Elissa seeks sanctuary among the forest veil from a cruel stepmother, until she finds herself lost and alone. The shadows stretch long and ominous around her. She finds comfort in a stranger's voice; the voice of a man who sought shelter from the world in that same forest.
The days pass and a friendship develops that blossoms into something much deeper. Elissa, however, has never seen her friend's face and quite possibly never will. Charles has hidden in the forest for good reason, and even though his feelings have grown for Elissa, he fears they can never be together.
Hidden, the forest his protection, Charles remains alone. Elissa seeks sanctuary there, drawn to his voice. He watches over, guides her and comes to loves her. Voice of the Forest, a short story by T. M. Hobbs. Available from Amazon, other fine eBook vendors and Gypsy Shadow Publishing at: http://www.gypsyshadow.com/TMHobbs.html#VForest