" Look young lady, I don't know what you are talking about. My cottage was here all the time. I don't know about any shop. And about those cats, I have never seen any cats around my house. " She said as a matter of fact.
I knew there was no use in arguing with her. I sighed. " OK, just tell me what place this is. Where am I and how can I go back to my home? I just want to go home. "
She studied me for a second and said, " I don't know where you came from, but I guess you are from civilization. My house is on the edge of a forest, and civilization is on the other side of this forest. It will take four to five days to cross this forest. As I said before, there are no cats around my house, but deep inside the forest there are wild cats, lions, wolfs and many vicious animals. " She stopped and looked at me suspiciously. " How did you come here? "
"Whatever I said is true. I really don't know how I came here. " I tried to convince her.
She abruptly stood up and left. After five minutes she came back with a backpack and handed it to me. I took it and looked at her confused.
" There is some food and water bottle in that bag. I have also packed a small knife for your safety. You can go now." She said, but her tone wasn't welcoming anymore.
I stood up. " What? "
" I said you can go now. " She repeated in the same tone.
Still confused by the change of her behaviour, I nodded and thanked her. I went to the door followed by her. When I stepped outside, it was totally dark. I turned towards her and said, " It's too dark. I can't see any..."
She cut me off and said, " There is a small torch in your bag. Use that."
I took the torch out of my bag and switched it on. I could see a path to the forest. I didn't want to go. I was terrified of the darkness. I looked at the lady who was impatiently standing at the door. I gulped and said, " I...I am scared of dark. How...how will I..."
" I don't know how you will go." She snapped. " I will not keep you in my house." With that she slammed the door in my face. I stood there utterly shocked.
After few minutes, when I realised she was not going to come back, I turned and walked into the deadly forest.