A 300 word story written for the Daily Flash Fiction Challenge 8/17/19.
'I'll wait until midnight. If you're not there, I'll go without you.'
'I'll be there,' I'd said. There was no way my parents were going to allow me out all night, even if it was for a school project.
It was Sue's idea. We were studying owls; she had insisted our presentation would be so much better if we went out, saw them in action. It was alright for her. Unlike her parents, mine were strict.
I plumped up the pillows and made a roll of some of my clothes. I know - so cliched but it was such an unoriginal idea that it might work. Thanking my parents for living in a bungalow, I opened my window and sneaked my way outside.
Sue was waiting by the forest. It hadn't seemed so scary in the daylight, or so big. Now it looked threatening, at least to me. She didn't seem to care though, and not wanting her to think I was scared, I followed her.
The hoot of an owl made me freeze. Sue did too, before pulling herself together. "It's an owl, stupid! It's what we're here for."
We followed it, or tried to, losing our way in the forest. "Boy, am I going to be in trouble," I said, and she laughed.
"At least we'll have the makings of a good project!"
It was starting to get light when I made it back home. My window would not open; someone had closed it. I walked to the front door and waited for what I knew was going to come.
"Where were you last night?" My mother looked fuming.
I tried to explain, about the project and the owls but she did not look at all forgiving. On the other hand, at least she had not told my father!