Sometimes you eat the forest, sometimes the forest eats you.
Gil Anderson learns this for himself when his son Noah wanders off one hot summer day, on Gil's watch. His wife will never forgive him for this latest transgression – not after what the family has lost already.
The forest is always hungry.
It's reaching out for Gil, a former office man now gone country on his organic farm, a self-proclaimed fast talker who doesn't speak quite as speedily as he thinks. It's coming for Melissa, who's so burdened with work that she has no time to enjoy the lives they've made for themselves on their farm. More than anything, the forest wants Noah, an adventurous five-year-old with a head full of tales about heroes and distant worlds. And Noah has just stepped inside the dark circle of trees...
Sometimes the forest - and what's underneath the forest - eats you.
Michael Jasper is an American author. He has written novels, but he is also the writer of the contemporary fantasy webcomic In Maps & Legends. This comic won the November 2009 competition hosted by DC Comics imprint Zuda Comic.