like a ship. She recognized the streets and the parks. Of course it was her hometown but it seemed as if it had changed a little. She heard a distracting noise and looked out of the window again. People gathered around a man who was hit by a car. She wanted to open the door and leave but as soon as she opened it the town disappeared. She suddenly found herself in a room. In the centre of the room she noticed a weeping woman. The woman was weeping so bitterly. She was full of sorrow. Suddenly Dora heard:
“How could it happen?”
“Well, they were doctors. They are always surrounded by all kinds ofVIRUSES and microbes. They must have caught a very dangerous disease.”
“Poor girl she is so alone now.”
“No she is married.”
She had hardly entered the room when everything disappeared again. She found herself in the small room lying on the sofa.
“Are you all right Dora?”
“Yes, I`m fine. Please show me the way.”
“Of course, come on.”
She felt happy inside herself. Happy because she hoped to see her friends again and to get away from that mysterious house at last.
“Do you see that way. It leads to a small hill. Go round it and keep going.”
She squeezed Dora`s hand and left. Dora was keen on telling her friends about her strange adventure. She kept to the way until she reached a small cabin. She entered it in order to have a rest. The cabin was very dusty and full of cobwebs. But Dora was too tired to pay attention to that. She approached a sofa and allowed herself a short nap on it. She woke up next morning and decided to keep on going. She went out of the room but stopped suddenly.
“I have already been here! I am again and again here.”
Her eyes filled with tears.
“Why aren`t they looking for me? How shall I escape from here?”
In time she came to realize that there was no escape from that odd place.
“I should be patient. They will find me, of course they`ll find me!”
She would say that every day, every month, and every year. But, she had been still living there. Dora put everything in order in her little dwelling. She didn`t even know how long she had been living there. Once walking in the forest she found a piece of broken glass. When she came home she washed the glass and told herself;
“Well it would be interesting to know how I look like now!”
When she looked in the glass she gave a sudden gasp of surprise. She saw the woman who many years ago sheltered her.
“It was me! How couldn`t I recognize myself! It was me! The woman who sheltered me was me! It`s my house, my room, my sofa. I saw my hometown in future. The man who was hit by the car was Tim, the weeping woman whose parents died was Ellen, two women in the garden were Lika and Ellen.
Oh God!”- She said and burst into tears…
Ellen suggested going to the forest to pick out mushrooms.
“I can cook a very delicious mushroom soup.”
“But we do have enough food. Why should we busy ourselves with cooking? I don`t want to go,
I would rather stay in.-Said Dora settling down in the rocking chair.
“If so we won`t go anywhere either. Move Dora, you have taken too much space.”