Learn A Word: Nemophilia

Nemophilia

1: the love of spending time in forests; a fondness or liking for forests, woods, or woodland scenery

Was Nemophilia a bad thing? Swapping the city for nature? It was peaceful. My worries felt insignificant. I could think.

I sat by the bubbling brook. My shoes were cast aside and my toes buried in the dirt. I closed my eyes. I never wanted to go back.

Something gripped me. I looked down. Vines crawled over my body. The ground opened up. I began to sink. I clawed at the dirt, but it slipped through my fingers. A scream ripped from my throat, but only the trees heard.

Before the earth swallowed me, voices whispered, “Stay with us. Forever.”