Positive and Negative Forest Scene

Positive and Negative Forest Scene - student project

Positively

 

As she takes a seat on the forest floor Le’Thali takes in her surroundings. It’s still dark, but she can see the moon shining down in between the trees, casting a silvery glow where it reaches the ground. The light from the moon creates a feeling of calm and peace and it allows Le’Thali to let out a breath she didn’t realize she was holding. Closing her eyes, her breathing slows, and she begins to take in the sounds of the forest. The night animals chirping and cooing, the soft buzz of insects, the rustling of the trees in the wind, and the calming sound of water flowing. The sounds wash over the young elf like the comfort of a soft blanket. Le’Thali stands and follows the sound of water. She comes to the bed of a small creek flowing through the forest floor. The silver moonlight reflecting off the water causing it to glitter like a collection of precious diamonds. Le’Thali notes that it is the most beautiful sight she’s ever seen.

Crouching down, she rinses her hands of the now dried blood, trying not to think about the atrocity she just committed. Once her hands are clean, she takes out her sword and cleans that as well. As she finishes cleaning her sword she suddenly hears a twig snap in the distance, her head whips up and turns in the direction of the noise. She stays as still as she possibly can. Using her elf ears, she tunes into the sounds of the forest, focusing in the direction the noise came from. She hears a rustling of leaves, the creature coming closer and closer. Le’Thali cautiously stands and holds her sword in front of her, ready to defend herself. She takes a cautious step forward towards the rustling, Just as she is about to strike a small brown rabbit emerges from the forest ground foliage. Le’Thali lets out a breath and laughs to herself. She takes off her backpack and sits down on the floor as the bunny approaches her. She searches through her bag and pulls out a parcel of vegetables. Holding a carrot out to the rabbit it comes to her happily, putting a smile across her face.

Le’Thali isn’t sure how long she sits there petting and feeding the rabbit. Her mind blank while she takes in the serene calm of the night. She thinks back to what happened just hours ago. She remembers the release she felt when the anger grew inside her until she let it all out. In a way she didn’t know was possible. Le’Thali had never experience rage that intense before. Always being in control of her emotions, like she was told she should be. It wasn’t something she thought about much, but there was always something bubbling in her, just beneath the surface, waiting for the right moment to come out. It was so subtle and quiet Le’Thali didn’t notice it was there. There would be glimpses of it in her reactions to the snide words and judging glances from the other Wood Elves, something bubbling in her, but never coming to the surface. Until today. The fear she felt when she came out of her blackout was surrounded by a sense of calm and euphoria. She hadn’t felt it before, but as she meditated on it she now recognized it for what it truly was. It was a feeling she now craved and needed to feel. And she’s determined to feel it again.

 

 

Negatively

 

As she takes a seat on the forest floor Le’Thali takes in her surroundings. It’s still dark, but she can see the moon shining down in between the trees, casting a silvery glow where it reaches the ground. The light from the moon creates a feeling of calm but it also creates a coldness, and unfeeling.. Closing her eyes Le’Thali let out a breath she didn’t realize she was holding, she begins to take in the quiet of the forest surrounding her. In the distance she hears the night animals chirping and cooing, the soft buzz of insects, the rustling of the trees in the wind, and the sound of water flowing. But she tunes that all out, to just the sound of her breathing. To quiet her mind. How long she sits there breathing in the silence she doesn’t know. All Le’Thali knows is blankness of her mind. No longer is she hearing the screams and cries, the clank of swords, the pluck and swish of an arrow, the animalistic growls and the sound of teeth biting and ripping flesh. All that’s in her mind now is the steady in and out of her deep breathing. Eventually Le’Thali stands and follows the sound of water. She reaches the bed of a small creek flowing through the forest floor. The silver moonlight reflecting off the water causing it to glitter like a collection of precious diamonds or a sheet of ice.

Crouching down, she rinses her hands of the now dried blood, trying not to think about the atrocity she just committed. Once her hands are clean, she takes out her sword and cleans that as well. As she finishes cleaning her sword, she hears a twig snap in the distance. Her head whips around trying to see where the noise came from. Her elf eyes scan the area, but she does not see anything. “Who’s there?” she calls out into the silence, slowly standing up bringing her sword in front of her. Le’Thali waits for a few moments, waiting, listening, watching but nothing comes. Maybe she imagined it? Or maybe it was just a woodland creature. However Le’Thali can’t quite shake the feeling that something is out there and it puts her on edge. Her enhanced elf features are on high alert and she decides she needs to move on.

Making her way through the forest, she continues to feel like she’s being watched or followed. The silence she initially found soothing is now deafening. Her ears straining to listen for this invisible presence she feels is met with a suffocating silence. All she wants is to get out of this forest, but as she looks ahead of her, she knows it’s at least a day’s journey until she’s out of the woods.