Matthew was totally lost. He must have wandered off from his family during their morning hike because around noon he realized that he was alone in the middle of the wide whispering woods. Thonk! Thunk!went his feet on the soft pine needles that covered the ground like a soft brown blanket.Birds twittered and tweeted from the sky-scraping branches of trees, but there was no sound of his family. He wasn't frightened exactly, but he was as anxious as a fish out of water to find his family before evening. The thought of spending a night in the woods alone was one that made his heart dance a fearful frenzied jig in his chest. Heaving a sigh,Matthew tiredly trudged on.